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 Atlanta’s senior population continues to grow (22.2% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Atlanta, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 145.5% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 9.4%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is slightly lower than the rest of the nation (6.38% in Atlanta 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 Atlanta. 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 Atlanta, 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:
Alto Senior Living of Buckhead is a vibrant community that strives to deliver a luxurious lifestyle for its residents. Both the interior and exterior of this exquisite property showcase elegant features with refined touches that help residents maintain a sense of comfort and dignity. These features are complemented by an attentive staff that provides everything from haircuts and manicures to exercise classes and computer instruction. The bistro is available for both sit-down meals with friends and family or quick grab-and-go snacks. The lifestyle director at Alto keeps a full calendar of events for residents to enjoy throughout the year. Transportation to locations throughout Atlanta for medical appointments and other activities is also available.
The son of one of the resident said, "I really cannot say enough good things about the wonderful people at the Alto Senior Living Community in Buckhead. It is clearly a resident-focused culture, with smiling faces and can-do attitudes. The management staff is knowledgeable, professional and accommodating. The housekeeping and maintenance staff go above and beyond to make sure that residents feel safe, clean and comfortable. The nursing staff is kind and caring. And the food is excellent!"
Azalea House is a senior living facility located in Decatur, Georgia. Tall oak trees and landscaped grounds create a quiet, secluded atmosphere, and the facility is conveniently close to Emory Hospital and Northlake Mall. Azalea House strives to provide residents with safe, individualized care. Residents are allowed to plan their own schedule, and staff members make sure they fulfill their nutrition and health requirements. Regular activities include game tournaments, inspirational guest lectures and festive theme nights. Residents can also spend time in the piano room, library or enclosed outdoor courtyard. Home-cooked meals are served three times daily, and residents have access to nutritional snacks. To create a secure environment, Azalea House is equipped with monitored cameras and fire alarm systems. This personal care home has an open floor plan, is a more close-knit county home and is comes with a full staff of full-time caregivers.
Reviewers often praise the facility's scenic surroundings, saying that the "community areas and backyard space are lovely." Many people admire the hardworking staff, who are described as "supportive and patient."
Belmont Village Buckhead is a senior living community offering personal care and memory care with a myriad of services to support a social, active lifestyle. Residents receive regular service for housekeeping and laundry, as well as medication management, daily wellness checks and assistance with activities of daily living. Brain-healthy diets and cognitive exercises are key components of the research-based programs residents participate in to enhance brain fitness and overall wellness. Residents with mild to moderate memory loss benefit from Belmont Village’s award-winning Circle of Friends program. The comprehensive 7-day-a-week program focuses on small group activities that engage the various domains of mental fitness and are conducted in a small group setting to encourage participation, socialization and confidence. Residents enjoy delectable chef-prepared meals, and scheduled transportation allows easy access to the area’s robust collection of shopping, dining and cultural attractions. In addition to being minutes away from medical centers, a licensed nurse is available 24/7 and residents have access to physical therapists in the on-site fitness center. The diverse array of events, 24-hour staff including licensed nurses and convenient location ensure residents’ days are enriching and fulfilling.
Belmont Village Buckhead often receives praise for its memory care initiatives, with one reviewer noting that the community has "a very strong memory care program and even residents who were not part of the program could participate." Other reviewers laud the stimulating on-site activities, saying that "the seniors had many activities to do, some walking, board games, conversation and much more."
Berman Commons is a conveniently located assisted living and memory care facility offering services and amenities catering to seniors of the Jewish faith. The spacious, inviting living areas are purposefully designed to be easily navigable by individuals with Alzheimer's and related disorders. Berman Commons hosts a Shabbat dinner every week, and every day residents receive three chef-prepared kosher meals in a restaurant-style setting. Residents receive housekeeping and laundry services, allowing more time to participate in a variety of daily social and recreational activities. Care services are tailored to the individual, and assistance with activities of daily living is administered by licensed nurses and certified nurse assistants. By using the secure walking path between this facility and the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, residents are steps away from participating in even more physical, recreational and cultural activities. The memory care studios have high ceilings, large bathrooms and wood-like flooring.
One resident's son painted a positive picture in his review, stating, "She is starting to do some of the activities that are offered, and she is starting to make friends. The staff is friendly and interacts with the residents. ... The community is always clean and well maintained. I would recommend it."
Brighton Gardens of Buckhead is a Sunrise Senior Living community. It’s located in a residential neighborhood close to a wide variety of restaurants, retail stores and cultural attractions. In addition to apartment-style assisted living, there’s a special Reminiscence care center for residents with Alzheimer's and other forms of memory loss. This specially designed, secure neighborhood has resident suites located near to the common living and dining areas. This encourages socialization while helping residents navigate more easily. Each resident is partnered with a life enrichment manager who develops a personalized care plan to bring meaning to each day. Reminiscence team members are trained in validation-method techniques to better empathize with residents. Personalized programs might include visits with pets and children, daily outings, group activities and multisensory experiences. Residents participate in a variety of activities to support memory enrichment and positive social connections.
On-site physical therapy, the elegant dining room and frequent outings are a few features that family members appreciate. One wrote, “Brighton Gardens has been a great place for our family. The caregivers are friendly and polite. My Dad enjoys it enough that he chose to stay at Brighton even after Mom passed away.”
Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody is a senior living community that follows a resident-centered philosophy and offers assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and respite care. Located 30 minutes north of Atlanta, it gives residents easy access to Northside Hospital, Perimeter Mall and MARTA bus stations. The community's roster of activities is designed to foster physical and cognitive health, and it includes morning strolls, movie nights, mental aerobics, trivia events and chair dancing classes. Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody also schedules off-campus outings to local restaurants and cultural landmarks such as the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. At meal times, residents head to the dining room or bistro, where they may choose from a diverse menu that ranges from Southern comfort foods to pureed diet options.
Reviewers are impressed by the community's expansive activity options, with one noting "They offer so many opportunities/activities to enhance the lives of those suffering with memory care issues." Others praise the warm, attentive staff, saying "The staff is well-trained and they care about the residents."
Residents at Cadence Marietta receive personalized care plans tailored to their needs while enjoying a bevy of enriching activities with like-minded companions. Using fresh ingredients, Cadence Marietta's chefs prepare three daily meals inspired by residents' feedback and preferences. The Sessions Life Enrichment program offers a wide range of mind- and body-stimulating activities including arts and crafts, exercise classes, book clubs and excursions to local museums. This assisted living and memory care facility handles residents' housekeeping and laundry and provides assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing. The spacious, inviting common areas are great places to chat with friends, and many residents enjoy taking in the fresh air while tending the community garden. Planned live entertainment and social outings are adored by many residents, while others prefer diving into a good book in the well-stocked library.
The staff are friendly and seem to have that personal touch ... the nurse supervisor is very smart, and you can tell that she loves what she does, stated one online reviewer. Family members of several residents have given high praise to the varied activities calendar and high-quality dining program as well.
Cadence Mt. Zion keeps memory care residents engaged by using food, art and music to stimulate the senses. Residents receive regular housekeeping, laundry service and three chef-prepared meals a day in the restaurant-style dining room. With the on-site salon and barber shop, residents are steps away from a new haircut. Booklovers adore the well-stocked library, and this community's planned social outings and live performances provide numerous opportunities to socialize while being entertained. Additionally, residents can stay busy with a wide variety of fun daily activities such as jumbo checkers, bowling and fitness classes. In the talent room, residents enjoy expressing their creativity through music and arts and crafts. The enclosed courtyard and outdoor garden offer a peaceful location to chat among friends and soak up the Georgia sunshine. Cadence Mt. Zion offers pet therapy and encourages residents to bring their furry friends to stay.
One resident's daughter left a review stating, "The place was nice and clean. Everybody is professional and go out of their way to help ... they have art day, singing, games during the day, and all kinds of activities to keep them active." Other residents were especially impressed with the activities and food.
“Stately elegance” describes Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody, located in north metro Atlanta. The classically Southern brick building houses assisted living and memory care neighborhoods. Two stories of covered front porches are lined with white rocking chairs, and the spacious courtyard features a cascading fountain. The professionally decorated interiors are beautifully appointed. All residents receive a personalized care plan, and an on-site licensed nurse and 24/7 emergency response system ensure safety. Residents of Dogwood Forest’s memory care neighborhood live in private or shared apartments. Programming includes Reminiscence Therapy, which helps residents access long-term memories. Music and full-sensory therapies reduce agitation and help slow the progression of dementia. Other programs engage residents with physical exercise, social interaction and spiritual fulfillment. Meals include brain-healthy superfoods rich in antioxidants.
Families love the beautiful grounds, spacious apartments and excellent dining program their loved ones enjoy, along with the quality care delivered by the compassionate staff. One daughter wrote, “My Mother has been at Dogwood Forest for over five years. I am grateful for the wonderful care, love and support that the Care Managers and Management team provides her. They are attentive, proactive and genuinely have my Mom’s best interest at heart.”
From exercises classes to live music performances, GoldenCrest at Morrow's comprehensive event and activities calendar keeps residents active while building a sense of community. In the memory care community, Saturdays are spent relaxing and recharging from the activity-rich days that preceded, while every Sunday is Family Day where loved ones visit with residents and join them for a meal or activity. With church gatherings, devotion and daily prayer, Pastor Randy Roberts strives to increase residents' fulfillment by enhancing the spiritual aspect of their lives. Chef-prepared meals feature nutritious renditions of classic southern cuisine that keep residents delighted while also reminding them of the food they grew up eating. Using music, art and pet therapy, residents stay connected with their surroundings with the sensory-triggering activities in the daily memory care program.
The service was excellent, and I had no complaints. The food was awesome ... Every Tuesday, there's a group that comes in to sing songs and spend time with the residents. They played bingo and memory games, too, said one resident's friend. Other residents and their families were impressed with the facility's cleanliness and the friendly staff.
Nestled in the suburbs of Forest Park, Georgia, Governor's Glen fosters a safe environment for seniors with dementia or memory impairment. This assisted living and memory care facility is modeled after a town square, with four communities equipped with welcoming amenities, such as outdoor porches, fireplaces and entertainment areas. Governor's Glen also offers respite care and adult day care, and residents have access to a licensed nurse and on-site physical therapy. Residents stay mentally and socially engaged thanks to the facility's stimulating activities, which range from pet therapy to gardening. The daily dining plan includes three home-cooked meals and two snacks. The menus, which are prepared by a nutritionist, can be tailored to meet dietary needs and preferences.
Reviewers emphasize the relaxed, cozy atmosphere of Governor's Glen. One says, "It's like being in your own home, with your own room, but with other people in it." The residential apartments also receive praise; they're described as "attractive, spacious, and clean."
Insignia of Sandy Springs offers a range of programs individually tailored to the needs of each resident. The facility offers the Seasons specialized memory care program, in which caregivers focus on a resident's particular abilities at each level of cognition. This family-owned community stresses the importance of social connections for residents and provides various activities, including family events, excursions, resident clubs and holiday celebrations. Fresh and healthy meals are prepared from scratch on-site daily. Residents can also access Sandy Springs' bistro for light bites throughout the day. Common areas are furnished with luxury appointments and the facility's extensive library offers residents a traditional atmosphere for personal study and quiet time.
The staff at Insignia of Sandy Springs have built a strong reputation for their availability and communication, as one reviewer writes, "We chose Insignia of Sandy Springs for respite care for my mother. I felt that it was a good place, and I was very pleased. I felt comfortable that I could contact them, and I would definitely leave Mom there again. I was very pleased that they worked with me in any kind of emergency preparations, so I am very happy with Insignia and their staff."
Located in the historic community of Tucker, Georgia, Northlake Gardens provides a warm, inviting environment that feels like home. The facility takes a holistic approach to community living focused on the five dimensions of wellness. Its award-winning Bridge to Rediscovery Alzheimer’s care program takes a Montessori-based approach to memory care emphasizing the safety and engagement of residents. Friends and family are encouraged to participate in activities, events and meals, and pets are warmly welcomed. The property features a secure outdoor area with a covered patio, a beautiful garden and walking paths. The facility offers many amenities, including an in-house beauty salon, exercise classes, a game room and on-site religious services. Partnered with celebrity chef, Brad Miller, Northlake Gardens serves signature recipes made with regional ingredients for an elevated dining experience. Everyday meals can be enjoyed in the restaurant-style dining area, and a private room is available for residents and their families to celebrate special events and occasions.
As one woman recalls in her experience with the facility, "I am so happy we found Northlake Gardens for my parents! The building is bright, clean and inviting and the staff is fantastic. It truly is like an extended family."
Peachtree Creek is a memory care facility that enables its residents to experience greater independence by providing personalized care plans tailored to the individual's needs. Because residents receive regular housekeeping and laundry service, there's more time to participate in the engaging weekly outings and gardening clubs. This memory care facility is pet-friendly, and the peaceful walking paths are a great place to take furry friends for a walk through the manicured grounds. Peachtree Creek's culinary team seeks residents' feedback and family recipes for creating the varied menu composed of seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. This community's a-la-carte service design allows residents to choose from a variety of services including routine physician and podiatry visits, room service and physical, speech and occupational therapy. Licensed nurses are available 24/7, and scheduled transportation ensures residents never miss a medical appointment.
Residents and their family members feel that the execution and variety of activities along with the spacious landscaped grounds are what separates Peachtree Creek from other communities. One daughter noticed her father's overall well-being improve, stating, "The staff cared for him with respect, dignity, tenderness and love. He became more social, participated in activities and thrived."
Provident Village is a refined senior living community in Atlanta that’s focused on empowering residents through love and opportunity, and its founders were inspired by their own experiences with their aging parents. This not-for-profit facility’s programs and activities are tailored around each person’s interests. The staff pays close attention to what makes residents happy so that they can provide assistance when it’s needed. Visitors, as well as their pets, are welcome at any time. Providing both assisted living and memory care, the community’s focus is ensuring that the residents’ days are filled with joy, vitality, growth, and security.
We needed an answer for my mother and looked at many different options, from home health to many other assisted living facilities. Provident won us over with their nice people and beautiful, new facility ... My mother started in the assisted living side, which is incredibly nice, but had to move into memory care because of her Alzheimer's. Both parts of Provident do a really good job, said a family member of one of the facility's residents.
Sandy Springs Place is a luxury senior living facility offering memory care and assisted living moments away from an endless array of cultural attractions, shopping and dining. Residents receive assistance with medication management and activities of daily living from the full-time licensed nurse and highly trained care staff. Weekly housekeeping and laundry services free up residents' time to join neighbors on social outings and participate in community activities such as exercise classes, religious services, card games and Friday happy hour. The dietitian-supervised dining menus are created by Culinary Institute of America-affiliated chefs, and meals feature savory regional fare and fun mealtime surprises such as themed menus and ice cream sundaes. This community is pet-friendly, and the landscaped grounds offer the perfect setting to soak up the Georgia sun while taking furry friends for a walk.
We just celebrated Thanksgiving there last Saturday and the food was exceptionally good. He hasn't complained about it. They go out on excursions and they even went to a civil war museum, said one resident's sibling. Several residents' family members have mentioned how pleased they are with the event calendar and the happiness of residents.
Set upon six acres in the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, Somerby Sandy Springs is a multiple award-winning senior living community offering independent living, assisted living and memory care with a host of luxury amenities. Art classes, exercise programs and movie nights give residents numerous opportunities to socialize and stay enriched. The state-of-the-art health and wellness center provides residents access to physical therapy, a fully equipped fitness facility and indoor heated pool. Featuring entrees such as pan-seared whitefish and Chicken Napoli, every meal savored with friends at the Chateau restaurant is a fine dining experience. A licensed nurse is on duty 24/7, and the concierge health care service can deliver prescriptions right to residents' doors. Scheduled transportation provides a convenient way to attend medical appointments, while around-the-clock security monitoring and the emergency response system ensures residents are safe and promptly assisted in their home.
The dining program and range of services impresses residents the most. One resident mentioned in their review, "We have religious services in one of their activity rooms, physical therapy on-site, a dentist and doctors who come in every so often, and we have a beauty shop."
Summerset Assisted Living offers adult day care services along with assisted living and memory care in a homelike building with plenty of sunlight-filled spaces. Outdoor design elements such as the fountain, fish pond, flowers and courtyard provide attractive areas where residents can enjoy nature and stroll along walking paths. The Memory Lane program engages Alzheimer's and dementia care residents by encouraging them to reminisce and connect with others. Activities including arts and crafts and brain-stimulating games help them feel a sense of purpose, while physical exercises and dancing help lessen anxiety and stress.
“Summerset made us feel welcome as soon as we walked in. It smelled nice; it was appealing, and the staff was very helpful. The location of Summerset was also a plus because it was Marta Accessible, which my grandmother loved. … I believe they offered computer classes, which my grandmother desperately needs because she has never come close to touching a computer.”
The Madeline of Decatur is a dedicated memory care facility. Renovations in 2017 modernized this community that offers 62 pet-friendly apartments with private bathrooms. Residents live in studios, deluxe one-bedroom suites or companion suites and enjoy secured landscaped courtyards and patios. The experienced Associate Care team frequently assesses each resident to determine the level of dementia progression, both physically and cognitively. Programming is based on Therapeutic Simplicity. The Madeline incorporates some of the most effective memory systems in use, including Velocity, a series of stimulating cognitive activities. The Japanese Oshibori pre-meal warm wet towel ritual engages the senses with aromatherapy and stimulates the appetite. STAR (Specific Therapeutic Assisted Recreation) involves gentle reminiscing using personal items, while Rest and Restoration provides brief intervention sessions that calm residents experiencing brain changes. Along with a chef-created balanced diet, residents often enjoy regional favorites, such as chicken and dumplings and fresh Georgia peaches.
The facility’s dedication to providing memory care gives residents’ families peace of mind. One woman shared, “My mother has been here for two months, and I am very happy with my decision to move her. The people and programming are wonderful. ”
Woodland Ridge Assisted Living's technology-driven approach creates an immersive environment that keeps residents engaged and learning by helping them reconnect with their past. Emergency response systems in the bedroom and bathroom highlight this community's focus on safety. Residents can receive help with medication management and administration as well as assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing. When it's time for a haircut, residents will appreciate having an on-site beauty and barber shop, and scheduled transportation makes it convenient to go shopping and attend medical appointments. Word games, yoga and the cooking club are just a few of the activities on the daily events calendar that keep residents involved while encouraging socialization among peers. The CareSysted Living technology ensures all staff members understand each resident's daily needs and receive immediate alerts for changes in a resident's condition.
He said the food was pretty good. So far, everyone we've met has been very nice, and everything seemed to be going well, stated one resident's son. The range of activities and staff friendliness are often brought up by residents and their families. The quality of the dining program is also a frequent topic of praise.