A full 67 million people in the United States over the age of 65 live with dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Of the 22,354 people who live in Chambersburg, PA, 18.4% are of the senior population. In 2016, total deaths related to Alzheimer’s made up 7.3% of fatalities, compared to 5.5% of deaths accounted for by the Centers for Disease Control in 2020. Despite this positive trend, Alzheimer’s remains the eighth leading cause of death in Pennsylvania. Families and caregivers who worry about their loved one’s safety with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive memory disorders, look to memory care as a way to extend their family member’s quality of life through compassionate on-site care.
Memory care facilities provide services that are often impossible for families to duplicate. Communities are equipped with 24-hour security and staff who specialize in dementia care. Residents also receive access to on-site specialists who administer advanced therapies that slow the progression of disease and improve residents’ well-being. This guide examines what living in Chambersburg is like for seniors, includes cost comparisons for different types of senior care and lists helpful free and low-cost resources to ease the financial burden for seniors and their families.