The Oregonian spent more than a year investigating memory care in Oregon, where over 100,000 records and accounts from hundreds of memory care workers and families showed evidence of abuse, high prices and understaffing. Confirmed cases of abuse are more than twice as prevalent in memory care facilities as they are in other types of Oregon senior centers, and 150 current or former memory care workers told the Oregonian they personally witnessed abuse or neglect. 

Families with people with dementia are paying as much as $100,000 a year, but the investigation found that the dementia caretakers they’re paying are failing at the “core aspects” of dementia care, which include managing aggressive behavior, preventing weight loss and falls, and providing basic hygiene. 

The Oregonian published a series of stories about the findings, as well as a piece on how the story was reported