Brookdale expanding dementia care in Georgia

Brookdale Senior Living is investing $9.5 million to expand Alzheimer's capabilities in two of the company's Georgia facilities.

The company will construct an $8 million single-story building at Brookdale Roswell that will offer services for 36 people with dementia. The project is expected to finished by the spring of 2016.

The company is also investing $1.5 million in Brookdale Historic Roswell for an Alzheimer's and dementia care floor. The project expands the current number of dementia-care apartments from 19 to 34.

The two projects are planned in response to rising rates of Alzheimer's in Georgia. The company anticipated 190,000 Georgians will be diagnosed by 2025.

"Behind these numbers are seniors and families in need of high-quality care and support," Reg Strickland, Brookdale Roswell executive director, said in a release. "In expanding the dementia care programming available in Roswell, we seek to help more individuals and their loved ones confronting this issue."

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