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Help for People in Early Stage
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If you are in the Early Stages of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia or if you are experiencing changes in your memory, this section is for you.

The first thing you should know is that you are not alone. There is a lot of help and support available.

In this section, you will find tips and resources to increase your comfort, allow you to remain active, and help you cope. But more important, we hope you will find the inspiration to make your years ahead the best that they can be.

If you need someone to talk with, call our 24-hour Helpline 1.800.272.3900.


Practical everyday tips

What you need to know
Library Resources
Recommended Reading
There are many resources available in whatever form you prefer to use. Your regional office offers CD Roms, DVDs, books and cassette tapes on a variety of subjects related to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

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Education classes

Online Calendar

§ Early Stage Strategy Series 

§ Orientation to Early Alzheimer's Disease

§ Getting Started When the Diagnosis is Dementia

§ Caregiving Tips
     - Activities for People with Memory Loss
     - Behaviors as Communication
     - Coping with Memory Loss and Dementia
     - Ensuring Safety
     - Late Stage Care
     - Paying for Longterm Care

Registration is required. Please call 1.800.272.3900 for an up-to-date list of classes in your area.

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Annual Education Symposium

This one-day conference offers an opportunity to network with others in addition to information and insight into the disease, and help coping with the challenges it presents for those with a diagnosis as well as families, friends and loved ones.  Annual Alzheimer’s Education Symposium for families and professionals.

Click here to view the Early Stage Forum 2011: Changing Minds Graphic by artist Kriss Wittmann. Special thanks to Double Take Artistic Images and Chuck Renstrom for donating the scan.  

Support groups

Support groups are specifically designed for individuals, families and friends. Our Early Stage groups offer settings that welcome family, friends and the person with the disease. Support Groups meet weekly and offer an opportunity to talk with others who are experiencing the same types of challenges. While the disease exhibits itself in different ways for each person, many of the basic symptoms, reactions and coping skills are the same. The mission of the Support Group is to support and empower individuals and care partners as they deal with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory loss disorders, and to shed light on important issues and challenges as they arise. Together, we learn about dementia and its emotional impact on individuals, care partners and families. Ultimately, our aim is to create an atmosphere that nurtures new friendships and peer support during and beyond the group experience. The following themes are a sample of the issues addressed in the Support Group:

  • Understanding the disease process
  • Family dynamics
  • Safety
  • Practical planning for the future
  • Emotional & psychological responses to the diagnosis
  • Communication
  • Honoring independence vs. taking over
  • Coping strategies
  • Changing responsibilities, roles & task sharing

Registration is required. To register, please call 1.800.272.3900.

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Brochures and resource library

There are many resources available in whatever form you prefer to use. Your regional office offers CD Roms, DVDs, books and cassette tapes on a variety of subjects related to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. 
National Library Services

If you have been diagnosed and are in the Early stage for the disease, we have two brochures that may be of assistance on the special planning needs of early stage individuals:
Early stage Alzheimer's: What you should know, what you should do  
10 tips for keeping your independence

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Care consultation

Care Consultation provides support, solution-focused care planning and referral to community and chapter services for family members who are caring for a person with dementia. This service can be provided over the phone, via e-mail or during an in-office meeting. It is aimed at those care givers who are overwhelmed by stress and exhaustion, have difficulty finding services, are confused about symptoms and care giving and/or face complicated family problems. The service is available to individuals or a family group. Care Consultation is available in all our chapter offices, located throughout Colorado. 

For further information, call the 24-Hour Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.


Enrollment Programs for Wandering

At some point during the disease 70% of people with a diagnosis will wander. While this may not be a concern for you yet, tracking programs like Comfort Zone and Medic Alert + Safe Return provide you with greater independence for a longer period of time while offering peace of mind for your family and friends.

Medic Alert & Safe Return
Comfort Zone


Upcoming events

"Art and About"
Denver Art Museum Tours

Participate in a guided tour for about an hour and then have coffee and a treat at a nearby restaurant. Call 1.800.272.3900 for the next program date.

Read an article about the Denver Art Museum tours

Indoor Croquet
Early Stage and Family/Friends
no cost to drop in

Winter Program - Mondays
St. John’s Lutheran Church/School
Franklin St. (Washington Park area)
10:15 a.m. - Noon

Summer Program - Tuesday
Washington Park-South end near Franklin entrance
10:15 am - noon

For more information or to register, email Sharon Stokes at


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