Education for the person living with dementia

The first course in the First Link® Learning Series is designed for the person living with dementia and their primary care partner.

First Steps for People Living with Dementia and Care Partners

This series helps people newly diagnosed with a dementia and their care partners understand their diagnosis and the changes they experience.  It offers participants an opportunity to share and connect with others.  Topics covered during this course include:

  • What is dementia:  a look at different types of dementia and discussion of early symptoms of dementia, diagnosis and medications.
  • Adapting to brain changes:  a discussion on adapting to brain changes and maximizing brain health.
  • Planning ahead:  Topics discussed include assessing and managing risk, Advance Care Planning and managing finances.
  • Building a Circle of Support:  a look at ways to recognize and manage stress and discussion around supports available in the community.

Comments from past First Steps participants:

"We enjoyed sharing information, which brought tears and laughter!"

"It can be scary looking ahead with dementia and this course elevated (sic) my worries."

"(First Steps) gave me a feeling I am not alone and there is help available.  So glad we came."

Due to Covid-19, the following First Steps for People Living with Dementia series are being offered online using the web-conferencing platform ZOOM.  

Mondays, May 25, June 1, 8 & 15
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Wednesdays, July 22, 29, August 5 & 12
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

For information about this program, how to get connected to ZOOM and to register, please contact Dana at 705-722-1066 ext 225 or email [email protected] 

Last Updated: 04/30/2020