Daily Herald: Assisted Living For Dementia Patients

December 2, 2012 7:36:38 AM PST
Almira Behrendt, 94, proudly shows off her new studio apartment in White Oaks at Heritage Woods of South Elgin, an assisted living facility offering affordable dementia care.

Her new home looks out onto a beautiful courtyard with plants inside and framed photographs on the walls.

Gordon Behrendt, Almira's son, says he keeps having to put the pictures back up because his mother takes them down, thinking she is moving again.

Behrendt is one of 32 people to get coveted spots at White Oaks, where she can maintain some semblance of independence while getting the attention she needs for her Alzheimer's disease.

You can read the full story in the Daily Herald's edition from Sunday, December 2, 2012, or online at www.dailyherald.com.