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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.

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Mon 27

First Steps for Care Partners (4 Week Program)

January 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Feb 03

First Steps for Care Partners (4 Week Program)

February 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Feb 10

First Steps for Care Partners (4 Week Program)

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Feb 19

First Steps for Care Partners (4 Week Program)

February 19 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Feb 26

First Steps for Care Partners (4 Week Program)

February 26 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Mar 04
Mar 11

First Steps for Care Partners (4 Week Program)

March 11 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
May 06
May 13
May 20

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 24

Care Essentials (4 Week Program)

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mar 02

Care Essentials (4 Week Program)

March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mar 09

Care Essentials (4 Week Program)

March 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mar 16

Care Essentials (4 Week Program)

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
May 13

Care Essentials (4 Week Program)

May 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
May 20

Care Essentials (4 Week Program)

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
May 27

Care Essentials (4 Week Program)

May 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jun 03

Care Essentials (4 Week Program)

June 3 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Jun 03

Care Essentials (4 Week Program)

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jun 10

Care Essentials (4 Week Program)

June 10 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 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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Wed 29

Options for Care (3 Week Program)

January 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Feb 05

Options for Care (3 Week Program)

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Feb 12

Options for Care (3 Week Program)

February 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Apr 20

Options for Care (3 Week Program)

April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Apr 27

Options for Care (3 Week Program)

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
May 04

Options for Care (3 Week Program)

May 4 @ 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.

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May 01

Care in the Later Stages (3 Week Program)

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

Care in the Later Stages (3 Week Program)

May 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 15

Care in the Later Stages (3 Week Program)

May 15 @ 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.

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