As the largest city in Delaware, Wilmington has a total population of 70,898, with 13.6% of people being adults aged 65 and older. Based on the national average, the Alzheimer’s Association expects that more than 1,000 of the city’s seniors may have Alzheimer’s. This is particularly concerning considering that between 2016 and 2020, the CDC found that the rate of Alzheimer’s deaths in the city grew by 34.43%, which translates to a 6.8% increase in the Alzheimer’s mortality rate as a percentage of total deaths in the city.
Thankfully, Wilmington has numerous memory care facilities offering around-the-clock assistance with personal care, nutritious meals and activities designed to maintain mental fitness. The compassionate caregivers at these facilities are trained in the latest dementia care techniques, and many communities also offer on-site therapy. In addition to covering the pros and cons of living in Wilmington, this guide details the cost of care at the city’s memory care communities. Resources that may help families pay for their loved ones’ care, choose a facility and generally improve their quality of life are also included.