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 Johns Creek’s senior population continues to grow (23.08% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Johns Creek, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 44.25% between 2014 and 2019. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 9.61%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is slightly higher than the rest of the nation (6.94% in Johns Creek 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 Johns Creek. 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 Johns Creek, 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:
Addington Place of Johns Creek is a welcoming senior community that focuses on caring for older individuals and those with varying stages of Alzheimer's, dementia or other memory impairments. Its spacious memory care apartments come with handicapped-accessible bathrooms and individual climate controls. A supportive care team provides one-on-one assistance with daily living tasks and medication management whenever requested by residents. To prevent falls, the living areas include safety features, such as handrails, grab bars and proper lighting. On-site therapists and licensed nurses ensure the health care needs of seniors are met. Three home-cooked meals and a variety of nutritious snacks are served in the restaurant-style dining room. Music therapy, fitness exercises, religious services and social events are some of the activities available to seniors. Addington Place also provides housekeeping, laundry and repair services.
Staff members at Addington Place are always available to meet the needs of seniors. One resident wrote, "I am a resident at Addington Place of Johns Creek and the staff here are very nice. ... I always feel very safe and know that if I need any help, the staff will be there for me."
Nestled in 20 wooded acres, Atria North Point is an upscale senior living community with lively programming and deluxe amenities. Its Life Guidance neighborhood is purposefully designed for residents living with Alzheimer's and related dementias, with artwork featuring nostalgic images to help stimulate memories and personal mementos to aid navigation. Staff members receive extensive dementia care training, and they provide 24-hour individualized support with the activities of daily living and medication management. Residents enjoy engaging activities each day, including stretching, restorative yoga and dancing to encourage physical movement, and social events, live music and group programs to promote interaction. Gourmet dining features fresh, chef-crafted cuisine, with a restaurant, community and private dining all available. Seniors enjoy luxurious features like a heated indoor pool, barbershop, salon and spa, art studio, movie theater and veranda with al fresco dining.
Visitors like the welcoming ambiance and abundant activities. "Everybody was friendly and I didn't meet a person who didn't say hello," says one. "The food was very good. They offer all sorts of activities and you can join almost any group you want. They play cards, read books, swim, and do all sorts of things."
Belmont Village Senior Living Johns Creek provides a full spectrum of care in a peaceful environment, including a secure neighborhood for residents living with memory loss. Here, residents have 24/7 support from a specially trained team that includes a licensed nurse. Using an ability-centered approach, caregivers assist with daily living, medication management and mobility. Physical, occupational and speech therapies are available on-site, and residents receive daily wellness checks. Whole Brain Fitness programming includes enriching activities every day. The MBA Club features research-based programs that keep residents active, with personal goal tracking to encourage their progress. Circle of Friends, designed for residents with mild cognitive impairment, focuses on structured mental exercises with challenges to keep seniors engaged. Restaurant-style dining includes 24 unique meal choices, along with a bistro serving healthy snacks and refreshments.
Loved ones praise the compassionate team. "My family has been elated with the level of professionalism and personalized care our mom has received here," one relative says. "The constant activities and attention from the staff is something we did not experience in the 3 places we have tried prior over the past 6 years."
Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody offers award-winning memory care just 16 miles north of Atlanta. Its secure Reminiscence neighborhood is purposefully designed for residents affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias, with an easy-to-navigate layout featuring adjacent living and dining areas, restaurant-style meals, country kitchens, a 24-hour bistro, a sunroom and a friendly community pet. Individualized care plans ensure that residents receive the support they need, with a specially trained staff on-site 24/7. These caregivers assist with bathing, dressing, clothes selection, eating and walking, and they monitor behavior and communication using the latest dementia care techniques, such as validation therapy. Residents enjoy activities tailored around their interests, including recreational programs, social events, multisensory experiences and exercise classes. Special activity areas offer space to do art projects, puzzles and crafts, and soft-lit reflection rooms are ideal for holding club meetings.
Visiting relatives like the diverse programming, rooms and meals. One reviewer says, "Their rooms are nice and well-furnished, too. They have everything, e.g., bingo, bus trips, lunch out, stores, games, and food. My mother has been a resident there for a while now. They provide great care, delicious food, nice facilities and plenty of activities."
At Brookdale Chambrel Roswell, seniors experience a full spectrum of care paired with a lively lifestyle. Its Clare Bridge neighborhood is designed for residents living with memory loss, with a specially trained staff available around the clock. Through Alzheimer's Association-approved training, these dedicated caregivers learn how to address cognitive challenges, offer guidance through daily programming and support seniors with bathing, grooming, walking and medication, all using a person-centered approach. All research-based programs are tailored for the resident's cognitive level, with six planned options that encourage their unique skills. From dancing to B-fit, brain games, walking groups, journaling, live music and aromatherapy, every resident stays stimulated. This secure setting has an easy-to-navigate floor plan with doorbells to monitor in/out movements, cheerful colors and plenty of natural light. Deluxe amenities include an outdoor pool, beauty salon/barbershop, fitness center and art studio.
Loved ones like the staff and ambiance. "Everything about Brookdale Chambrel Roswell has been professional, inviting, patient, courteous and most of all caring," says one. "The staff are friendly, accommodating, and always willing to help and answer questions. The facility and grounds are comfortable, clean, inviting and well kept."
Located in Suwanee, Georgia, Celebration Village Forsyth is a retirement community that offers secure and comfortable living options for those with Alzheimer's, dementia or other cognitive impairments. Caregivers in its memory care neighborhood are specially trained to assist seniors with all of their daily living tasks. The community meets the physical, social and spiritual needs of residents through a variety of scheduled activities such as art classes, music, games, exercises and rehabilitative therapies. Three family-style meals are prepared and served in the dining room each day. The community's Masterpiece lifestyle program encourages residents to socialize with their peers and explore numerous ways to be creative. Celebration Village Forsyth offers many services and amenities including housekeeping, laundry, 24-hour emergency maintenance, a salon, a movie theater and a swimming pool.
Loved ones say that seniors are treated like family by the staff at Celebration Village Forsyth. "What a wonderful facility! Dad is treated so well by all of the staff," writes one visitor. "The facility is well maintained, always clean, the food is first class, and they offer lots of activities to keep dad well entertained."
The Gardens of Shiloh is located on a sizable plot just on the edge of Cumming, next to woodlands. Residents have a range of activities to keep them busy, including the active lifestyles program, which focuses on health and well-being. The grounds of the community offer plenty of exercise options with walking paths throughout, while for the less active, rocking chair seating is provided on the porch with other options throughout the grounds so they can enjoy the outdoors. Medical resources are customized to memory care resident's needs, while the chef-prepared meals provide healthy food options. Each memory care residents participate in individualized occupational and recreational therapy and activities that have been designed to keep them engaged and address their physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual needs.
Family members praised the caring staff and their commitment to ensuring the resident's needs are met, with one saying, "My Mother has been at Gardens of Shiloh for a year and a half now. The staff is always friendly. ... They truly love her and it shows. Her health has actually improved since she has been there!"
Located near the Atlanta metro area with spectacular views of the North Georgia mountains, Peachtree Villa at Suwanee provides assisted living, independent living and memory care services. Memory care residents participate in the Teepa Snow positive approach to memory care, which addresses memory impairment by drawing on seniors' past (reminiscing), the present and the future through use of a life story box. Residents who become agitated can use the specially designed relaxation room, which uses different sights, sounds, and scents to calm seniors. Community members are encouraged to get to know each other through communal living rooms, seated areas outdoors and other thoughtfully designed spaces.
Family members praise the smooth transition for their loved ones into care and the medical oversight provided. One family member says, "Mom is very happy, there and my sisters and I are very pleased with the staff and the facility...The caregiver-resident ratio is good, so she has individual care around the clock..."
St. Ives Memory Care in Johns Creek provides a comfortable and soothing living experience for individuals with Alzheimer's, dementia and other memory-related problems. Thoughtfully designed apartments offer a relaxing environment for the residents, which boosts their self-dependence, confidence and freedom. The trained staff works on the strengths and capabilities of residents by engaging them in multiple physical and mental activities that let them live a joyful and confident life. The community offers round-the-clock security of the entry and exit points of the entire campus and spacious and secure walking space to the residents. Caregivers, certified in Dementia Care, pay attention to the medical needs of residents. They also give residents a systematized care plan, enabling a smooth transition for the residents from one stage to another. The community provides an encouraging system that keeps them well-connected with the resident's families.
Families appreciate the ambiance of the community. One writes, "My husband is now at Ivy Hall at St Ives. It is really nice. They know what they're doing, and they do everything. The residents look content and very happy. Also, my husband really enjoys their food. His room is homey and a perfect size. It is perfect."
One of two communities on campus, Huntcliff Summit II features a secure Reminiscence neighborhood purposefully designed for residents living with Alzheimer's and related dementias. With easy-to-navigate floor plans, well-furnished common areas, a community pet to interact with, and soft-lit reflections rooms playing soothing music, seniors can feel right at home. They have support from a 24-hour team of caregivers, whose training is approved by the Alzheimer's Association. From assistance with bathing, grooming and medication to further support with continence and mobility, they're reachable via each suite's emergency response system, and residents receive medical support from a registered nurse, three licensed nurses and three visiting physicians. Geriatric psychiatry, rehabilitation, dentistry and podiatry are also offered on-site. Residents enjoy tailored programs ranging from group activities to multisensory experiences, exercise classes, puzzles and crafts, so they can stay stimulated and active each day.
Visitors note the kind staff and active calendar. One says, "I like the staff and how they interact with the residents. I did see a lot of activities going on. They have a bingo game and baking that day... They have a dog there that was going in and out and interacting with their residents."
With its proximity to Atlanta, Sunrise at Ivey Ridge affords seniors easy access to four major hospitals. At this community, memory care residents can receive hygiene assistance, medication management and monthly wellness check-ins from an on-staff nurse. Throughout the day, residents can participate in the Live with Purpose program, a calendar of events including morning exercise, art classes and social engagements. The grounds feature walking paths, benches and a secure patio just for the memory care neighborhood. While all residents have access to the bistro and fireside living room, those in memory care have their own life skills activities room. In the spacious dining room, the culinary team prepares from-scratch, diet-friendly meals and regularly reviews feedback from residents. Floor plans can include kitchenettes and all accommodations have private bathrooms.
Residents and their families appreciate the dedicated staff. One says, "We have never experienced a more professional and caring staff as we have here... the care givers go beyond their call of duty."
Memory care at Sunrise of Johns Creek has two levels. Terrace Club is for residents in the early stages of memory loss, with staff offering gentle guidance and reminders. In the Reminiscence Neighborhood, seniors in later stages of memory loss can enjoy life in a more secure community with soft lighting and soothing music in common rooms. Residents in both areas can participate in the Live with Purpose program, a calendar of daily activities that may include exercise classes, art programs, games and social activities. While all residents can enjoy the library, open patios and bistro, memory care residents have their own common areas, including a quiet living room. In the spacious dining room, the culinary staff provides three meals a day, all of which can be made to suit dietary restrictions.
Residents and loved ones praise the community for its active calendar. One says, "Our mother has continued to grow physically and mentally since her arrival. She attends exercise classes, enjoys her fellow residents and participates in many activities."
The Cohen Home welcomes seniors living with cognitive conditions to its intimate Pathways memory care neighborhood. It's conveniently located on the property's main floor for safe and easy navigation. Residents have access to a secure outdoor patio and garden and bright, spacious living areas. The team uses the I'm Still Here approach in resident programming, managed by a dedicated activities director. The program focuses on maintaining seniors' current abilities and strengths and provides activities that revolve around their personal experiences and interests. Residents can look forward to fun, engaging activities, including weekly group outings to exciting attractions in Johns Creek and nearby areas. The cozy main dining room serves as a social gathering area, where residents can enjoy kosher-style menus with friends and families. A more intimate setting is available for those who need assistance with meals.
Families express their confidence in the team's helpful and caring attitude. "What a relief to have found the Cohen Home for my mom," writes one family member. "She is now safe and secure in a very enriching environment. The staff is super attentive and encourages her to get up, dressed and participate in mind-stimulating activities. … It's making all the difference."
The Landing at Norcross provides assisted living, independent living and memory care to the local area. Memory care residents participate in purposeful activities that focus on enjoyment, satisfaction and safety. Active cognitive sessions aim to preserve cognitive function through brain exercises, trivia and reminiscing. Other tools are built into activities to maximize the benefit for residents. The community offers a schedule full of activities including educational opportunities, sporting pursuits and regular social gatherings.
Family members note the benefits of a smaller community, praising staff for getting to know residents, with one family member saying, "We chose The Landings based on the size, staff to patient ratio... It is smaller, so they have the time and ability to sit and spend time and get to know them. I would recommend to others looking."
The Memory Center - Atlanta provides comfort to its residents in a peaceful setting, minutes away from the Emory Johns Creek Hospital. The community offers specialized care for those with Alzheimer's, dementia and other memory loss impairments. The exclusively designed memory care neighborhood follows a Town Center concept, which features a library, movie theater, tavern, bank and salon. Residents have safe access to outdoor areas, secure walking paths and a large courtyard. Highly trained staff provides 24-hour care and assists residents with activities of daily living. On-site registered nurses and certified medication technicians continuously monitor the residents' health and assist with medication administration. Enriching activities help keep residents engaged, invigorate a healthy lifestyle and promote memories. The staff creates customized care plans and assists the residents during mealtime. Physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy sessions are also organized regularly.
Families appreciate the plentiful amenities of the community. One says, "The way The Memory Center Atlanta is designed gives the residents more freedom. The staff is very high quality. They have pet therapy, music therapy, and a theater. They have trails and raised garden beds. They also have ice cream socials, and they have a tavern."
Combining luxurious, state-of-the-art amenities and personalized care, The Phoenix at Milton helps seniors adjust easily to community living. The secure, comfortable layout of the community's Signature memory care neighborhood exudes a homelike, friendly atmosphere especially suited for those coping with cognitive challenges. Familiar furnishings and decor surround the living areas for a calming effect, and emergency call systems in rooms ensure prompt attention to urgent issues. Through the Live, Love, Learn program, seniors have access to a range of programs that support cognitive, social, physical, spiritual, occupational and emotional wellness. Activities incorporate individual interests and abilities, and the care team conducts daily monitoring to ensure that residents regularly enjoy purposeful experiences. Physical, occupational and speech therapy services are also available, and complimentary transportation helps seniors keep up with medical appointments.
Family members express satisfaction with the community's effort to keep residents safe and comfortable. One says, "The caregivers and staff are one in a million. My Dad has been there for over a year and we can finally relax and know he is being well cared for. He is [in] memory care and the people and staff are like family to us."
Sitting within minutes of The Forum mall, restaurants and entertainment venues, Village Park at Peachtree Corners offers all the convenience of city living. The memory care program places its residents at the center of a care network of specially trained professionals, neighbors and staff. The memory care neighborhood includes a secure outdoor courtyard to ensure the safety of residents living with dementia. The caregivers help residents with daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, continence management, diabetic care and medication management. The onsite nursing staff provides regular health and wellness assessments. Onsite physical, occupational and speech therapies are available as needed. Residents who need to go off-site for doctor's appointments can take advantage of the concierge transportation service. This community comes with a wide range of amenities, including a heated pool, a theater and fitness centers.
Family members love how caring and kind the staff is. The son of a resident writes, "This was by far the very best place for my mom. I'm very happy with how caring the staff is. Mom loves the food. They're so patient and so kind. They truly care about the people they take care of."
Village Park of Alpharetta is an upscale, pet-friendly retirement campus with customizable service plans, on-site physical therapy and resort-style amenities, such as valet parking, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a theater, scenic walking gardens, a beauty salon, bars and restaurants. The campus's memory care neighborhood features homelike decor, an indoor garden, secured entrances, outdoor courtyards, comfortable socializing areas and spacious private suites with shower-equipped bathrooms and 10-foot ceilings. Seniors living with memory challenges benefit from personalized care plans, designed to maximize independence, as well as regular health and wellness assessments by on-site nurses and 24-hour watchful oversight by specially trained dementia care staff. A daily enrichment program director organizes engaging social and recreational activities tailored to individual cognitive abilities. Neighborhood staff members are always on hand to assist with ADLs, diabetic care, and medication and continence management.
People praise the nutritious gourmet food, high-quality building construction and dedicated staff. "Village Park is beautiful, the food is excellent, the staff is unbelievably caring, and the management is professional and accommodating," says a resident's daughter. "She gets her meds on time, she gets real one-on-one staff engagement ... her apartment is spacious and clean."
The memory care neighborhood at Village Park of Milton addresses the specific needs of its residents living with Alzheimer's disease and Lewy body, Parkinson's and frontotemporal dementia. Designed to offer a homelike environment, this community's high staff-to-resident ratio allows members to monitor seniors closely while still extending them as much independence and personal choice as possible. Residents enjoy three homestyle meals per day in indoor or outdoor dining spaces, with as-needed eating assistance available for memory care residents. The community's daily enrichment program hosts memory care-specific activities and events, and the common gathering spaces with safe electric fireplaces let residents socialize with other community members as desired.
Family members are impressed with the community and the range of activities. "Village Park Milton is a beautiful facility. People are very accommodating and friendly," says one family member. "During the week my dad is very busy. They do singing and dancing, they bowl, indoor golf, painting, puzzles, memory games, and my dad gets physical therapy. They have musicians visit and play outdoors for them. They do quite a bit of activities."
Located along the Chattahoochee River, Johns Creek is close to nearby golf courses and renowned restaurants. The community offers a wide variety of engaging opportunities and lifestyle programs that encourage residents to stay active and mentally stimulated. Residents may take part in art classes or enjoy an afternoon baking in the interactive kitchen. The Health and Wellness center offers on-site fitness and dance classes to keep the residents active and engaged, and seniors can join daily walking groups around the grounds. The RENEW Spa and Salon offers the highest quality wellness services to keep residents looking and feeling their best at all times.
Reviewers are impressed with the facility and the staff, with one relative saying "I have spoken to the staff and I have seen photos and it's .... an amazing place! ... I highly recommend it."