The Terraces of Los Gatos Retirement Community breaks ground June 19, 2012, on a project to build The Grove, the first memory care and support center in the Town of Los Gatos, CA. Plans also include expanding the community's assisted living accommodations.
Overall, the $5.5 million project includes a 22,000-square foot, two-story addition with a total of 26 apartments and private rooms. It will address a health issue that's rapidly rising in The Terraces' locale and across the country.
"It's really unfortunate to see someone have to go outside of Los Gatos to visit a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer's disease or some other type of dementia," says Alex Candalla, executive director at The Terraces of Los Gatos Retirement Community. "We're pleased that we will now have this program available here on our campus and in our town."
The number of Californians who suffer from a type of dementia is expected to rise by approximately one-third over the next decade, according to the Alzheimer's Association Disease Facts and Figures.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, but other types include loss in memory or cognitive skills.
The statistics also show that an estimated 5.4 million people in the United States - including half a million in California alone - have Alzheimer's disease. And the association projects those numbers to triple by the year 2050.
Construction of The Grove is expected to be complete by summer of 2013.