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.
Please scroll to the bottom to find Early Stage Programs.
Younger Onset Alzheimer’s
Up to 5% of the over 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s Disease are under the age of 65. Because many of these people are still working and taking care of families, we recognize that your needs are different. We offer many opportunities for people with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s.
Brochures and Resource Library
There are many resources available in whatever form you prefer to use. Your regional office offers CDs, DVDs, books and cassette tapes on a variety of subjects related to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
National Library Services
Special planning needs of early stage individuals
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 MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® provide you with greater independence for a longer period of time while offering peace of mind for your family and friends.
If you need someone to talk with, call our 24-hour Helpline 1.800.272.3900 or schedule a care consultation.
Additional resources can be found in the "Help & Support" section above.
The Alzheimer's Association of Colorado's Early Stage Programs are supported in part through the generous support of the Larry Schwartz Remembrance Fund