Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia create challenges for families throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. About 150,000 adults aged 65 and older were known to have the illness in 2020, and that number is expected to rise to 190,000 by 2025, an estimated change of 26.7%. According to data from the Alzheimer’s Association, 2,631 Virginia seniors died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2019, and it anticipates that number will increase. Research from the CDC shows that death certificates underreport Alzheimer’s disease, so these numbers are likely to be higher.
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.
This guide will cover the cost of memory care in Virginia, financial assistance options for paying for memory care, free memory care resources in the state, and a directory of memory care facilities in Virginia.
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