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Education for Health-care Professionals

The Alzheimer Society of Perth County provides the following educational opportunities for health care professionals:


The Society offers educational in-services to staff in long-term care homes, retirement homes and community agencies. Sessions are designed with the goal of increasing knowledge and understanding of the various issues related to supporting a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Overview of dementia
  • A look at Alzheimer’s disease
  • Understanding the connection between brain and behavior
  • Communication with the person with dementia
  • Responsive Behaviours in dementia
  • Research updates
  • Aging with Vitality  
  • Advance care planning
  • Sexuality, Intimacy and Dementia


Target Group:  Unregulated health care providers

Goal:  U-First!™ is designed to reach a larger number of people working directly with persons with dementia including PSWs, volunteers and family members.

U-First!™ is an seven hour workshop intended to support the health care providers who provide care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  It builds on existing curriculum and encourages learners to embrace lifelong learning in this field.  The overall vision is to provide every member of the care team that supports people living with dementia in long-term care homes and in the community with consistent education on the core competencies and best practices relating to their role in providing care and services to a person affected by dementia.  This training also sets the stage for a common knowledge base, set of values, language for communicating across the system, and a common, comprehensive approach to care.

There is a cost for this workshop.

Gentle Persuasive Approach® (GPA)

Target Group: All staff of Long-Term Care Homes

Goal: GPA® provides staff with the skill and confidence to respond respectfully to responsive behaviours of a more escalated nature associated with dementia.

GPA® is a seven hour workshop that is case-based, interactive and practical.  It reframes challenging behavior to be interpreted as self-protective or responsive behavior that occurs as a result of an unmet need.  Experienced, certified trainers of the Alzheimer Society of Perth County staff offer this workshop on request.  GPA® focuses on:

  • Respecting the person with dementia as an individual
  • Understanding the disease process
  • Utilizing supportive care strategies that are compassionate, effective and self-protective.

There is a cost for this workshop. 

Case Based Education

Target Group:  Health Care Professionals

Registered Alzheimer Society staff work with other staff of long-term care homes, retirement homes, community agencies and in-patient units to assist in determining the reason for the individual with dementia’s responsive behavior and ways to minimize the behaviours in order that the person with dementia may lead a high quality of life in all stages of their disease.

For more information about Education opportunities for Health Care Professionals or to register for an upcoming workshop, please contact the First Link® Educator or call 519-271-1910 or toll-free at 1-888-797-1882.

Last Updated: 11/08/2017