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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Sep 05

First Steps for Care Partners (Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26)

September 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sep 10
Oct 03
Nov 05

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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Sep 10

Care Essentials (Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1)

September 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oct 15

Care Essentials (Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5)

October 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Nov 21

Care Essentials (Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 12)

November 21 @ 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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Wed 29

Options for Care (Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 12)

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oct 23

Options for Care (Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6)

October 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 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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Nov 02

Care in the Later Stages (Nov. 2, 9, 16)

November 2 @ 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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