According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual report, approximately 5.8 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, Alzheimer’s ranks sixth among the top causes of death throughout the United States and in Oregon, where 1,652 of the state’s residents died from the disease in 2015. By 2025, the association predicts that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease among Oregon seniors aged 65 and older will increase by 29.2%.
Memory care facilities provide those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia with care that is tailored to their unique needs. Memory care can take place in its own facility, or as part of a designated wing of another residential care community. Staff members of memory care units or facilities undergo specialized training in caring for those with memory impairment, and the facilities often coordinate social activities and schedules specifically for the needs of those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
For more information on Memory Care, and related resources in Oregon, please click on this link: https://www.memorycare.com/memory-care-in-oregon/
Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org
First Aid for People with Alzheimer’s: https://pacificmedicalacls.com/first-aid-for-people-with-alzheimers
NIH Institute on Aging: http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/alzheimers