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Date:10/17/2008

of pudding. Silverado staff are welcome to snack, with just one condition: they are to invite a resident to share whatever they're having.

"Besides encouraging eating, it's important to take a comprehensive look at why a frail elder is losing weight," said Ellett. "At Silverado, we don't just assume that weight loss is inevitable as part of memory impairment. We examine the entire situation, so that we look at all chronic illnesses, what medications the person is taking, whether there are issues with the ability to swallow, and what kinds of food the person has always liked. Then we design a program that meets specific dietary needs and preferences."

More than 1, 700 people have started to feed themselves again and over 2,200 have regained the ability to walk while in Silverado's care.

In addition to its memory-care communities, Silverado offers home care, care management and hospice care through its Silverado at Home and Silverado Hospice service lines in California, Texas, and Utah. Silverado is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Silverado has research affiliations with leaders in the field of Alzheimer's disease, including the University of California, San Diego; UCLA; UCI; USC; University of North Texas; Baylor College of Medicine; and University of Utah. The company's web site is: http://www.Silveradosenior.com.


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