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Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer's disease kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. It is the 6th leading cause of death in this country and the only major diseases with no prevention, no treatment, and no cure. We will continue to serve people and advance research until we find a cure!

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Early Stage Engagement

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Families
Female Aging/ Elderly/Senior Citizens
Male Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Description

This program provides activities designed for people in the early state of Alzheimer's or other dementia that help them stay active and engaged in the community; make meaningful contributions and/or remain socially active; connect with like individuals in their own community who are going through similar experiences and build a social network; and promote social interaction and compaionship.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Colorado Chapter was recently named the number 1 Chapter among all Alzheimer's Association Chapters in the United States to serve the most people through Early Stage Engagement.

Memories in the Making (MIM)

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Females
Males

Description

With the assistance of trained volunteer facilitators, this guided art program allows individuals with Alzheimer's to express their thoughts and memories through are since they are often able to paint memories and emotions that they can no longer say in words.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The annual art auction is a live and silent auction that garners support from professional artists who donate original works for pairings with Memories in the Making art. The auction proceeds are some of the top in the country and go back into supporting the weekly art program.

Approaching Alzheimer's

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Crime/ Abuse Victims
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Description

Training for law enforcement, EMS and firefighters who respond to 911 calls, disasters and other emergency response situations in which people with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia might be encountered or need assistance.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Number of first responders trained, anecdotal reports in media of success

24-Hour Helpline 800-272-3900

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Families
General population
People/Families of People with Health Conditions

Description

Available toll-free anytime day or night, the 24-Hour Helpline provides reliable information and support to people with Alzheimer's disease, caregivers, health professionals, and the public. Care consultation is confidential and trained counselors can assist with decision-making support, crisis assistance, referrals and education and sometimes simply a compassionate listener for the issues families face every day.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Short term outcomes are evidenced quantitatively by a steady increase in the number of new clients who contact the Helpline, and then the number of repeat contacts by these clients that lead to participation in other chapter support programs.
Qualitatively we measure success by seeking client feedback on surveys that address satisfaction, achievement of learning objectives, and the willingness of the client to refer others to the Alzheimer's Association programs.

Education Classes and Professional Training

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Families

Description

Classes and the annual Education Symposium provide individuals and family caregivers with information and skill development to assist, support and care for someone throughout the progression of dementia. Classes for families are offered at no cost, however, some request a donation to cover materials. Classes include providing caregivers with skills and assessment tools to better assist and manage the daily care for someone with dementia over the course of the disease. Other topics include safety and wandering risk training, partnering with your Doctor, orientation to early Alzheimer's, early stage strategies, grieving through the late stages of Alzheimer's, brain exercises, taking action, hospitalization and medications, long-distance caregiving, paying for long-term care, and research updates.
Online registration is available or call 303-813-1669.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Outcomes are evidenced quantitatively by a steady increase in the number of new clients who attend training, and then the number of repeat attendance at various topical presentations.
Qualitatively we measure success by seeking client feedback on surveys that address satisfaction, achievement of learning objectives, and the willingness of the client to refer others to the Alzheimer's Association programs.

Support Groups

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Description

We currently have over 90 support groups statewide that directly assist those with Alzheimer's disease and spouses, families, and friends who care for someone with memory loss. Through discussion, participants receive encouragement, reinforcement, and assurance from their peers. Groups are essential to connecting those with Alzheimer's disease and caregivers who need to know they are not alone in the journey through this difficult disease.

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Evidence of Program's Success

A National Alzheimer's Association program to monitor the quality of service provides us with survey tools to get client feedback, which is fed into a national quality database. Chapters can pull reports to monitor the effectiveness of service delivery in all areas, and compare its record to other chapters in the nation.

Care Consultation

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Description

Care Consultatino provides support, solution-focused care planning, and referral to community and other chapter resources for family members and caregivers. This service is aimed at caregivers who are overwhelmed by increased stress and exhaustion, confused about disease symptoms, and experiencing caregiving challenges and complicated family problems.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Outcomes are evidenced quantitatively by a steady increase in the number of new clients who attend training, and then the number of repeat attendance at various topical presentations.
Qualitatively we measure success by seeking client feedback on surveys that address satisfaction, achievement of learning objectives, and the willingness of the client to refer others to the Alzheimer's Association programs.

Medic Alert + Safe Return

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Description

Comfort Zone is an online tracking program for those with dementia, 60% of whom will wander at some point during their disease. Alerts are sent to cell phone or computer when someone wanders outside the zone created by caregivers. Part of package includes enrollment in Medic Alert + Safe Return, a nationwide identification, support program that provides assistance when a person with Alzheimer's disease becomes lost. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Commentary from service users who have positively tracked a wandering family member using Comfort Zone is an effective indicator of success. Feedback from clients and successful return rates for wandering clients is strong evidence that MedicAlert+Safe Return is a beneficial service.

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