In the dementia-friendly community of Williamsburg, residents are seeing an increased need for dementia care. According to information published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Alzheimer's-related deaths in the region increased by 22% between 2016 and 2020. During that time, the total number of deaths went up by less than 19%. Alzheimer's is usually diagnosed in those aged 65 and over, an age group that makes up 17% of Williamsburg's 15,400 residents.
Dementia care can be hard to navigate, but fortunately, the many residential memory care facilities can help. These facilities meet the needs of those with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia through tailored programming, individualized personal care plans and dementia-informed nutrition services. They also oversee social and recreational activities that promote engagement and functional abilities.
This guide for memory care in Williamsburg provides more information on things to consider before moving a loved one to a local facility, including specialized care costs, financial assistance options and resources for information and supportive services.