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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.
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease, the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.
The 2014 Denver Walk to End Alzheimer's was the fourth largest in the country. More than 10,000 Walkers raised over one million dollars to support the 65,000 Coloradans living with Alzheimer's disease.
The Alzheimer's Association of Colorado is now a proud Denver Broncos Community Partner. Learn more at http://www.denverbroncos.com/community/community-programs/support.html
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.
With seven regional offices located throughout the state (Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley, Colorado Springs, Durango, Pueblo, and Grand Junction) we have more than 40 staff members, a very dedicated group of 24 governing Board Members, an Advisory Board, as well as Medical Scientific Committee.
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.
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 believe that our work to advance Alzheimer's research, advocacy, care and support, concern and awareness will result in a world without 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.
There are currently 65,000 Coloradans living with Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow by more than 41% in the next decade. Please join me in Giving First to the Colorado's Alzheimer's Association and moving our vision forward - a world without Alzheimer's disease.
-Tom Hurley, 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.