First Link
Community 

Do you know someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia? Looking for a way to help him with this disease?

First Link® is a program that gives people with dementia, care partners and family a direct connection to information and services in their community.

Through self referral or referral by physician, people with dementia and their care partners can connect with the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay’s First Link program and better manage their situation.

Why should I use First Link?

The Alzheimer Society’s First Link program helps people with the disease and care partners manage their situation and quality of life. First Link will:

  • Help them understand dementia
  • Give them increased capacity to manage the psychological and behavioral symptoms of dementia
  • Help them manage stress and allow them to share their struggles
  • Provide a support network of professionals and other caregivers
  • Allow for a more fulfilling relationship with the person being cared for

Information and services available for care partners:

First Link will connect care partners with Alzheimer Society programs and services, including:

  • One-on-one counselling sessions
  • Support groups 
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Finding Your Way, a wandering prevention program
  • Educational resource materials (brochures, fact sheets, tip sheets, etc.)
  • Tips for navigating the healthcare system

What does First Link do for a person with dementia?

The person with dementia will benefit from First Link. It connects them with Alzheimer Society programs and services, including:

  • One-on-one counselling sessions
  • Support groups 
  • Activity classes, including arts and crafts, music and exercise
  • Tips for navigating the healthcare system
  • Finding Your Way, a wandering prevention program
  • Knowledge resource materials

Contact our First Link Coordinator at (807) 345-9556, 1-888-887-5140 or firstlink@alzheimerthunderbay.ca to see how to refer someone to First Link.  


Last Updated: 11/08/2017