For health-care professionals

Caring for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias is a long-term commitment for health-care providers.

From diagnosis until the end of life, health-care providers are called upon to support not only the person with the disease, but family caregivers as well.

This section includes information and resources to help physicians provide early diagnosis and to help all health-care providers support individuals and their families throughout the continuum of the disease.

Screening and diagnosis
Tools for healthcare professionals to support dementia screening, assessment, and early diagnosis.
Dementia research
Learn more about the Alzheimer Society Research Program and other external research projects.
Helpful resources to support healthcare professionals in assessing and discussing driving issues.
Ambiguous loss and grief
Practical resources to help healthcare professionals understand loss and grief associated with dementia.
First Link® program
The First Link® program provides an opportunity for healthcare professionals to refer individuals to the Alzheimer Society for information, support, and education.
Culture change
Fostering a person-centred approach to care will improve the quality of care for people with dementia and their families.
How does pain affect people with dementia? Tips and tools for assessing and managing pain.
Professional development
A selection of training and e-learning modules as well as useful resources.
End-of-life care
The needs of people with dementia at the end of life are unique. This resource helps families to plan and prepare for end of life decisions.

Resource list for family physicians (PDF)
This document outlines a list of resources that can provide education and support to family physicians and their patients who are living with dementia. The resources in this list address four distinct topic areas: diagnosis, driving, behaviour and management.

Resources for long-term care (PDF)
Moving to long-term care can be a significant and challenging transition for the person with dementia and their family. This list will provide an overview of Alzheimer Society resources that can support staff, people with dementia and families before, during and after the transition to long-term care. These resources are available on our website or from your local Alzheimer Society.

Please feel free to email us to submit your feedback and suggest useful information and resources for your peers.

Last Updated: 11/25/2019