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 Albuquerque’s senior population continues to grow (19.98% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Albuquerque, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 9.54% between 2014 and 2019, showing that Alzheimer’s is a serious concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is slightly lower than the rest of the nation (6.31% in Albuquerque 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 dozens of hours researching senior living communities in Albuquerque. 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.
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.
To choose the best memory care facilities in Albuquerque, 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:
Amaran Senior Living in Albuquerque focuses on maintaining the self-worth, independence and dignity of residents, encouraging them to share a lifetime of wisdom and knowledge with younger generations. In the memory care community, residents with Alzheimer's disease and other memory impairment conditions enjoy unrestricted movement in a secure environment designed to promote freedom, choice and responsibility. Personalized activity programs based on Montessori positive reinforcement and repetition principles help residents to re-establish memories and recognition. Amaran Senior Living residents benefit from spacious private apartments, chef-prepared meals, scenic outdoor sitting areas and maintenance-free living. Trained staff are also available 24/7 to offer assistance with medication, eating, bathing, and dressing.
Prospective residents and family members are impressed by the community's intergenerational programs and its Montessori approach to senior care. One says, "Creating a community where children and seniors engage in activities together has so many benefits for all generations."
Avamere at Rio Rancho enhances the lives of residents experiencing Alzheimer's and dementia in New Mexico. The community's personalized approach to memory care includes regular wellness checks and medication reminders. A team of skilled nursing staff is available to assist residents around the clock. In addition to daily fitness classes, residents have access to experienced personnel in the beauty salon and restaurant-style dining room. Residents are encouraged to explore different interests with creative writing and painting classes, ice cream socials and cultural activities.
Relatives remark that the staff is kind and involved. One says, "We have found the staff very attentive to the needs of the residents, cheerful & caring. The nursing staff is exceptional in their care & they work with us to ensure that my Mother's health & medical needs are properly addressed."
BeeHive Homes of Assisted Living Albuquerque NM offers high-quality care to seniors with memory loss related illnesses. The community maintains a home-like atmosphere to give residents a sense of familiarity and belonging. To ensure safety at all times, each resident is provided with a pendant emergency call system. Seniors can enjoy time together in the large living room area, watching a movie or participating in an individualized activity to foster personal and cognitive health. Staff members are specially trained to provide memory-loss specific care and assistance 24 hours a day.
Family members of residents appreciate that their loved ones are safe and well-cared for in this community. "My husband is now living at BeeHive, and I am happy with the care he is getting. They are helping him with everything and taking care of him because he cannot get up or eat. They are especially nice when he is having problems."
BeeHive Homes of Rio Rancho #2 offers memory care for seniors with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. At this community, residents receive 24/7 care, and trained staff is available to assist with tasks such as eating, bathing and medication management. Residents can participate in group activities in the large living room area, or they can get some fresh air in the enclosed backyard and patio space. Residents enjoy three home-cooked meals each day, and housekeeping services are provided.
Residents enjoy many features and amenities that make BeeHive Homes of Rio Rancho #2 feel warm and engaging. One visitor says, "There was lots of life there when I visited. In their rooms, they have their own bathrooms. In the back of this facility, they have a little backyard but they're all fenced and that was really nice."
Brookdale Juan Tabo Place is a memory care community located in a residential neighborhood of Albuquerque. A number of medical centers are nearby, with the Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital 4 miles away. A secure garden features walking paths and a fishing pond, ideal for seniors who enjoy being outside in a safe setting. The community features easy-to-navigate floor plans and soothing colors to help facilitate an easy transition into care. The memory care program offers person-centered care which takes into account residents' individual needs and interests. A range of engaging and enriching activities is offered, including brain games and art classes. The professional team members are trained specifically in dementia care and are on-hand 24/7 to assist residents with every part of their day, from bathing to support during meals.
Visitors and family members appreciate the helpful staff, with one reviewer saying, "We talked to the administrator who was very nice and seemed to interact well with a lot of the residents. I would recommend this place if anybody wants a smaller facility. It was very clean and done well."
Surrounded by tastefully landscaped grounds, Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque enriches the lives of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's and dementia. Its individualized wellness programs are expertly designed to give residents with Alzheimer's and dementia new experiences in a safe, home-like environment. Through a person-centered approach to wellness, memory care programs are built on the philosophy that each resident is unique and deserves a tailored care plan. Brookdale Tramway Ridge residents enjoy access to the on-site beauty salon and barbershop, library, fitness and therapy rooms. Residents can also have tea in the on-site bistro or treat themselves to something sweet at the ice cream parlor.
Relatives praise the consistent care and appreciate the dedicated, skilled staff. One says, "The environment is nice and clean, the employees are very consistent and well-trained, and the food is good. She's in the memory care unit, so they do a lot of different activities, like exercises and people that come in to play music, to get individuals involved."
Brookdale Valencia is a quiet senior living community set within landscaped gardens with walking paths so residents can enjoy being in nature. With an indoor pool, therapy pool, fitness center, library, coffee shop, games room and a barber and beauty salon, residents have the opportunity to take part in both planned and spontaneous activities, while transportation to nearby shops and restaurants is provided. There is 24-hour security, and emergency response is available whatever the time of day or night. Care plans are flexible, depending on individual needs. Seniors can get help with tasks such as personal grooming and managing medication, while more independent residents may just want help with chores, leaving them more time to socialize. Whatever the care level is needed, Brookdale's caring staff is committed to giving residents quality care while helping them retain maximum independence.
One resident’s family member praises the compassionate staff members and the size of the apartments: "The caregivers are absolutely so kind and loving,” and "The size of the apartments are much larger than in other places.” Another appreciates the help offered with everyday living: "They give them assistance with the medication, and that department is really good.”
Elmcroft of Quintessence is a ranch-style, pet-friendly senior living community in a quiet Albuquerque neighborhood. Caregivers help residents with daily tasks, including bathing, dressing and mobility, and licensed nurses update care plans and administer medication. Specialized training in dementia care teaches staff in all departments to respect residents' dignity and independence while providing care. The restaurant-style dining room serves chef-prepared meals from a varied menu to accommodate personal taste and medical needs. Residents choose to participate in various daily activities, such as fitness classes, live entertainment and happy hours. Seniors looking for peace and quiet can safely relax outdoors in landscaped courtyards with patios and gardens. The community provides escorts and transportation to appointments and organizes off-site trips to local restaurants, shopping centers and other attractions.
The community draws praise for its friendly staff and abundant activities. One person says, "We met several of the residents who seemed very happy. The staff seemed very cordial and congenial. Everybody seems to be happy with the arrangements. They have a bigger staff to accommodate a big place, and they have a lot of scheduled activities."
Harmony Residential Care, Inc. is a care provider offering services to seniors with Alzheimer's, dementia and other memory loss-related conditions. This community develops individualized care plans for each resident according to their abilities and focuses on helping residents participate in activities designed to stimulate cognitive engagement. Residents can enjoy the outdoors on the secure walking path located on the gated grounds. They can also relax in massage therapy or stay in their private suite and watch television. Trained staff is available 24/7 to provide residents with assistance.
Residents' family members appreciate that their loved ones are well-cared for at Harmony Residential Care, Inc. "Our dear elderly [mom] is in a safe and clean place, being well fed and cared for by a professional and friendly staff. She suffers from Alzheimer’s, and the kind patience exhibited by the staff is very comforting to us," one visitor says.
La Vida Llena Mi Casa offers a wide variety of living options and levels of care for seniors who wish to live in a retirement community where they can age gracefully in place. Caregivers are trained to provide memory care services to seniors who are cognitively impaired. The large campus provides many amenities and services to enrich residents' lives, such as two indoor swimming pools, a computer lab, three libraries and an on-site chapel. A healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided daily in an elegant dining room, with residents choosing from a menu or served buffet-style. A garden courtyard with a sculpture garden allows seniors a chance to relax in nature. An array of scheduled activities, from fitness classes to live entertainment, keeps residents engaged and socially active.
Seniors living at La Vida Llena Mi Casa reside in a clean, beautiful environment and receive a high quality of care. Visitors say the food is tasty, and they're happy with the variety of dining options. One reviewer says, " My friends are very happy there. The wife has developed memory issues but she is well taken care of."
Life Spire Assisted Living Albuquerque is a small, close-knit community for seniors needing assisted living and memory care services. Nurses and certified dementia and Alzheimer's caregivers are on-site 24/7 to ensure residents have everything they need to enjoy their lives. The care plans they create are tailored to each resident and help support memory retention and cognition. Seniors receive help with dressing, bathing, toileting, and medication management if they need it. There is 24/7 health monitoring in place and safety technology installed. Residents who require help to move around can be taken to social activities and meals. The chef-created country-style meals not only provide nutrition but also remind seniors of their past. Residents can partake in gardening, card games, reading, meditation and using the computers.
The residents of Life Spire love the close-knit family, with one writing, "There are activities regularly to help residents get out and socialize. Friends were made on the first day by my Mom. ... I feel the owner is eager to please and wants the best for all of the community staying here. I do recommend them."
Located in a scenic area of northeast Albuquerque, with proximity to hospitals, shopping and dining, MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Albuquerque offers an elegant community for seniors over 55 years old. The community features spacious suites and inviting common areas that include a theater, chapel, fireside patios, porches and courtyards. Additional amenities include restaurant-style dining, a bistro, salon, spa, massage room and fitness room. Trained staff provides 24-hour care, and various levels of assistance with the activities of daily living are tailored to each resident's needs. A dedicated memory care neighborhood features 21 secure suites where residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related conditions can move around freely and safely. To improve residents’ mental, social and emotional wellbeing, numerous enriching activities are available and include the use of touch-screen computers that provide wellness programs and activities.
Residents and their loved ones give MorningStar praise for its attractive building and its caring and professional staff. As one reviewer notes, "They do a wonderful job providing loving, personalized service to seniors. Beautiful facility with devoted, caring, professional staff.” Another reviewer appreciates "the beautiful community, the aesthetic, the activities, the leadership and the care.”
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Rio Rancho is located close to health care facilities in Rio Rancho, north of Albuquerque. The community offers a variety of great amenities, including a massage room and a salon, as well as an enclosed patio and courtyard. The memory care program endeavors to embrace changes as they happen and to adapt to each individual resident. MorningStar always tries to involve family members as much as possible. It offers life enrichment activities to optimize physical, intellectual and spiritual well-being and also gives seniors the opportunities to lead their own clubs and share their talents. Meal times are a family event in the memory care neighborhood, with staff and residents enjoying nutritious meals all together. The chef prioritizes foods known to promote optimum brain health, and special dietary requirements can be arranged.
Visitors praise the excellent amenities, with one reviewer saying, "MorningStar Rio Rancho is one of the most beautiful senior living facilities I've ever seen! With wonderful amenities that ensure an excellent quality of life, I can see why seniors are choosing MorningStar to be their place of residency. Shannon Barker and her staff are some of the most kindest and compassionate folks I've ever met."
Compassion, good care and partnering with family are some of the goals of North Ridge Alzheimer's Special Care Center. Trained staff use the Meaningful Moments program to connect with each resident to learn about individual life stories and talents and skills. This helps give residents purpose and feelings of self-worth. Personalized levels of care range from assisting with dressing and washing up to providing specialized attention for those who are in advanced stages of Alzheimer's or other types of dementia. Secure outdoor areas let residents enjoy the sunny days, while communal living and eating spaces provide opportunities for socializing and listening to live music. Private and semi-private rooms are spacious and airy with en suite bathrooms and cable access. Respite care is available for seniors who are recovering from illness or surgery or to give home-caregivers a break.
Family members praise the high levels of care and the safe environment at this community. One daughter says, "What I found at North Ridge gave me the peace of mind I so desperately needed. I was told to let them care for my Mom, to just focus on being her daughter and enjoying my time with her. I was able to do just that." A spouse commented, "I was impressed with the compassionate and caring nurses, caregivers, staff and administrator."
Located on 7 acres of landscaped property in Albuquerque, Palmilla Senior Living offers independent living, assisted living and memory care in a beautiful, comfortable and safe setting. Trained staff is available around the clock and they provide various levels of assistance with the tasks of daily living. Numerous common areas, including fireplace lounges, encourage a sense of community and social interactions. Additional amenities include an on-site salon, library, theater, fitness center, demonstration kitchen, and outdoor courtyard and gardens. Chef-prepared meals cater to most dietary needs and are served on a flexible schedule. The community also offers numerous events and activities to enhance its residents’ lives and promote independent living, including fitness and wellness classes, learning opportunities, hands-on crafts, social activities and group outings. For memory care residents, Montessori-based sensory activities encourage growth and learning, and the staff is trained on the latest memory care techniques.
Residents and their loved ones praise the quality of the facility and the caring and attentive staff. One reviewer appreciates the "excellent facility” and "excellent, attentive staff, very loving, caring and supportive.” Another reviewer notes that "the staff care and it shows. They do everything that can and will go above and beyond to help.”
The Watermark at Cherry Hill offers suburban living with big-city amenities in Albuquerque. Trained certified staff partner with memory care residents to provide support and assistance with the activities of daily living, and the homelike atmosphere with healthy, easy-to-eat food and fun, meaningful activities ensures seniors can take the time to enjoy life. Residents can take part in creative art and physical wellness classes, while the life histories program helps them to rejoice when remembering past events and talents.
Good communication between residents, families and caregivers is appreciated by reviewers. One says, "I am always encouraged to call if I have any questions or concerns. When I do call they respond quickly." Another comment, "You can see the team work and everyone is very hands-on when it comes to creating a top notch environment for their residents."
The Woodmark at Uptown provides assisted living and memory care in Albuquerque. The professionally trained care staff provides personal care, housekeeping and laundry services to residents. Daily activities are designed to strengthen residents' cognitive capabilities through trivia, ice cream socials, art classes and nature walks. A professional culinary crew prepares daily meals for residents. Besides the on-site movie theater and fitness room, residents have access to a selection of books from the library to help keep them entertained and their minds active and the talented staff in the beauty salon and barbershop keep them looking smart.
Relatives appreciate the availability of skilled caregivers. One says, "The people and doctors that work here are always compassionate, caring, giving and concerned for the welfare of the residents there. We don't have to worry about her well-being or if she is getting the proper care because we know she is.