First Link

What is First Link®?

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First Link® is an innovative referral program designed for people newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and their families. It provides support as early as possible and throughout the progression of the disease.

First Link, endorsed by the medical community, is based on the Canadian Consensus Guidelines on Dementia, developed by 45 medical experts. Those experts recommend primary care providers use First Link as a support for patients and families affected by dementia.

Most Alzheimer Societies in Ontario offer First Link. Through self referral or referral by physician, people with dementia and their caregivers can connect with their local Alzheimer Society’s First Link program and better manage their situation.

To make First Link a part of your practice, download the referral form and contact the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay for more information.  Our First Link Coordinator can be reached by calling (807) 345-9556 or 1-888-887-5140 or by e-mailing [email protected]

First Link has decreased the average time between diagnosis and referral to local Societies from 18 to seven months. That’s important because the sooner your patient gets help, the more control they have over their illness.


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Last Updated: 11/08/2017