Alarming Alzheimer's Outlook for Colorado

By: AP
By: AP

A study released by the Alzheimer's Association projects a 47 percent jump in people 65 and older afflicted with Alzheimer's in Colorado by 2010.

The report, based on U.S. census data, projects that Colorado will have about 72,000 cases by 2010.

Linda Mitchell, president of the state chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, says that's due to more retirees moving here.

State lawmakers have pushed for improved safety measures, including Project Lifesaver, which allows cognitively impaired people to be equipped with transmitters to track them if they wander off and get lost.

Arapahoe, Boulder and Douglas counties use the program, and Denver is adopting it.


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