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 East Hampstead’s senior population continues to grow (26.09% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In East Hampstead, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 27% between 2014 and 2019. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 17.47%, 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 (6.14% in East Hampstead 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 East Hampstead. 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 East Hampstead, 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:
Life Guidance, the memory care program at Atria Longmeadow Place, focuses on four core aspects: physical activity, social connection and engagement, individualized care and thoughtfully designed spaces. To help limit cognitive decline, Life Guidance provides at least two exercise opportunities for its residents every day, such as working with weights, stretching and restorative yoga, dancing and walking. To help seniors stay connected and engaged, a full-time Engage Life Director creates a robust calendar of activities, including walking clubs, brain games, music, fitness classes, trivia nights and happy hours. The memory care neighborhood features secure indoor and outdoor spaces, and personal mementos are placed outside each resident's room to help them navigate their way back to their apartments. Scheduled transportation service is available to those who want to go off-site for outings or doctor’s appointments.
People rave about the staff and the services of this community. A reviewer writes, "Atria Longmeadow Place is excellent and the staff has been very good, helpful and accommodating. The place and amenities are beautiful and very good. They have their own transportation service to get them out of the building at least once a week.”
Nestled into a quiet residential environment, Bayberry at Emerald Court is a continuing care community that offers a full spectrum of support. Its Avita Memory Care program features services tailored around each resident’s individual needs, with a specially trained team available 24 hours a day. These experienced caregivers know to best assist residents living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, from aiding with daily activities such as dressing and medication to offering companionship and encouragement during activities. Within the secure Avita neighborhood, seniors enjoy stimulating fitness classes, trivia, puzzles and entertainment designed to foster both physical and cognitive engagement. Brain Gym, the community's unique computer-based communication program, helps residents keep their minds sharp and stay in touch with loved ones; this technology incorporates diverse games, exercises and photo galleries all focused on brain health. Complimentary transportation makes off-site medical appointments easily accessible.
Visiting family members love the community's diverse activities programming and its warm staff. "[My mother] has flourished since she's been there. She has made new friends, enjoys arts and crafts, the exercise classes, which she sometimes leads," one daughter reports, adding, "The people who work there are the best!"
Bedford Falls is a memory care community that manages several programs designed for seniors with various levels of memory impairment. This community has four levels of memory care, so residents can spend time with those who require similar levels of assistance. Caregivers remain available 24/7, and the daily routines residents participate in are personalized for their needs and abilities. Bedford Falls is a secure neighborhood that allows residents the freedom to move around the community safely and enjoy common areas. Residents also receive specialized nutrition plans based on their dietary requirements. This community offers one- and two-bedroom apartment, studio apartment and companion suite options.
Many reviewers are happy with the effort put in by caregivers at Bedford Falls and are satisfied with the way this community is maintained. One man says, "Bedford Falls is an amazing place. Great, clean, well-maintained facilities and many activities for the people living there. But what makes Bedford Falls great is the incredibly caring staff."
The memory care program of Benchmark Senior Living at Woburn offers six levels of care, ranging from that suited for residents with mild cognitive impairment and limited behavioral issues to that suited for residents who need extensive behavioral support and assistance with all aspects of life. To promote residents’ independence, the care team assists with daily living activities, such as dressing, feeding, bathing and medication management, on an as-needed basis. Dietary support, including texture-modified diets and feeding assistance, is also available. To keep residents engaged and fulfilled, the community maintains a full calendar of activities, such as dancing, tai chi, guided chair yoga, barre, pet therapy, concerts and cooking demonstrations. Residents can also relax and socialize in the spacious common areas or on the charming farmer’s porch.
Family members love the staff's friendliness and professionalism. A daughter writes, "Billerica Crossings is very clean, the staff is very nice, and they work with you as a team. If you have a problem, you call, and they get right back to you ... It’s good so far, and we’re very happy with them.”
Located just minutes from Routes 3 and 111, Benchmark Senior Living at Nashua Crossings pairs quality care with a lively lifestyle. Designed for residents with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, the community's Mind & Memory program offers personalized, needs-based care 24 hours a day, so seniors have support with bathing, dressing and medication while maintaining their independence. Staffed by specially trained caregivers and Certified Dementia Practitioners, residents stay engaged through award-winning programs such as art and music therapy, treasure chests, journey stations and gardening. Adaptive technology helps residents explore the community safely, with special accessibility features, secure common areas, and visual cues to aid navigation. Nutritious meals are served restaurant-style, with assistance available for modified diets. Enhanced health support is ensured through partnerships with on and off-site providers, including rehabilitative services. Transportation services escort seniors to medical appointments, shops, restaurants and community events.
Visiting relatives are impressed by the community's friendly, competent team of caregivers. "The people working there are super. They are always smiling," says one resident's son-in-law. "They know all the people that live there by their first name. They all say Hi to them, and they are always very nice to me ... We are 100 percent very happy with them."
The memory care program of Benchmark Senior Living at Woburn offers five levels of care, ranging from the lowest level, which caters to residents with mild cognitive impairment and limited behavioral issues, to the highest level, suitable for those who need extensive behavioral support and assistance with all aspects of care. To promote seniors’ independence, the care team assists with daily living activities, such as dressing, bathing and medication management, on an as-needed basis. For those who need it, dietary support, including texture-modified diets and feeding assistance, is also available. To keep its residents engaged and fulfilled, this community maintains a full calendar of activities that may include dancing, tai chi, yoga, Barre, concerts and cooking demonstrations. Seniors can also join a wide range of groups, including book discussion clubs, men’s and women’s groups, gardening clubs and choirs.
Reviewers love the friendly people and diverse activities. A daughter of a resident writes, "I like the people. They all seemed very friendly. I also like the whole activities schedule and the whole place in general. They do all sorts of things like puzzles, crafts, they have trivia time, game time, and then they go out and do activities.”
Bridges by EPOCH at Nashua is a specialized senior living community focused on residents in various stages of dementia and other memory diseases. The community is purposefully designed around engaging and beneficial memory care, featuring elements such as navigation cues throughout the community, pleasing color coding and open, homelike living areas. Three separate extended household-style areas contain private and companion suites, each featuring private bathrooms, motion sensor lighting and soothing colors. Additionally, each residence has plenty of room for favorite furnishings and belongings from home. Life enrichment stations provide targeted programs suited to residents' skills and desires, including engaging crafts and favorite hobbies. Daily schedules are filled with a balanced mix of stimulation and relaxation, through active exercise classes, group singing sessions and live entertainment. Sensory therapies, outdoor relaxation and planned moments of peace ensure a complete and balanced schedule.
Residents' families enjoy the ease of communication. "My father's doctors have been able to come and go with no problems, and he's been able to have friends visit regularly and easily," says one resident's daughter. "They can even stay and have meals with him ... Seven months in, my father still says without hesitation that he is well-cared for here."
Bridges by EPOCH at Westford is an innovative community designed for residents living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Dedicated memory care services occur within three distinct households, all featuring spacious suites with private bathrooms, individual climate control and motion sensor lighting. Support is adapted to each resident’s personality, needs and challenges, with experienced dementia care experts and licensed nurses available 24 hours a day. Emergency response systems ensure that they’re easily reachable for as-needed assistance with the activities of daily living and medication management. Healthy meals are served family-style throughout the day, with nutritious snacks and refreshments always on offer. Residents enjoy days filled with diverse life enrichment programs, with memory loss education and caregiver support groups available for families. Secure exterior courtyards with sensory gardens, bird feeders, pathways and comfortable seating encourage connections with nature.
Relatives appreciate the quality care, staff and activities. "[My mother] has received outstanding care and thoroughly enjoys all the activities and entertainment," says one reviewer. "Meals are appetizing and wholesome and the familiarity of a daily routine is comforting to residents dealing with memory issues. The staff and management at Bridges in Westford are compassionate and professional ... Highly recommended!"
Brightview Concord River provides assisted living and memory care services about 30 minutes north of Boston. Memory care residents can access the full community but also have their own care and living neighborhood, Wellspring Village. Residents in the memory care program work with caregivers highly trained in modern cognitive support techniques. The community's Mind & Music program, for example, stimulates seniors through audio therapy that can help spark memories and lift moods. Brightview Concord River also organizes twice-weekly outings that allow seniors to get out into the local community.
Brightview Concord River's engaging social environment and impressive design are often mentioned by visitors and family members. "The people are extremely nice and helpful. The place is beautiful, too," enthuses one resident's daughter. "The rooms and apartments are very, very nice. My mother's very happy with her room ... The staff is right there for you at every turn."
Located in beautiful Dracut, MA, Giving Tree Senior Living is a homelike community offering unique assisted living and memory care services. Backed by industry-leading quality standards, its memory care program provides a secure and supportive place for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Residents receive assistance with dressing, bathing, grooming and other daily living needs from a team of specially trained caregivers. A variety of stimulating activities and social events helps improve the overall health, bodies and minds of seniors. Physicians visit the community on a regular basis to address any medical needs that may arise. The kitchen's culinary team prepares and serves three delicious meals in the dining room each day. To keep apartments neat and tidy, Giving Tree also provides housekeeping, laundry and maintenance services.
People were put at ease when touring the community. One reviewer remarked, "Beautiful community! The staff was very friendly. They answered our questions and were very attentive to my dad's wishes and needs. They were very patient and kind throughout the tour."
Ledgewood Bay Assisted Living is a senior living community located in Milford, NH. The community is secure, and specialized caregivers are trained in advanced dementia care. Personalized care plans ensure that each resident receives the exact daily care and assistance they need, while creating customized daily schedules full of enrichment. Activities are designed to engage residents' bodies and minds, including exercise programs for physical fitness, a brain gym for continued mental fortitude and plenty of time for creativity through hobby stations and art classes. Cultural presentations and educational activities ensure continued learning and skill honing, while therapeutic sessions in the beauty salon and various sensory therapies help provide soothing moments of relaxation. The community also features a library, an open dining room and a secured and landscaped patio complete with a community fire pit for outdoor celebrations.
Residents routinely praise the community for its staff and their commitment to friendly care and warm relationships. One says, "I have made Ledgewood Bay my home for the past 6 years. The entire staff is so upbeat, caring and giving. They have become my second family."
Located across the border in Massachusetts, around 40 miles south of East Hampstead, Sunrise of Burlington offers memory care, assisted living and respite care for seniors. Situated in the heart of Burlington, Sunrise has easy access to shopping, dining and several hospitals. Seniors can enjoy forested views and plentiful outdoor and common indoor areas in a pet-friendly community. Services such as meals, housekeeping, laundry and maintenance are all included and support a worry-free lifestyle. Memory care residents live in a dedicated and secure Reminiscence neighborhood, purposely designed to be comforting and easily navigated while promoting social interactions. Staff is trained in the latest memory care techniques, including validation therapy and provides 24/7 personalized care. The community’s life enrichment managers also offer a wide range of memory-focused activities tailored to each resident’s interests and skills.
Family members appreciate the great staff, food and plentiful activities. One family member writes, "Best decision our family made. Dad loved living here...Became more social. Very Happy. Clean facility. Staff awesome. Food great.” Adds another, "Searched high and low and the staff was the best at this location. They really care and treat my mother with dignity and respect.”
Nestled against the backdrop of the Merrimack River, The Arbors of Bedford is the only senior community in Bedford dedicated to mind and memory care. The pet-friendly community's warm living spaces, the staff's caring help and the easily negotiable community spaces promote independence and instill a feeling of comfort and security. Mind and memory associates provide specialized programming and a direct line of communication for residents and their families. Residents of The Arbors are able to enjoy homemade meals, spend time in the secure and enclosed outdoor courtyards, explore the area's walking paths or have a relaxing experience at the hair salon and barbershop.
Reviewers frequently mention the compassion and care shown by the staff, with one reviewer saying, "The Arbors of Bedford is a first class Assisted Living community for memory care. ... They 'walk the talk'."
The Mind and Memory Care plan at the Atrium consists of five levels of support, ranging from a minimal level of physical assistance with daily living tasks to aid with all aspects of daily activities, such as eating. The highest level of care also includes regular use of mechanical or electrical lifts for transfers. The community is in a secure neighborhood with subtle electronic security that helps prevent seniors from feeling confined while providing freedom to explore safely. Residents can bird-watch, garden or take walks in outdoor areas. Visual cues and multisensory tactics direct seniors' attention to their living spaces, activity programs and dining areas. One-on-one and group experiences are scheduled each day to keep residents thoughtfully engaged through activities such as music and art therapy, memory book creations, daily fitness and wellness programs.
People agree that staff are all "friendly and professional.” One family member of a resident says, "Everyone was so happy and friendly when I went to visit my loved one every day. The community has a lot of activities, more than any other place that I know of. The community would remember who I was and always said hi to me.”
The Courville at Bedford-Carlyle Place is a senior living community that provides assisted living and memory care services. Older adults with dementia and other memory impairments receive individualized care and support from caregivers through the community's Generations program. Its validation therapy helps reduce anxiety in memory care residents and encourages staff to listen with empathy. Caregivers use songs, picture books, puzzles and drawings as reminiscent activities to help improve seniors' long-term memories. Residents are also encouraged to participate in recreational therapies, such as exercise groups, art and music to increase their mental and physical health. Carlyle Place's nursing staff is available 24/7 to provide assistance with medication management and mobility. The community offers short-term respite care for those recovering from a stay in the hospital.
Family members say Carlyle Place is a caring place for their loved ones to live. A relative writes, "We made a sound decision when we asked Carlyle to care for my mother. The staff is excellent, so caring and always showing attention. The facility and grounds are well-kept, which was very important to our family."
The Courville at Nashua - Aynsley Place is a senior living community that offers assisted living, memory care and short or long-term respite care. For older adults diagnosed with dementia or other memory impairments, the community's memory care program delivers special care with empathy and compassion while reducing anxiety. Its 24/7 nursing staff assists residents with daily living needs, medication management and wound therapy. Staff use reminiscent activities involving picture books, puzzles, songs and drawings to improve the cognitive abilities of seniors. Residents are encouraged to participate in recreational activities, including walking, exercise groups, music and art classes. Scheduled visits from doctors and specialists provide on-site medical services and various therapies. Seniors also enjoy delicious meals prepared by culinary chefs.
Families say that Aynsley Place provides excellent care for loved ones. One reviewer writes, "Aynsley Place is an outstanding assisted living facility. It is clean and well-maintained. The food and kitchen staff are top-notch. What really stands out is the excellent care provided by the staff."
The Residence at Freeman Lake is an assisted living and memory care community in North Chelmsford, MA, with spacious studio and one-bedroom apartments. Its Reflections memory care program helps connect those with dementia through a variety of physical, social, cognitive and emotional activities. An experienced care team assists seniors with daily tasks, including bathing, dressing, medication management and incontinence care. Numerous therapies, cognitive activities and sensory exercises such as music, art and cooking keep memory care residents engaged with others. Chef prepared meals are served in the restaurant-style dining room, and deli sandwiches are served at the cozy bistro. In addition to housekeeping, laundry and transportation services, seniors can enjoy the theater, spa, salon/barbershop, library and other amenities. Short-term respite care is also available for those who want to experience what the community has to offer.
Seniors are happy with the accommodations and staff at The Residence at Freeman Lake. One resident writes, "I have a rather large studio with a small kitchenette, a refrigerator, sink, and a large bathroom with a walk-in shower. The staff makes a serious effort to remember everybody by name. I'm very pleased."
The Reflections memory care program at The Residence at Pearl Street takes an acclaimed, nonpharmacological approach to treating dementia and Alzheimer's disease. This person-focused care uses the four pillars of engagement — physical, social, cognitive and emotional — to involve residents in activities, such as pet therapy, cooking, music, art and sensory exercises, to help them experience joy and success on a daily basis. In addition to assistance with activities of daily living, residents receive help with medication management and meal escort services. Three chef-prepared meals are served each day, and off-site medical transportation is provided. Small pets are allowed to live with their owners in the resident's choice of private or shared accommodations.
Family members feel this community is exceptional. Speaking of her mother's experience, one states, "They kept us informed about her condition and always treated Mom with respect. ... Mom also enjoyed all the meals there and the beautiful outdoor garden filled with flowers. She felt like she was treated like a queen. ... The staff gave her the quality of life and care that was exceptional and support for the family. "
Located just off Interstate 93, Windsor Place of Wilmington Assisted Living is situated on 16 acres adjacent to beautiful conservation land and near shopping malls, restaurants, theaters, fine arts and other recreational attractions. Residents with Alzheimer's, dementia and other forms of memory loss live in The Carlysle Suites at Windsor Place, specifically designed for residents requiring memory care and other special needs. The elegant senior community provides a safe, homelike environment with programs that nurture the physical, mental, spiritual and nutritional needs of its residents. Specially trained caregivers provide 24-hour supervision and assistance with personalized activities of daily living to help maintain a high quality of life. Residents can enjoy some fresh air in the secure outdoor patio and garden or relax and socialize in the warm and cozy common areas.
Family members praise the attentive staff and the security of the homelike community, with one relative saying, "The staff at Windsor Place is both caring and professional. I am very comfortable with my mom being a resident in the Carlysle Memory Care unit, I feel it is a safe environment for her. She feels like she is HOME.”
Located In Tewksbury, Massachusetts, just 15 miles south of the state's border with New Hampshire, Wood Haven is a senior living community focused on memory care needs. Following the Montessori Moments in Time program, the staff establishes personalized care plans using residents' individual preferences, abilities and goals. This program's complete care philosophy targets health and life engagement through continued training, support groups and positive experiences. Specially trained staff is on hand at all times to offer assistance with daily needs and goals. Schedules are framed by three daily mealtimes, featuring delicious dishes in an open and social dining setting. The community's customized scheduling consists of daily physical exercise sessions, opportunities for socialization through shared games and entertainment, and hobby stations for artistic and creative endeavors.
Residents and visitors enthusiastically praise the community's welcoming environment. "I can say unequivocally that this is the best senior living facility I've ever been in," writes a visitor. "Every employee I have interacted with truly cares about the residents and their well being ... There are always activities for the residents ... Kudos to all the employees at this facility."