Why we should be the ﬁrst place you turn
A diagnosis of dementia hits hard and would leave any of us at a loss. Dealing with the news is something few are prepared for. First Link®, with a spectrum of services, information, and support, is the ﬁrst place to turn when you need help answering the question… What do I do now?
By being the first place you turn when you are diagnosed (or soon after), we can ensure you are referred directly to First Link®-approved health services, support and information.
“Prior to First Link, my wife and I didn’t know anything about dementia or Alzheimer’s. With the information we received, we were able to become proactive in dealing with this illness.” – Caregiver
How does First Link® work?
The goal of First Link® is to make it as easy as possible for those diagnosed with dementia to access services, information, and care.
For easy access to the Alzheimer Society’s First Link®-approved support, simply give permission for your doctor or healthcare provider to share your information with the First Link® service. We will then contact you to start the simple process. If a healthcare referral is not available, you or a family member may also call us directly.
That initial conversation is the ﬁrst step towards your First Link® support. From there we can connect you directly with the local health services that best suit your needs; we can share information on how to access Alzheimer Society programs; we can offer insights and ideas on living well with dementia, the progression of the disease, and more; and we can take the time to discuss your questions and concerns.
Connecting with First Link® means you can:
- Receive one-on-one or group support services
- Be connected to local healthcare providers and community services
- Meet others in similar circumstances to exchange experiences
- Get help on planning your future and managing your disease
Who can refer me?
You can be referred to First Link® by almost any of your healthcare providers or nearby community agencies including:
- Your family physician
- Geriatric specialists
- Social workers
- Occupational therapists
- Social service workers
How do I get a referral?
Talk to your doctor (or any of the above) about First Link®. If it’s easier, you can also contact your local Alzheimer Society and begin the process that way.
What happens after a referral is made?
Once a referral is made, a First Link® Co-ordinator will reach out to you and, if desired, to a family member (or members).
Through that call you will be linked to Alzheimer Society services and other programs and services within your community.
Connecting to support and information in the early stages of the disease is important, and that is why we are here. Take full advantage of our expertise in living with and managing dementia, make First Link® your ﬁrst move.
Download the brochure
Learn how we can be your First Link® through our print-friendly, downloadable brochure. Also available optimized to view on mobile devices.