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Education for health-care professionals

The Alzheimer Society of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland & Haliburton 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. These sessions are designed to increase knowledge and understanding of the various issues related to supporting a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Overview of Dementia
  • Understanding Alzheimer's Disease
  • Understanding the Connection Between the Brain and Behavior
  • Enhancing Communication with the Person with Dementia
  • Research updates
  • Heads Up for Healthier Brains 
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Family Education & Awareness: visiting, transition, loss


The U-First! workshop is 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.  For more information, visit

Gentle Persuasive Approaches in dementia care (GPA)

GPA is an educational program that the Public Education Coordinators of the Alzheimer Society of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland & Haliburton are certified to offer to staff of Long-Term Care homes and Retirement homes. GPA focuses on:


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

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Advance care planning

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process of preparing for a time when a person no longer has the mental capacity to make decisions about aspects of his/her future care or treatment.


A shorter version of the Advance Care Planning Training Session is available for the general public.

Please contact the Public Education Coordinator in your area to register to request an education session or in-service.


Sarah Cook, Public Education Coordinator serving Peterborough & Northumberland Counties  

[email protected]  

(705) 748-5131 or 1-800-561-2588


Carolyn Hemminger, Public Education Coordinator serving the City of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton County

[email protected] 

(705) 878-0126 or 1-800-765-0515


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Educational resources for professionals

For health-care professionals who work with people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, here are some educational resources that may be helpful.

The Foundation for Medical Practice Education


The Foundation for Medical Practice Education (FMPE) is a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to the development, production, and evaluation of educational programs for community-based family medicine and general practitioners.

International Psychogeriatric Association


Includes a section on Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).

The Physician Education Website for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias


Part of a multi-faceted Ontario education program to inform and promote practice change on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The program's comprehensive educational objectives cover: the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, the impact of dementia on the person, family and caregivers, an awareness of the importance of community resources and an interdisciplinary approach to care.

Last Updated: 03/23/2020