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Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter
The mission of the Alzheimer's Association is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease.
- The mission of the Alzheimer's Association is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease.
Legal and Financial Planning for ALzheimer's Disease-a new education class to help people plan for the future
TrialMatch-online program to match clinical trials with qualified individuals
Dementia and Driving Resource Center-Online resource Helping families have the tough conversation
ALZ Stars-endurance program for athletes includes coaching and assistance with fundraising and team building for marathons, triathalons, cycling events.
Comfort Zone-Web based tracking program for people at risk for wandering.
Approaching Alzheimer's-training program for law enforcement, EMS and firefighters responding to accident scenes, disasters, and reporting wandering incidents to better work with people with dementia
Currently, there are more than 5 million people nationwide living with Alzheimer's disease, including 5.2 million people over the age of 65 and between 200,000 and 500,000 people under age 65 with Younger Onset Alzheimer's disease.
It is anticipated this number could climb to nearly 16 million by 2050! As the baby boomer population begins to age, the U.S. population will not only grow significantly older, but also much more diverse. By 2030, the minority elderly population is expected to triple!
Since 1980, the Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter has been the leader in providing information, support, education, and training for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Age is the biggest risk factor with one in nine persons over the age of 65 and one in three of those over the age of 85 have the disease. Moreover, with 78 million baby boomers in the U.S. entering the period of greatest risk for Alzheimer's disease, this number is expected to drastically increase and has been predicted that over 110,000 Coloradoans will have the disease by 2025.
In addressing these staggering facts about the future of Alzheimer's disease, some of the Association's recent outreach includes:
Latino Outreach - Establishment of the Latino Advisory Committee and the creation of support and presentation materials in Spanish in addition to bilingual programming.
African American Outreach - Establishment of the African-American Advisory Committee and the Purple Power Initiative to increase volunteers and community education.
Physician Outreach designed to increase physician referrals to the Association while educating physicians and their staff about dementia and local resources.
Programs and Services delivered to those with early stage Younger Onset Alzheimer's.
The Alzheimer's Association is also supported by an Auxiliary organization:
YPAAC, Young Professionals Alzheimer's Association, is a networking organization raising funds for research through special events.
Twenty years ago Alzheimer's disease and its extent were little known; diagnosis was rare and required excluding all other possibilities and no treatments or services were available. Families and caregivers were on their own to navigate through this difficult disease until a small group of volunteers began reaching out to families in Metro Denver affected by Alzheimer's disease. In 1980, The Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association officially became incorporated and today serves Colorado through seven regional offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Greeley, Pueblo, Durango, and Grand Junction.
Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease. Organizational goals identified in the 2005-2008 Strategic Plan include the following: 1) Improve services to person's with Alzheimer's dementia and their caregivers; 2) Position the organization for success and influence; 3) Enhance our human resource systems; and 4) Increase our financial strength.
With seven regional offices located throughout the state (Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley, Colorado Springs, Durango, Pueblo, and Grand Junction) we have 40 staff members, 12 of whom are part-time. We also have a very dedicated group of 24 governing Board Members, an Advisory Board, as well as Medical Scientific Committee. The Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter has worked diligently over the years to provide unduplicated services, and consequently work
Executive Director Statement
Today, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and it is anticipated this number could climb to nearly 16 million by 2050! As the baby boomer population begins to age, the U.S. population will not only grow significantly older, but also much more diverse. By 2030, the minority elderly population is expected to triple!
As a major focus area of the Strategic Plan, the opportunity to expand outreach to African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans throughout the state of Colorado is extremely important as these populations may be at a higher risk for Alzheimer's disease and currently there is a lot to be done in further identifying, building relationships, and providing service to these underserved communities.
Estimates indicate that we are currently only reaching about 1/3 of the Colorado population and we anticipate a drastic increase in the need of our programs and services statewide. The Colorado Chapter has made great strides in providing and enhancing care and support for those afflicted by Alzheimer's, and in the last year we saw a 30% increase in delivery of programs and services statewide, including educational programs, support groups, and information and referrals. Services to families in the early stages of the disease increased by over 20%.
Since 1980, The Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter has been a leader in providing information, support, and programs for individuals, families, and professionals touched by Alzheimer's disease. The Colorado Chapter is well supported by volunteers and the overall community and is dedicated to providing culturally competent services, meeting the diverse needs of all communities around the state
Board Chair/President Statement
As Chairman of the Board for the Colorado Alzheimer's Association, I am more optimistic than ever our work underway today, will result in eradication of Alzheimer's disease. Knowing there is an organization committed to serve families, educate the public, advocate for political support and fund research right here in Colorado, for Coloradans, gives me hope.
Seeing my Dad diminish from Alzheimer's disease was a devastating 12-year journey for my family. Services and support available to Colorado families through the Alzheimer's Association, at no cost, provides access to a personal Guide on the treacherous road of Alzheimer's disease.
National statistics report 5.2 million Americans age 65 and older currently live with Alzheimer's disease. By 2025, the number will rise to 7.1 million. With 10% of Colorado's population currently age 65 and older, I am compelled to act, aren't you? Join me in Giving First to the Colorado's Alzheimer's Association and moving our vision forward - a world without Alzheimer's disease.
-Sarah Lorance, Board Chair
The Association needs continued financial support to provide the following programs and services across the state of Colorado:
To provide information and referrals to Chapter programs and community services through the 24-Hour Helpline, Chapter website, and enewsletter.
To provide ongoing education, counsel, and support to family caregivers through Chapter services and support groups statewide.
To create awareness for the importance of early diagnosis and support available to families living with dementia.
To provide programs and services to promote healthy lifestyles and wellness.