Approximately 170,000 people have Alzheimer's in North Carolina, out of the state's some 10.2 million residents. The Alzheimer's Association predicts this number to rise to 210,000 by 2025, an increase of 23.5 percent.
Stokes County, North Carolina, is located along the Virginia border and has an estimated population of 45,717 people, 20.6 percent of whom are 65 or over. To accommodate those seniors who have dementia or Alzheimer's, there are two memory care facilities, one located in King and the other in Walnut Cove.
In North Carolina, memory care facilities are officially known as Special Care Units (SCUs) within Adult Care Homes (ADHs). The state classifies ADHs as a type of assisted living residence, or ALR.