What is a Dementia Friend?

A Dementia Friend is someone who learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into simple actions that can help people with dementia live well.

Become a Dementia Friend

Become a Dementia Friend in three easy steps


Walk for Alzheimer's

Be a part of Canada's biggest fundraiser for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias

Monies raised support programs and services in your community that improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their families, and support other activities like education and public awareness.

Walks take place in over 150 communities across Canada. Find a walk near you


First Link - Premier Lien

Your first step to living well with dementia

Whether you are living with dementia or supporting someone who is, our First Link® program helps you and your family make informed choices so you can live better with dementia at every stage of the disease.

Connecting with First Link means you can:

  • receive one-on-one or group support
  • be referred to local healthcare providers and community services
  • meet other people in similar circumstances and exchange experiences
  • get the help you need to plan your future

Learn more about First Link in New Brunswick ►


“My mother, with Alzheimer’s is still teaching me lessons. And when I’m open to the possibilities, there is much to learn.” – Colleen Jones, curling world champion and a caregiver. Read more
"Those of us who are able should volunteer. If it has to be with supervision, so be it. We still have two feet and a heart." - Bea Kraayenhof, living with Frontotemporal dementia. Read more
"People living with dementia can continue to engage in creative and meaningful ways." - Pia Kontos, Researcher at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network. Read more
“My husband is a loving grandfather, a greeter at our church and a huge Boston Bruins fan. Dementia doesn’t define us.” – Cathy Hurd, caregiver for her husband who has Alzheimer’s. Read more
“Right down to the way he holds a napkin or the way he laughs, he’s still Brad.” – Pam Cross, caregiver for her husband who has dementia. Read more
"There is definitely a stereotype of a person with dementia. We are not all victims. We have a life worth living." Jim Mann, person living with Alzheimer's disease. Read more
"I found out the hard way the importance of not letting my role as my mom's caregiver define me." - Edy Graziani, a caregiver. Read more
"People with Alzheimer's are there. They feel things." - Daniela Coelho, caregiver for her late grandmother. Read more
"There are as many ways for dementia to express itself, and for those affected to deal with it, as there are people in the world." - Roxanne Varey, living with young onset Alzheimer's. Read more
"I'm still the same person I was before my husband's diagnosis. Being a caregiver does not define me." - Rina Clark, caregiver for her husband who has Alzheimer's. Read more
"Some people want to remember the person as they were, and so they don't visit. But my mom is still here. She's still a person and has value." - Cathy Grand, caregiver for her mother. Read more

Last Updated: 12/21/2016