2011 Fact Sheet
Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter
- The Alzheimer’s Association serves individuals with the disease, their families, caregivers, community members and professionals in every county in Colorado.
- Established in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado has offices in Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Greeley, and Pueblo.
- The Alzheimer’s Association provides family counseling and support, community education and professional training, a 24-hour Helpline, the Medic Alert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® program, advocacy at the state and national levels, and opportunities for volunteers.
- Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death and the 5th leading cause of death for those 65 and older.
- Symptoms of Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, include the loss of memory, reason, judgment, language skills and often personality changes. While some decrease in short term memory is a normal part of aging, Alzheimer’s disease is not.
- Volunteers of all ages are being called to become one of 5 million Champions in the fight against Alzheimer’s; one for each person living with the disease. Champions are people living with the disease, friends, families, caregivers, celebrities, and business and community leaders.
- There are 72,000 people in Colorado living with Alzheimer’s, with an expected increase to 110,000 by 2025.
- Colorado is projected to have the second highest percentage increase of Alzheimer’s diagnoses in the U.S. from 72,000 to 110,000 people by 2025.
- Eighty percent of those with Alzheimer’s are cared for at home. The value of the unpaid care provided by 222,000 caregivers in Colorado is $3 billion.
- The cost of this disease to businesses is $36.5 billion and includes the need for employees to spend time out of the office caregiving and dealing with stress-related health concerns.
- Every 69 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
- One out of every eight people over the age of 65 will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and one out of every two over the age of 85; 500,000 are under the age of 65.
- There are currently 5.4 million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s disease; 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s disease in their lifetime.
- The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.
- Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects the brain and involves the development of plaques and tangles.
- There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, however, there is benefit from early diagnosis through a variety of medical and support services.
- More people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than prostate and breast cancer combined.
Programs and Services
The Alzheimer’s Association can help you get the information you need about memory loss and dementia. Whether you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, are caring for someone who has, or want to be better informed about the impact of Alzheimer’s in your community, we have the answers you need. Call 800.272. 3900 to receive a calendar of upcoming classes offered at no cost or for a small donation or go online to alz.org/co Classes and Workshops.
Spending time with others who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can provide insight and often presents a source of practical help and advice. “This is a safe place. I don’t have to pretend everything is all right or even that I’m coping well. Sometimes I struggle, I get angry or I can’t stop crying.” These are all emotions shared in a confidential, safe environment with people who are experiencing the same feelings, the same sense of loss and grief. Support groups are a lifeline for those living with Alzheimer’s disease, offering a way for the care partner to take stock of their own health while learning from others. Support groups provide a safe harbor of help and understanding, are led by trained facilitators, are offered at no cost and are open to anyone who drops in.
Alzheimer's causes a number of changes in the brain and body that may affect safety. Depending on the stage of the disease, these can include changes in judgment, abstract thinking, sense of time/place and behavior. As the disease progresses, the person's abilities will change. So situations that are not of concern today may become potential safety issues in the future. Taking measures to ensure safety at all times can help prevent injuries, and it can help people with dementia feel relaxed and less overwhelmed. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a couple of options for those at risk of wandering including: Comfort Zone, an online monitoring program and Medic Alert+Safe Return a national enrollment program using an 800# and bracelets or medallions.
Make a difference for yourself and future generations by volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch. This free service makes it easy for people with Alzheimer's, caregivers, families and physicians to locate clinical trials based on personal criteria (diagnosis, stage of disease) and location. Go online to alz.org/trialmatch or call 800.272.3900 to complete your profile and find a clinical trial near you.
helpline 800.272.3900 website alz.org/co