First Link® is a program of the Alzheimer Society that connects people living with dementia and their care partners to the information, supports and services they need as early as possible and throughout the progression of the condition.
Many families are told about the Alzheimer Society and dementia care services but will not make the call until a crisis occurs. First Link® helps to remove this barrier by enabling physicians, other health care providers and community service providers to directly refer individuals and families at the time of diagnosis or as soon as possible after a diagnosis is made.
Healthcare Partner Referrals Connect People to First Link® FASTER
A study has shown that people who were referred directly to First Link® by healthcare professionals (direct referrals) received services and supports 11 months sooner than clients who accessed the services themselves (self-directed referrals).
McAiney CA, Hillier LM, Stolee P, Harvey D, Michael J. ‘Throwing a lifeline’: the role of First Link® in enhancing support for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Neurodegen. Dis. Manage. 2 (6), 623-638 (2012)
If you have questions about making a referral, want to know more about First Link®, would like to request brochures and materials, or any other questions, please contact:
Program Director, First Link®