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July 22, 2016

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new Assisted Living & Memory Care Support Program in Malden

Throughout the country, the demand for senior care continues to rise. By 2050, the number of Americans over 65 will nearly double. By the same year, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may nearly triple, from 5.2 million to a projected 13.8 million. Volunteers of America Massachusetts is committed to providing quality services to this rapidly growing population, and supporting individuals and families affected by memory disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

On Thursday July 2st at 10:00am, Volunteers of America Massachusetts (VOAMA) and the city of Malden held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Forestdale Park Assisted Living & Memory Care Support program, located at 341 Forest St. in Malden, MA.  Forestdale Park will be a welcoming community that offers 80 units of high quality senior housing with innovative, caring programs to best support aging with dignity.

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L to R: Chris Semmelink (The Architectural Team), Mark Beaudry (Meridian Associates), Bob Larkin (Senior Living Residences), Peter Caro (Casner & Edwards), Tom Bierbaum (Volunteers of America Massachusetts), Liz Peart (Howard Stein Hudson), Alan Zimlicki (ASZ Associates)

“Forestdale Park Assisted Living and Memory Care will provide a warm, family-like environment where seniors will find the highest quality care in the community. We’ve been providing assisted living and memory care to seniors for almost 20 years in the cities of Concord and Ayer, MA and we look forward to bringing the same level of care and services to seniors in Malden and the Greater Boston area. We know there is an increasing demand for senior services in the community and we look forward to helping individuals and families when the project is completed,” stated Thomas Bierbaum, President and CEO of VOAMA.

The new facility will include 59 studio and one bedroom apartments for assisted living, which will offer residents a multitude of services and supports based on each resident’s needs. The enclosed 18-bed Memory Care Support unit will feature specialized 24-hour care to individuals struggling with memory disorders. Forestdale Park will also include three independent living units. The complex is designed to provide residents with all the comforts of home, in addition to an array of engaging activities and service options.

Residents will enjoy inter-generational programs, as well as programs to strengthen social and family relationships, promote fitness and wellness, and provide support for day-to-day activities and memory care.  Funds for the project have come from Eastern Bank, East Boston Savings Bank, and Berkshire Bank, and from Volunteers of America National Services. VOAMA was also selected to receive Massachusetts State Historic Tax Credit Funds and Federal Historic Tax Credits to support the redevelopment project. The program is slated to open its doors in early 2018.

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