The Benefits of Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) When Caring for People With Dementia

For anyone that is or has cared for a loved one at home, a residents in Long Term Care, or a patient in a hospital setting, suffering from Dementia you know how important it is to understand and communicate with them. Sometimes this can be very difficult if you do not have the understanding of the disease and education to provide best care for this special group of the Vulnerable Sector.

What is Dementia?

Dementia: symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain which may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language, severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities & personal care. A person with dementia may also experience changes in mood or behaviour.


  • 1 in 5 individual’s caring for persons with dementia report feelings of distress, anger or depression or an inability to continue care.
  • In Canada, 90% of frontline workers experienced physical violence, and 43% reported violence on a daily basis.
  • It has be identified, related factors (cognitive impairment and not wanting care as the main cause of combative behaviour no control over the factors.

Now that we have a better understanding of Dementia, why is having the knowledge of Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) so important?

“It’s a comprehensive, practical education program that equips caregivers with the skills, the knowledge and the confidence to deliver person-centred dementia care,” says Patti Boucher, executive director at Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) Inc. in Hamilton, Ontario.

  • GPA teaches front-line caregivers, and anyone who regularly interacts with persons with dementia, to notice signs of agitation early, before responsive behaviour happens.
  • Gives care providers a sense that all behaviour has meaning
  • Keeps both caregiver and client safe

Everyone deserves their own special care that has been designed specifically for them and understanding behaviour is the key to this special care!

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