Education for health care professionals

Palliative Approach to Dementia Care

Join the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County and the North Simcoe Muskoka Hopsice Palliative Care Network for a workshop designed for family, volunteers and professional staff - anyone who supports/interacts with a person living with dementia.  This workshop will allow participants to think of and discuss ways of using a person's strengths to bring comfort and joy to their life while living with dementia, and not just at end of life.

Thursday, February 21, 2019
12:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Barrie Public Library - Painswick Branch

Monday, March 18, 2019
4:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Orillia Common Roof

Fee: $15 (includes refreshments)

Registration and payment online at

For more information, contact Erika at 705-329-0909 ext 3802 or email

Download the Palliative Approach to Dementia Care winter/spring 2019 flyer (PDF)


U-First! is a training program for front line staff who are working with people living with dementia.  For more information about U-First! or to find sessions near you, go to

Fee:  $75


Together with the Psychogeriatric Resource Consultants, the Society covers education requests for staff in 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
  • Research updates
  • Head’s Up (maintaining brain health)
  • Advance care planning
  • Family education: visiting, transition, loss

Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA)

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

GPA is an education program appropriate for all levels of staff within community and long term care organizations who support older adults.  Participants of this program will learn how to support persons living with dementia and respond effectively and with compassion to situations where responsive behaviours may arise.

Click here to find out more about GPA.

To book a session, please contact:

Erika Rice, Education Coordinator (GPA Coach) at 705-329-0909 ext. 3802 or  Requests may be forwarded to the Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant if appropriate.

Last Updated: 01/10/2019