Alzheimer’s Association Services Offer A Lifeline to Families

The Alzheimer’s Association offers education programs, support groups, counseling and a 24-hour Helpline for anyone concerned about their own memory loss or changes they are seeing in a friend or loved one. All the services are offered at no cost so our fundraising is critical to our ability to meet an increasing demand. Our weather, opportunities for outdoor recreation and a healthy lifestyle draw young families which in turn draws seniors wanting to be close to children and grandchildren. This increase in our aging population will have a dramatic impact on the number of people in our state reaching the age of highest risk for Alzheimer’s, 65 years of age, where one in eight develop the disease. Today there are 72,000 people in Colorado with Alzheimer’s, by 2050 that number is expected to be 110,000. And, this disease affects the entire family with increased needs for caregiving as the disease progresses.

Early Stage Support Group at Alzheimer's Association

Classes offered to individuals and families offer insight into the disease and its stages as well as tips and techniques for supporting the person with the disease, caregiving and managing the emotional and physical stress that is often experienced by care partners. Support groups also offer a “lifeline” providing those in the early stages a way to share with others facing the same challenges and frustrations. Care partners are ensured of a safe, comfortable and confidential environment in which to share their grief, their confusion, their anger and even sometimes, laughter with those who understand.

Here’s what some of our attendees had to say:
Savvy Caregiver Class

“I came to this class discouraged and overwhelmed. I leave empowered with volumes of information, sources of support and the courage to continue. Thank you!”

“The Savvy Caregiver Class gets you to put on your seatbelt and get ready for the ride of your life. You learn what’s in store, how to manage, mistakes to avoid and how to laugh! Best 6 weeks of my life–to learn how to better deal with my parents!”

“Everyone at the [support] group knows how it feels to have Alzheimer’s in the family. They understand with knowledge that others don’t have. I love being understood.”

Please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in support of our work on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, Colorado Gives Day.

Cheryl Parrish
Vice President of Programs
Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado

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