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Education and Support Programs - Alzheimer Society Edmonton

When your doctor refers you through the First Link® direct referral system (you may also contact your local Alzheimer's society to refer you as well), you are providing individuals with dementia and their care partners with access to:

  • First Link® Connections: A 2-hour session where individuals living with dementia and their care partners join other families in a small group setting. During this session families will learn more dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, community supports and resources, programs and services offered through Alzheimer Society’s, and how to plan for the future.

  • Early Stage Support Groups: A support group that allows people living with a diagnosis of dementia to meet others in a similar situation. This allows people living with dementia to share their day to day experiences, challenges and also their successes.

  • Care Partner Support Groups: A drop in support group for care partners, allowing them to meet with other care partners who are experiencing similar situations. Care partners will have a chance to connect with others and share what is going well and not so well, while talking about any other topics or questions.

  • Young Onset Services: Specialized support groups for people living with dementia under age 65, their spouses and their adult children. Supports and resources available specific to the needs of young onset dementia.

  • Seeds of Hope Family Learning Series: An education program for care partners who are caring for person living with dementia at all stages of the disease. Professional speakers from the community and health care field will discuss a variety of topics in a small group setting. Group series that are offered are: Living with Dementia (early stage), Living with Change (middle stage), Transitions to Alternative Care (late stage), and Dying with Dignity (end of life).

  • Information and Support Services: Service provided to people living with dementia or their care partners to speak directly, privately, and confidentially with staff regarding the many issues and circumstances that arise throughout their journey, including navigating the healthcare system.

  • ASANT Café: An online gathering place for people living with dementia and their care partners to access information, education, and support within a virtual community.

  • Resource Library: A library that provides a variety of books, videos, pamphlets, and videos/DVDs on many different topics and issues that may arise throughout the journey.

  • Resource Library: A library that provides a variety of books, videos, pamphlets, and videos/DVDs on many different topics and issues that may arise throughout the journey.

  • Public Forums/Live Meetings: Designed for large audiences, these education sessions focus on topics relevant to care partners, persons with the disease, and the public.

  • Presentations: Staff raise public awareness and understanding of dementia through the delivery of an informative presentation.

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