GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Annabel Bowlen, the wife of the Denver Bronco's owner, announced Wednesday she has Alzheimer's disease. Her husband, Pat Bowlen also has the disease.
The Alzheimer's Association in Grand Junction said there are about 71,000 people in Colorado living with the disease.
Some signs and symptoms to look for are a memory loss, having a hard time solving problems or planning and confusion with time or place.
“One thing about memory loss is that people don't know what they don't know,” said Teresa Black, of the Alzheimer's Association Grand Junction. “If they've lost a memory, they're asking the same question over and over, they probably don't know that they asked that question."
The association said if you're concerned about a loved one who may have Alzheimer’s, to take them to the doctor.
Some signs of dementia can be reversed. There are education workshops and caregiver support groups that meet across the Western Slope.
Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Groups:
-Aspen: 7:30 p.m. at the Pitkin County Senior Center every first Wednesday
-Cedaredge: 1:30 p.m. at the Cedaredge Senior Center every third Wednesday
-Delta: 1:30 p.m. at Westminster Hall every second and fourth Wednesday
-Every second Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Aspen Ridge
-Every third Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Capella of Grand Junction
-Every third Friday at 1:00 p.m. at The Commons
-Hotchkiss: 1:30 p.m. at Hotchkiss Town Hall Chambers every first Wednesday
-Every first Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Region 10 Offices
-Every second and fourth Monday at 1:00 p.m. at Methodist Church
-Rifle: 4:00 p.m. at Rifle Methodist Church every third Wednesday