By Randall Kenneth Jones
As the shovels hit the dirt at the Jan. 15 groundbreaking of Terracina Grand’s new two-story memory care building near the corner of Davis Boulevard and County Barn Road, those in attendance were left to wonder.
Is this construction project just another in a long list of new development projects popping up in Collier County — or was Terracina Grand literally breaking much more important ground in an effort to proactively plan for the future residential and medical needs of those requiring specialized memory care in our community?
Afterwards, few would argue that the latter was clearly the case. It is estimated that as many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease, and many more go undiagnosed. The incidence of the disease is rising in line with the aging population.
Although Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, the risk of developing the illness rises significantly with advanced age. Current research from the National Institute on Aging indicates that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease doubles every five years beyond age 65.
Led by Chairman John Goodman, The Goodman Group — the development and management company for Terracina Grand — has been a respected leader in memory care for nearly 50 years. Terracina Grand’s new state-of-the-art memory care community will build upon The Goodman Group’s considerable experience as well as its ongoing commitment to the latest technological advances in health care.
After John Goodman’s impassioned presentation, Dr. Cade Copeland of LIFEstrength Family Chiropractic observed, “If it’s true that an organization’s culture is driven from the top down, then John Goodman, chairman of The Goodman Group, has undoubtedly moved the staff at Terracina Grand in a profoundly meaningful way. Goodman is immediately authentic, compassionate and completely focused on care.”
In an act considered unique for this type of event, a $25 donation was made in each attendee’s name to the Alzheimer’s Support Network of Naples (alzsupport.net). Guests were also educated on the journey and history of memory care in the United States by an inspiring historical timeline display.
The new free-standing memory care community will add 55 Alzheimer’s and dementia care apartments for 60 residents — more than doubling Terracina Grand’s capacity to care for seniors in the Naples area in need of memory care.
The new building will feature five friendship suites, 46 studio apartments and four one-bedroom apartments available on a month-to-month lease. The Goodman Group expects the new memory care community to add up to 80 new jobs at Terracina Grand.
Marco Island Chamber of Commerce President Sandi Riderman added, “The Marco Island Chamber is very honored to have Terracina Grand as a member. We are fortunate to have such an outstanding senior living community in Naples to provide care in a secure home environment.”
However, perhaps Collier County District 1 Commissioner Donna Fiala said it best: “The tender love and care Terracina offers—and their beautiful senior living community—have been a very positive addition to our community. We are looking forward to the memory care center opening and the health care it will provide.”
Terracina Grand is located at 6825 Davis Boulevard in Naples. The new memory care community is scheduled to open in early 2015.
Families interested in obtaining more information about Terracina Grand, a memory care community, or the Pearls of Life® memory care program, should call 239-455-1459 or visit terracinagrand.com orfacebook.com/terracinagrand.