Resources for health care professionals

Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are progressive, degenerative diseases. Individuals or their family members may consult their family physician when they begin to notice symptoms such as loss of memory, judgment and reasoning, difficulty with day-to-day tasks and changes in communication abilities, mood and behaviour.

Early diagnosis is important. Symptoms of irreversible dementia can be similar to those of other conditions such as depression, thyroid or heart disease, infections, drug interactions or alcohol abuse. Finding out the cause of the symptoms can help people understand the source of the symptoms, get the proper care, treatment and support and plan for the future.

First Link®

Physicians can refer people with dementia to First Link®, a program offered by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region that connects people with dementia to services and supports in their communities.

Canadian Family Physician Journal summarizes the services provided by the Alzheimer Society and discusses other supports and resources available for the management of people with dementia in an article in the December 2011 edition

3rd Canadian Consensus Conference on Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia

(Full conference proceedings and recommendations)

Additional Resources

  • Canadian Dementia Resource And Knowledge Exhange (CDRAKE) – shares dementia resources and knowledge both in-person and online for industry, researchers, clinicians, policy makers, people with dementia, and caregivers  
  • Dementia education website – interactive learning modules, clinical practice and educational resources
  • The Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange (AKE) – an Ontario-based website that facilitates the exchange of information, innovation and expertise among caregivers, educators, researchers and policy makers
  • The Foundation for Medical Practice Education – dedicated to the development, production and evaluation of educational programs for community-based family medicine and general practitioners
  • Sleep: A critical but overlooked aspect of dementia management – Resources, information and research to help families understand the sleep problems that can be associated with dementia. Designed by researchers from the Sleep and Function Interdisciplinary Group in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta.
  • - the online home of the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care. It is a web-based resource for geriatric patients, their caregivers and health professionals in south-east Ontario and beyond.
  • – the destination for Canadian doctors, pharmacists, nurses and healthcare executives, and the online home of The Medical Post, Pharmacy Practice, Drugstore Canada and Canadian Healthcare Manager.

Screening and diagnosis


Training and e-learning

Dementia and disasters e-learning program

Learn how to prepare to care for vulnerable older adults and people living with dementia in a disaster. Hosted by the Canadian Dementia Research and Knowledge Exchange

Free driving and dementia e-learning module

This free e-learning module addresses the needs of physicians for resources related to driving and dementia, and to help navigate the process of assessing fitness-to-drive, disclosure, reporting and more.


An effective tool to determine whether someone with a medical condition is able to drive safely.

Last Updated: 11/08/2017