Burlington is home to over 59,000 people, 17.8% of whom are aged 65 or older. This demographic is at an increased risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, especially as they continue to age; the country-wide number of people with an Alzheimer's diagnosis is projected to nearly double to around 12.7 million by 2050. Though the number of people with Alzheimer's continues to grow, rates are declining in Burlington, potentially due to local dementia care services. In 2016, Alzheimer's accounted for 7.62% of all deaths in the city. In 2020, that percentage dropped to 6.62%.
Over time, Alzheimer's symptoms worsen and some people may need specialized memory care to stay safe. This care is often provided in a secure residential setting where residents can access evidence-based therapies and receive assistance as needed.
This guide discusses the benefits and drawbacks of memory care in Burlington, as well as regulations, associated costs and available financial assistance and other resources.