First Link®

If you are newly diagnosed with dementia, First Link® can connect you to the help you need as soon as possible.

Smiling senior woman at her doctor's office.

Learn more about First Link® through our downloadable brochure. Contact your local Society to have a copy sent to you.

Why choose First Link®?

It can be difficult for individuals and families affected by dementia to ask for help.

Many families are told about the Alzheimer Society and dementia care services, but few make a phone call until a crisis occurs.

First Link® removes this barrier by ensuring that individuals and families are referred directly to First Link®-approved health services and information. This occurs at the time of diagnosis or as soon as possible after a diagnosis is made.

How does First Link® work?

The goal of First Link® is to ensure you have the right support and information, from the time of an initial diagnosis and throughout the progression of the disease.

When you give permission to your healthcare provider to share your information with our First Link® staff, we will contact you directly. You can also give us a call when you or your family feel comfortable.

This First Link® phone call connects you to local health services and resources that best suit your situation.

You will have access to Alzheimer Society programs and services to help you learn about dementia, talk about your concerns and live well with the disease.

Connecting with First Link® means you can:

  • Receive one-on-one or group support
  • Be referred to local healthcare providers and community services
  • Meet other people in similar circumstances and exchange experiences
  • Get help to plan your future

“I came to First Link® feeling afraid and alone dealing with my husband’s Pick’s Disease. But I have developed a feeling of gratitude and appreciation of what other caregivers are going through. I strongly recommend First Link to anyone unsure of how to handle Alzheimer’s or other dementias. It’s such a valuable learning tool.”
–Caregiver .

Who can refer me?

Your First Link® partners are people who who work in the family practices, healthcare facilities and community agencies close to you, including:

  • Your family physician,
  • Geriatric specialists,
  • Nurses,
  • Social workers,
  • Occupational therapists,
  • Pharmacists and
  • Social service workers

How do I get a referral?

Talk to your doctor about First Link®. If you need more help, contact your local Alzheimer Society to take your first steps in getting a referral through First Link®.

What happens after a referral is made?

Once a referral is made, the First Link® Coordinator will contact you and your family members, linking them to Alzheimer Society services and other programs and services within your community.

Connecting to support and information in the early stages of the disease is important. Through the support provided by First Link®, you won't have to face your journey alone.

Programs and services

The Alzheimer Society can help you face dementia. Use this page as your guide to find support programs, dementia education and resources, referral services and more.

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National dementia ambassador Tanis Rummery.

Find your Society

No matter where you live in Canada, you have a Society that you can be involved in. Your Society can help and support you with programs, services, education and resources tailored to you.

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National ambassador Roger Marple.