One week before The LaSalle Group broke ground on its ninth memory-care community in suburban Chicago, the company celebrated the grand opening of its second memory care community in the Atlanta area. On May 1, Autumn Leaves of Towne Lake— a 28,000 square-foot, $9.8 million community located in Woodstock, Georgia, about 30 miles north of Atlanta—opened with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Towne Lake community will provide specialized services to 50 residents living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or memory impairment. Then on May 7, Autumn Leaves of Arlington Heights, located 25 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, had its official groundbreaking ceremony. The Arlington Heights community is a 30,000 square-foot, $12 million project that will also provide specialized care to 50 residents requiring memory-care.

Designed based on the latest Alzheimer’s research and using a high-tech motion sensor system to keep residents safe, Autumn Leaves communities also feature a life engagement program that provides residents with daily enriching activities to stimulate their senses and fulfill their needs for artistic expression, physical activity, spiritual support, community connections, continuing education, as well as lifestyle and leisure activities. Autumn Leaves communities also provide free services for local families, including educational seminars, speakers, and Alzheimer’s support groups. Respite care is also available.

The LaSalle Group, based in Irving, Texas, specializes in memory care and currently operates 36 Autumn Leaves communities in four states (Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Texas) with the ability to serve more than 1,800 residents. In addition to the newly opened Atlanta community and the Chicago project, the company recently broke ground on two new Autumn Leaves projects in suburban Austin, Texas. (Senior Living Development News, 4/10/14).