Walk to End Alzheimer’s

We’re really gearing up this month for our Walk to End Alzheimer’s across the state beginning in Sterling on August 25, 2012. As the newest member of the Walk Team for the Colorado Chapter, I’m thrilled with all of the teams already registered online and the fundraising that’s been going on for months now. Starting this month we are taping Thank You videos from our President and CEO Linda Mitchell. Each week our top Team and Individual fundraisers will be highlighted so watch for those on YouTube and Facebook. Don’t forget to make your own personal donation to raise your total.

Walk To End Alzheimer's Coffee CozyWe have also started seeing our Coffee Cozy campaign appear in local independent coffee shops in Ft. Collins, Loveland, Boulder, Denver, Littleton and Aurora. Please check the list and stop by to say thanks while you grab a cup of your favorite brew. Lamar’s Donuts is back with us for a second year with the sale of purple donuts giving a percentage to the Association. Don’t forget to “Go Purple with a Purpose” at work and on Casual Friday encourage your colleagues to make a $5 donation to your team for that privilege. If you have a great new fundraising idea, let us know so we can share it.

Help us be selected for the Subaru “Share the Love” event, where up to $5 million will be donated to chosen charities. Vote for us on Facebook every day from now until August 26. We’ll also have a Walk photo contest starting on Facebook in September so if you are planning a trip this August or early next month, take a picture of you in last year’s Walk shirt and email it to us. We’re looking for the most creative and/or exotic locations our Walk shirt will be traveling to this year.

Good luck with your fundraising and thank you all for your dedication to the cause. The end of Alzheimer’s begins with each one of us and each step we take brings us closer to a cure.

Pat Mansor

Director of Corporate Relations and Special Events

Find a Coffee Cozy Participant Near You

La Dolce Vita 5756 Olde Wadsworth Arvada
Billy D’s Coffee 14705 West 64th Ave. Arvada
Steamer’s Coffee House 8565 Five Parks Dr Arvada
Coffee Cannan 9898 East Colfax Ave Aurora
Venice on the Boulevard 4995 Lowell Blvd Denver
Edgewater Coffee 2156 Gray St Denver
Rise & Shine 330 Holly St Denver
Rise and Shine Highlands 3930 W 32nd Ave Denver
Backstage Coffee 1000 14th St # B Denver
Moe’s Broadway Bagel – Denver 550 Grant Street Denver
Walrus Ice Cream 125 W Mountain Ave Fort Collins
Bean Trees 432- Twelfth St. Fort Collins
Spotlight Music 4606 S Mason St Fort Collins
Starry Night Espresso Cafe 112 S College Ave Fort Collins
Toast Fine Food and Coffee 2700 W Bowles Ave Littleton
Western Espresso 2000 Boise Ave Loveland
Jamoka Joe 4527 W Eisenhower Blvd Loveland
Press Coffee Co 7150 W Alaska Dr Lakewood
Coal Mine Gas Express 9819 W Coal Mine Ave Littleton
Nutty Bean Coffee Cafe 7870 W Quincy Ave Littleton
Under the Umbrella Cafe 3504 E 12th Ave Denver
Delizios 2299 W Main St Littleton
Majestic Tea Coffee Salon 12128 14th Ave Aurora
Diane’s New York Bagel Cafe & Coffee Shop 3112 S Parker Rd Aurora
Emily’s Coffee 1261 Glenarm Place Denver
Buzz Cafe 1229 E 6th Ave Denver


Art & About Visits Yves St. Laurent Exhibit

One of the most important things we can keep in mind about persons with Alzheimer’s disease is that they have the same capacity to enjoy life as anyone else.  This means that entertainment, humor, inspiration, and more broadly the humanities (music, poetry, art, drama, etc.), all have the potential to move people, including those with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.  Regardless of how early or advanced the disease might be, a person will still tap their foot to music, laugh at absurdity, and appreciate beauty in artistic expression.

Those who participate in our Early Stage programs get regular doses of fun and inspiration as they take part in regular poetry discussions, find ways to make each other laugh, and go on outings to places of interest in our community.  One of the most special of these is our bi-monthly trip to the Denver Art Museum (DAM), a program we call Art & About, and which was modeled after one that began several years ago at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.  These tours are led by docents who’ve received training from the Alzheimer’s Association about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia including ways to communication effectively. The docents choose four or five pieces of art and involve groups of about 16 people in an extended discussion.

This week we had the privilege of taking our early stage group to see the very special Yves St. Laurent exhibit.  DAM accommodated the nearly 60 people who signed up by giving us a second day for our tour.  In addition, the museum allowed our group to tour the exhibit with our docents an hour before the museum opened to the public for the day.  This allowed for a “distraction-free” experience in which the discussions were easily heard and the incredible exhibit could be fully appreciated.  All the participants (including the men!) were awe-struck by the variety and creativity of styles created by St. Laurent.  We all look forward to the next tour in August….though this will be a tough one to beat!

Ken Helander

Alzheimer’s Association

Early Stage Services Manager



Don’t Miss the Blondes vs. Brunettes Flag Football Game

The Young Professionals Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado (YPAAC) was established in 2006 to work in conjunction with the Colorado Chapter to raise awareness among local young professionals. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to chair the Board for this group and we have some exciting events planned for this year.  We have a great group on the Board and even more who serve as volunteers on committees and we’re growing.

On Saturday, June 2nd we’ll host the first ever Blondes vs Brunettes: Tackling Alzheimer’s with Serious Altitude Flag Football Game at DU’s Peter Barton Lacrosse field.  Bring your friends and cheer on your favorite team. To purchase tickets, call 303.813.1669 or visit our Web site. We have also some great sponsors including Emich Volkswagon and Emich Chevrolet. Each dealership took on a team so it’s going to be pretty competitive come game day. We’ve all been practicing in addition to raising money but we’re having fun at the same time. That’s what our group is all about; giving back and making a difference while networking and meeting other like-minded professionals under the age of 40.

A few years ago we took over hosting the Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day at the Boulder Reservoir and each year we raise thousands of dollars while increasing awareness for the Association and for the cause.  Join us and more than 800 crazy plungers to ring in the new year!

In addition to these signature events we have a Spring Spruce Up where we landscape and generally “spruce” up a local care community. We know that as Alzheimer’s progresses often families can’t continue to care for a loved one at home so assisted living, retirement facilities and Memory Units often serve as a final home for those with the disease. We think it‘s important to live in a community that’s nice to look at in addition to providing good quality care. If you’d like to learn more and meet a few of us, YPAAC hosts quarterly education and networking happy hours throughout Denver Metro so give me a shout and plan to join us.

All funds raised by YPAAC benefit the programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado. This includes education, counseling, a 24/7 Helpline, and support groups as well as research to find better treatments and eventually a cure.

For more information about YPAAC, check out our website, be our fan on Facebook, follow us on twitter or email our Alzheimer’s Association liaison Cailin Branchford at Cailin.branchford@alz.org.

Hope to see you at the BvB game. Go Blondes!

Andrea George
YPAAC Board Chair