Doctors at Miami Jewish Health Systems are hoping an upcoming expansion will change the way Alzheimer's patients are treated forever.
The S. Donald Sussman EmpathiCare Village will include a cafeteria, a store and art center for 90 to 100 patients. The $65 million-dollar village will also aim to be a place for patients' loved ones to feel a sense of normalcy with family members battling the disease.
"People will live here and get all their care, but they have complete freedom of movement," said Dr. Marc Agronin, the senior vice president of behavioral health at Miami Jewish Health.
Doctors said there is more work to be done when it comes to Alzheimer's research. According to Miami Jewish Health, nearly 6 million people are affected by the disease -- and the number is expected to rise to 14 million by 2050. It's also the leading cause of death later in later life.
"The key thing is that we are never going to get to life-effective treatments or cure if we don’t boost research," Agronin said. "There’s been some increase in federal funding for Alzheimer’s research in the last few years, but it’s not enough."
The village is expected to be built by 2022. For information on how to donate, visit here.
If you would like to make an appointment with Miami Jewish Health call their memory center hotline 305-514-8710