Programs and services

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

National dementia ambassador Tanis Rummery.

For more information about any of the programs and services we offer at the Alzheimer Society of Perth County, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 519-271-1910 (toll-free: 1-888-797-1882).

We are here to help

Our staff and volunteers provide support programs, educational resources, referral services and more to ease the burden of care and improve the quality of life for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, as well as their care partners and families.

Experience has shown that the earlier people begin to learn and strategize about coping with dementia, the better they are prepared and the better their care partners are able to provide support over time.

We hope you will find relief in knowing that you are not alone and do not have to pioneer your own path, when so many have gone before and have shared their learning.

Scroll down to learn more about the programs and services we offer at the Alzheimer Society of Perth County.

The Alzheimer Society of Perth County's Program brochure (PDF)

View and download this brochure to learn about the programs and services we offer, as well as other useful information about dementia and our Society.

The Alzheimer Society of Perth County's Program brochure (PDF)
Fall 2020 Program Guide (PDF)

Read our latest program guide to find out how we can support you during the Fall season, including online recreation programs, learning series and more.

Fall 2020 Program Guide - Alzheimer Society of Perth County

Support programs

These programs offer support and improve quality of life for people living with cognitive decline, families and care partners.

First Link®

First Link® is an innovative program that connects people who are newly diagnosed with local healthcare providers across Ontario. People living with dementia can receive information about diagnosis, day-to-day living, positive approaches to care and how to prepare for the end of life.

The program also provides individual support and counselling and links people with the disease to other Alzheimer Society programs and services.

Learn more about First Link®.

The First Link® Learning Series

The First Link® Learning Series is made up of six distinct courses that are progressive in nature. Each course builds upon the other to provide participants with a comprehensive overview of dementia, coping strategies, resources and support systems.

Learn more about the First Link® Learning Series.

Learning the Ropes for Living with MCI®

Through Learning the Ropes for Living with MCI, people living with mild cognitive impairment can optimize their cognitive health through lifestyle choices, memory training and psychosocial support.

Learn more about Learning the Ropes for Living with MCI.

Minds in Motion®

Through Minds in Motion®, people living with dementia will experience meaningful and beneficial socialization and stimulation through a number of appropriate activities.

Learn more about Minds in Motion®.

Dementia education and resources

The Alzheimer Society of Perth County provides many educational opportunities for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, caregivers, healthcare providers and more.

From our educational First Link® Learning Series to online learning, our public education team can answer your questions about brain health and living well with dementia.

Virtual Social Recreation

To help you manage social distancing during COVID-19, our social recreation team has prepared several downloadable resources, as well as some links that we thought you might like. Our goal is to keep your minds moving while we are isolated from COVID-19.

Check out our Virtual Social Recreation kit.

More resources on dementia

Across Canada, the Alzheimer Society offers resources for people living with dementia, caregivers, families, healthcare providers and first responders.

For a full list of helpful resources, visit our online resource library.

Information and referral

If you are concerned that you may have dementia, or have been recently diagnosed and are unsure what your next step is, the Alzheimer Society of Perth County can help you get the information you need.

Information packages

The Alzheimer Society of Perth County responds to enquiries from people with memory problems, people living with dementia, caregivers, healthcare providers and the general public. Information is offered on the following:

  • Alzheimer's disease and other dementias,
  • Early warning signs,
  • Diagnosis and treatment,
  • Supportive strategies,
  • Community resources and
  • Research developments.

Information packages are available upon request by calling 1-888-797-1882 or emailing us at [email protected].

Self-referral

Dementia is not a normal part of aging.

  • If you are concerned about any of the early warning signs, go to your doctor.
  • If you don’t receive the help you need, ask to be referred to a specialist. You know your body and you should speak up if you have worries about Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
  • Our list of 10 warning signs can help you identify the signs of dementia.

For help and support with self-referral, call us at 1-888-797-1882 or email us at [email protected].

Individual and group support

We provide a variety of supports for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, families and care partners, whether it is through individual support or a support group.

Find support in Perth County.

Public awareness

We provide many learning opportunities for the general public. Through these opportunities and sessions, you can learn more about dementia and how you can help make our community more dementia-friendly.

Learn more about public awareness and community groups in Perth County.

Safety services

When Alzheimer's disease and other dementias progress, the person living with the disease has the potential to go missing. This situation presents a serious safety concern, but know that help and support is available.

Finding Your Way®

Finding Your Way® is a website dedicated to helping people living with dementia, their families, caregivers and communities to recognize the risk of going missing, be prepared for incidents of going missing, and ensure that people with dementia can live safely in the community.

Learn more about Finding Your Way®.

MedicAlert® Safely Home®

MedicAlert® Safely Home®is a nationwide service designed to help identify a person living with dementia who has gone missing. The service also ensures that the person returns to their family safe and sound.

MedicAlert® Safely Home® was created through a partnership between MedicAlert Foundation Canada and the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Learn more about MedicAlert® Safely Home®.

First Link®

If you are newly diagnosed with dementia, First Link® can connect you to the help you need as soon as possible.

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The First Link® Learning Series

The Alzheimer Society of Perth County offers the First Link® Learning Series for people who are living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia.

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Minds in Motion®

Through Minds in Motion®, people living with early to mid-stage dementia will experience meaningful and beneficial socialization and stimulation through a number of appropriate activities. Learn more about the program on this page.

Learn more
Minds in Motion program in session.

Public awareness and community groups

We provide many learning opportunities for the general public. Through these opportunities and sessions, you can learn more about dementia and how you can help make our community more dementia-friendly.

Learn more
Middle-aged woman speaking at her support group.