How Memory Care Communities Are Tackling the NFL’s Concussion Crisis

 11/23/2014

Senior Housing News, Cassandra Dowell, November 23, 2014 - "While less focused on athletes, other memory care providers are also preparing for a surge of former NFL players and other athletes who are facing memory impairment.

'We have seen a dramatic increase over the past 24 months in former players seeking support from Silverado communities and our at-home care team,' says Randy Platt, Silverado’s senior vice president of operations for Hospice & At Home. 

Silverado – which offers memory care, at home care, and hospice services – became the NFL’s preferred memory care assisted living provider in 2008. Silverado also provides private-duty home care to former NFL players. 

While Silverado declined to comment on the number of former players it serves, one such former NFL great in a Silverado community is Mike Pyle, former Bears center, who currently resides at the Silverado Memory Care Community in Highland Park, Ill. Pyle played nine seasons between 1961 and 1969 for the Chicago Bears.

Pyle, 75, has been told he has CTE, but researchers at Boston University’s CTE Center note that currently the only way to confirm a diagnosis of CTE is after death by postmortem neuropathological analysis. 

His wife, Candy Pyle, says she saw signs of mental and personality changes in her husband for nearly a decade, but it was last fall when she could no longer care for him and he moved into a Silverado community, she told local media earlier this year.

'We’ve seen players in their early 40s and also into their later 70s,' Platt says. 'The age span is much broader. We also are aware of players who are developing disease patterns even younger than that. While several former players have become residents within Silverado communities, several tend to be younger or looking to maintain personal independence. Many chose to live at home with support from a Silverado personal attendant, as well as ongoing support from a Silverado Life Care Manager.'"

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