Created: 07/24/2014 7:03 PM KAALtv.com
By: Meghan Reistad
(ABC 6 News) -- The Madonna Senior Living Community, in Rochester, recently announced plans for a major expansion project this fall. Half the expansion will be focused on a growing concern among seniors, Alzheimer’s.
"Evidently people are coming down with Alzheimer's now more than ever and we need to take care of them," said Judy Collins.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 67 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s.
The Madonna Living Community has decided to respond and add more services to address the issue.
"They'll be some great excitement in the community when we share the actual floor plans and drawings with everybody," said Madonna Living Community CEO Mark Noble
Two new facilities will be built; one in Rochester and one in Byron. The Byron facility will be a retirement community, housing 50 residents. Rochester’s facility will be designed for memory care, built on campus with Madonna Towers.
The new Rochester facility will be called the “Garden House.” 18 individual rooms will share two community living spaces.
"For meals, eight residents will eat at the table and that's not much different than a lot of family gatherings. We think that'll be a wonderful environment for individuals with memory issues,” said Noble. “We’re living longer as human beings and the longer we live, the better chance we have of having some sort of memory care issue."
The project will cost a total of $10.7 million. Rochester’s facility will total around $3 million and Byron’s facility around $8 million.