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For Professional Caregivers

Being a professional caregiver in a facility that include people with Alzheimer’s disease can often be a challenging experience. Individuals with Alzheimer’s often develop symptoms of anxiety, depression and disorientation which can be difficult to cope with on a regular basis.

AGI provides a variety of programs for professional caregivers that include the latest in training as well as education. AGI's Alzheimer 101 and 201 and AGI's Specialized Training Courses are also designed to help professional caregivers.

In addition to our annual awareness and education conferences, AGI hosts the Lindsay Memorial Foundation Lecture Series , a series of monthly lectures (January through June) on a variety of topics of critical importance to professional caregivers.

Alzheimer Groupe also offers the Ditkofsky Training program, a  comprehensive training program to help professional caregivers to work more effectively with diagnosed individuals and their families.


The Ditkofsky Training Program for Professional Caregivers

This uniquely flexible program can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the staff of a particular facility or day centre. The course curriculum is adapted to reflect the staff’s experience, background, previous training in dementia care and expressed requirements.

Each participant who completes the 12-hour program receives:
  • A manual
  • A care map that serves as a reference guide to intervention strategies for dealing with challenging behaviours
  • An attestation of course completion

This program is provided through the generosity of Libby Ditkofsky.

For more information or to register for the program, please call 514-485-7233.

Click HERE for a downloadable Ditkofsky Training Program brochure.


Activity and Stimulation Training

Activity and Stimulation Training Program for paid Home Caregivers that trains them to provide adapted, therapeutic activities in the home. The program will include:
  • A ‘master class’ in Activity and Stimulation (prerequisite: Alzheimer 101 course)
  • A resource and materials kit
  • A home visit, assessment and Activities Plan written by an AGI professional
  • On-going support and re-assessments as needed
  • Provides training to Caregivers at home to enable them to provide activities for the diagnosed person that involve: Cognitive, Creative, Physical, Reminiscing, Sensory and Social stimulation.

Education and Training

AGI's Lassner Institute of Learning

AGI offers Montreal’s most comprehensive curriculum for learning about how to care for a person who has dementia. From courses that teach basic knowledge and principles for interaction, to specialized trainings that focus more in-depth on particular issues in dementia caregiving, AGI has a course for every caregiver at every step along the way.

Click here to download the complete schedule of AGI's Winter training courses for family and professional caregivers.

*AGI Courses can be used towards LPN Licensing Hours. Attestations of attendance are provided upon request.

For more information or to register for any of these courses, call 514-485-7233 or email

Attestations for LPN licensing hours will be provided upon request.

Coming Saturday, January 27, 2018
Alzheimer 101 - Weekend Workshop

AGI's most popular course is now available on the weekend! 

This course offers basic principles in dementia caregiving. Understand how dementia affects the brain, how to communicate effectively, interact, adapt to behavioural changes and diffuse challenging situations. Cost $90, lunch is included. 

Places are limited - be sure to register early! 514-485-7233

AGI's Winter Training Course schedule:
Experiencing dementia through your senses

Thursday, February 15
10 am - 1 pm

This 3-hour workshop explores the five sensory changes associated with dementia. Through hands-on activities, participants will gain insight into how people living with dementia experience the world.
Cost $40
Managing your Stress as a Caregiver
Tuesday, February 27
1 pm - 4 pm

“You need to take care of yourself.” This common advice for caregivers is often given but rarely taken, because we simply don’t know how. This course will explore the dangers of Compassion Fatigue and Burnout, ways to prevent them, and steps to treat them when they occur. Cost  $40

Communication Skills Workshop
Thursday, March 1
6 pm - 9 pm    
In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, individuals understand about one in four of the words they hear. Given such serious language impairment, how can we communicate effectively? This 3-hour course provides participants with the tools needed to make meaningful communication a reality. Cost $40

Diffusing Extreme Reactions and Behaviours
Part 1: 9:30 am—1:30 pm
Friday, March 23
Part 2: 9:30 am—1:30 pm

This 8-hour hands-on workshop allows caregivers to practice skills needed to calm catastrophic reactions and to understand and manage responsive behaviours. 
Cost $90

AGI’s Alzheimer 101

Friday, April 13 

Part 1: 9:30 am—1:30 pm
Friday, April 20  
Part 2: 9:30 am—1:30 pm

 This popular 8-hour course teaches basic principles in dementia caregiving. Understand how dementia affects the brain, how to communicate, interact, and adapt to behavioural challenges, as well as how to diffuse challenging situations. Cost $90

Register Today!  
Call 514-485-7233 or email

For more information or to register for any of these courses, call 514-485-7233 or email

Conferences and Lectures

Our annual Education and Awareness Conferences provide ongoing education about Alzheimer's and dementia to families and professional caregivers. Guest speakers discuss topics relevant to Alzheimer’s and related dementias, teach new caregiving approaches and share findings in research, detection, treatment and prevention,  providing pertinent information to professional and family caregivers alike.

AGI's Education Conferences

These annual conferences take place in late fall, usually in November and feature guest experts in the field of dementia  teaching new techniques approaches to help family and professional caregivers alike. 

AGI's Marva Whyte Alzheimer Awareness Conferences

AGI’s yearly Awareness Conference is open to the public at large and features a panel of renowned doctors and other experts reporting on the latest developments in Alzheimer treatment and prevention. There is also an interactive question and answer period for specific questions.





AGI January is Alzheimer Awareness Month! 

AGI’s Lassner Institute of Learning provides excellence in dementia education and training to family caregivers and professional care providers.


AGI’s Lindsay Memorial Foundation Lecture Series

AGI hosts engaging monthly lectures in both Montreal and Pointe-Claire on the West Island featuring guest speakers discussing specialized and relevant topics related to dementia. These lectures are tailored for family caregivers,  giving them the tools to enhance their lives with their loved one. We invite experts in each area to address caregivers and family members eager to learn more about these important issues.

Lindsay Memorial Lecture Series - 2018

Coming in February!

Pointe Claire location 

Monday, February 12  1:30 - 3pm 

Addressing Challenges with Activities of Daily Living in Dementia Care

With Joan Foster, BN Community Nurse Specializing in Home Care
 Arthur Séguin Chalet, 365 Saint Louis Ave., Pointe-Claire, H9R 2A1 

Montreal location

Thursday, February  1:30 - 3 pm

Discovering your Options for Caregiver Respite

With Meghan Williams - Director of Support Services, AGI
AGI Offices, 5555 Westminster, Suite 304, Montreal, H4W 2J2

Click here for the entire 2018 Lindsay Memorial Lecture Schedule.

Limited Space. PRE-REGISTRATION required
Register Today! 

514 485-7233

Lectures are free and open to the public
Lectures are in English only    

Two Locations: 
- Pointe-Claire location: Arthur-Séguin Chalet, 365 St Louis Avenue, Pointe-Claire, H9R 2A1
- Montreal location: AGI Offices, 5555 Westminster, Suite 304, Montreal, H4W 2J2

West Island Location compliments of the City of Pointe Claire
• Special appreciation for the generosity of the Lindsay Memorial Foundation

*All locations are wheelchair accessible.