To register for the next First Link® Education Series, or more information about the First Link® Program, contact our First Link Coordinator:
- Email: [email protected]
- Phone: 902-628-2257
Registration is free.
The First Link® Education Series is a four-module series for caregivers and family members who are caring for a person with dementia. The following topics are covered in the First Link Education Series for Caregivers (these videos can be found on our YouTube):
Module #1: It's Dementia. Where Do We Go From Here?
Participants will receive basic information about dementia and the impact this disease has on the individual, caregivers and families. Through an exploration of how dementia affects the brain and behaviour across the progression of the disease, caregivers will learn what to expect throughout the journey of dementia.
Module #2: Day-to-Day Living
Changes in the brain due to Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia often appear to us as changes in the person’s behaviour. Caregivers will learn how to understand behaviour as a form of communication and explore strategies for determining what the person with dementia might be trying to communicate. Caregivers will explore ways to decrease the occurrence of behaviours that concern us and discuss effective ways of facilitating communication and providing support to the person with dementia.
Module #3: Who Cares For The Caregiver?
When supporting a person with a chronic illness such as dementia, caregivers must take care of their own physical and mental health. Participants will gain an understanding of how certain messages, demands or beliefs can contribute to stress and burnout. They will also learn how to recognize the signs of burnout and discover ways to deal with caregiver stress.
Module #4: Life Has Changed: What's Next?
Starting to plan for the future as early as possible ensures that the person with dementia can play a role in making important health care and financial decisions. Family caregivers will learn the importance of early planning and review strategies for ensuring that the wishes of the individual with dementia are honoured now and in the future.