Gentle Persuasive Approaches for Dementia Care


Isabelle Boulay, Research Assistant and First Link Support at the Alzheimer’s Society in New Brunswick, joins the show to talk about Gentle Persuasive Approaches, a first-of-its-kind dementia care course for family and friend caregivers of persons living with dementia.

We’re all aging, and everyone’s talking about it!

Key Takeaways

[:40] Jenna welcomes today’s guest, Isabelle Boulay, and asks her to explain a little bit about the common manifestations of dementia as well as what inspired the GPA project.

[3:45] Isabelle talks about ways in which the GPA program addresses societal stigma around dementia. She touches on the notion of personhood.

[5:20] The key lessons of GPA are rooted in fundamental concepts as well as the scientific understanding of dementia. Isabelle explains how the program leads participants to better interactions with persons suffering from dementia.

[8:34] Isabelle breaks down some of the differences she’s seen between the GPA training and other available programs.

[10:02] This project exists within a network of care professionals and a community, Isabelle lists off a few of the collaborators that have made this initiative possible.

[11:50] Receiving the training is currently free online and ideally this would keep being the case in the future.

[14:03] Isabelle talks about what the future may hold for the project.

[17:04] Jenna thanks for coming on the podcast. Until next time, subscribe, rate, and share!

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Mentioned in this episode
The MileAGE Podcast
Alzheimer’s Society of New Brunswick GPA
Healthy Seniors Pilot Project
Horizon Health Network
Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) inc.
Continuing Care Safety Association
Bayshore Healthcare ltd.
Loch Lomond Villa
New Brunswick Home Support Association
New Brunswick Special Care Home Association inc.

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Jenna Roddick at APPTA
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More about today’s guest
Find out more about Isabelle Boulay on her LinkedIn