The Alzheimer Society in Ontario is committed to providing quality education for the people living with dementia, their family and friends, and all members of the care team. 

Our approach to education is based on adult learning principles that gives people opportunities to see how new information fits with their past experiences, try out new ideas and plan how to use what they’ve learned. This means more effective learning that leads to change.


Who's it for?

U-First!® is a training program or professional caregivers of people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. 

What's involved? 

U-First!® is for you if you have one day (6 hours) and want to meet other learners in a open and safe workshop. This workshop is interactive and allows everyone to be involved and learn from one another.


U-First!® Online is offered over a 3-week period, in a blended learning format. Participants are responsible for completing specific activities each week and should be willing to commit approximately 3-5 hours per week for the course. $75
Week 1 complete 9 e-learning modules and 1 discussion forum
Week 2 complete 9 e-learning modules, 1 discussion forum, and a Case Study Assignment
Week 3 participate in 1 live webinar

First Link® Learning Series

Who's it for?

The First Link® Learning Series is for people living with early stage dementia and for care partners (family members & friends) of people living with dementia. 

What's involved? 

Four unique learning programs to meet the needs of people living with early dementia and care partners throughout the dementia journey. The The First Link® Learning Series is usually offered in a group setting.
  1. First Steps (What is Dementia?, Adapting to Brain Changes, Planning Ahead, Building a Circle of Support)
  2. Care Essentials (What to Expect, Communicating Effectively, Responding to Behaviour Changes, Supporting Daily Activities)
  3. Options for Care (When Care Needs are Increasing, Long-term Care Decisions, Transitioning Care Roles)
  4. Care in the Later Stages (Preparing for the Later Stages, Late Stage Care Strategies, Taking Care of You)
Contact your local Alzheimer Society to learn more about options available to you.


Taking Control of Our Lives

Who's it for?

Taking Control of Our Lives is for people living with early stage dementia. Participants can choose to have a family member or friend take part with them if they would like.


What's involved?

Taking Control of Our Lives is an 8-week self-management program to help people living with early dementia, to develop skills, increase confidence and feel empowered to take control of their lives by talking with and learning from others in a similar situation. 

  • Getting Started
  • Adapting to Change 
  • Finding Meaning & Purpose 
  • Communication
  • Safety, Independence & Decision-making
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Building & Keeping Connections
  • Staying Well

Dementia Friendly Communities™

Dementia Friendly Communities™ training will provide you with the opportunity to be a part of a global movement as we build communities where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported and included. This training will help you to:
  • Cater to a large and growing part of the population
  • Be accessible for people with all types of abilities, a broader customer base means even greater opportunity
  • Demonstrate your commitment to social responsibility, enhancing your reputation of goodwill within our community
There are several ways that you can get involved and help! Learn how you can help make your community dementia friendly.

Finding Your Way®

Finding Your Way® helps people living with dementia, their families, caregivers and communities to recognize the risk of going missing, be prepared for incidents of going missing, and ensure that people with dementia can live safely in the community.

Click here for learning opportunities available in this program.

You can also visit our website at and contact your local Alzheimer Society to learn about other options available to you.

Find out more about how your local Alzheimer Society can help you reach your (or your group/organization’s) learning goals through other education opportunities in your community and customized learning.

Other educational resources 

Last Updated: 01/29/2019