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Education for the Care Partner


The First Link Learning Series

The First Link Learning Series offers a comprehensive overview of dementia, coping strategies, resources and support systems, spread over five progressive modules, each one building upon the other.

First Link is facilitated by our Registered Social Workers and allied health professionals. Throughout the series participants are offered the opportunity to share and connect with others embarking on the dementia journey.

First Link – First Steps for Care Partners

This four week course of the First Link Learning Series provides an introduction to Alzheimer’s disease
and other dementias and is intended for the care partners, family members and friends of individuals with
dementia. Facilitated by registered health professionals and utilizing expert guest speakers, topics covered
include: types of dementia, changes in the brain, coping strategies, planning for the future, managing risks and
community resources.

Click for Upcoming Dates for First Steps for Care Partners
Jan 14

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 1 of 4)

January 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jan 21

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 2 of 4)

January 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jan 28

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 3 of 4)

January 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jan 30

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 1 of 4)

January 30, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Feb 04

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 4 of 4)

February 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Feb 06

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 2 of 4)

February 6, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Feb 13

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 3 of 4)

February 13, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Feb 20

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 4 of 4)

February 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mar 06

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 1 of 4)

March 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mar 13

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 2 of 4)

March 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

First Link – Care Essentials

This four week course for family caregivers and care partners other problem solving strategies related to communication, responsive behaviours, caregiver burnout and expected changes in mid-stage progression of the illness.

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Feb 18

Care Essentials (Week 1 of 4)

February 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Feb 25

Care Essentials (Week 2 of 4)

February 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mar 04

Care Essentials (Week 3 of 4)

March 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mar 11

Care Essentials (Week 4 of 4)

March 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Apr 17

Care Essentials (Week 1 of 4)

April 17, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apr 24

Care Essentials (Week 2 of 4)

April 24, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
May 01

Care Essentials (Week 3 of 4)

May 1, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
May 08

Care Essentials (Week 4 of 4)

May 8, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Jun 05

Care Essentials (Week 1 of 4)

June 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jun 12

Care Essentials (Week 2 of 4)

June 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

First Link – Options for Care

This three week course for family caregivers and care partners assists the participants to evaluate their current caregiving needs and explore other available care options, including in-home care, adult day programs and long-term care.

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Jan 30

Options for Care (Week 1 of 3)

January 30, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Feb 06

Options for Care (Week 2 of 3)

February 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Feb 13

Options for Care (Week 3 of 3)

February 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jun 05

Options for Care (Week 1 of 3)

June 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jun 12

Options for Care (Week 2 of 3)

June 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jun 19

Options for Care (Week 3 of 3)

June 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

First Link – Care in the Later Stages

This three week course helps family caregivers and care partners understand what to expect in the later stages of dementia. This module will also explore how participants can provide comfort to the person as well as review the experiences of grief and loss.

Click for Upcoming Dates for Care in the Later Stages
May 03

Care in the Later Stages (Week 1 of 3)

May 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 10

Care in the Later Stages (Week 2 of 3)

May 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 17

Care in the Later Stages (Week 3 of 3)

May 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

First Link – Condensed First Steps/Care Essentials

This six week course provides a condensed version of the First Link Learning Series (First Steps for the Care Partner and Care Essentials) in Strathroy.

Click for Upcoming Dates for Condensed First Steps/Care Essentials
Apr 03

Condensed First Steps/Care Essentials (Week 1 of 6)

April 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Apr 10

Condensed First Steps/Care Essentials (Week 2 of 6)

April 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Apr 17

Condensed First Steps/Care Essentials (Week 3 of 6)

April 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Apr 24

Condensed First Steps/Care Essentials (Week 4 of 6)

April 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 01

Condensed First Steps/Care Essentials (Week 5 of 6)

May 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 08

Condensed First Steps/Care Essentials (Week 6 of 6)

May 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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