A recent U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging convened at a forum entitled Until There's a Cure How: to Help Alzheimer's Patients Now to discuss the best services for Alzheimer's care and how to accommodate older adults with impaired memory.
Loren Shook, president and CEO of Silverado Senior Living and vice chair of the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), addressed the issue in detail.
"Providing care for our aging population, especially for those with memory impairing diseases is more than just meeting their medical needs.
It's about providing for their psycho-social needs as well," he said in a statement. "It includes providing and supporting a quality of life that brings life-affirming meaning and fulfillment to them daily."
ALFA CEO Richard Grimes agreed, stating that it was important for assisted living facilities to be supported by policies that would allow for personalized services for seniors in need of Alzheimer's care.
The Alzheimer's Association estimates that there are 5.3 million Americans suffering from the condition across the country, with another 10 million expected to develop the illness in the coming years.