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Support for Those Caring for Loved Ones with Dementia


attendees at a gathering for Alzheimer's and Dementia

Alzheimer’s Association Care Partner Support Group Offered Monthly at Columbine’s Drake Center 


Dementia. Alzheimer’s. These words can alarm – and even overwhelm –  both the person with this disease and their caregivers. Providing support to someone living with dementia can be challenging; it’s also normal for caregivers to feel an increase in their stress level. Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado and Columbine Health Systems have partnered to offer free monthly care partners support groups at the Drake Centre, 802 West Drake Road in Fort Collins. 


10 common signs of dementia caregiver stress: 

  1. Denial

  2. Anger or frustration at the person living with the disease

  3. Social withdrawal from friends and activities 

  4. Anxiety about the future

  5. Depression which affects your ability to cope 

  6. Exhaustion 

  7. Sleeplessness caused by worrying

  8. Irritability 

  9. Lack of concentration 

  10. Own health issues that begin to take a physical and mental toll


Research shows us that the most resilient caregivers are those who seek and accept support. The benefits of caregiver support groups include an enhanced sense of control, reduced stress, more realistic expectations, access to practical advice, and creating relationships with those on similar journeys.  


Alzheimer’s Association® support groups, conducted by trained facilitators, are a safe place for care partners to: 

  • Develop a support system.

  • Exchange practical information on challenges and possible solutions.

  • Talk through issues and ways of coping.

  • Share feelings, needs, and concerns.

  • Learn about community resources. 


Support groups play a pivotal role in fostering a sense of community, understanding, and resilience. In this support group, individuals find a safe space to share experiences, gain insights, and exchange practical tips with others facing similar challenges. The collective understanding provides emotional support and valuable resources to enhance caregiving skills.


If you support someone with Alzheimer's, we invite you to join us:


WHAT: Care Partner Support Group

WHEN: Second Tuesday of the month from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Drake Centre, 802 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins (enter through the Human Resource door)


For more information, please contact Angel Hoffman, Director of Community Engagement for North and West Colorado, at 970-387-6067 or alhoffman@alz.org


Drake Centre/Columbine Health Systems is providing this space at no cost as part of its dedication to seniors and our community. 


Columbine Health Systems has been Northern Colorado's leader in compassionate senior care since 1971. It has evolved to include a full continuum of care services, including patio homes, independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, therapy services, infusion therapy, home care, medical equipment, pharmacy, chaplains, and transportation. 


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