If you are newly diagnosed
Getting a diagnosis of dementia can be overwhelming. We strongly recommend that you visit your local Alzheimer Society for information, programs, services and support.
To help you, we have created a number of resources to learn about dementia and how you can live as well as possible with dementia.
- First steps (print-friendly version) outlines a step-by-step plan to help people who are newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
- What to expect (print-friendly version) gives an overview of the stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Shared experiences: suggestions for living well with Alzheimer's disease is a brochure with advice written by people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
If you are a family member or caregiver
- First steps for families (print-friendly version) outlines steps family members can take to learn how to support the person with dementia.
- Reducing caregiver stress (print-friendly version) provides suggestions to help caregivers give the best possible support while taking care of themselves.
- Ways to help gives suggestions for helping people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
For anyone who needs helps
"I too was reluctant to seek help. I thought, 'OMG I live with this. Why would I want to listen to other people talk about it?' Going to my first support group was the best thing I have ever experienced. These are trained people with tips and supports I now have access to." – Carol-Ann, from Ontario. Carol-Ann is the caregiver for her husband, Stan, who lives with dementia.
If you’re looking for advice, someone to listen, or general information, there are many ways to get the support you need:
- To see all of our resources, please visit our list of brochures and publications.
- A support group can give you a place to talk with others who understand the disease and know just what you’re going through. For support groups in your area, contact your local Alzheimer Society.
- Staff are available to listen to your concerns and help you plan for the future. Contact us.