Thoughtful approach to memory loss: Loretto creates new “Memory Life” community

Syracuse, NY (November 6, 2020) – As you enter the “Memory Life” Community, you are transported to what feels like a whole new world. An entire world contained within one building, thoughtfully designed for a very specific type of resident – and it’s right here in Syracuse, NY.

Loretto is nearing completion of its multi-million dollar investment to become the only provider in Upstate New York with this high level of innovative, truly state-of-the art, dedicated memory care support.

Every single detail was very intentional and extensively researched, from the unique exterior of each apartment to the red dishes which studies have shown help to increase appetite in dementia patients. The facility also features a stunning two-story 2,000 square foot indoor garden with two water features and specially-lit ceiling to replicate the sky with clouds, stars, and more.

“This is going to be the future of Memory Care,” said Dr. Kimberly Townsend, president and CEO at Loretto. “We’ve seen it work successfully in the Netherlands and we know this is what’s needed here in the U.S.”

The Borer Memory Life Community is named for Frank and Patti Borer, who are lifelong residents and donated $1 million to support this project. The Borers started the Petr-All Petroleum Corp in 1973, which grew to 80 convenience stores over 45 years – focused on providing good career opportunities for many in Central New York. They are dedicated to their faith and active parishioners of Holy Cross Church. Patti is currently a resident at The Nottingham.

The building is connected by an enclosed pedestrian bridge to Loretto’s full continuum of care at The Nottingham campus, allowing access to the services and professional staff available in other buildings on the campus, as well as allowing residents who live in other facilities at The Nottingham to easily visit their loved ones in the Memory Life Community – such as married couples.

Loretto is actively recruiting for more than 20 new positions, and Dorenda Schmidt has been promoted to Administrator of the Borer Memory Life Community. Dorenda previously served as a social worker and care manager at The Nottingham. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work.

The Nottingham was also just named a Best Nursing Home for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report, for the second year in a row!

There are already dozens of people on the waiting list for the Borer Memory Life Community at Loretto.

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Loretto is a leader in comprehensive healthcare services in Central New York. As the fourth largest healthcare provider and the sixth largest employer in the region, the 2,500 exceptional people at Loretto’s 19 locations deliver extraordinary care to close to 10,000 people of all ages, income levels, and care needs in Onondaga and Cayuga counties each year. From adult day programs and short-term rehabilitation, to the home-like settings in its assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities, Loretto is actively investing in its employees, in medical research, and in new technologies to improve care in our community, Making Every Day Extraordinary. Loretto: Exceptional people. Extraordinary care. For more information on Loretto, please visit




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