Dementia, and specifically Alzheimers, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Boulder’s senior population continues to grow (30% growth between 2015 and 2020), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Boulder, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 44.79% between 2015 and 2020. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 23%, 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 (8.22% in Boulder 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 Boulder. 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 Boulder, 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:
Situated in the foothills, Sunrise of Boulder provides assisted living and memory care to seniors who need extra support. The memory care community is housed in the Reminiscence Neighborhood, whose rooms are close to the dining hall and community areas to help encourage self-direction and personal autonomy. Residents also enjoy the secure exterior courtyard, and family members are encouraged to keep up with their loved ones via an exclusive family engagement app. Staff members trained in memory care are available 24/7 to help residents with the daily activities of living while encouraging them to participate in activities such as bingo, brain fitness and dining with friends.
Reviews of the Sunrise of Boulder are positive, with the son of one resident stating he is "happy and satisfied with the care" his father is receiving and adding, "The physical appearance of the place is pretty good." Another reviewer described the staff as "very friendly" and the community as "welcoming, warm and very clean."
MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care of Boulder is a community that supports seniors' needs in cooperation with their family members and loved ones. Its Lavender Sky program pairs residents with dedicated caregivers who help to maintain their quality of life. Caregivers are highly trained to communicate with memory-impaired residents more effectively, calming and redirecting them and helping them to participate in activities they enjoy. They keep residents on daily routines, ensuring that they bathe, maintain their oral hygiene and use the restroom safely. MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care of Boulder also features an expansive wellness program that helps residents to get adequate exercise, eat healthy and engage with activities that benefit their mental health.
Residents leave good reviews about the team members at MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care of Boulder. A resident's child says, "MorningStar Boulder is a wonderful community full of caring nurses, aides, staff and administration. I trust my mom's care to them, and feel thankful we found MorningStar when we were looking for a place for my mom."
Situated near the Denver Boulder Turnpike, Sunrise at FlatIrons is one of the top-rated long-term care communities outside Denver, Colorado. Centennial Peaks Hospital and Centura Health-Avista Hospital are less than 2 miles away, ensuring residents receive prompt medical attention when needed. The community's Reminiscence neighborhood for seniors living with Alzheimer's and dementia provides calm and secure areas with resident suites located close to living and dining areas to promote easy navigation and social interaction. Memory care services and activities are provided in a stimulating environment. Each resident's designated Life Enrichment Manager assists with personal care, daily living activities, behaviors and communication, so they feel more comfortable with familiar faces. Life Enrichment Managers are trained in Validation Therapy and other memory care techniques to increase quality of life.
Family members commend the exceptional staff and care provided, with one relative saying, "They have taken excellent care of Mom at Sunrise at FlatIrons. They take very good care both medically and emotionally of the residents that stay there." Another writes, "Excellent customer relations. Extremely professional and courteous staff. Excellent facilities, activities, value. Could not be happier."
The Peaks at Old Laramie Trail is a small senior community that offers assisted living and memory care services in the Boulder area. It is located on a quiet, secured lot surrounded by farmland and separated from neighboring residential properties by Highway 287. Memory care residents who need specialized medical care can find it just 2 miles away at Good Samaritan Medical Center. The community's team of care partners and nurses is available 24 hours a day to help seniors with personal care and housekeeping tasks. Generations Memory Care programming allows seniors to engage in stimulating activities that can minimize cognitive degradation, including music and cooking therapy, intergenerational programs and community support groups. Secured outdoor courtyards with raised garden beds and plenty of comfortable seating provide the space for seniors to congregate and enjoy the sunshine.
Visitors to The Peaks at Old Laramie Trail comment on its lavish, resort-like appearance and well-landscaped outside spaces, while family members like that it is a smaller community. One person writes, "Your loved one will receive excellent and loving compassionate care at this facility. Beautiful facility and grounds, delicious food, but the main thing is the outstanding care and attention ..."
Juniper Village at Louisville is less than a mile from Centennial Peaks Hospital and Centura Health-Avista Adventist Hospital. The community's award-winning Wellspring Memory Care Program features a group of small homes with their own living room, kitchen, dining room, private bedrooms and private bathrooms. Residents living with Alzheimer's or other memory loss can enjoy meals together in a homelike setting. The same caregivers are assigned to the same homes to assist residents with daily living activities, such as dressing, bathing and grooming. Specialized programs, including Music and Memory and Memories in the Making, foster the strengths and abilities of each resident through creative arts. Residents can stroll around the town square and gardens or relax on the front porch, patios or courtyard.
People love the ambiance of the community, friendly staff and exceptional care. One relative writes, "We moved our dad here last month, and he has adjusted well. There's a warm feeling about the place. The staff is caring, compassionate, dedicated and professional. We're so happy to have found a place where Dad is well cared for. Thank you, Juniper Village-Louisville!"
Balfour at Cherrywood Village is an assisted living residence just outside of Boulder, Colorado, in Louisville. Trained caregivers provide memory care support for seniors with memory loss in a socially interactive and stimulating environment. The caregiving staff at Balfour is trained in dementia care and includes an RN or LPN on-site for up to 10 hours per day. Individual treatment plans for memory care residents at Balfour include participation in reminiscing and sensory activities, including pet therapy, aromatherapy and massage therapy. Specialized programming for memory care, including outings, helps seniors with memory loss overcome cognitive challenges and encourages strong communication with resident families.
Resident families are happy with the quality of life at Balfour. One relative says, "Balfour Cherrywood Village has let my mom get back a high quality of life, and she loves it there. She gets treated with respect, and the staff all work to make sure every resident there is individually cared for according to their unique needs and preferences."
Atria Longmont is a luxury senior living community that offers beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains. The Atria Life Guidance program uses a holistic and personalized approach to memory care. The custom-designed memory care neighborhood has secure entry and exit points. Each apartment has a memory box next to the door to help seniors navigate to their apartments independently and to encourage conversations about their life stories with staff members and visitors. Residents have customized care plans, and 24/7 support is provided by caregivers with extensive dementia training. A full schedule of activities and events is offered each day. Activities are tailored to the interests and abilities of seniors and may include art therapy, supervised outings, pet therapy, gentle exercise classes and music therapy. Meals are served family-style to encourage social interactions between residents.
Family members are impressed by the wonderful staff, delicious food and range of activities offered, with one reviewer saying, "The staff is caring and very good. The rooms are spacious and clean. The dining room is very nice, and the food looked very good. They have all kinds of exercises, programs, games, bridge group, and movie night in a movie room."
AltaVita Memory Centre is a locally owned dementia care community nestled between a residential neighborhood and a bustling commercial area in Longmont, giving seniors easy access to nearby shopping venues as well as specialized medical care. AltaVita's unique layout features a central open-air courtyard that serves as a hub to four separate residential areas, each of which has its own cafeteria and common areas. Memory care residents live in spacious, airy apartments with lots of natural light, carpeted floors and private baths that include a walk-in shower. A 24-hour team of trained caregivers is available to help seniors maintain their homes while providing advanced therapeutic services, from music therapy and arts/crafts workshops to creative activities that help maintain or improve cognitive functioning. The community caters to its memory care residents by color-coding signs to designate different areas of the community and utilizing memory boxes at apartment entryways to help seniors who have a tendency to wander.
Many family members commend the unique design of the community, as it allows seniors the freedom to wander safely. One person writes, "Our mother received wonderful loving care at Alta Vita Memory Care in Longmont, CO. Each team member treated mom and our family with respect. It is a "homey" atmosphere and very clean."
Stretched out across 6.5 acres just a short distance from downtown Denver, Sunrise of Westminister offers assisted living and memory care to residents who need personalized care to protect their safety and maintain a high quality of life. Memory care residents are housed in the secure Reminiscence Neighborhood and are actively assisted with daily activities by 24/7 care staff. They receive three gourmet meals a day in a community-style dining area and can enjoy a secured outdoor garden and activities that include brain fitness programs and art therapy.
Sunrise of Westminster has very positive reviews, with one reviewer noting that many "caretakers have been there for more than 10 years," adding that her mother's room is "very clean, nicely kept, has a beautiful view of the backyard, and she shares it with another lady." Another reviewer echoed this description stating, "The care our mother received … was above and beyond our greatest expectations."
Northglenn Heights Assisted Living Community is located in Colorado's mountain town of Greenwood Village, just 10 miles north of Denver. Northglenn Heights' In the Moment memory care program is designed for residents with memory impairments such as Alzheimer's or dementia. The program offers mind-stimulating activities such as tai chi and memory card games, which help residents live to their fullest capacity with memory loss. Licensed caregivers help residents maintain active, comfortable lives by providing supportive care and encouraging them to engage in community activities such as bingo, yoga, bridge and religious activities. Seniors can also benefit from an array of on-site amenities, including a salon, game room and outdoor garden as well as room amenities, including cable television, central air conditioning and kitchenettes.
The staff are appreciated for the kind, considerate care they give to all the residents. A resident's family member says, "This is a very friendly place and easy to make friends there. Our mother... turned 101 yesterday ... and Northglenn Heights helped us throw the best birthday party for her!!"
Hillcrest of Loveland is an elegant senior community that offers a variety of levels of care so that seniors can age in place gracefully. A secured memory care neighborhood allows residents to wander the halls safely under the careful supervision of 24/7 trained staff who help with the ADLs. Memory care residents receive studio apartments with plush carpeting, tile flooring in the bathroom area and memory cues. Residents are treated like family by caregivers and dine with friends three times a day in a restaurant-style dining room with assistance. Cognitive and physical activities such as art therapy and brain fitness classes keep residents engaged. On-site amenities include a parlor, beauty salon, a fitness center and library.
The Hillcrest of Loveland has many positive reviews, with one reviewer saying, "Our family was deeply touched by the special effort and sensitivity that was consistently demonstrated." Another reviewer describes the community as "beautiful inside and out and is a place where everyone wants to age in place."
Seven Lakes Memory Care offers residents a peaceful setting in Loveland, CO, about 2 miles from McKee Medical Center and 4 miles from downtown. Each residence features an emergency alert system, and all utilities except telephone are included. The community is pet-friendly and smoke-free. Laundry and housekeeping services are available along with transportation services five days a week. Residents can live either in private studios or two-bedroom studios with shared bathrooms. Amenities include multiple lakes across the road and a nearby park. Seniors can walk on the secure walking paths and relax on the secure exterior patio, get their hair done in the beauty parlor and participate in fitness classes. They can also try out the Hearts & Horses Riding in the Moment Program.
Family members think highly of the community, noting the high quality and friendliness of the staff. One says, "There are only about 20 residents in each 'section' so we like that it's smaller for more individualized care." Many families mention the delicious food, entertainment, crafts and comfortable environment.
Park Regency Thornton Assisted Living and Memory Care provides a full range of services for senior citizens. The community features 24/7 care so residents always have access to help and someone to escort them places or assist with bathing and grooming needs. Caregivers also manage medications, do hydration checks and ensure that residents are eating each day. This campus offers specialized cognitive programs designed to uplift residents' moods and help them be calmer and more social. Residents are encouraged to interact with their neighbors and participate in group activities and recreational events to keep them engaged. Park Regency Thornton Assisted Living and Memory Care is a secure campus with personnel and electronic lock systems to keep residents safe.
Reviewers provide positive comments about the staff members and high-quality care offered by Park Regency Thornton Assisted Living and Memory Care. A resident's child says, "This place is incredible! The staff are caring and take good care of my mom. I can't say enough great things about it."
Sitting in a quiet residential neighborhood 20 minutes from Denver, Greenridge Place offers a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains and easy access to national forests, shops, restaurants and UCHealth Broomfield Hospital. This community's memory care program helps seniors with dementia live purposeful lives and build stronger connections with their surroundings through reminiscence, art, pet, aroma, spiritual, music and massage therapies. The professionally trained staff thoroughly assesses each resident to understand their needs, abilities, preferences and life story before crafting an individualized care plan. Seniors can use the It's Never 2 Late digital platform to communicate with loved ones and access interactive educational and recreational content for mental stimulation. A nurse is on duty 24/7 to provide medical management, and physician, podiatry and specialized nursing care are available on-site through visiting experts. Three nutritionist-approved meals are served daily.
Family members praise the compassionate staff. A resident's son writes, "The staff is excellent! They have treated my mom with such care, respect and compassion. They have been wonderful. I am amazed at how the staff loved and cared for her. ... I could not have found a better facility for my mom with her memory issues."
Brookdale Mariana Butte is a memory care community that creates a comfortable and predictable environment for seniors living with dementia. Its soothing environments, which are reminiscent of a home environment, are secured to prevent wandering and keep everyone safe. Caregivers tend to residents' personal needs and help them to address any challenges as they handle personal hygiene, eat, take their medications and participate in activities. They emphasize building relationships with each resident to make them more comfortable and design personalized schedules and care approaches that work for their unique personalities and limitations. Brookdale Mariana Butte designs activities that can resonate with residents with dementia and that are easy for them to understand and engage with, such as musical and creative activities.
Residents at Brookdale Mariana Butte describe a friendly community, high-quality meals and comfortable accommodations. One resident says, "Fantastic programs, food and people. The building and location are beautiful, and the apartments are substantially larger than many other assisted living and memory care communities in the area."
Villagio of Broomfield provides memory care services within the beautiful setting of Northern Colorado. A highly trained staff provides personalized care and attention for each resident, emphasizing maintaining independence. Spacious apartments are available in several floor plans with lots of natural light, private bathrooms and washer/dryers. In addition, 24-hour personal assistance is available as well as housekeeping and laundry services. Dementia and memory care include pet, art and music therapy. The community is arranged in specialized continuum neighborhoods in which the level of care and services are tailored to meet resident needs and level of independence.
Families are appreciative of the personalized attention and quality of care. One family member says, "My Mom has been a resident at Villagio for 2 years nowa and we have been very happy with all aspects of her care. The staff is super friendly, caring and helpful, going out of their way to meet Mom's needs."
Legend of Broomfield delivers specialized care services to seniors with dementia and monitors them 24/7 to keep them safe and comfortable. Its nurses provide medication assistance and help residents with dressing, showering and restroom needs. The residents live maintenance-free, as housekeeping and laundry are done by staff members, so they can instead focus on activities designed for their cognitive capabilities. Residents participate in sensory experiences, social activities and games they can engage with. Therapeutic experiences designed for those with dementia help to ease negative emotions and feel more connected. Legend of Broomfield organizes and hosts support groups for the loved ones of the residents.
Residents mention good food, reliable service and an extensive activities program at Legend of Broomfield. A resident's child says, " The activities are amazing. They're geared toward people who need a little more help. There are many things to do each day. The chef makes amazing food, and the administration is very easy to work with."
Bonaventure of Thornton provides a stable and caring environment for older people living with dementia or Alzheimer's. Residents can live in private or shared furnished rooms with maintenance-free accommodations. This community emphasizes personalized service and a sense of freedom while implementing extensive security measures to keep all the residents safe and within the premises. It features open courtyards, spacious indoor lounges and activity spaces to foster a sense of community and keep those with memory loss socially engaged. Caregivers check on residents throughout the day and facilitate their personal care routines by helping them maintain their hygiene and medication regimens. Specialized memory care activities include reminiscence therapy, aromatherapy, animal therapy, art therapy and live entertainment. More conventional activities are also available, such as bowling, gardening or watching movies.
Residents describe high-quality living accommodations and personalized services from dedicated caregivers. A resident's child says, "She loves the food; saves money thanks to free amenities like access to Wi-Fi, fitness center and more; enjoys the freedom to decorate her place; and (most important to me) has had kind and personalized attention from staff and management."
The Gallery at Broomfield offers residents memory care, assisted living and independent living services within a gated community. It provides a safe and friendly atmosphere for residents with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Services and amenities include around-the-clock assistance, medication management and supervision, chef and dietitian-prepared meals, sensory programs and housekeeping. Residents and visitors can gather comfortably in the community's outdoor spaces. The community's staff, which has specialized training to deal with memory loss, helps residents manage their daily routines and provide 24/7 medical monitoring. Residents benefit from an apartment designed especially for their needs with climate control and a kitchenette with a refrigerator and microwave. The bathrooms are friendly and safe for seniors.
The community aims to provide excellent services, efficient communication and an inspiring environment. It offers a friendly atmosphere that demonstrates compassion toward its occupants and their families. Engaging activities are planned for residents daily to help them thrive.
Conveniently located in Wheat Ridge near Denver, just off Interstate 70, Mountain Vista Senior Living Community offers a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains and easy access to shops and medical venues. The professional staff carefully evaluates the health and preferences of each resident before developing an individualized care plan that caters to their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Seniors live in a secure neighborhood featuring a thoughtful layout, subtle colors and specialized texture designed for those living with memory loss. All staff members receive special training in dementia care and help residents live fulfilling lives through engaging activities, such as arts and crafts, brain games, reminiscence therapy and balloon tosses. Caregivers are on duty 24/7 to provide daily living assistance, medication management and skilled nursing care. A team of rehabilitation specialists offers physical, speech and occupational therapies on-site.
Family members praise the knowledgeable staff, beautiful environment and excellent care. A resident's daughter writes, "A+ outstanding care for my dad! ... The staff are so wonderful. ... The food is good, the community has beautiful views and the staff is very knowledgeable! ... Not all places are the same, Mountain Vista was the best choice for us!"