Glen Campbell, a famous guitar player and country music recording artist, was recently moved to an Alzheimer’s treatment facility due to the worsening of his condition. The “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about 3 years ago, but only recently required the attention of a full-time memory care facility. As his condition worsened, Campbell was forced to cancel 2012 live dates in Australia and New Zealand.

However, with his announcement, Mr. Campbell also highlighted the importance and recognition of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other memory care facilities. These facilities were established to help patients that specifically suffer from memory loss diseases and to provide the support staff needed to address those specific issues. Within the local Fredericksburg and surrounding areas, various facilities have emerged in order to address the growing population of elderly adults and their memory care needs, such as Greenfield Senior Living, The Crossings at Falls Run, Spring Arbor, and Poet’s Walk.

Poet’s Walk, located at 4621 Spotsylvania Parkway, is the only senior living provider in the area designed and built exclusively for residents with memory impairments such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other related dementias. Poet’s Walk features 60 apartments all on one level and a new Snoezelen Therapy environment room. Anne Overington, the Director of Sales and Marketing at Poet’s Walk, has recently announced plans to open up a second memory care facility, Poet’s Walk II, in early 2015. As Mr. Campbell’s recent struggles have shown, the growing elderly generation requires the specific medical and professional attention that these designated memory care facilities can provide.