Education for health care professionals


U-First! is a full-day training program for professional care partners who are working with people living with dementia.  Upcoming U-First Sessions:

For more information about U-First!, to register or to find sessions near you, go to

Fee:  $75


Together with the Psychogeriatric Resource Consultants, the Society covers education requests for staff and volunteers 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 [email protected].  Requests may be forwarded to the Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant if appropriate.

Professional Training in North Simcoe Muskoka

North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services offers U-First!, GPA as well as Positive Approach to Care, P.I.E.C.E.S. and Seniors Mental Health.   Open sessions are offered for professionals.  To find out more, visit

Last Updated: 01/03/2020