In Murrieta, where seniors make up 12% of the 111,000 residents, Alzheimer’s is increasingly becoming a public health concern. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 1,162 fatalities in the county that year were linked to Alzheimer’s. In 2020, that number increased by 27% to 1,478. This is comparable to the increase of 33% in the total number of deaths in the county during that reporting period. In 2020, Alzheimer’s was the underlying cause of about 9.4% of all deaths in the region, which is down slightly from 9.8% in 2016.
While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, many seniors with this disease experience a fulfilling lifestyle with the help of dementia care. Memory care facilities provide specialized services for those with dementia, including individualized care plans, meals, housekeeping and social and recreational programming that enhances engagement. They’re staffed with caregivers who’ve completed dementia-specific training and have secured indoor and outdoor common areas that promote independence while preventing unsafe wandering. This guide provides more information on memory care in Murrieta, including options for financial assistance.