New Complex Addresses Alzheimer Issues

July 11, 2007
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An outdoor walking trail, exterior patios, and a collection of cottages are just some of the amenities that residents will find at Sunrise of Cascade, Sunrise Senior Living's newest senior care community and home to West Michigan's first program dedicated solely to seniors with early stage Alzheimer's disease.

The complex, a 60,000-square-foot, 76-unit community located at 3041 Charlevoix Drive SE in Cascade, will provide assisted living services and Alzheimer's care for up to 90 residents who need help with daily activities.

"We've reached a critical point in addressing the issue of Alzheimer's care," said Deb Rost, executive director of Sunrise of Cascade.

"Today, statistics show 500,000 people younger than 65 are living with early-onset Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. These figures are expected to skyrocket as baby boomers reach this age within the next five years."

To address the issue of care, Sunrise has added a program to its services that it calls Terrace Club, designed for residents with mild memory impairment. The program works to increase memory stimulation through challenging mental activities, nutrition and exercise. Seniors in the program will participate in new learning opportunities such as foreign language, cooking or art appreciation classes. "Brain aerobics" are encouraged with puzzles, word exercises and board games, while physical activity is stimulated with dance lessons, strength training and walks.

Sunrise of Cascade is one of 17 Sunrise Senior Living communities in operation or under construction in the state of Michigan.

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