Starter information package
Looking for a place to start? We can send you an information package of brochures, fact sheets and a list of helpful resources.
To request your information package, contact the First Link® Dementia Helpline or your local Alzheimer Resource Centre.
These publications can all be found at your local Alzheimer Resource Centre, and are available online.
Connections is a quarterly publication featuring submissions by and resources for caregivers, as well as news, updates and ways to get involved with the Society.
Insight is a quarterly publication that offers helpful strategies for people living with dementia.
It includes tips from Early Stage Support Group members from across the province and personal stories about people who are living with dementia.
Brochures, fact sheets and bookletsThe Alzheimer Society of B.C. has a variety of free educational brochures and fact sheets for people with dementia, their families, caregivers and anyone who is concerned about dementia. Brochures and fact sheets are available through local Alzheimer Resource Centres or by contacting the First Link® Dementia Helpline. The brochure, First Link: Your Link to Dementia Support - For people living with dementia and caregivers, lists our locations and programs.
Materials are also available to download.
- What is Alzheimer’s disease? (PDF)
- Dispelling the Myths (PDF)
- 10 Warning Signs (PDF)
- What to Expect (PDF)
- Mild Cognitive Impairment (PDF)
- Vascular Dementia (PDF)
- Frontotemporal Dementia (PDF)
- Lewy Body Dementia (PDF)
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (PDF)
Progression of Alzheimer's disease
- Benefits of an Early Diagnosis (PDF)
- Getting a Diagnosis (PDF)
- Preparing for your Doctor’s Visit (PDF)
- Principles for a Dignified Diagnosis (PDF)
For persons with dementia
- First Steps - for people with dementia (PDF)
- All About Me (PDF): This booklet is designed to help people living with dementia create a record of their background and what is important to them.
- Shared Experiences: On this web page, booklets and audio files are available to answer some of your questions and concerns about living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Living with dementia
- Communication (PDF)
- Driving (PDF)
- Quality of Life (PDF)
- Decision-Making (PDF)
- Locating Devices (PDF)
- Personal Care (PDF)
- Meal Times (PDF)
- Intimacy and Sexuality (PDF)
- Adjusting to Long-Term Care (PDF)
- Restraints (PDF)
- Travelling (PDF)
Caring for someone with dementia
- First Steps - for families (PDF)
- Ways to Help (PDF)
- Reducing Caregiver Stress (PDF)
- Caregiving Options: Considering Long-Term Care (PDF)
- Ambiguous Loss and Grief in Dementia - for individuals and families (PDF)
- A Handbook for Care (PDF)
Risk factors and genetics
- Alzheimer's Disease and Risk Factors (PDF)
- Understanding Genetics and Alzheimer's Disease (PDF)
- Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease (PDF)
Advocacy fact sheet series
Advocacy simply means speaking up — for yourself or for someone else. These fact sheets offer tips on advocating for a family member with dementia. We suggest that you read through the series, and then use the resources provided at the end of each fact sheet to find more specific information.
- What is an Advocate? (PDF)
- Getting Organized (PDF)
- Getting a Diagnosis (PDF)
- Accessing Services - Part 1 (PDF)
- Accessing Services - Part 2 (PDF)
- Dealing with Conflict (PDF)
- Writing an Effective Letter (PDF)
- Unexpected Costs (PDF)
- Rural Areas/Moving to B.C. (PDF)
Kids and teens
- Resource list for kids (PDF)
- Resource list for teens (PDF)
- Focus: Helping children understand Alzheimer’s disease (PDF)
- Focus: Helping teens understand Alzheimer’s disease (PDF)
- Heads Up for Healthier Living – for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families (PDF)
- Heads Up for Healthier Brains (PDF)
For health-care providers
- Importance of Early Diagnosis (PDF)
- Questions to ask when cognitive impairment is suspected (PDF)
- Communicating the Diagnosis (PDF)
- Ambiguous Loss and Grief - for health-care providers (PDF)
Additional print resources are available at your local Alzheimer Resource Centre.
A full list of brochures and publications produced by the Alzheimer Society of Canada can be found here.
Public order form
Organizations in British Columbia and the Yukon can order informational brochures from the Alzheimer Society of B.C.'s Provincial Office by using a public order form.