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Senior Men Moving to Memory Care Communities Faster Than Women
Senior men 27%
more likely than women to require memory care services
Oct. 8, 2014
Both men and women are moving in increasing numbers to memory care
communities, however, male move-ins are growing at a rate that is 14
percent greater than women over a three-year period (July 1, 2011
through June 30, 2014), according to the senior living referral service,
A Place for Mom.
continue to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease at a higher rate, we
are seeing a significant increase in men seeking memory care with the
number of our male residents doubling in the past 18 months," said Megan
Carnarius, RN and Executive Director for Balfour Cherrywood Village, an
Alzheimer's and memory care community located in Louisville, CO.
of the disease in more people could be attributed to more people living
longer. The older you get, the higher chance you have of getting the
disease, and men specifically are living longer."
In looking at
just a one year span, APFM's data from August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014,
found that male seniors ages 62 and above, who have moved into a
community after being referred there by A Place for Mom, are 27 percent
more likely than women to require memory care services.
finding, APFM found that when men need memory care services, they are 8
percent more likely to exhibit wandering tendencies and are 30 percent
more likely to have issues with combative behavior.
"As we see more
men seeking memory care services, senior care providers are preparing
for this potential shift in demographics and are implementing more
specific training and care initiatives to address the memory care needs
of both women and men," said Dan Willis, Senior Vice President of
Partner Services at A Place for Mom.
"It is important
that families understand that there are many resources available today
to help them enhance the quality of life of loved ones with Alzheimer's
disease or other dementias."
providers that partner with A Place for Mom shared some examples of how
they are making changes to care practices in response to the increase of
men requiring memory care:
ways to engage.
Men's interests are often different than women and it's important that
caregivers get to know each person to understand their backgrounds, past
careers, and their interests. This helps to identify topics and tools to
help with engagement.
to diffuse aggressive behavior.
Men are physically larger and stronger. Staff should be trained to
manage and diffuse triggers of aggressive behavior.
independence when possible.
Men often are very proud and don't like having help, especially for
things they've been doing independently for decades, such as shaving.
Finding activities they can do on their own as much as possible is
A Place for Mom, Inc. (APFM)
provides caregiving guides and links to helpful resources with
information on Alzheimer's, dementia and memory care on their website at
About A Place
Place for Mom, Inc. (APFM) reports to be North America's largest
senior living referral
service with 300 senior living advisors providing resources and
personalized assistance in finding senior living services.
The service is offered at no charge to families as providers pay a fee
to APFM. For more information, visit
call 1-877-311-6099 or visit one of APFM's social networks at
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