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Resources for Families and Seniors

Alzheimer’s Resources

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
Providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families.

Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado
For more than 25 years, the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter has lead the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders by increasing the understanding of dementia and its impact on family and community, providing information and support for those affected, and promoting the advancement of research.

Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trial Information
If you think you may qualify for one of these studies, please click on the link above or contact Joseph Daniels at (303) 724-2997 for more information.

Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center
The U.S. Congress created the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center in 1990 to “compile, archive, and disseminate information concerning Alzheimer’s disease” for health professionals, people with AD and their families, and the public. The NIA conducts and supports research about health issues for older people, and is the primary Federal agency for Alzheimer’s disease research.

Other Medical Resources

The American Association of People with Disabilities
The AAPD is dedicated to further the productivity, independence, full citizenship, and total integration of people with disabilities into all aspects of society and the natural environment.

Dementia Care Professionals of America
Providing training, qualification and other benefits to healthcare professionals involved in dementia care.

Parkinson Association of the Rockies
The Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies provides the vital care that counts on the way to a cure by enhancing the quality of life for individuals with Parkinson’s disease through education, research, awareness and support for those with the disease, their families and the community. There are an estimated 17,000 individuals in the Rocky Mountain community living with Parkinson’s disease. The Parkinson Association of the Rockies aims to serve each of these individuals in a meaningful way.

American Diabetes Association – Denver Office
Coloradans are increasingly feeling the effects of diabetes as 316,000 Coloradans suffer from the disease. It is estimated that one out of every three children born after 2000 in the United States will be directly affected by diabetes. That is why the American Diabetes Association’s Denver office is so committed to educating the public about how to stop diabetes and support those living with the disease.

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Colorado & Wyoming
The National MS Society is working toward a world free of MS. We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Colorado and Wyoming and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
The NHPCO is dedicated to promoting and maintaining quality care for terminally ill patients and their families.

Huntington’s Disease Society of America
HDSA provides resources and support for HD families and educates the public (including medical professionals) about HD while building awareness about HD and advocate for HD patients and their families. HD: A degenerative brain disorder that slowly diminishes the ability to work, think, talk and reason.

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
The PSP Society’s mission is to increase awareness of progressive supranuclear palsy, advance research toward a cure, educate health professionals and provide support, education and hope for persons with PSP and their families. PSP: A brain disease that slowly effects walking, balance, swallowing, speaking and eye movement

Dr. Huntington Potter, PhD
Huntington Potter, PhD is an internationally-recognized pioneer in defining cellular mechanisms shared by patients with Alzheimer’s disease and Down Syndrome. He is currently leading the research effort to find effective treatments for both Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease at the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Linda Cyrnic institute for Down Syndrome. He and his colleagues are launching a clinical trial on a known drug (Leukine) to determine its safety with a small group of people with early to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Based on these results, the team looks forward to staring a large-scale trial of the same drug later this year. In addition to his research, he and his colleagues are developing a comprehensive Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Clinical Center that will serve the people and families afflicted by this disease from around the greater Rocky Mountain region.

Senior Safety

Senior Safety
They provide an easy-to-use medical alert system that does not require a long-term contract.

Medical Alert
More than just an emergency response system, Medical Alert is a support network for seniors across the entire United States.

Caregiver Resources

National Alliance For Caregiving
The National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on advancing family caregiving through research, innovation and advocacy. Alliance members include grassroots organizations, professional associations, service organizations, disease-specific organizations, government agencies, and corporations

Caregiver Action Network
The Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.

National Association for Home Care and Hospice
NAHC is the nation’s largest association representing the concerns of home care hospice, home care aide organizations.

Legal Resources

ElderLaw Answers
Resource for advice and answers on legal issues for seniors.

Hughs Law Firm – When is Non-Medical In-Home Care Needed?
The terms “home health care” and “non-medical in-home care” can sound awfully similar. It’s easy for clients and patients to mistake one for the other, you may need help understanding the differences in terms, of when each type of care may be needed,

Patient Advocate Foundation
Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that serves as an active liaison between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis through case managers, doctors and attorneys. Patient Advocate Foundation seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.

Denver Regional Council of Governments
DRCOG endures today as one of the nation’s three oldest councils of governments. Representatives of our region’s counties, cities and towns work together to make life better. They are guided by the Metro Vision regional growth and development plan, which defines goals and actions needed to ensure the region remains a great place to live, work and play.

Sensory Resources (Seeing and Hearing)

The American Optometric Association
The authority in the optometric profession and leads the way in its mission of improving the quality and availability of eye and vision care everywhere.

Beltone has been helping people hear better for 65 years as the most trusted name in hearing care among adults over fifty.

Additional Resources

CU School of Medicine Department of Neurology
The Department of Neurology is part of the University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus and is one of the largest Academic Medical Centers between Chicago and the West Coast. The School of Medicine is in the top 25 schools nationally in NIH funding and includes numerous nationally recognized affiliated hospitals. The Department is composed of over 50 primary faculty members whose clinical and research interests and activities encompass virtually all aspects of neurology. Faculty are integrated into functional units including Behavioral Neurology, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Epilepsy and Sleep Disorders, Headache, Infectious Disease, Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromuscular Disorders, Neuro-oncology, and Neuro-ophthalmology each of which strives to provide cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic services to .patients and families dealing with neurological disease.

The National Institute on Aging
Established by the National Institutes of Health, the NIA leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.

Health information from the National Institutes of Health for Seniors.