With more than 72,000 Colorado residents age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s disease, the state has responded with a number of resources to help. The Neurobehavior Clinic at University of Colorado Hospital has treated patients with a wide range of cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, since 1987. The Clinic employs expert physicians specializing in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry care and treatment, suitable for those diagnosed with dementia, as well as geriatricians who specialize in taking care of elderly populations. The Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association also provides a 24-hour bilingual helpline, education and support groups for residents of Colorado memory care facilities and their families.
Memory Care in Colorado Defined
Colorado memory care offers the needed support and personal care services to seniors facing the limitations caused by memory loss. As Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, many seniors find they can manage their needs in the early stages with in-home care and/or adult day care services. However, as the memory loss increases and begins to affect their ability to safely handle everyday living tasks, residential care in an assisted living facility becomes more appropriate. Some assisted living facilities offer memory care in addition to their regular personal care services, often times separating residents into different wings for safety, while some facilities are designed to care only for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia. In the late stages of dementia, a nursing home may be more suitable to provide round-the-clock medical care as needed.
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