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GAPP 2011 cycle to be launched on April 27

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The Ministry of Community Development will formally launch the 2011 cycle of courses (Level I) for the Geriatric Adolescent Partnership Programme (GAPP) on Wednesday April 27, 2011 at its Education, Training and Resource Centre, #1 La Fantasie Road, St. Ann’s from 10:30 am. Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will attend and deliver the feature address.

Registration for the programme takes place today, Tuesday April 26, 2011, with classes set to begin on Monday May 2, 2011 at nine community centres across the country and run for a period of 14 weeks. Participants will be awarded certificates at an official graduation ceremony, upon completion of the programme. Facilitators and tutors for this year’s cycle will also be participating in an orientation exercise at St. Ann’s from today, April 26 to 29, 2011.
The Geriatric Adolescent Partnership Programme (GAPP) is an intensive short-term Intergenerational Training Programme which imparts knowledge and skills in elder care to young people between the ages of 17 – 30. It is conducted at two levels. Level I involves basic training, while Level II offers more in-depth training in the following disciplines:

• Nutrition and Home Management
• Nursing Aide Skills and Health Promotion
• Life Skills
• Electives inclusive of Alzheimer’s Dementia Aide, Medication Aide and Occupational Therapy

Trainees are actively engaged in classroom sessions and supervised in field placements in private homes and institutional settings in the trainee’s community. Trainee assessment and support are ongoing.

CAPTION: Minister Baksh delivering his address at last year’s GAPP Graduation Ceremony at Queen’s Hall.

CREDITS: Information sourced from Geriatric Adolescent Partnership Programme, GAPP
Photo courtesy Government Information Services Limited, GISL

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