Of Lawton’s 91,500 residents, approximately 11.2% are 65 or older, representing the group most at risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In Oklahoma, Alzheimer’s incidence is expected to increase by 13.4% by 2025. In fact, CDC data indicates that, in Lawton, Alzheimer’s deaths increased by 7.4% between 2016 and 2020. On a positive note, the disease caused fewer deaths compared to the overall mortality rate for the same period, possibly indicating the impact of quality dementia care in the city.
Specialized memory care facilities offer compassionate support in the face of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. In addition to trained staff, effective security measures and 24/7 supervision, communities offer research-based programs to combat the impacts of Alzheimer’s and bring comfort to seniors. Many facilities also offer dementia-friendly menus and easy-to-navigate layouts.
This guide discusses the pros and cons of living in Lawton, including a comparison of local care costs and memory care rates in the wider region. It also lists affordable support resources and discusses ways of paying for care.