Alzheimer's Awareness Month
Every January in Canada, we recognize and support Alzheimer's Awareness Month to help spread the word about dementia, provide valuable resources, and share with you our role in supporting families and individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia.
All month long, just as we do throughout the year, we will explore topics on the impact dementia has on Canadians, where to seek assistance, and what you can do to help.
Today's blog will explore the Alzheimer Society's service called First Link®
What is First Link?
If you or a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, the first point of resource beyond your medical practitioners may be the Alzheimer's Society. First Link allows you to connect to support, care, knowledge, expertise, and referrals.
First Link® is the Alzheimer Society program offering approved services and information to those living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and caregivers. It encompasses the areas of Risk Reduction, Education, Living Well with the Disease, Community, Research, and Advocacy; an umbrella that brings together all aspects of the care and management of dementia in Canada.
The connections and supports you make when first diagnosed with dementia right through the further progression of the disease, First Link is there. They will connect you with resources and supports in your local community across Canada and counsel you on the healthcare options you or your loved one require throughout the journey.
First Link can connect you to dementia-focused health services, support, and information near you, such as:
Receiving one-on-one or group support services,
Being connected to local healthcare providers and community services,
Meeting others in similar circumstances to exchange experiences, and
Getting help on planning your future and managing your disease.
Let the Alzheimer Society be your First Link for help and support by calling your local chapter.
1-866-950-5465 Alberta and Northwest Territories
1-800-936-6033 British Columbia
1-800-664-8411 New Brunswick
1-877-776-0608 Newfoundland and Labrador
1-800-611-6345 Nova Scotia
1-866-628-2257 Prince Edward Island
How Ideal Caregivers Can Help
At Ideal Caregivers 4u, we are proud to be your trusted partner in senior home care services. We provide a variety of services to help you or your loved one live with dignity, respect, and the care needed through life's different stages.
From Personal Support Care Workers, Convalescent Care, Companionship, Meal Assistance, Overnight to 24-hr Care, and more, let our Alzheimer's and dementia-trained team members assist you with the care you need.
Visit our website for more information or call us at 613-769-1669 for support from our Ottawa Region team!
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