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 Fort Lauderdale’s senior population continues to grow (16.66% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Fort Lauderdale, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease decreased by 7.82% between 2014 and 2019. The number of deaths from all causes for that same age group increased by 3.89%. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (3.45% in Fort Lauderdale 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 more than a dozen hours researching senior living communities in Fort Lauderdale. 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 Fort Lauderdale, 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:
Atria Willow Wood is a vibrant senior living community located in an accessible Fort Lauderdale neighborhood close to I-95, museums and local attractions. The community’s Life Guidance memory care program helps residents lead quality lives by providing individualized care from a dedicated team that has undergone extensive dementia care training. The memory care neighborhood features functionally designed spaces, with secure living spaces and unobstructed outdoor areas that are easy to navigate and which allows seniors to freely and safely move around. Social engagement is encouraged through well-planned recreational and therapeutic activities. Music, for instance, is used to calm challenging behaviors, provide focus and improve moods. Aside from cognitive health, physical wellness is also given top priority, with daily offerings of walking, yoga and other light exercises.
Residents like the overall appeal of the community, from the spacious area, good food to the friendly staff. One says, "The building inside is very well-kept. The people who work here are very polite and patient. They will do whatever you need to have done. It's just a really nice, comfortable and safe place to be. The food here is very good, and we get a good variety.”
Belmont Village Senior Living Fort Lauderdale is a luxury senior living community in Fort Lauderdale that offers a scenic location and breathtaking views of Sunrise Bay and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. It's also near medical facilities, including Kindred Hospital South Florida. A dedicated memory care neighborhood provides a secure and peaceful place for residents to feel at home. The memory care program includes personalized assistance from caregivers 24/7 and activities designed to reduce memory loss and enrich body and mind. The community features a variety of outdoor spaces to soak up the Florida sunshine, including a stunning outdoor pool and a terrace with comfortable seating. Residents can enjoy fitness classes in the fully equipped gym, brain games in the activities room or social events in the lounge areas.
Family members praise the wonderful care, with one reviewer saying, "I have to say that the facility and quality of care is five-star. My dad is a resident there, and he gets all the help and attention he needs. Overall, it gives my family and I such peace of mind. We couldn’t be happier."
Located just minutes from the beach in Deerfield, FL, Brookdale Deer Creek provides memory care and assisted living in elegant surroundings. The community is located close to highways, shopping and dining, and there are multiple hospitals within a few miles. The community uses the Clare Bridge Daily Path program to help maintain and improve memory care residents’ cognitive abilities and skills. Residents are encouraged to participate in daily programs and activities, including brain games and physical activities. Staff, who are trained in the latest memory care and dementia techniques, provides 24/7 care. On-site, indoor amenities include a library, game room, therapy room, fitness center, bistro and coffee shop. Landscaped grounds with walking paths, a courtyard and a garden allow residents to enjoy the outdoors. Meals are provided, along with housekeeping, transportation and concierge services.
Reviewers praise the supportive staff and the quality of the food. One family member writes, "My father has been living in Brookdale Deer Creek for over a year, and it has been a wonderful experience. The administrator is very nice, as is the director of nursing, always supportive, answers my questions and always makes themselves available. My dad loves the food and the activity director!”
Seniors living at Cherry Oak Active Senior Living Residence receive personalized care services 24 hours a day from staff who ensure that seniors feel safe and enjoy an enriching lifestyle. The caregivers who serve residents undergo extensive dementia care training and provide help with activities of daily living, including bathing and medication management. Residents enjoy meals with their peers in the facility's bright dining room. Chefs prepare three meals daily with fresh, nutritious ingredients. The grounds at Cherry Oak Active Senior Living are well-manicured and feature lush gardens, as well as spacious patios and abundant walking paths. All outdoor spaces are secured to ensure that seniors who wander remain close to home.
Family members of the residents appreciate the dignified care that's provided to their loved ones, as well as the sense of security the staff instills in them. One reviewer is particularly pleased with the abundance of amenities that are available to residents living at Cherry Oak saying, "This facility is huge and has a fountain, library, bingo area, great room and I'm sure much more."
Five Star Premier Residences of Hollywood is a continuum of care senior living community that provides a range of luxury amenities and activities. The Bridge to Rediscovery program provides individualized care and attention for each resident in the memory care unit, focusing on activities and therapy sessions that keep residents engaged and help them to find joyful moments in each day. Residents have safe access to a number of amenities, including a spacious activity center, library, barbershop and beauty salon. A team of trained caregiving staff is always on hand to provide personalized care and attention. Three restaurant-style meals are served each day, and residents are encouraged to socialize at mealtimes. Activities are tailored to the needs of each individual and may include musical therapy, art classes, baking, fitness classes and card games.
Family members are impressed by the culture of caring and residents-first approach with one saying, "The staff, the nursing, the administration, the environment, the food, the apartments, the activities, and the demonstrated commitment to a resident-centered culture at Premier Five Star has transformed my parents in the highest and best ways."
Grand Court Assisted Living Facility & Memory Care is located north of Fort Lauderdale in the scenic Pompano Beach area. The beach is a short drive away, and health care facilities close by include Broward Outpatient Medical Center. Caregivers who are trained to assist seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia are available 24/7 to support residents with personal care and daily tasks as well as leading a variety of enriching activities. The community is secure and designed in a way to feel like home so residents can feel safe and comfortable. It offers resort style living with daily housekeeping, weekly laundry and a wellness center where licensed nurses and physicians offer physical therapy and nursing care. The in-house chef prepares three delicious meals a day for residents to enjoy.
Visitors praise the excellent events, with one reviewer saying, "The staff was always helping the patients. When I went they were having a Saint Patrick's Day party. They had hired music and bought festive decorations and green food for the celebration. Joy filled the room, and happiness was shown across the seniors' faces."
HarborChase of Tamarac is located in sunny southern Florida, just northwest of Fort Lauderdale. It's close to University Hospital and Medical Center, as well as a variety of shopping centers. In the community's dedicated memory care neighborhood, The Cove, a 24-hour staff provides assistance with the basics of daily living, including getting dressed and bathing. Residents can receive rehabilitation therapies on-site, in addition to visits from a dermatologist and other medical specialists. The community has engaging daily activities that are designed to cognitively stimulate residents and keep them focused and active, such as group games and low-impact exercise classes. Residents may also enjoy expressing themselves through some of the community’s memory-focused art programs, including painting and dancing.
Reviewers like the community’s amenities and the dedication of the staff. One wrote, "HarborChase of Tamarac is extremely clean. ... The staff is really nice. We are very happy with the services, and the food is excellent. They have bingo, lunch outings, and sing-alongs. They have so many activities to keep the patients' brains working.”
LiveWell at Coral Plaza is located in Margate, only minutes away from Lakewood Mall. Nearby, residents can find many opportunities to explore the local wildlife, such as the Fern Forest Nature Center and Butterfly World, which features vibrant botanical gardens with butterflies and birds. The dedicated staff provide around-the-clock personal care, including skilled nursing and hospice care services. In addition to the various types of rehabilitation therapies offered, residents can also receive dermatological care. A dietician works with the staff chef to design meal plans based on residents’ nutritional needs. Residents can choose to dining in the restaurant-style community dining room or in the comfort of their room. There are a variety of programs planned throughout the day that utilize the community pool as well as the activity room. This pet-friendly community welcomes seniors 55 and older.
Reviewers complimented the community for their caring staff and for the variety of activities available. One wrote, "My dad lived at Livewell for about 3 years. The staff really took care of my dad and he was happy to be surrounded by the bilingual CNA's who spoke his language. He was spoiled by them.”
MiCasa Senior Living is in the 441 Corridor neighborhood of Hollywood, Florida. It’s conveniently close to West Hollywood Shopping Center and less than 3 miles from Memorial Regional Hospital and Memorial Regional Hospital South. The contemporary three-level residential building has a secured backyard and spacious rear porch with cushioned seating. Thoughtfully designed interior spaces include a restaurant-style dining room, fireside lounge with a fish tank, and faux porch fronts on the residents’ bedroom doors. Bluetooth headphones are provided for private enjoyment of music and cable TV shows. Residents are given tailored assistance by the multicultural staff, and they are served gourmet meals inspired by different cuisines. In addition to the residents’ emergency call pendants, the facility is access-controlled and equipped with CCTVs and a power generator for their safety.
Families compliment MiCasa’s great food and loving atmosphere. A resident’s granddaughter writes, "All of the staff are amazing, kind, caring, knowledgeable and always available to talk and keep you updated. There are so many little things that they take care of to make sure their residents are comfortable and happy. The facility is topnotch, secure, clean, bright and safe.”
Nestled on a beautiful, 10-acre campus in Davie, southwest of Ft. Lauderdale, Oakmonte Village offers memory care, assisted living and catered living in upscale, resort-style surroundings. Luxurious amenities are plentiful and include a heated pool with beach entry, cabana area, manicured landscaping, fitness center and stylish common areas that include a performance arts room and expansive theater. Residents also have access to a full range of amenities from the David Posnack Jewish Community Center. Meals, housekeeping, laundry, transportation and wellness checks are provided. The community’s Memory Care Lifestyle offers a fully secure environment, including outdoor areas, for memory care residents. Trained staff is available 24/7 and can assist with daily activities, mobility, continence and medication management. In addition to a complete wellness program, residents also have access to specialized memory care programming and activities.
Family members give praise to the caring and professional staff. As one reviewer writes, "My in-laws are at this facility. It is a wonderful place for both of them. The staff is very caring and attentive. We feel very confident in the care that they are receiving.” Another reviewer concurs, "I have never come across such caring employees.”
Situated in a pretty, residential neighborhood northwest of Fort Lauderdale, Pacifica Senior Living Forest Trace offers memory care, assisted living and independent living. Nestled on 73 wooded acres featuring a lake, the community offers resort-style amenities, including a full-service clubhouse, a heated pool, a putting green, tennis courts and a movie theater. A wellness center offers on-site nursing, therapies and medical offices. The signature Legacies Memory Care program uses a personalized assessment to provide tailored services for residents living with memory-related conditions. Trained staff is available 24/7 to provide care and assistance, including with the activities of daily living, mobility and medication management. In addition to a wide range of enriching activities, the community also offers special therapies, such as its innovative Music & Memory program, which uses music to strengthen connection and improve recall.
Residents and family members love the excellent care and dedicated staff. As one reviewer writes, "He enjoys everything: delicious meals; gym; beautiful park setting; activities ... From the family's perspective, what sets Pacifica Forest Trace apart from the others is the staff - their friendliness and dedication is superb.” Another adds, "Excellent care and services are provided here at Forest Trace.”
Situated in a residential neighborhood in the heart of Sunrise, Pacifica Senior Living Sunrise offers memory care, assisted living and independent living. The community is located close to shopping centers, restaurants, parks and medical facilities. Memory care residents receive a customized care plan and innovative therapies. A specialized dining program features a supportive dining environment, individualized dining assistance and a dementia-friendly menu. Memory care-specific activities and events provide cognitive, social and physical stimulation to residents, who are encouraged to engage in meaningful daily tasks that enhance a sense of self and belonging. On-site, amenities include a pool, library, theater, wellness center, beauty salon and outdoor spaces such as a courtyard, patio garden and walking paths. Trained staff, who are available 24/7, can provide assistance with the activities of daily living, medication management and diabetic care.
Family members love the care their loved ones receive. One reviewer writes, "Our family could not be more satisfied with the love and care our loved one receives from the entire staff. Everyone goes above and beyond to ensure my dad is maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle.” Another adds, "Care services they provide are very good!”
In a quiet environment and surrounded by nature, Presidential Palace is a home for seniors living with memory issues. The community uses the four components of wellness — physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual — as the basis of its Valeo by Solvere memory care program. The program keeps seniors' minds active and engaged through enjoyable activities and entertainment. Nutrition and socialization play a big part in strengthening the cognitive abilities of residents. The community's staff help residents with the program's activities, the activities of daily living, and medication management. Staff are on-site 24/7 to ensure resident safety, and the emergency response system installed in every bathroom gets residents help quickly if they need it. Residents also have access to on-site physical and occupational therapists.
A resident's family member writes, "Thank you, Presidential Place, for making my mom and all of those wonderful and amazing residents there feel like royalty. My mom can't stop talking about how everyone there is the kindest and most compassionate people she has ever met. She speaks so highly of the nurses, the CNAs, the administration and the staff."
Sonata Coconut Creek is located in a peaceful area of Coconut Creek, 10 miles from the beach and near Northwest Medical Center. The community's safety features ensure residents with Alzheimer's and dementia are safe and secure. Residents receive personalized memory care plans to reduce cognitive decline and promote independence. The plans include individualized music, wellness classes and lifelong education seminars. Community amenities include a hair salon and spa, an art studio, a theater and a game room. Caregivers provide 24/7 care and support, as well as handling housekeeping, medication management and laundry. Physical, occupational and speech therapy are available.
Family members praise the great amenities, with one reviewer saying, "Sonata Coconut Creek is beautiful. I'm very impressed with it. My mother-in-law lives in a one-bedroom apartment. They have beautiful rooms for games and a movie theater. The grounds are beautiful. There are places that you could walk around outside."
Located right on the water, The Meridian at Waterways offers a peaceful homelike environment for seniors living with memory conditions. The community uses the Montessori Moments in Time program to bring joy and purpose to residents' lives. Each resident has an individualized care plan crafted for them that focuses on their strengths and preferences. Structured activities and tasks to complete give seniors a sense of purpose. The Life Engagement program reduces anxiety in seniors, and staff are well-trained in how to redirect seniors having difficulties. To help seniors retain a connection to their former homes, residents are allowed small pets. The family support groups help residents' families remain engaged with the community.
Having a limited number of residents allows management, nurses, aides, office and restaurant staff to not only know everyone and immediate family by name, but also attend to their particular needs. Management is frequently seen interacting with all residents. Staffing seems always adequate, and the activity level is reasonable, writes a family member of a resident.
The Peninsula in southern Florida offers exceptional memory care and luxurious accommodations for its senior living community. It offers its Moments in Time program, a Montessori-based approach to memory care that establishes customized plans that focus on treating residents with dignity and respect. Its aim is to understand backgrounds and preferences in order to provide residents with a positive, enriching environment. Both staff and family members can access resources that help to enhance social interactions and improve communication. Residents and visitors can get together in the restaurant-style dining room in elegant resort-style surroundings. Spacious suites are located close to community areas, where residents can participate in support groups and life enrichment programs. Other amenities include laundry services and transportation services.
Family members express satisfaction at the way the staff looks after their loved ones. One daughter says, "My mother was a resident of this fine facility, both in assisted living and dementia care for 14 months. I would rate the Peninsula 100****'s for their delightful ambience, delectable cuisine, and, of course the competent, caring, compassionate administration and staff."
The Preserve at Palm-Aire is a resort-style senior living community with luxury amenities. Its professionally landscaped grounds feature walking paths, gardens and a large outdoor pool and hot tub. Residents can take advantage of a continuum of care that allows them to remain in place as their needs change, and care plans can be customized depending on the needs of each resident. A secure memory care neighborhood is staffed by trained caregivers and designed to promote comfort and socialization. The Evergreen memory care plan concentrates on family involvement and mental stimulation tailored to residents' preferences. Volunteer opportunities, spiritual services, educational workshops and fitness classes give residents an opportunity to socialize and learn.
Seniors appreciate the welcoming atmosphere and range of high-quality amenities. "They have a pool, which is a good thing for physical therapy. It is nicely landscaped, and the interior design is very nice, really warm and friendly when you walk in. The rooms themselves are very nice, and I like the apartments. They accept pets, too," says one reviewer.
Situated in sunny Florida, The Sheridan at Cooper City is a retirement community set in a luxurious, modern environment. Whether seniors choose assisted living or memory care, The Sheridan provides the assurance of personalized care blended with vibrant social programming. The dedicated memory care neighborhood is designed for security and comfort, with familiar settings and relaxing elements built in to support easy navigation and promote independence. Embrace, the community’s award-winning memory care program, is based on the latest studies on Alzheimer’s and dementia and uses innovative approaches to care. For instance, days are structured into consistent routines to avoid confusion, and visual cues are used around the living spaces and in everyday tasks, such as menu selection. The community prioritizes health through regular wellness checks and medication reminders, with transportation provided for doctors’ appointments.
Families like the senior-friendly layout, which is comfortable for their loved ones. A resident’s wife writes, "It's very clean, very modern, and the staff is wonderful. They're friendly and professional. The rooms are large, there are no impediments, the ceilings are high, and the walls are well spaced apart for wheelchair access. They have so many activities, they have physical and mental activities every day.”
VIP Memory Care Pavilion is a dedicated memory care community located 13 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It offers three levels of Alzheimer's and dementia care to provide older adults with the medical expertise and daily assistance they require. To support residents and their families, the community arranges for physicians, dentists, podiatrists and other medical professionals to attend to residents on-site. Trained caregivers aid residents with day-to-day activities, from escorting them to and from activities and meals throughout the day to grooming and managing their medication. The community provides an array of dementia-friendly activities, including cognitive games, arts and crafts, group fitness classes, massages and manicures.
Relatives are impressed with the proficient staff. One says, "They provide compassionate personal care. There are plenty of activities provided for all levels of Alzheimer's. They have live music and singing, hands on games and interaction between the residents. They get everyone dressed each morning and bring them out to the main room where they have their activities and meals."
Wickshire Tamarac offers a tranquil home to seniors living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The staff, who are trained in memory care, design programs for each resident that focus on their interests and use their abilities. Residents' safety and comfort are paramount to Wickshire Tamarac, with an emergency response call system and an individual thermostat control installed in every apartment. Physical therapy and occupational therapy services are also provided in-house. Fun activities that encourage memory retention include piano playing. Spiritual services are available, including a Shabbat service. The fitness room lets residents exercise in a safe setting, and Wii Sports is used for entertainment as well as physical fitness.
Very nice people! The entire staff was genuinely friendly and compassionate. It means the world to families who need piece of mind when far away from your loved one. Excellent care staff food, and activities with that 'homey feel in a classy, clean environment makes Atria Senior Living gold. Thank you!" writes a family member of a resident.