Education for health care professionals

The Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay provides dementia education and training for health care professionals on a variety of topics through in-service training for community agencies, scheduled training for long-term care staff, and events such as our annual Dementia Care Conference and Public Forum.  Education can be tailored to specific groups or topics to ensure the information and training is relevant to your needs and interests.  In addition, we offer two  U-First! and Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) training.  

For more information or to arrange for training in your organization, please contact our Public Education Coordinator at (807) 345-9556, 1-888-887-5140 or [email protected].  


U-First! is a simple and affordable training program in dementia care for healthcare professionals. Based on the P.I.E.C.E.S.™ best practice methods, we teach you how to see the whole person behind the disease so you can understand the root of difficult behaviour. After completing six hours of training, you will receive a certificate in dementia care proving you have been trained in the highest standards as mandated by the province of Ontario. For more information about U-First!, visit

Gentle Persuasive Approach

Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) training offers a case-based, interactive and practical curriculum that addresses how to successfully manage the challenging behaviour associated with dementia using respectful, non-violent self-protection techniques. It reframes challenging behaviour to be interpreted as responsive behaviour that occurs as a result of unmet needs, thus encouraging healthcare professionals to assess the meaning of the behaviour and work alongside the person with dementia.  After completing the training, you will receive a GPA certificate.  

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Dementia Studies community college program

The Alzheimer Society of Ontario supports the Dementia Studies/Working with Dementia Clients program, a comprehensive training program in dementia care at many community colleges across Ontario. If you are currently providing care, or want to start a career providing care for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in a health-care setting, this course is a good place to start. The program will help you learn or improve existing skills in delivering the specialized care required by people with dementia. Also, family members, volunteers or interested community members may complete this program to learn more about dementia and how to provide care to a person living with the disease.

Ensuring quality of care

Without standards, it's hard to measure progress and success. That's the idea behind the Alzheimer Society of Ontario's Ensuring Quality Standards Project, a five-year initiative, funded by an Ontario Trillium grant.

Read Putting Our Best Foot Forward (PDF), a report that details how the project helped Ontario’s Alzheimer Societies improve quality by determining areas that needed most improvement and by developing useful resources. Contact [email protected], to get your questions answered or obtain a print copy.

Helpful links

The following websites may be helpful if you're looking for more information on education or research-related issues.

Please note that the Alzheimer Society of Ontario is not able to guarantee the accuracy of the information on these websites, or endorse products or services offered through them.

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Last Updated: 11/08/2017