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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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May 06
May 13

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 2 of 4)

May 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
May 20

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 3 of 4)

May 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
May 27

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 4 of 4)

May 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jun 01

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 1 of 4)

June 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jun 08

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 2 of 4)

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jun 15

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 3 of 4)

June 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jun 22

First Steps for Care Partners (Week 4 of 4)

June 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 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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May 13

Care Essentials (Week 1 of 4)

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

Care Essentials (Week 2 of 4)

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

Care Essentials (Week 3 of 4)

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

Care Essentials (Week 1 of 4)

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

Care Essentials (Week 4 of 4)

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

Care Essentials (Week 2 of 4)

June 10 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Jun 17

Care Essentials (Week 3 of 4)

June 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Jun 24

Care Essentials (Week 4 of 4)

June 24 @ 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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Apr 20

Options for Care (3 Week Program)

April 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Apr 27

Options for Care (3 Week Program)

April 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
May 04

Options for Care (3 Week Program)

May 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 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 (Week 1 of 3)

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

Care in the Later Stages (Week 2 of 3)

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

Care in the Later Stages (Week 3 of 3)

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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Life After Dementia

For bereaved care partners and family members. Life After Dementia is a three-week series that explores the unique experience of grieving the death of a person with dementia.

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Apr 20

Life After Dementia (Week 1 of 3)

April 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Apr 27

Life After Dementia (Week 2 of 3)

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 04

Life After Dementia (Week 3 of 3)

May 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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