Men are moving into memory care units at a 14% faster pace than women, referral service finds

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Men have been moving into memory care units at a faster rate than women, and providers are adjusting their services to this demographic shift, according to findings released Wednesday by a large senior care referral service.

Between 2011 and 2014, memory care move-ins grew at a 14% greater rate for men than for women, the data from A Place for Mom showed. A Place for Mom describes itself as the largest senior living referral service in North America.

“The older you get, the higher chance you have of getting the disease, and men specifically are living longer," said Megan Carinus, RN, executive director of memory care community Balfour Cherrywood Village in Louisville, CO. The number of men seeking memory care in her community has doubled in the last 18 months, Carinus stated in a press release from A Place for Mom.

Men in memory care are 30% more likely than women to be combative and also are more apt to wander, according to the analysis.

Care providers are responding to this trend through training and resident care initiatives, said Dan Willis, senior vice president of partner services at A Place for Mom. Staff members are being prepared to manage aggressive behavior and to create activities that interest men, he said.

Healthcare providers also should improve how they approach aging men's bone health, the International Osteoporosis Foundation urged Thursday.

The organization released a report showing that on a worldwide basis men are twice as likely to die after a hip fracture, compared to women. Providers too often ignore osteoporosis and similar conditions in men, with one U.S. study showing men are 50% less likely to receive treatment, according to the foundation.