Ecumen Expands in Apple Valley, Minnesota with Groundbreaking of New Senior Living Development Dedicated to Alzheimer's Care Services

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Senior Housing Development at The Centennial House is one of Several New Projects for Ecumen

This new offering at Ecumen's Centennial House builds upon our mission of 'creating home' for the people we serve and providing services and settings that empower people to live fully even when they are living with substantial challenges, such as Alzheimer's.

Aging services provider Ecumen, one of the country's largest non-profit senior housing companies, has broken ground on a new senior living development in Apple Valley for people living with the challenges of Alzheimer's Disease and dementia.

The $3.7 million memory care expansion at The Centennial House of Apple Valley, located at 14625 Pennock Avenue, is anticipated to open in June 2009. Upon completion next spring, The Centennial House community will contain 80 apartment homes, 60 assisted living residences and 20 memory care residences. Assisting Ecumen in development are Pope Associates architectural firm and the construction company Adolfson & Peterson.

"We are honored to be expanding services to seniors in Apple Valley," said Kathryn Roberts, Ecumen CEO and president. "This new offering at Ecumen's Centennial House builds upon our mission of 'creating home' for the people we serve and providing services and settings that empower people to live fully even when they are living with substantial challenges, such as Alzheimer's."

"Ecumen and its professionals at The Centennial House have been great assets to Apple Valley, and I am very pleased that they are expanding and bringing these important services to the residents of our community," said Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland.

The need for senior living developments and specialized residential options for memory care is increasing in Minnesota and across the country. According to the Alzheimer's Association, in 2000, Minnesota had 88,000 residents with Alzheimer's disease. In 2010, it's expected that nearly 95,000 Minnesotans will have Alzheimer's. Nationally, it is projected by 2030 that 7.7 million Americans over age 65 will have Alzheimer's, a 50% increase from today.

Ecumen also recently completed a memory care and respite care development at its Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes, Minn., and is in construction of a new senior community on behalf of North Country Health Services in Bemidji, Minn. The Bemidji development will be built to LEED-certifications (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and could become Minnesota's first LEED-certified senior housing. Ecumen also is developing new congregational senior housing on behalf of First Lutheran Church of Sandpoint in Sandpoint, Idaho. And Ecumen is slated to break ground on an expansion at its Meadows of Worthington community in Worthington, Minn., later this month.

Ecumen has owned and operated The Centennial House of Apple Valley since 2005. Among the new services it brought to Apple Valley is QuietCare technology, a proactive technology that helps identify small health problems before they grow larger.

About Ecumen:
Ecumen (http://www.ecumen.org) is based in Shoreview, Minn., and is one of the largest non-profit senior housing, services and development companies in the United States. The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical, which in turn is derived from the Greek word for home: "Oikos". Ecumen's mission is to create "home" for older adults wherever they choose to live. Ecumen is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has 4,000 team members. Ecumen writes about news and ideas that are shaping the future of aging services at its Changing Aging blog: http://www.ecumen.org/changing-aging/.

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