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Alzheimer's Information, Senior Services

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, irreversible brain disorder with no known cause or cure. It attacks and slowly steals the minds of its victims. Symptoms of the disease include memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, personality changes, disorientation, and loss of language skills. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of irreversible dementia. Research continues and results in new treatments. Consult your physician for current options.

The Longmont Senior Services Resource Staff

Brandy Queen , Longmont Seniors Resources Coordinator, provides counseling to seniors and their families, supervises the peer counseling program and facilitates the Alzheimer's Support Group. She also maintains a database of community resources for seniors and their families. You can reach Ruth by phone at 303-651-8414, or email her at brandy.queen@ci.longmont.co.us

Veronica Garcia can assist with housing concerns, health issues, completing forms for assistance and connecting people to needed resources in the community. Veronica manages the Colorado Life Trak program. Call 303-651-8716 for personal assistance or email her at veronica.garcia@ci.longmont.co.us.


Caregiver/Alzheimer's Support Groups
1st Monday of each Month, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Respite care on sight is available if you call Ruth (303-651-8414) on the Thursday before the group meets.

2nd Tuesday of each month, 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m.
Longmont Senior Center
Call 303-651-8414, Longmont Senior Center Resources Coordinator, for details.



Respite Care/Volunteer Companion Program
303-651-8716,Veronica Garcia, for details.
This program matches trained and screened volunteers one-on-one with older adults who live alone or with a family caregiver. Volunteers visit their older partners, primarily to provide friendship and emotional support - as well as respite for family caregivers. This service is provided at no charge for two hours per week. This program is jointly sponsored by the Boulder County Aging Services, the Longmont Senior Center and other local senior services. Through a grant, Boulder County Aging Services has made available a limited number of dollars in the form of vouchers to help with the payment of additional respite care.

Respite Assistance Program
Sponsored by Boulder County Aging Services Division (BCASD) and the City Senior Services of Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont and Louisville, provides financial reimbursement of respite services to family caregivers of older adults (age 60 and over) in Boulder County.


The caregiver may receive up to $500 in reimbursement for services. Respite services provided by a friend or relative (over 18 yrs of age) are reimbursed at a maximum rate of $8.00 per hour. Maximum reimbursement for any 24-hour period is $100. For more information on this program or to apply, call Veronica at 303-651-8716.

The Homestead Adult Day Care
303-772-9152
1380 Tulip Street, Suite M
Longmont, CO 80501
THE COMPANION CENTER is a special Alzheimer's program available at the Homestead, weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Extended hours are available. Scholarships are available. The Homestead is sponsored by Longmont United Hospital and provides members with day programs, including a wide variety of activities, outings and entertainment. Nutritious lunches and snacks are provided. Transportation arrangements are possible.

COLORADO LIFE TRAK

303-441-3646

Project Lifesaver is a Personal Locator System in Boulder County coordinated by the Boulder County Sheriff in conjunction with Longmont Police and Longmont LEU to help locate lost or missing persons using a radio transmission system. Individual's wear a wristband that local law enforcement officers can track when the need arises. Applications are available at the Senior Center front desk or download from www.bouldersheriff.org.

"ID FOR ME"
303-651-8716, Veronica Garcia

This ID bracelet program is for any person in Boulder County who may wander or is forgetful. A bracelet is marked with a number that identifies the person as a Longmont resident and with the County Sheriff's dispatch phone number. Once a call is placed to the Sheriff's Office, they can identify which local police department should respond. When the local police are called, they can identify the person by the number on the bracelet and their photo and return them to a safe place.

Alzheimers Association/HELPLINE
1-800-864-4404
24 hours a day/7 days a week
Telephone access to hope, help and support to people of Colorado at any hour of the day or night. Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association Rocky Mountain Chapter, Inc.

Here are some additional resources you might find helpful...

Care Connections
This newsletter designed for caregivers is published by Boulder County Aging Services Division. Pick up your copy at the Longmont Senior Center or call 303-441-3570 or email tmdag@co.boulder.co.us for subscription information.

Rocky Mountain Alzheimer's Association
303-813-1669

Websites:

http://www.alz.org
Alzheimer's Association
http://www.caregiver.org
Family Caregiver Alliance supports and assists caregivers of brain-impaired adults through education, research, services and advocacy.
http://www.ahaf.org
American Health Assistance Foundation
http://www.alzonline.net
Through this website, you will be able to participate in on-line education and support classes and obtain links to Alzheimer's caregiver resources in your local area.
http://alzinfo.org
Largest single collection of Alzheimer's specific databases on the web.
http://www.nfcacares.org
National Family Caregivers Association. You can order a free kit to help you identify signs of Alzheimer's Disease.

Books:

Boulder County Aging Services Division maintains a lending library of books, videos and other resources for the caregiver. Their library is housed at 529 Coffman St., Longmont. Call 303-678-6286 for details.

Here are a few more books you might find interesting:
Alzheimer's Early Stages: First Steps in Caring and Treatment, Kuhn, Daniel. Call 1-800-266-5592 to order.
Show Me the Way to Go Home, Rose, Larry. Call 1-800-709-COPE to order.
Fierce Blessings, Wayne & Terr Baltz, memoir by Colorado authors about their journey into Alzheimer's with a family member.


Check out these other Caregiver pages!

Caregiver Home Page
Long Term Care
Resources/Services
Support
Taking Care of You
Websites/Books

Please visit our other Longmont Senior Services web pages for details on great programs, classes, resources & services!
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