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Early Stage Programs
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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.

The Alzheimer's Association of Colorado's Early Stage Programs are supported in part through the generous support of the Larry Schwartz Remembrance Fund.


Early Stage Programs & Services

Social Engagement

Social engagement opportunities for people with early memory loss are the best way to stay connected, active, and engaged in your community. Meet others with mild cognitive loss, learn something new, engage in something creative, get some physical activity, or discover resources and learn strategies for living with memory loss.

SPARK connects guests with early memory loss and their families to cultural experiences and meaningful connections through the Alzheimer's Association and a variety of museums and community partners.

Enjoy an interactive and engaging experience in a comfortable setting, guided by trained docents and volunteers. Programming at each venue is different. The relaxed atmosphere is welcoming and stimulating. Attendance of multiple programs in different locations is encouraged!

This program is made possible in Colorado through the generosity of Heather & Jan Robinson, in memory of Trudy Livesay and by The Daniels Fund. 

Denver Spark! Partners:


Registration for events is required. Email Sheryl Quiatchon: or call 1.800.272.3900 to RSVP.

Alzheimer's Association-Memory Cafés

A welcoming gathering place for individuals with recent or early memory loss and their family partners. Come together to relax and socialize with others over a cup of coffee.

Please call 1-800-272-3900 to find an Alzheimer's Association, Memory Cafe near you.


Education Classes

These programs are designed for people living with Early Stage Alzheimer’s or a related disorder, Mild Cognitive Impairment, or people who are concerned about recent memory loss. People are welcome to attend as individuals or with a family member, friend, or care partner.

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s for Early Stage
Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, possible causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more.

Living with Alzheimer’s:
For People with Early Stage Alzheimer’s and Care Partners

In the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, families face new questions as they adjust. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? Hear from those directly affected and learn what you can do to cope with the changes that come with an early-stage diagnosis.

Living with Alzheimer’s: For People with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s
When someone under 65 is diagnosed with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, the first reaction is often shock or denial. This doesn’t happen to someone so young...does it? What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What about work? What resources are available? Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan for, and what you can do to ease the impact of the disease.

Early Stage Support Groups

Early Stage support groups are specifically designed for individuals with early memory loss, who have been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment, Early Stage Alzheimer’s or a related disorder and their families and friends. The Early Stage Support Groups run in 8 week series where the same individuals meet every week to discuss different topics and offer each other emotional support, connections, and advise. The group splits into two rooms with the individuals with early memory loss in one room and care partners in another room. Topics that the group will discuss include:

  • Understanding the disease
  • Disclosing a diagnosis
  • Changing ways of communicating
  • Relationship changes
  • Practical planning for the future

There is a brief screening process to ensure that the group is a good fit for everyone. If you are interested in attending the group and would like to schedule a screening interview please contact Karen Harris at 303-813-1669x207.

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.
Please call 1.800.272.3900 for more information or to register for a younger onset program.

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

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

Care Consultations

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.

-Medic Alert & Safe Return

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