Professionals: Why make a referral?


Currently, of the 153,000 people living with dementia, only 7%-8% of those diagnosed are referred to the Quebec Alzheimer Societies. Help your patients and their loved ones to get the support, education and respite services they need as soon as a diagnosis is made.

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Reasons for immediate referrals to the Alzheimer’s Society services

The Alzheimer’s Society Suroît is here to help and support people living with dementia, their families and their caregivers.

The Alzheimer’s Society Suroît offers many services, with flexible approaches, to meet various needs: one-on-one, as a family, in a group setting, in person or online by appointment. Our services include:

  • Information
  • Counselling and follow ups 
  • Support groups for individuals, caregivers and couples 
  • Respite and stimulation, at home or in a day centre
  • Education for caregivers

Refer caregivers for people with any form of dementia as soon as a diagnosis is made. 

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A dignified diagnosis

Diagnosing a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia isn’t easy for you or for the person receiving the diagnosis. It’s perfectly normal to experience feelings of anger, fear, sadness or denial!

Pay close attention to these emotions and remember to:

• Talk to the person with dementia at all times, not just to their family;
• Tell the truth in clear and simple terms;
• Test as soon as possible and explain the purpose behind the test;
• Provide strategies to live better with the disease;
• Involve other resources as needed;
• Be empathetic.

For more information, see principles for a dignified diagnosis.