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 Alpharetta’s senior population continues to grow (23.8% growth between 2013 and 2018), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Alpharetta, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by a staggering 159% between 2013 and 2018. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 10.8%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (7.5% in Alpharetta 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 Alpharetta. 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 Alpharetta, 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:
Berman Commons is an assisted living and memory care facility situated close to Brook Run Park and the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta in Dunwoody, Georgia. Even though this facility is guided by Jewish principles, it welcomes residents of all faiths. The community’s memory care program is one of just three Hearthstone-certified I’m Still Here Memory Care Centers of Excellence in Georgia, which means that each staff member has received specialized training in life enrichment and communication techniques. Memory care residents can enhance their abilities with purpose-driven engagement and spend time participating in card games, social hours and yoga classes. They can also enjoy secure outdoor areas including the memory garden with its benches and walking paths, or relax on the patio.
Reviewers appreciate the attractive location, kind staff and tasty food at Berman Commons. One online reviewer remarks, "The facility is in a great location, very clean and well-decorated. The staff are very caring and build personal relationships with residents, and I cannot say enough about the activities and well-balanced delicious food.”
Memory Care residents at Celebration Village Forsyth live within the facility's dedicated White Oak neighborhood. The studio apartments and companion suites in this neighborhood offer distinctive floor plans that have been carefully designed to maximize comfort, privacy, and safety for seniors with cognitive issues. The newly constructed facility features landscaped gardens with a fully enclosed courtyard and walkways. Celebration Village's staff include masterpiece living program coaches who are specially trained to help seniors find simple, everyday ways to lead meaningful lives. This program was developed using data from the Successful Aging study and focuses on a community-wide culture of personal growth, and offers feedback for each resident about their personal successes. Nutrition is also key to the program, and chef-prepared dishes such as roasted lamb chops, fresh spring greens, and sauteed button mushrooms are available to memory care residents daily.
The rooms at Celebration Village Forsyth are large and well-appointed, writes this resident, "My apartment is very nice. I have a big bedroom with two great big windows, a walk-in closet, a big bathroom, a full kitchen, and a large living room. The staff is wonderful. They've gone out of their way to make my move easy."
Mayfield Oaks Senior Living is next to Alpharetta Arts Center and conveniently located along a quiet road off Main Street, keeping seniors close to downtown Alpharetta, Georgia, and minutes from Wellstar North Fulton Hospital. This family-owned personal care home doesn’t have a locked memory care unit but accommodates seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s who are not at risk of leaving the facility. Residents are equipped with emergency pendants, and the facility’s small size allows the staff to perform 24-hour oversight and assistance. Partnerships with health and senior care professionals cater to the residents<strong>’</strong> specialized needs. The homelike facility<strong>’</strong>s amenities include landscaped grounds, a hair salon, and a multipurpose activity room. Some of the activities to look forward to are Metro Music Makers music therapy, Canine Assistants and Happy Tails pet therapy, NewsCurrents discussions and various multigenerational programs.
Delighted loved ones find Mayfield Oaks as an extended family. The son of a long-time resident with dementia and Parkinson’s shares, "The attention our mom receives now is better than even we could give her … She fell in love with Mayfield because it reminded her of her own house and she feels like she is living with family.”
Oaks at Post Road offers assisted living and memory care in the small city of Cumming, Georgia, just 40 miles from Atlanta. This community has porches, patios, and paved walking paths, where seniors can relax or stretch their legs. They may also benefit from occupational, physical and speech therapy at the in-house wellness center. The facility's Horizons memory care neighborhood is designed to be comfortable and bright so residents can find their apartments, common areas and gardens with ease. The memory care community director develops individualized care plans with seniors' abilities, preferences and personal histories in mind. Memory care residents can participate in brain games and meditation hours, as well as cookie socials and off-site outings to nearby restaurants.
Oaks at Post Road earns top marks for its helpful staff and well-designed layout. "The staff who accommodated me during the tour was amazing. They couldn't have been any nicer … We had lunch and a tour, and it was very nice. The layout of the place was wonderful; it was beautiful,” writes one online reviewer.
The Cohen Home is an assisted living and memory care community located in Johns Creek, Georgia, conveniently close to urban areas. In its Pathways neighborhood, private apartments are smartly designed for seniors living with cognitive conditions. The area is located on the main floor and specifically built to create an intimate setting, providing comfort and familiarity with its secure, spacious living spaces, garden, walking paths and outdoor patio. The exclusive I’m Still Here program, supervised by the activities director and experienced caregivers, utilizes proven dementia care practices to create a purposeful lifestyle for seniors. Chef-prepared, kosher-approved meals are served in the private dining room, and residents look forward to theme night and holiday dinners with visiting families.
The community is described as bright, airy and spacious, and people like the community rooms and cozy apartments. The staff receives positive feedback for being professional and how they treat residents as family. Reviewers find the facility highly recommendable, with one saying, "We love the experience and highly recommend the Cohen Home to anyone looking for a caring and respectful environment for their loved ones.”
The Landings at Norcross is a mid-sized assisted living and memory care community set on a tree-lined block in Norcross, Georgia, just minutes from shopping malls, churches and major roads. This secure community provides 24/7 staff, health monitoring from a licensed practical nurse, access to visiting dentist and podiatrist services and transportation to medical appointments. Multisensory activities are offered to keep memory care residents physically and mentally engaged, and the facility's programming and individualized approach to care addresses the specific needs of each senior. Residents can also enjoy group outings in the local area, and time set aside for family reminiscing.
A family member of a resident says the staff is caring and the nurse went out of her way to help, and also adds, "I always feel welcome when I visit, and am always impressed. This is a rare gem and anyone would be fortunate to be there or have a loved one living there.”
The Mann House - Cumming is an assisted living and memory care community with over 30 years of experience helping seniors overcome the challenges of dementia. Residents can join their neighbors in the community garden and grow the ingredients that the facility's chef uses to prepare their three daily meals. The facility's advanced security system keeps residents safe during their strolls through the landscaped grounds, while the 24-hour emergency response systems ensure residents always receive prompt assistance. Whether residents wish to spend their afternoon with four-legged friends in pet therapy or refine their watercolor technique in an art class, the community's robust event calendar provides numerous ways for seniors to stay busy and engaged. Between the park-like sitting areas and peaceful community rooms, there's always a comfortable place to relax between activities.
The Mann House - Cumming receives consistent praise for friendly and professional staff members. One online reviewer said, "Hands down, one of the most enjoyable and professional experiences I've been a part of. The leadership team and staff truly cares about everyone involved, and they constantly go out of their way to keep the families in the loop. I wish I could give more than five stars!"
The Mansions at Sandy Springs is a large, upscale senior community situated in a wooded area of northwest Norcross, Georgia, right by the Chattahoochee River, and the 142 bus stops just outside the facility. Residents dealing with memory loss live in the community's memory care neighborhood, which provides additional support from highly trained staff as well as activities and programs tailored to people with Alzheimer's and other dementia. The Mansions offers on-site therapy services by FOX Rehabilitation, which are available and encouraged for memory care residents, and provides disease-specific wellness programs. Seniors with memory loss benefit from the structure and routine in this specialized neighborhood, which helps create a familiar atmosphere, with wide hallways and brightly lit common rooms to encourage movement and curiosity.
A visitor who took a tour of the facility says, "The Mansions at Sandy Springs was a good community. They showed me a nice room which was a studio, and the person who gave me the tour was very nice.” He also adds that family parties and other functions are encouraged by staff.
The Mansions at Alpharetta is conveniently situated along Georgia State Route 120 near the State Route 400 interchange, providing easy access to Northside/Alpharetta Medical Campus, downtown Alpharetta and Atlanta. The pet-friendly community’s FOX Optimal Living program lets residents enjoy vibrant lifestyles through holistic therapy services, unique dining experiences and engaging activities. Assisted living and memory care residents participating in FOX Rehabilitation programs benefit from over 150 hours of therapeutic physical activities, which include strength and balance exercises, group walks, stretching, meditation and wheelchair aerobics. Aside from physical, occupational and speech therapy, specialized therapy services are available for residents with Parkinson’s and other mobility conditions. Other activities for memory care residents include puzzles, movie nights, ice cream socials and Saturday karaoke.
Family members feel at ease that their loved ones are in good hands at The Mansions at Alpharetta. A resident’s daughter shares, "My mother has been at The Mansions for a little over a year and is very happy. Mom is actively involved in all activities and enjoys meals with friends. We are pleased with the medical care she receives and support from the caregivers.”
The Retreat at Canton is an assisted living and memory care community situated next to the Hickory Flat Village shopping center in the small city of Canton, Georgia, just 35 miles north of Atlanta. The facility’s memory care neighborhood offers a calm, home-like environment, where residents can be surrounded by familiar furnishings and memorabilia. Memory care services are provided by certified dementia practitioners who work with residents to enhance their individual skills while emphasizing compassion, patience, and respect. Seniors can read in the on-site library or spend time participating in cocktail hours and exercise classes. They enjoy chef-prepared meals in the restaurant-style dining room, and restricted or modified meal plans are offered to accommodate residents’ dietary needs.
The Retreat at Canton receives high praise for having attentive staff members. According to one online reviewer, "The management and staff are responsive to the needs of the people they serve. I feel grateful to have met such a wonderful group of professionals who sincerely care.”
Towne Club Windermere is a senior living and memory care community located just north of Atlanta in Cumming, Georgia. It provides a country-club environment offering quality amenities and concierge-inspired services. The facility’s memory care program promotes wellness through a variety of daily classes, activities, and events. Seniors can keep physically active by using the fitness and exercise center or taking a swim in the heated saltwater pool. Meals are served in the elegant dining room or residents can choose to dine in the cocktail lounge with its sunken bar. Seniors are encouraged to spend time outdoors in the well-maintained garden, which features a half-mile-long walking path and raised urban vegetable gardening area. Social events are held in the covered poolside pavilion throughout the year, such as festivities and musical performances under the stars.
People love the resort-style atmosphere, the well-maintained grounds, and variety of activities offered by Towne Club Windermere. A relative of one resident says, "My mother … enjoys activities in memory care like music, dancing, Zumba, gardening and they take her to the salon in Towne Center to get her hair done.”
Next-level senior living is the goal at this Village Park community located on 20 acres in the desirable Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta. Seniors choose from a variety of elegantly appointed living options, including freestanding bungalows and cottages, independent and assisted living apartments and a specialized, secure unit with memory care apartments. This 150-bed resort-style facility opened in the spring of 2018, and it supports the family members of Alzheimer’s residents with monthly group meetings. The well-staffed community enables one-on-one engagement as residents participate in a structured program that creates a safe, stress-free environment. The fully-staffed community home provides residents with all-inclusive care and medication management. One of the week’s highlights is Friday happy hour that features live music, dancing, delicious food, and much laughter. Family members are encouraged to attend. Village Park’s exceptional dining program offers residents multiple menu choices at each meal along with the chef’s daily selection.
Families appreciate the cleanliness and beautiful design of this "caring, vibrant community.” A daughter whose mother resides in the memory care neighborhood shares, "I love the way the staff always treats my mother with big smiles, respect, and dignity. It is no wonder she smiles so much these days.”
Residents at Village Park Milton can experience a sense of connection and community. The entire building is licensed to provide care services, meaning that seniors can comfortably age in place even as their needs change, including in a separate memory care neighborhood that's fully-staffed with specially trained care professionals. Personalized care plans are developed for each resident to encourage individuality and independence, and seniors have daily opportunities to participate in activities designed to meet their physical, sensory, social and creative needs. The community is pet-friendly, and residents can enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle with services such as housekeeping and daily meals provided. An on-site nurse is available for regular health checks and wellness assessments, and the facility offers local courtesy transportation so seniors can run errands and get to their medical appointments.
Residents love the facility's open, airy floor plans, abundance of natural light and bright, cheery color schemes and appreciate the efforts of staff members to create an environment that truly feels like home. The facility is also highly regarded for its upscale amenities, which include walking gardens, a heated pool, fitness center, full-service salon and movie theater.
Villas at Canterfield is an independent living, assisted living and memory care facility located only minutes from Northside Hospital Forsyth and the Lakeland Plaza shopping mall in Cumming, Georgia. This community offers an array of well-appointed apartments and villas, many of which include kitchenettes and walk-in closets. Seniors have access to a beauty salon, library, and theater. They can also exercise at the health club or relax in the heated swimming pool. The memory care staff designs activities to stimulate residents while enhancing their dignity and quality of life. Memory care residents can enjoy painting and completing craft-making projects or socialize during scheduled tea times and ice cream socials.
Reviewers appreciate that Villas at Canterfield has kind, accommodating staff members. One resident’s loved one writes, "Definitely was the right choice — staff is like family and go out of their way to make sure he has what he needs and is comfortable as he transitions to his new environment.”