Alzheimer’s

An unexpected crisis: the financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease

One in nine Americans age 65 and older– including 76,000 Coloradans – are among the 6.7 million people across the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease. Beyond the tremendous physical toll the disease takes on diagnosed individuals as well as family members who provide care for them, the costs associated with the disease can be […]

Make better brain health your top New Year’s resolution for 2024

Alzheimer’s disease is expected to impact nearly 13 million Americans by 2050, including 76,000 Coloradans today, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. So, as you contemplate your New Year’s resolutions for 2024, consider there are steps you can take yourself to maintain and improve your cognitive function.

What we learned about Alzheimer’s in 2023

2023 was a landmark year for Alzheimer’s disease research, including advancements in treatment, risk factors and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In this new era of Alzheimer’s treatments, here are seven significant discoveries from this year regarding the seventh-leading cause of death:

Alzheimer’s industry leader Amelia Schafer joins Ascent Living Communities as Area Director of Memory Care

DENVER – Ascent Living Communities announced today the addition of Amelia Schafer as Area Director of Memory Care. A gerontology expert with 20-years of experience working across a wide range of Alzheimer’s and dementia education, program development, care and service delivery, Schafer will oversee the implementation of proactive resident care programs ranging from mild cognitive impairment with […]

2 Coloradans helping guide national Alzheimer’s panel

Two Colorado residents are among eight people chosen from across the United States to serve on a unique panel that helps guide the Alzheimer’s Association in its approach to serving the more than 6.7 million people across the country living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Rebecca Chopp: Alzheimer’s Association National Early-Stage Advisor

Rebecca Chopp, 71, was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer’s disease in 2019.  Rebecca was raised in Kansas. A first-generation college student, she graduated from Kansas Wesleyan in 1974 with B.A. degrees in Speech and Religion. She subsequently earned a M.A. degree in Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology and a […]

Seniors Turn Lemons into Hope for Alzheimer’s Fight

Residents at Greenridge Place, an Anthem Memory Care community in Westminster, hosted a lemonade stand and raised over $800 for the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter. The residents helped make the lemonade and sold the cups of the sweet drink at the community located at 7700 W. 101st Avenue, Westminster.

13 Colorado Walks to End Alzheimer’s raise funds for research

Thousands of loved ones, caregivers and supporters of Coloradans living with Alzheimer’s will rally at 13 locations across the state this summer, sharing their experiences with this tragic disease and raising funds to find an elusive cure.

Simple Finger Prick Test Exemplifies Advances In Alzheimer’s Disease Blood Tests

Key Takeaways: Results from a simple, finger prick blood test are promising and may help detect Alzheimer’s at home or in the doctor’s office.  A blood test was more than 80% accurate in identifying Alzheimer’s-related changes — significantly better than doctors in the study who did not have access to the test. Blood tests for […]

Alzheimer’s and extreme heat: exercise caution

As temperatures rise, extreme heat can have a significant impact on everyone’s safety, but these conditions can be especially stressful and confusing for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Hearing Aids Slow Cognitive Decline In Older Adults With Hearing Loss And At Risk For Cognitive Decline

Key Takeaways: Largest clinical trial to investigate whether a hearing loss treatment intervention can reduce risk of cognitive decline. In the study, in a subgroup of older adults with hearing loss who were at higher risk of cognitive decline, using hearing aids for three years cut cognitive decline in half.

Researchers Reveal First-Ever U.S. County-Level Alzheimer’s Prevalence Estimates

Key Takeaways: The east and southeastern U.S. have the highest prevalence of Alzheimer’s dementia, according to a first-ever study of occurrence of the disease by county. Higher percentages of older people and Black and Hispanic residents in those regions may explain the higher prevalence. The findings can help guide the allocation of resources to public […]

CRISPR/Gene Editing Technology Creates New Treatment Possibilities For Alzheimer’s Disease

Key Takeaways: Two new CRISPR-based strategies offer hope for next-generation Alzheimer’s treatments. One seeks to dampen the impact of the most common Alzheimer’s risk gene; the other aims to decrease production of a toxic protein in the brain.

10 ways Alzheimer’s affects family caregivers

Depression. Thoughts of suicide. Job loss. The unpaid role of being a family caregiver for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia comes with many risks and challenges, but it is one that increasing numbers of people are taking on as our population ages.

Colorado Residents Invited to Free Alzheimer’s Educational Conference on May 17 Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

NEW YORK (April 6, 2023)— The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host a free Alzheimer’s & Caregiving Educational Conference for Colorado residents on Wednesday, May 17 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the University of Denver’s Fritz Knoebel Events (2044 E. Evans Ave., Denver) as part of its 2023 national Educating America Tour. The […]


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