First Link® Learning Series


The First Link Learning Series helps people with dementia, their families and friends to live as well as possible with the disease.

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To register for the next First Link® Learning Series, or more information about the First Link® Program, contact [email protected], or call 902-628-2257

Registration is free. Visit our Events Calendar for upcoming sessions or contact us.

About the Learning Series

The First Link Learning Series includes in depth education sessions to help people living with dementia, and their family members and friends to live as well as possible with the disease. The sessions offered build upon each other to provide a comprehensive overview of Alzheimer's and other dementias, and teach the skills needed to provide day to day care, understand changes in behaviour, personality, and communication, coping strategies, available resources and support, and care in the later stages. Participants have the opportunity to learn and share with others who are affected by dementia.

All learning opportunities are provided at no cost to participants.

For a list of upcoming sessions, please scroll down, see our Event Calendar, or contact us.

First Steps

for people with dementia and family and friends

This series is to help individuals newly diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers understand their diagnosis and the changes they experience. This series will also offer participants an opportunity to share and connect with others embarking on a similar journey. They will learn about topics including what is dementia, memory loss, coping strategies, medications, treatments, research, planning for the future, and community resources and support.

Next Steps for Families

for family and friends

This series will offer family members and friends caring for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias an overview of the disease. The topics discussed in this series will be much the same as those listed under First Steps.

Virtual: Register for May 2024 sessions here.

Care Essentials

for family and friends

This series will offer guidance throughout the caregiver journey and strategies for when a person with dementia's care needs have increased. Topics discussed include: the progression of the disease, understanding behaviour, day to day care and community resources. 

Summerside: Register for April sessions here.

Options for Care

for family and friends

This series will help family members and caregivers evaluate their current caregiving needs and explore other possible care options available, including long-term care. Topics include: Where to turn when care needs are increasing, long term care - how the system works, and coping with changes.

Care in the Later Stages

for family and friends

This series is to help family members and friends of people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias understand what to expect in the later stages of the disease. Topics include: understanding the experiences of grief and loss, learning about the later stages, recognizing pain and distress, and providing care that promotes dignity, comfort and quality of life.

O'Leary: Register for September sessions here.

Programs and Services

The Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward Island can help you by providing information, resources, education, support and counselling. Use this page as your guide to find the care and support you may need.

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About Us

The Alzheimer Society of PEI comprises of a team of caring and dedicated professionals committed to fulfilling our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

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Dementia Resources in PEI

The Alzheimer Society of PEI offers resources for people with dementia, caregivers, family members and healthcare providers. Below is a listing of our most up to date resources.

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