According to the World Health Organization, dementia is a syndrome, usually of a chronic or progressive nature, caused by a variety of brain illnesses that affect memory, thinking, behavior, and ability to perform everyday activities.
The number of people living with dementia worldwide is currently estimated at 47 million and is projected to increase to 75 million by 2030. The number of cases of dementia are estimated to almost triple by 2050.
Dementia and its related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s or Lewy Body dementia, are not only difficult for the person experiencing the illness, but also for their families and friends. Denial and frustration often accompany efforts to ensure the safety and wellbeing of a family member with dementia or a related disease.
Memory care is a specific type of senior living designed for seniors, aged 55 and over, who are somehow affected by a memory disorder. Many memory care communities require a doctor’s diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s for admission.
The benefits of a memory care-specific community for a loved one who is struggling with memory loss include tailored activity programs to engage participants, dementia-specific training for care staff, and the improved quality of life that comes with being surrounded by people who are similar in thought and ability.
Care for seniors with memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s and the like has come a long way in the recent past. As the need for memory care-specific senior living grows, programs will continue to improve and grow to meet the need.
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