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 Fargo’s senior population continues to grow (20.95% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Fargo, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose by 21.1% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 10.1%, 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 (10.25% in Fargo 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 several hours researching senior living communities in Fargo. 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 Fargo, 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:
New Perspective Senior Living is located right across from the Cash Wise grocery store and Oak Ridge retail center in West Fargo and just minutes from Sanford Medical Center Fargo. The facility’s landscaped grounds and wrap-around porch provide a relaxing outdoor space for residents, while the pool, dance studio and fitness center with on-site physical and occupational therapy services support the residents’ holistic wellness. Other engaging amenities include a library, computer center, movie theater and billiards and game room to serve various interests. Residents living in the Betty’s Harbor memory care neighborhood receive individualized care based on New Perspective's Four Pillars of Living Life on Purpose, which addresses the physical, cognitive, social/spiritual and nutritional aspects of well-being. Cognitive activities include the Music and Memory program which lets residents enjoy their personal favorite music.
A highly satisfied family member attests to the positive experience of a resident loved one in New Perspective and writes, “As a daughter, I am grateful for this facility. I can tell he is so much happier and actually looks younger and has more spring in his step because he has new friends and something to do every day.”
Touchmark at Harwood Groves is conveniently located in the River Drive neighborhood of Fargo and just minutes from Essentia Health Hospital and Stanford Southpointe Clinic. This park-like retirement community lies on a 14-acre campus and offers resort-style amenities, including a fitness club with an indoor heated lap pool, warm-water spa, medically based fitness programs and massage therapy services. The facility's Pembrook memory care neighborhood provides a supportive and stimulating environment through color-coded hallways for guided wayfinding and spacious apartments for comfort and safety. The high staffing ratio and Best Friends approach to care lets caregivers develop meaningful relationships with residents to effectively improve their quality of life. Engaging activities offered through the Full Life Wellness and Life Enrichment program include hobby groups, art classes, outdoor trips and the Touchmark Trekkers walking program.
Residents’ loved ones feel at ease and at home at Touchmark. As one reviewer shares, “My mother has been a resident at Touchmark for a few years. It is a beautiful place and people feel both comfortable and welcome. I have eaten in the dining room a few times with her and the food is delicious as well!”