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The Best Memory Care Facilities in Albany, NY

Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer’s, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Albany’s senior population continues to grow (10.44% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.

In Albany, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 20.65% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group decreased by 8.16%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (3.87% in Albany vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).

To help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of cognitive impairment find the support and care their loved ones need, we applied our unique methodology and spent hours researching senior living communities in Albany. In addition to an overview of the communities’ best features, this guide highlights the best memory care facilities in the city, and gives information about pricing, types of care provided, residents’ reviews, and more.

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How Memory Care Facilities Can Help

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time-consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.

As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.

In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.

Overview of what memory care facilities provide

Our Selection Process

To choose the best memory care facilities in Albany, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.

Overall, our team:

  • Spent over 9 hours researching memory care facilities in Albany
  • Read more than 32 reviews written by residents and their loved ones
  • Interviewed 3 representatives from local communities
Overview of our methodology

Reviews of the 5 Best Memory Care Facilities in Albany, NY

Best memory care in Albany, NY

Atria Shaker

  • Resident Capacity:139
  • Room Types:Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing:$4,480 for assisted living, $7,135 for memory care

Atria Shaker is a senior living community within the Bishop’s Gate neighborhood, just a few blocks from Albany Memorial Hospital and 2 miles north of downtown Albany. The pet-friendly facility has inviting outdoor spaces including a shuffleboard court, a landscaped courtyard with walking paths and gazebos and a private garden with Adirondack Mountain views. Lifestyle amenities include a movie theater, salon and barbershop, game room, sundries store and physical therapy room. Over 200 Engage Life activities are offered every month to support the residents’ overall well-being. Regular outings to local museums, The Crossings Park and the New York State Theatre Institute let residents enjoy local arts and culture. The facility's Life Guidance memory care neighborhood takes a whole-person approach to providing care and activities to engage memory care residents.

What Residents Are Saying

Residents and their loved ones are highly satisfied with Atria Care, and one reviewer writes, "After meeting with Mom, they designed a care plan for her that was specific to her needs. The activity programs keep Mom busy throughout the day, and all of the staff is friendly and courteous ... Our Mom has not been this happy in years ... The meals are specially prepared and are delicious.”

  • Reviews:4.18 out of 5 stars; 74 reviews
  • Phone:(518) 595-4278
  • Address:345 Northern Blvd., Albany, NY 12204

Atria Vista del Rio

  • Resident Capacity:148
  • Room Types:Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing
  • Base Pricing:Assisted Living for $2,620, Memory Care for $4,895

Atria Vista del Rio provides memory care, assisted living and independent living services in a beautifully landscaped estate in Albuquerque. This peaceful community hosts four scenic courtyards and a Spanish-style fountain where residents can relax and enjoy the gardens or stroll along the paved walkways. Atria Vista del Rio's signature Life Guidance program focuses on physical wellness, social connection, individualized care and intentionally designed spaces for memory care residents. Skilled nursing and support staff, trained in the latest forward-thinking dementia care techniques, are available 24/7 to assist residents. Game nights and movies are a regular feature on the activities calendar. The fitness center, barber shop and cognitive learning center are open to all residents. As an added treat, residents can dine on chef-prepared meals with table-side service or prepare their favorite dishes in their apartment's kitchenette.

What Residents Are Saying

Many families appreciate the availability of nursing staff and the diverse activities calendar. One says, "They exercise twice a day, have music programs several times a week, brain games every morning, poker most days, movies twice a day. The staff gives excellent care. They've been very understanding, kind and attentive."

  • Reviews:4.1 out of 5 stars; 186 reviews
  • Phone:(505) 242-3370
  • Address:1620 Indian School Rd. NE., Albuquerque, NM 87102

Eddy Hawthorne Ridge

  • Resident Capacity:66
  • Room Types:1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing:Starting at $5,500

Eddy Hawthorne Ridge is a senior living community offering independent living, assisted living and memory care amidst 14 landscaped acres near Albany, New York. This facility shares its grounds with the East Greenbush Community Library and a YMCA, so residents have an immediate connection with the surrounding community. Eddy Hawthorne Ridge's memory care program focuses on residents with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease and dementia who don't require nursing home care. The facility's staff receive specialized training on how to provide life enrichment and a sense of purpose for residents with dementia. Independent and assisted living residents have a choice of one- or two-bedroom apartments and expansive gardens and hiking paths to explore. Chef-prepared meals are served daily in the formal dining room, but residents can also choose more casual grab-and-go meals or visit the on-site cafe.

What Residents Are Saying

Eddy Hawthorne Ridge offers clean facilities and engaging resident programs, writes this online reviewer: "This is a clean and well-appointed facility. The staff is friendly and helpful. The activities for residents are varied and engaging. Since becoming a resident my great aunt's health has improved because she is part of an active, age-appropriate community again ... "

  • Reviews:4.8 out of 5 stars; 8 reviews
  • Phone:(518) 279-5502
  • Address:30 Community Way East, Greenbush, NY 12061

Peregrine Senior Living at Clifton Park

  • Resident Capacity:52
  • Room Types:Studios, Companion Suites, Private Rooms, Shared Rooms
  • Care Provided: Memory Care
  • Base Pricing:$5,400 for memory care

Peregrine Senior Living at Clifton Park is a memory care-focused facility providing a warm environment with family support groups and a knowledgeable staff that receives ongoing sensitivity and communication training. The one-level floor plan is easy to navigate and contains country kitchens, cozy living areas and a beauty salon. Social events and celebrations take place in the vintage 1950s-style diner, and refreshments are served in the retro soda shop. Residents can attend spiritual services in the country chapel and explore the safely enclosed outdoor courtyards. Personalized memory boxes, cultural activities and informative lectures stimulate Alzheimer's disease and dementia care residents' minds and senses while reminding them of familiar interests.

What Residents Are Saying

Family members say residents enjoy the nice living areas, stimulating activities and interactions with community pets. One reviewer says, "Mom thinks she's living in a high-class hotel … [The facility] ... has resident pets that interact with the residents … The place is clean; the food is good; the common areas are spacious and airy.”

Promenade at University Place

  • Resident Capacity:200
  • Room Types:Studios, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing:$3,750 for assisted living, $5,000 for memory care

Promenade at University Place is across from the University of Albany and close to the Crossgates Mall. The facility is one of the few licensed assisted living residences in the Capital District to accept a limited number of Medicaid beneficiaries, and it’s also a certified Enhanced Assisted Living Residence, which provides higher levels of care. The community has an enclosed courtyard that offers seniors a secure space to garden or enjoy walks in the sunshine, and there’s also a well-stocked library and several game rooms for socializing or engaging in stimulating leisure activities. An on-site medical staff, including an internist, a podiatrist and physical and occupational therapists, keeps the residents’ health in check. Transportation services are available to take residents to local attractions.

What Residents Are Saying

A family member praises the Promenade’s atmosphere and food, "My in-laws moved into Promenade at University Place and the community is awesome. The staff is good so far, and the food is excellent. The dining area is really very cozy. They have enjoyable and numerous activities ... I would rate the food a five because everybody raves about it, including my husband.”

  • Reviews:4.72 out of 5 stars; 14 reviews
  • Phone:(518) 514-9500
  • Address:1228 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203
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