Yukoners affected by dementia can now access specialized community support with just one call

British Columbia

To support Yukoners on the dementia journey, the Government of Yukon has partnered with the Alzheimer Society of B.C. to launch a new First Link® Yukon Dementia Helpline.

First Link Dementia Helpline

Across the country, more than 660,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia – a progressive, degenerative and ultimately terminal illness that affects memory, judgement, behaviour and personality. The dementia journey is challenging for the person living with the disease, their caregivers and their family members. This can be particularly true in remote communities, but no one should have to face it alone. 

The Government of Yukon and the Alzheimer Society of B.C. have partnered to launch the First Link® Yukon Dementia Helpline to support Yukoners on their journey with dementia. This service is available to Yukoners across the territory as part of comprehensive support for seniors and caregivers in response to recommendations from the Putting People First report and the Aging in Place action plan.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s First Link® Yukon Dementia Helpline is for anyone living with dementia or caring for someone who is, whether personally or professionally. Society staff provide care and support to people living with dementia and their family members while facing challenges that dementia brings, from diagnosis – or before – to end of life. Services that the helpline provides include, but are not limited to, general information about dementia, resources available to communities or support groups that are available.

Yukoners can reach the helpline by calling the toll-free number: 1-888-852-2579, available from Monday to Friday (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) to access help and guidance. All calls are confidential.

"Today is World Alzheimer's Day, an opportunity to raise awareness and challenge the stigma around Alzheimer's disease and other dementia. Our government is proud to partner with the Alzheimer’s Society of British Columbia to launch the First Link® Yukon Dementia Helpline. Whether you are living with this illness or caring for someone who is, dementia can be a challenging journey to navigate. The First Link® Yukon Dementia Helpline will be an important resource to support Yukoners with resources, information and community." – Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee

“If you or someone you know in the Yukon is living with dementia or caring for a person living with the disease, you are not alone. We are here to support you to build the confidence and skills to navigate the dementia journey.” – Chief Executive Officer Alzheimer Society of B.C. Jen Lyle

Visit alzbc.org/yukon for more information on dementia support services, education and resources including virtual support groups, webinars and online workshops. 

The term for this collaborative initiative is until March 31, 2024.

Dementia support in the Yukon

Dementia services, including the First Link® Yukon Dementia Helpline, are now available to support Yukon-based community members affected by dementia, health-care providers and the general public.

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Resources for the Yukon

Looking for more information on Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias? Free educational videos and brochures are available for people living with dementia, their families, health-care providers and anyone who is concerned about dementia.

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