Education for health-care professionals

Education for Health Care Professionals

The Alzheimer Society of Muskoka provides the following education opportunities for health care providers:


The society offers education in-services to staff in primary care, hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes and community agencies.  Sessions are custom designed with the goal of increasing 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
  • Assessment tools
  • Understanding the connection between brain and behaviour
  • Communication with the person with dementia
  • Research updates
  • Maintaining brain health
  • Advance care planning

Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA)

The goal of this 7.5 hour / one day program is to provide staff with the skill and confidence to respond respectfully to responsive behaviours with a person centered approach.    GPA is an innovative education program appropriate for all levels of staff within community and long term care organizations who support older adults.  Participants in this program will learn compassionate and effective ways to help persons with dementia when they are very upset and frustrated how to support persons living with dementia in a non-punitive and self-protective manner.

North Simcoe Muskoka Dementia Conference

The Annual North Simcoe Muskoka Dementia Network Conference is held in the fall for professional caregivers.  The one-day conference features guest speakers with specialized knowledge and expertise in the filed of dementia care.  The Dementia conference is presented by the North Simcoe Dementia Network.


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: 11/08/2017