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Loretto preps for future dementia care with $11 million project

The Business Journal - 11/22/2018

DeWTTT - Citing data from the Chicago, Illinois-based Alzheimer's Association, Loretto is preparing for the time when more people will require memory care and memory-care facilities.

The organization has plans for an $11 million project involving renovations and new construction to "expand and enhance" dementia care at three of its locations.

They include the Nottingham in DeWitt, along with the Heritage and the Cunningham buildings on Loretto's main campus in Syracuse, Loretto said in a news release.

"Loretto is the only organization in Central New York that can support all dementia levels and all income levels. Through this initiative, we are investing even more in the care that we provide as the need grows and this disease evolves," Dr. Kimberly Townsend, president and CEO of Loretto, contended.

The organization announced the project during an Oct 19 news conference and groundbreaking ceremony at the Nottingham.

Loretto in its release cited data from the Alzheimer's Association indicating that the number of Americans age 65 and older living with memory loss is projected to jump from 5.1 million in 2016 to 16 million in 2050. Nearly 18 percent of that growth will happen in New York.

The memory loss would be the result of Alzheimer's and other dementia conditions, Loretto noted.


The work at the Nottingham will include a new building, which will be called the Borer Center for Aging Excellence.

Frank and Patti Borer and their family have pledged $1 million to Loretto's RememberMe Capital Campaign in support of the memory-care initiative.

The campaign's goal is $5 million, Julie Sheedy, VP of marketing and the Foundation, tells CNYBJ ih an email.

Loretto is already over the $3.6 million mark in the RememberMe Capital Campaign, "thanks to the Borers and others who have already contributed to this campaign," per the release.

For their donation, Loretto honored the Borers with its Legacy Award during its annual luncheon held Oct. 18.

Project details

Providence, Rhode Island-based Gilbane Building Co., which has a Syracuse office, is the contractor for the project, according to information that Sheedy provided CNYBJ.

QPK Design of Syracuse is providing architectural and civil-engineering services. John E Stopén Engineering, also of Syracuse, is handling the structurat engineering; work.

The Center for Aging Excellence at the Nottingham will include a new living community for residents living with dementia. The facility will "enable residents to maintain their independence for as long as possible without jeopardizing their safety," Loretto said.

The Nottingham Center for Aging Excellence will also provide classrooms, offices, and common spaces to support continuing education for staff and family on the care and treatment of those with dementia

The Heritage will undergo renovations to incorporate the latest designs and technology to support residents with dementia. Loretto describes the Heritage as the "first residential program of its kind in Central New York created to care for those with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias."

The Cunningham, which houses a dedicated dementia floor for the most advanced-stage residents, will also undergo renovations to implement the latest designs and technology to meet the needs of those in the late stages of the disease. The renovations will include upgraded window treatments to optimize use of natural light

It'll also include new technology, such as headphones and computers, to provide various options for residents to benefit from calming music and interactive games to stimulate memory and reduce agitation. *


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