Thompson Region Division of Family Practice

Alzheimer BC - First Link Program

The First Link Program provides formal outreach to clients to provide support, information, and education along the dementia journey so that quality of life is improved for the person with dementia and their care partners. 

A referral to First Link with the Alzheimer Society of B.C. means: “Working together to link individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia to a community of learning, services and support.”

  • Connections to:
    • LEARNING - Dementia education programs offering information about diagnosis, day-to-day living, positive approaches to care, strategies for managing challenges and how to prepare for the future
    • SERVICES - Alzheimer Society programs and services, and information about other community and health care services
    • SUPPORT - support groups and opportunities for individual support
  • Proactive Contact and Planned follow up at 3 months, 6 months, one year, etc. and a bi-monthly First Link bulletin

It is often difficult for individuals and families to ask for help.  Information and support will help patients and families cope with more confidence. Planning for the future is critical and there are community and health care services that families need to know about.  With knowledge and skills, people are able to maintain quality of life while living with dementia.

Click here for the referral form > 

Please contact Tara Hildebrand for more information. You can also direct your patients to call the First Link Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033.