The Need for Total Alzheimer’s Care Communities

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The Need for Total Alzheimer’s Care Communities

In the future, will we see more senior communities devoted entirely to dementia care?

A reader’s comment on a recent post about a Wisconsin senior housing project raised the question: “It is especially interesting that one whole facility will be just a memory care center.”

The numbers certainly affirm the need: “By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million—a 40 percent increase from the 5 million age 65 and older currently affected. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may nearly triple, from 5 million to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, slow or stop the disease.” (Source: Alzheimer’s Association’s 2013 Facts & Figures Report).

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