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Shovels hit the ground for elderly memory care facility

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Shovels hit the ground today to mark the the start of construction for an assisted living facility that will be the first of its kind locally.

Fieldstone Memory Care will focus exclusively on patients with dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Doctors say the facility will be unique by catering to activities for the elderly. A modern twist on some older concepts.

Dr. Steven Younker a Psychologist told KIMA, "the 50's cafe, all those things help them to feel more and more at home. I think anytime you change the environment on an Alzheimer's patient it's very very stressful for them."

More than 60 rooms are expected to be built and adding to the innovative building design there will also be a Town Square complete with a theatre, chapel, cafe, salon, art center and other outdoor rooms.

Construction is slated to finish in May of next year.
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