While women make up the majority of memory care community residents, new data shows than men are more likely to go to a community designated for memory care rather than for assisted living.
In fact, there are proportionately more men at memory care communities than at assisted living communities.
More than a quarter of the residents who moved into assisted living communities in 2010 were males, down so far in 2014. In comparison, 35% of those who moved into a memory care community this year were by males, up from 2010. That translates to 8% fewer men in assisted living communities but a 6% increase of men in memory care communities.
This could mean more men resist and refuse assisted living if they can possibly avoid it. Thus, by the time memory care is needed, they can no longer avoid receiving care.
Despite the growing trend of men in memory care, women are much more likely to develop a memory impairment and need memory care. That’s partially due to female longevity. The average life expectancy for American females is 81 years old, versus 76 years old for men.
With Alzheimer’s disease being an age related disorder it is logical that Alzheimer’s significantly affects more women than men. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 65% of Alzheimer’s patients are women, which explains why women are the majority of residents in memory care in addition to senior living communities.
For more information on assisted living homes or memory care communities, contact Spring Arbor.