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Compassion is Key to Dementia Care

NATURE COAST- Florida is a well-known retirement destination, and it shouldn’t be surprising that we have a high number of seniors in our communities. The baby boom generation, which includes births from 1945-1964, produced over 77 million babies in the United States. According to the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, it was estimated that the number of Baby Boomers are expected to reach 5.3 million in Florida by 2020 and they will continue to account for a larger proportion of Florida’s population well through 2050.

One of the most concerning issues that is affecting our seniors is dementia. Dementia is defined as a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life and Alzheimer’s is the most common type that presents in 60-80 % of dementia cases. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 out of every 9 individuals over the age of 65 will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

What does this mean for the standard of care we can expect to give our seniors?  Read more..

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