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 Athens' senior population continues to grow (21.54% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Athens, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 65.38% between 2014 and 2019. To put that into perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 1.42%, 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 (8.63% in Athens 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 Athens. 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 Athens, 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:
Orchard at Athens provides memory care in four neighborhoods. Residents are placed in neighborhoods according to their cognitive impairment and abilities. Through the Living Gems program, the staff uses skill-based criteria to create personalized care plans. These plans include support from staff trained with monthly Live Well with Dementia and Positive Approach to Care programs led by certified professionals. Programming focuses on intellectual, purposeful and social activities. Residents may join the gardening club, do water aerobics and socialize with the book club. To host these activities, grounds feature a pub and art stations along with secure outdoor communal spaces. Through the Grind Dining program, culinary staff serves nutritious meals served in bite-sized portions. For families, the staff host support groups and one-on-one transition consultations.
Family members praise the warm, welcoming and knowledgeable staff. One writes, "The staff [is] beyond compare. [They show] kindness, compassion, understanding of the disease, humor, energy, warmth, hugs and most importantly, LOVE. They truly KNOW and love their residents, and you know it the minute you walk through the door."
Arbor Terrace of Athens has been created around providing residents with a lifestyle of wellness and the creation of social connections. Its memory care neighborhood has been designed around seniors living with memory loss and dementia. It's a peaceful setting and provides support, encouragement and the opportunity to build relationships for all residents. Care staff have care plans designed around residents' preferences and interests and see that every aspect of the plan is tailored to each individual resident. Its award-winning Dining with Dignity program uses alternative preparation techniques to create meals with the equivalent nutritional value of conventional techniques but in a form that allows residents to maintain their independence. The community also encourages residents to stay active and provides numerous ways to exercise including relaxing strolls around the community's landscaped grounds.
Customers appreciate the community's dedicated staff and the many activities available to residents. One says, "Arbor Terrace is the go-to place for quality care by awesome staff. In my experience, I have seen the staff consistently go above and beyond because of their genuine love and deep connections to the residents there! The best times have been during community-wide engagements!"
The Manor Lake Reflections neighborhood at Manor Lake Assisted Living & Memory Care - Athens provides exceptional care and support for individuals facing the effects of dementia and Alzheimer's. Using a person-centered care approach, staff members allow residents to make decisions and complete tasks as independently as possible to reduce frustration and foster greater feelings of self-worth. Clinically proven validation therapy is employed to overcome objections and ease stress during day-to-day interactions. To ensure safety without limiting residents' freedom to move, the memory care neighborhood is located in a self-contained, secure wing of the community. Its open-air plan allows for easy navigation, and seniors have access to an enclosed outdoor courtyard to enjoy fresh air when they wish. Through the Art of Reflections program, everyone receives a customized playlist full of music that sparks pleasant memories and soothes the senses. Group music activities give residents a chance to express themselves through song and playing simple instruments.
Reviews frequently describe how staff goes above and beyond to help seniors more easily adjust to life in the community. One family member says, "She is transitioning well, and I think a lot of that is because of the staff. They're really making an effort with her."
The Landing of Bogart fosters a nurturing, supportive environment for people living with Alzheimer's and dementia. The memory care neighborhood is a secured living space separate from the rest of the community. Its layout encourages more independent movement and ensures residents' safety. Staff receives extensive training in caring for individuals with cognitive impairments. Interactions are guided by a person-centered approach to care that recognizes the unique needs, beliefs and strengths of each resident. Seniors benefit from a structured daily schedule that provides a sense of familiar routine. Purposeful activities, such as stretching, listening to audiobooks and playing bingo, prevent boredom while strengthening the body and stimulating the mind. Anytime dining allows everyone to partake of three chef-prepared meals and two snacks per day whenever they're hungry. The community features a fitness room for exercise and a salon and spa for pampering. Screenings of films are held in the on-site theater.
Reviewers rave about the quality of care provided by the community's professional staff. One family member reports, "The technology, the activities and the beautiful layout are impressive. I cannot say enough about the staff either. They treat my Dad as if he is the only resident and I know that is how they treat everyone."
Situated in the Georgian countryside, St. Gabriel of Athens offers assisted living and memory care services to seniors in an engaging and stimulating environment. The community's memory care team is specially trained to provide the mental, physical, social and spiritual support that residents with Alzheimer's, dementia and other cognitive impairments require. Caregivers are always ready to lend residents a helping hand with bathing, dressing, grooming and other daily living tasks. A full schedule of memory awareness activities, day trips and wellness programs encourages seniors and their families to socialize with others. Residents can dine restaurant-style, get pampered at the spa and walk through the courtyard gardens. St. Gabriel provides short-term respite stays to give family caregivers a much-needed break. Housekeeping and transportation services are also included.
Family members are pleased with the care their loved ones receive at St. Gabriel. One relative writes, "My sister has been a resident at St. Gabriels of Athens since they opened and we have been very pleased with the care! The staff go above and beyond to provide attentive, compassionate care. We recommend St. Gabriel's highly."
Great Oaks Senior Living is a family-owned community providing assisted living and memory care services. Each resident has an individualized care plan created with input from families and medical care providers. The secured memory care neighborhood has specially trained caregivers available 24/7 to help residents with activities of daily living. Seniors dine in a communal dining room and have access to snacks and beverages all day. Amenities include Wi-Fi access, cable television, an on-site pharmacy and escorted transportation to appointments. Residents can socialize in spacious community areas or spend time outdoors in secured courtyards. Seniors in the memory care neighborhood can also access amenities such as the library, movie theater and billiards room during activities.
Families appreciate kind, attentive staff. One relative says, "Great Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care is a very nice community, and they have been very kind and helpful to Mother. The place is very clean and well-kept. The rooms are very large and nice and have individual heating and air for each room which is a big plus."
Nested in the heart of the quaint city of Loganville, Georgia, The Retreat at Loganville offers care for seniors in a luxurious and homey setting. Seniors who live in the memory care neighborhood benefit from cognitive-enhancing programs such as Active Reminiscing and the Live, Love, Learn program. The community has a secure landscaped garden with goldfish pounds, a library and access to the internet. Each resident is offered a tailored care plan based on their needs and interests, including speech therapy and occupational therapy services. All rooms at The Retreat are fitted with individual alarm systems, and a qualified nurse is on-site at all times. Additionally, seniors benefit from access to a bistro, a pub and a full-service beauty salon.
Visitors like the community's friendly staff and immaculate living areas. One writes, "It does not feel impersonal, unlike the other facilities we've seen." Another describes the carers as "welcoming" and The Retreat At Loganville as "very clean."
The Landing of Winder provides assisted living and memory care services for seniors. It is located near several hospitals and medical care providers, such as the Northeast Georgia Health System. Caregivers are available at all times to help residents with the activities of daily living. Licensed nurses manage medications and update care plans to meet resident's individual needs. The community also provides hospice care so residents don't have to move as their health needs change. On-site amenities include the Odyssey spa and a hair and nail salon, a resident-operated store and the fitness center. All areas of the memory care units, including a dining room, a sitting room, a sunroom and activity spaces, are secure for resident safety. A certified dementia practitioner supervises the community.
Families appreciate the staff and personalized care. One relative says, "The Landing of Winder was a beautiful facility. They had a lot of great programs and a lot of great activities. The care is greater than other facilities. They seemed to have a good ratio of employees and nurses to the residents. It looks like each program is very individualized."
Gateway Gardens is an assisted living community in Winder, Georgia, conveniently located near local restaurants, shopping centers, places of worship and health and wellness centers. The assisted living program focuses on enhancing resident's independence while providing high-quality personal care. Meanwhile, the memory care program utilizes purposeful and enriching activities designed to build a personal relationship between residents and caregivers. Trained and accredited staff are available at all hours to care for residents. Gateway Gardens strives to create a home-like environment for residents that includes a community area with an inviting fireplace, secured outdoor patio and walking paths, home-cooked meals and social and wellness programs. The community also offers a Short Term Stay program for those needing accommodations anywhere from a few days up to a few weeks.
Reviewers often mention the mindfulness of the staff, including one reviewer who noted, "Every time I am in the building it is apparent how attentive the staff is with the residents and how happy they are to be here."
The Gardens of Social Circle is a senior care community located in a peaceful suburb and surrounded by landscaped gardens. Residents in the memory care area have monitored access to all the community amenities, including a private spa, a beauty salon and a barbershop. A dedicated team of caregivers is always on hand to provide holistic care and to gently redirect any of the difficult behaviors associated with memory loss disorders. The memory care section offers a secure environment where residents can feel safe and at home. The caregivers aim to keep residents engaged through a variety of daily activities such as musical entertainment, gentle fitness classes, educational discussions, art classes and religious services. The community organizes regular celebrations of birthdays and holidays, and family members are encouraged to participate in these social gatherings. Complimentary transport is provided to medical appointments.
Family members praise the wonderful care provided and the range of activities offered, with one saying, "My brother has been there a few weeks now and is happier than I have ever seen him. He loves the activities and says they have the best food he has ever eaten. "
Arbor Terrace at Hamilton Mill is a senior living community designed around seniors of varying levels of ability with different interests and preferences. It strives to get to know residents in order to create meaningful relationships and has created a cozy and comfortable space for residents to call home. Living spaces have been designed around the needs of residents and the Evergreen neighborhood has been specially created for those with memory loss. It's a peaceful environment designed for meaningful social activities and to provide support and encouragement for all residents. The care staff is also trained in the most current memory care practices. The community has additionally been designed with a variety of comfortable common areas to encourage socialization and beautiful outdoor areas to explore or enjoy dining in. Special dining experiences are also created for its memory care residents through its Dining with Dignity program.
Customers are grateful for the quality of life enjoyed at the community. One says, "I can't say enough great things about Arbor Terrace! Good location, amazing staff, exceptional care! There are always a lot of events and activities happening each day. We like the multiple daily activities, the friendly staff at the front desk and the dining room always has great food."
Just north of Atlanta, the Oaks at Braselton's memory care community is located near numerous medical offices and the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. In the Horizons memory care neighborhood, residents enjoy secure, homelike communities that foster reflective, personalized and purposeful activities. Residents may start their days with the walking club or religious services. Throughout the afternoon, they can attend crafting classes, go on trips and join neighbors for the Aging with Humor group. Staff are available at all hours to help residents with activities of daily living and implement personalized, structured care plans. To stay on track with these care plans, residents have weekly one-on-one meetings with care partners. Through community activities such as holiday parties and celebrations, staff encourages families to visit and enjoy moments with their loved ones.
Loved ones highlight the personal care provided by members of every department. One writes, "The residents receive exceptional care from team members who are truly interested in the well being of their residents! Management listens and responds to concerns and their attitudes reflect that they care for the residents under their care."
The Phoenix at Braselton is a premium senior living community that offers a variety of care levels to cater to the different requirements of residents. The Signature Memory Care neighborhood provides a comfortable and safe environment. A team of professional caregivers is always on hand to assist seniors with the tasks of daily living and to encourage residents to find a sense of purpose each day. The community designs its activities around the six dimensions of wellness which are based on spiritual, social, physical, emotional, cognitive and occupational health. Some of the activities offered include holiday celebrations, religious services, cognitive games, life skills, fitness classes and life discussions. Each apartment is filled with memorabilia from the senior's life to encourage them to reminisce about their life and possibly spark memories. Nutritious meals and delicious meals are served each day.
Family members praise the wonderful staff and the well-designed facility. One says, "It is a beautiful facility filled with a staff that cares. The entire place is made specifically to meet the needs of the residents. The staff is excellent and you can tell that they actually strive to make life better for each and every person there."
Manor Lake Assisted Living and Memory Care in Hoschton, located in northeast Georgia, offers extensive senior living services. With suites, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments available, residents have a variety of living options. The memory care program offered at Manor Lake, Reflections Memory Care, includes validation therapy, person-centered care, creativity engagement and trained caregivers to provide residents with as much care and comfortable aging as possible. In addition, the community offers both assisted and independent living services, as well as music therapy and art programs. Residents also receive care services and medication management. Small pets are allowed in resident apartments, and the community includes a dog walk area within the landscaped grounds.
Residents and their families love the environment, the caring staff and the extensive services at Manor Lake. One writes, "It's a very nice facility, and the personnel I spoke with are very nice, very comforting, and helpful. It just seems to be very clean, nice, and very friendly. The staff is also very friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating, and attentive."
Jackson Oaks Living provides memory care and assisted living services in a pet-friendly senior living community. Staff in the secure memory care neighborhood are specially trained to support residents' cognitive challenges. Caregivers are available 24/7 to assist residents with activities of daily living, while licensed nurses supervise care and manage medications. Personalized menus, genuine china and decorative accents create a warm, comforting atmosphere in the communal dining room. The culinary team serves meals featuring local flavors and traditional recipes, and a bistro offers casual dining choices. Residents can participate in a wide range of activities such as arts and crafts, cognitive skills sessions, exercise classes, musical entertainment and religious or spiritual services. On-site amenities include a library and computer lab, beauty salon, art studio and a game room. Manicured grounds with paved walking paths allow residents to enjoy the outdoors.
Families appreciate caring staff and a welcoming atmosphere. One relative writes, "They're really nice people. It's a real pretty place. They went out of their way and I think my mother will be happy. I think everything will work out just great, and I'm thankful for that. It's very neat, very clean, and it was just a great experience overall."
The Mansions at Gwinnett Park is a senior care community that uses a person-centered approach to memory care. The memory care unit is located in a secure building with keypad access. Residents have access to spacious communal areas and a landscaped courtyard where they can visit with friends and family. A team of trained caregiving professionals is available 24/7 to assist seniors with the tasks of daily living and to guide them through their daily activities. All of the activities are tailored to the interests and cognitive abilities of residents and may include gardening, pet therapy, music therapy, DIY, housework, fitness classes and religious services. The community has been designed to be easy to navigate with wide passages and open-plan communal areas to reduce confusion and agitation. Support services are offered to family members to help them cope and understand memory loss.
Family members are impressed by the kind and caring staff in this community with one saying, "Every staff member that I have come in contact with has been extremely pleasant and very helpful. I have witnessed firsthand how they treat my dad like family and show him the utmost respect."
Hope Assisted Living & Memory Care Center, located in the quaint southern town of Dacula, Georgia, is a memory care-focused senior living community. It features individual living spaces in small villages throughout the community, fostering a sense of closeness and familiarity among the residents and staff. Staff members help residents with all aspects of daily living, including laundry and bathing assistance, and podiatrists, geriatricians, and dentists are located on-site. Each resident can enjoy a range of activities catered to their own abilities and needs, and the activity room doubles as a private dining area for family events. A secure courtyard allows residents to enjoy the outdoors safely.
Family members praise the attentive and close staff and the beautifully maintained grounds. They also approve of the creative activities provided to residents. One says, "The staff was so helpful and friendly, they really went above and beyond to provide the best experience possible. The facility was clean and inviting."
The Pines Senior Living provides specialized geriatric care and memory care services in a homelike and welcoming environment. An on-site beauty salon provides a range of treatments for men and women and keeps the residents looking their best. The movie room features reclining chairs and is a popular place for seniors to relax and watch a movie or series. Each resident has a personalized care plan that includes their preferred caregiver, the time they prefer to shower and all details of their medical care. The caregivers are on-site 24/7 to provide compassionate assistance with the tasks of daily living and medication management. The community is secure for the safety of residents, and all staff members are trained in the latest methods of gently dealing with any of the difficult behaviors associated with memory loss. Physicians visit on a weekly basis to monitor seniors' health.
Residents and family members are impressed by the excellent staff and welcoming atmosphere, with one reviewer saying, "Profesional, loving, caring, attentive, respectful and courteous, clean and smells great, staff from CEO down are simply WONDERFUL! Being there feels like home."
Brookside Commerce is a senior community located in the small, tranquil city of Commerce, Georgia, that has both memory care and assisted living apartments. The friendly staff help residents with meeting daily care needs, as well as medication and household management, and memory care residents live in a smaller, secured community on-site that provides specialized 24-hour care. Seniors can choose from dozens of social and intellectual activities each month to keep their calendars full, including daily exercise classes, local volunteer opportunities and off-site trips to shop or eat in nearby Athens. Free transportation to doctor appointments and access to an on-site beauty salon and devotional services are also available.
Family members appreciate that the staff is caring and keep the community in good condition. One says, "The staff has been caring, attentive, and very loving towards my father. The facility is comfortable, clean, and very homey. My daddy loves the meals, his new friends, and the staff. The staff is very attentive to concerns and accommodates all requests promptly."