First Link® dementia support connects people with dementia and their care partners to support services, education and information at any stage of the journey. If you are living with dementia, connecting to First Link means you’ll receive the support you need when you need it – through bulletins, support groups, education and one-on-one phone calls. First Link is about an ongoing connection.
Below, learn about how you can connect to First Link® dementia support. To find dementia education and support services in your area, see the First Link® bulletin.
- First Link® Dementia HelplineIf you are living with dementia or have questions about the disease, call the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033.
- First Link® formal referralsWhen you receive a diagnosis, your health-care provider can put First Link® dementia support in touch with you, to help you plan for the changes.
- Regional Resource CentresVisit the Resource Centre in your area to receive information, education and support from Alzheimer Society of B.C. staff and volunteers.
- Dementia educationOffered in communities around B.C., our education workshops give people the knowledge and skills to live well with the challenges of dementia.
- Support groupsYou’re not alone; our family caregiver and early stage support groups are a place to learn about the disease and meet others on the dementia journey.
- Minds in Motion®Minds in Motion® is a fitness and social program open to people in the early stages of dementia and their care partners, where they can participate in light exercise, fun activities and social time.
- Tele-workshopsLearn from home. Participate in our free one-hour tele-workshops – available over the phone and online – or review a recording of past presentations.
- Brochures and toolsFind brochures and fact sheets in English and other languages, as well as Tyze – an online tool to support families.
- Tools for health-care providersTools available for health-care providers, including training, brochures and First Link® formal referral forms.