First Link®


Newly diagnosed with dementia or know someone who is? This page is your First Link to programs, information and referrals to Alzheimer Society of York Region and community services.

Logo for First Link, three circles, leaning to hte left, with a forget-me-not flower in the middle circle

Contact our First Link Navigator, Sara, at [email protected] to learn how AS York can help on your dementia journey

Newly diagnosed with dementia or caring for someone who is? Download this referral form or contact Lisa Kovacevicthe First Link coordinator, at [email protected] at 905-726-3477 ext. 229. Need help in French? Email [email protected] 

First Link

Whether you are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia or are supporting someone who is, our First Link® program connects you and your family to the Alzheimer Society of York Region programs and other community services.

First Link is about helping you and your family make informed choices so you can live better with dementia at every stage of the disease. Connecting with First Link means you can:

  • receive one-on-one or group support
  • be referred to local healthcare providers and community services
  • meet other people in similar circumstances and exchange experiences
  • get the help you need to plan your future

How to access First Link®

Access First Link

  • Ask your patient/family member for permission to forward his/her name to the Alzheimer Society of York Region.
  • Complete the First Link Referral Form and let us know that you would like to contact them.
  • Once the form is completed, you have three options: call 905-726-3477 ext. 229 and speak to Lisa Kovacevic, the First Link coordinator; fax the referral to 905-726-1917; or email the referral to [email protected] . If you need help in French, email [email protected] and someone will assist you.
  • The First Link Coordinator will contact the family and connect them with available supports and education programs.
  • As the referring physician/professional, you will receive a follow-up letter to let you know that the First Link has been made.

Contact information

If you have any questions about First Link, contact Lisa Kovacevic, the First Link coordinator:

For help in French: [email protected]