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Memory Loss Care Facilities Increasing in Numbers in Waukesha County

Updated on August 21, 2012

Scenes of the elderly persons with memory loss at Silverado Senior Living Center, based in Irvine, Calif..

Two elderly women at a Silverado Senior Living Center engage in conversation and activities.
Two elderly women at a Silverado Senior Living Center engage in conversation and activities. | Source
An elderly male resident at a Silverado Living Care Center holds a child.
An elderly male resident at a Silverado Living Care Center holds a child. | Source
An elderly man pets a dog while two caregivers look on at a Silverado care facility.
An elderly man pets a dog while two caregivers look on at a Silverado care facility. | Source
A lounging area at Merrill Hills Manor Alzheimer's/Memory Care and Assisted Living, Waukesha, Wis.
A lounging area at Merrill Hills Manor Alzheimer's/Memory Care and Assisted Living, Waukesha, Wis. | Source
The courtyard area at Senior Care Services at Clare Bridge, Brookfield.
The courtyard area at Senior Care Services at Clare Bridge, Brookfield. | Source
A rendering of the new memory care facility proposed for Brookfield, Wis. by Silverado Senior Living Center, based in Irvine, Calif.
A rendering of the new memory care facility proposed for Brookfield, Wis. by Silverado Senior Living Center, based in Irvine, Calif. | Source

Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease every 68 seconds


Waukesha County (in Wis.) is fortunate right now to have a wide array of quality care services for older adults and specifically for persons with Alzheimer's and related dementia's according to most area senior care administrators and professionals. However, how do future care needs shape up for persons with Alzheimer's or related dementia's in Waukesha County?

According to the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, as of 2010 there were an estimated 8,544 persons in Waukesha County aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer's disease That number is expected to increase to 12,742 by 2030, a 49 percent increase. Statewide, there were an estimated 110,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer's as of 2010.

“Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease every 68 seconds,” Tom Hlavacek, executive director of the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin said.

“In 2050, someone in the U.S. will develop the disease every 33 seconds. With the increase in numbers of people with Alzheimer’s disease there will be a continued need to provide care in an array of settings. Facilities will be needed that can serve people in settings of different sizes, and can meet the complex needs of residents especially into the mid and late stages of Alzheimer’s.”

Hlavacek added that there is a continued need for more dementia capable facilities that accept public funding such as Family Care and Medicaid, and also can address the behavioral and psychological symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

There are currently about 40 licensed Community Based Residential Facilities within Waukesha County that provide care for persons with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. A few of the facilities located in the county includes Senior Care Services at Clare Bridge, Brookfield, River Hills West Healthcare Center, Pewaukee, Northfield Manor Alzheimer's/Memory Care and Assisted Living, Menomonee Falls and Merrill Hills Manor Alzheimer's/Memory Care and Assisted Living, Waukesha.

There is another memory care facility in the works to be constructed in the City of Brookfield, despite several city resident concerns. On July 17, the Brookfield City Council approved a conditional use plan and method of use for construction of a 100-bed memory care facility on St. Luke's Catholic Church-owed land located off Davidson Road. The church plans to sell about seven acres of land to Silverado Senior Living Center, based in Irvine, Calif. Silverado plans to build and operate a 45,000-square-foot facility.

The city council also recently approved another memory care center on Calhoun Road near the Ponds hockey rink.

Silverado Senior Living Center assisted communities specialize in caring for those with memory impairments such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Lewy-Body or other related dementia's. When completed, this new community in Brookfield will provide expert clinical care led by a Physician Medical Doctor, a full-time registered nurse and licensed nursing around the clock.

“We have plans to make this new Brookfield memory care community a home-like environment that will include frequent interactions with children and pets, delicious meals, appropriately stimulating activities and life enriching outings,” said Hansel Ramirez, a spokesperson for the company said.

Ramirez said that Silverado selected Brookfield and Waukesha County because they believe there is growing need for a higher level of care that can serve individuals from early onset through the final stages of memory-impairing disease.

“Silverado has been a pioneer of this level of care since our inception, and in turn we have been able to reduce the need for frequent hospitalizations or relocation to other care settings as resident needs progress,” he said. “This allows us to add a layer of stability and comfort, but also reducing the overall cost of care.”

Silverado is expecting provide a strong leadership team at this new facility, that will include local administrator and Wisconsin native Pam Bradley. Bradley has been affiliated with the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Waukesha County.

“Alzheimer's Association statistics show that about 75 percent of affected individuals over the age of 80 will require long-term care, which is a staggering figure when you consider that only four percent of the general population will have the same level of need,” Ramirez said. “So, if the supply of specialized memory care providers does not keep pace with the ever-growing demand, then there will almost certainly be a shortage of available services in the coming years.”

With the Alzheimer's disease alone ranking as the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older, there will be a need for more high-quality and innovative memory care facilities in Waukesha County, Southeastern Wisconsin and the rest of the state.

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