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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.

Training and Education at AGI

AGI offers Montreal's most in-depth curriculum for learning about caring for someone who has dementia. From courses that teach basic knowledge and principles for interaction, for example AGI's Alzheimer 101 and 201 courses, to specialized trainings that focus more specifically on particular issues in dementia caregiving, such as diffusing emotional reactions.  
AGI has a course for every care provider, professional and family, at every step of the way.

AGI's Winter Education Schedule 

The next series of workshops and courses begins February 2017, and runs through April, 2017.
The complete list of AGI's winter course schedule can be downloaded HERE

Alzheimer 101

Part 1, Thursday, February 9, 9am-1pm
Part 2, Thursday, February 16, 9am-1pm

This enormously popular 8-hour course teaches basic principles in dementia caregiving. Understand how dementia affects the brain, how to communicate, interact, adapt to behavioural challenges and diffuse challenging situations.  
Cost $80

Weekend Workshop: Alzheimer 101

Saturday, February 25, 9am-4pm

Unavailable during the week? Then our Weekend Workshops are for you!
This enormously popular 7-hour course teaches basic principles in dementia caregiving. Understand how dementia affects the brain, how to communicate, interact, adapt to behavioural challenges and diffuse challenging situations. Bring a bagged lunch (refrigerator and microwave are available).
Cost $80

Communication Skills Workshop

Wednesday, March 1, 10am - 1pm

It is estimated that in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, people comprehend 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 good communication a reality.  
Cost $30

Diffusing Extreme Emotional Reactions and Managing Dangerous Behaviours

Part 1, Tuesday, March 14, 9am-1pm
Part 2, Tuesday, March 21, 9am-1pm

This 8-hour,  hands-on workshop allows caregivers to practice skills needed to calm catastrophic reactions and to understand and manage responsive behaviours.
Cost $80

Meaningful Activities for People with Dementia

Part 1, Thursday, March 30, 10am - 1pm
Part 2, Thursday, April 6, 10am - 1pm

This 7-hour course provides home caregivers with the skills to be successful planning for meaningful activities at home and teaches an activity mind-set that gets necessary tasks done.  
Cost $70

Alzheimer 201

Part 1, Thursday, April 13, 9am - 1pm
Part 2, Thursday, Apil 20, 9am-1pm

From time to time, all caregivers need to go back to the basics, applying AGI’s caregiving principles to their unique situations. Participants in our 8-hour Alzheimer 201 course refresh their knowledge and problem-solve real-life challenges.
Prerequisite: Alzheimer 101.
Cost $80

To Register, call 514-485-7233 or email

The complete list of AGI's winter course schedule can be downloaded HERE.  


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.


Click HERE to download the 2016 Marva Whyte Awareness Conference poster.


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.

Lectures are free and open to the public.

2017 Topics may include: Facilitating Nutrition and Mealtime, Mandates, Communication, Warning signs you may need more home support, Caring for the caregiver, etc. 

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

Lectures are in English only    
*All locations are wheelchair accessible.

Limited Space. PRE-REGISTRATION required
514 485-7233 or

Download AGI's 2017 Lindsay Memorial Foundation complete schedule for Montreal and the West Island HERE