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561-866-7922, cdardet@fau.edu

FAU Breaks Ground on Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center Extension

BOCA RATON, Fla. (May 7, 2013) –   Florida Atlantic University’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing broke ground on a 5,000-square-foot extension to the Center on the Boca Raton campus today. The extension, which will be connected to the current Center via a covered walkway, is expected to be completed in late 2013. The Memory and Wellness Center will be open during construction and is accepting applications for current and future openings for participants in the Center program.

 Louis and Anne Green announced a commitment to support the expansion of the Center in December 2012.

  “Dementia is a terrible affliction,” said Louis Green, who helped fund the original building in 2004. “Anne and I identified a need after seeing so many local families affected.  There were not adequate facilities here to help people deal with memory loss and all that comes with it.  As the number of people diagnosed with dementia continues to grow, we saw a need to grow the Memory and Wellness Center.”

 The addition will house a large multipurpose room for Center activities and community education as well as a kitchen, an art studio, nurse and case manager offices and treatment rooms.  The increased capacity will enable the Center to serve more individuals in the community who suffer from memory loss and their caregivers.

 “We are deeply grateful to Louis and Anne Green for joining hands with us to take the Center into the next phase of its development,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “Our University and our community could not ask for better friends than these caring philanthropists, who are making a real difference in thousands of lives through their generous gifts.”

 The Center averages 16,000 visits per year and offers a wide range of services and programs to individuals with mild to moderate memory disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Visits begin with a comprehensive memory evaluation. The evaluation results often help diagnose a memory disorder and develop a treatment plan in cooperation with a patient’s physicians.

 The Center provides an active and secure place for families to bring spouses or parents who are experiencing memory loss, and the caregiver support programs have a positive impact on life at home. In January 2013, the Center was  been named a “Specialized Alzheimer’s Services Center” by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration’s Division of Health Quality Assurance.  The dementia-specific adult day center was the first to receive the designation.

 “Louis and Anne Green are not only positively impacting people suffering from memory loss and their caregivers on a day-to-day basis; they are supporting the education of those who will serve this population in the future,” said Marlaine C. Smith, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., Helen K. Persson Eminent Scholar and dean of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.  “The Memory and Wellness Center and Day Center serve as vibrant learning laboratories and research hubs for our nursing students and faculty as well as students from other colleges within the university.  We are so thankful for the Greens’ support.”

For more information, contact Christine Dardet at 561-866-7922 or cdardet@fau.edu.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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