Alzheimer's Association sees spike in calls around the holidays

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO News)-- The Grand Junction chapter of the Alzheimer's Association says they expect to see a record number of calls this holiday season.

As families get together during this time of year, after sometimes months spent apart, the Alzheimer's Association says that many people may notice a change or difference in some of their older family members, which can sometimes be the onset of Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. They say there are more than 73,000 Coloradans living with Alzheimer's and more than a quarter million serve as caregivers.

"It's important to know that dementia is not a diagnosis, it's a term. So we really want that next level of care to happen where they get to a specialist and they get that more robust examination to determine 'why does my person have dementia'," says Regional Director, Debra Bianchi.

The 24/7 helpline for them is 800-272-3900

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