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Senior Living

A Community in Need

As our society ages, Alzheimer’s is one of our community’s most urgent health issues. That’s why Lutheran Home concentrates so much of its effort on excellence in memory care. We understand the special sensitivities these residents require. While many family members often believe their loved one may be better off at home, the progression of the disease will eventually overwhelm even the most dedicated family caregivers. The memory care assisted living (MCAL) community care team collaborates closely with residents’ families, helping them interact with their loved one in ways that are rewarding for both.

Facts about Alzheimer’s disease:

  • Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only leading cause of death to which there is no effective treatment or cure
  • Annually, more people die from Alzheimer’s disease than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined!
  • More than 5 million people live with Alzheimer’s disease today
  • Alzheimer’s deaths have increased 89% since 2000
  • Today, one in three seniors will die from a Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia
  • Nearly 500,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s disease will be diagnosed in the US this year – one every 66 seconds
  • Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease has been found to have a negative impact on the health, employment, income, and financial security of many caregivers
  • Currently, over 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease and by 2050 the number of people afflicted by this disease could reach 16 million

The Need

As home to just 40 residents, our MCAL community is full. Every year we must turn away dozens of families. The demand is not surprising: a recent market assessment revealed Greater Wauwatosa is home to more than 1,000 potential memory care clients being served by facilities that can accommodate only 319 individuals. The same study projects a 30 percent increase in age and income-qualified individuals by 2021. Our mission compels us to expand rapidly so we can serve more needful residents and families.