It’s been interesting – and sad – to watch how some people in one Twin Cities neighborhood are reacting to the possibility of having seniors with Alzheimer’s living near them.

What kinds of communities and neighborhoods do we want as we age? 

It’s a question for all of us in this era when a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 70 seconds.

Today the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio looked at the story of the proposed housing and the neighbors’ reaction.  (Ecumen has been a consultant to the Woodbury developer).  Both insightful stories.  Bob Collins’ MPR piece provides a video story from a Duluth TV station at memory care at Ecumen’s Lakeshore community in Duluth.   It’s a great look at life in memory care.

We’ll all benefit if our neighborhoods and communities are neighborhoods and communities for a lifetime.