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 Memphis’s senior population continues to grow (15.95% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Memphis, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 44.38% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 7.87%, 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 (8.04% in Memphis 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 Memphis. 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 Memphis, 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:
The Apple Grove Alzheimer's and Dementia Residence fuses peaceful nature with the comforts of home for seniors and family members. Located on five acres of pastoral landscape complete with a barn and lake, residents are invited to stimulate the mind and body along the nature pathways or in the raised garden areas. Inside the facility, seniors find all the coziness and amenities of home in thoughtfully decorated shared spaces, as well as a beauty parlor and kitchen, where residents can enjoy supervised cooking activities. Along with supporting resident independence, the facility offers well-planned safety measures, including 24-hour webcam viewing for families, bedroom checks every two hours, in-room sensors to prevent nighttime falls and security-camera monitoring of the courtyard area. This all inclusive community also offers Art Therapy to their residents and Adult Day Center participants. Notably, Apple Grove Senior Living is the only residential community in the Mid-South offering a licensed Adult Day Center.
The variety of mentally and physically enriching activities is a major benefit of Apple Grove for residents and their family members. As one online reviewer writes, "The facility includes vast gardens, large activity and movie rooms and my favorite, the screened in deck with lake view." For others, Apple Grove's engaged and proficient staff has provided necessary peace of mind when selecting a day care or 24-hour care facility.
Ave Maria Home is a Catholic long-term care community near St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett, with quick access to downtown Bartlett and neighboring Memphis. While the facility largely provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation, it has a small, dedicated memory care neighborhood. St. Luke Cottage houses Ave Maria Home's specialized dementia unit, which has 15 memory care studio units with a homelike setting. The levels of care are classified into interactive living, assisted living and enhanced care to appropriately cater to seniors with early to midstage Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Stimulating activities include music, reading, bingo and card games to support cognitive well-being, while regular walks and sitting exercises help memory care residents stay physically active. Pet therapy is also offered for relaxing animal companionship.
Loved ones commend the quality of care in Ave Maria Home. As one writes, “The care and love that our family received was unsurpassed. We felt that she was safe and well cared for ... As her illness progressed, the excellent level of care continued. We felt totally confident that all of her needs were met by skilled and caring nurses and staff members."
Belmont Village Senior Living’s Memphis location is set in the popular Germantown residential area, putting seniors in close proximity to shopping, dining and world-class medical facilities. Assisted living residents enjoy access to Belmont’s signature life-enrichment programs such as the Whole Brain Fitness Lifestyle. This holistic, self-directed program for mind-body awareness includes targeted physical and mental workouts, creative and spiritual activities and brain-nourishing foods. Seniors experiencing mild cognitive impairment and early-stage memory loss participate in the evidence-based Circle of Friends program, which provides a structured set of activities and exercises performed in small groups. Those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia who require a higher level of care reside in a special neighborhood, where Belmont’s person-centered therapeutic programs are adapted to each resident’s strengths and abilities.
For family members who have placed loved ones here, knowing they are happy and content is deeply reassuring. One daughter wrote, “My mother has been a resident at Belmont Village for almost five years. There is no doubt that her experience there has added years to her life. She has been tremendously well taken care of by the administrative staff, the medical staff, the Pals and the food-service personnel.”
Sprawled across 60 acres in southeastern Memphis, Kirby Pines provides seniors with a continuum of care in a country-club setting. The gated campus offers an indoor pool and fitness center, biking and hiking trails, a large stocked fishing lake and a 350-seat performing arts theater. Four full-service beauty salons and four specialty dining rooms cater to the large population. Residents have a wide array of accommodation choices, ranging from studio apartments to single-family garden homes. A physician and registered nurse are on campus full time, and the skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services ensure that those who choose the LifeCare plan remain at Kirby Pines as their medical needs change. Seniors requiring memory care live in the Job’s Way Residence where highly trained dementia care professionals create a warm, welcoming and secure environment. The Memphis Business Journal has continuously voted this nonprofit facility the city's best retirement community.
Family members appreciate this five-star CCRC with its gated security and friendly staff. One wrote, “The facility is clean and welcoming. My grandma is happy to live there. Her day is planned, but she has enough free time to do things that she wants to do. The food is surprisingly good!”
Legacy Assisted Living and Memory Care at Lenox Park is a Memphis senior care community offering independent living, assisted living and memory care. The pet-friendly facility provides personalized activities, wellness plans and a variety of on-site amenities, including a beauty salon, outdoor patios, comfortable shared living areas and a restaurant-style dining hall that hosts three healthy meals daily. Dementia-trained staff members in the memory care unit organize physically stimulating and therapeutic activities, such as puzzles, dancing and live music. Transportation is available for errands and medical appointments.
Visitors remark on the facility’s attractive rooms, satisfied residents and attentive, friendly staff. One reviewer says, “The rooms at Legacy Assisted Living were nice. They had a little patio in the back, a living room, a bedroom with a bathroom and a little kitchen. … The staff was very nice, cordial and helpful. A few residents we spoke with were happy and seemed to enjoy living there.”
Heritage at Irene Woods is an award-winning, full-service Rose Senior Living community located in Memphis’ Lakes of Forest Hill area between Germantown and Collierville. Seniors residing in the Terrace independent living and Arbor assisted living neighborhoods enjoy country club-style luxury amenities on the expansive campus, including a movie theater, spa, club lounge and chapel. Pet-friendly apartments in 18 floor plans feature decorator touches and private decks, and residents dine in three freestanding venues. Those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss participate in the Heritage Reflections Memory Care program, which utilizes innovative therapies to help preserve cognitive abilities. These include music therapy, a structured Reminisce group that supports long-term memory recollection and massage therapy to promote relaxation. The secure memory care community contains a lovely garden area with a patio and gazebo, letting residents wander safely while being supervised.
The helpful, friendly staff and beautifully appointed, clean facility delight family members. One daughter commented, “My mom has been at Heritage for almost two years. She’s happy, has friends, loves the food and participates in many activities. I have to schedule when I visit because she is always out and about having fun!”
The Pointe at Kirby Gate is an intimate assisted living and memory care community located near three major hospitals and a multitude of cultural, retail and dining opportunities in bustling downtown Memphis. Assisted living residents may enroll in Brain Health University, the community’s award-winning program that promotes a brain-healthy lifestyle through a stimulating and engaging 30-course curriculum. Legacy Court offers residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease a high level of personalized care through the Embrace program. Each resident receives an individualized care plan tailored to his or her unique abilities and interests that fosters joy and encourages community engagement. Small-group programs include the Thymeless Garden, the Bookmarks reading program and Essence, an award-winning sensory-stimulation program based on aromatherapy principles. Created specifically for memory care residents, Essence improves muscle and joint movement while reducing anxiety and depression.
The helpfulness and professionalism of the staff and the cozy, well-maintained facility put family members at ease. “The small family-like environment provided the comfort and care much needed by my mom after the death of my dad, her 67-year companion. Through every transition of declining health, the staff attentively provided what mom needed until her passing,” one daughter shared.
Trezevant Terrace is a faith-based senior living facility in Memphis, Tennessee, that offers a sense of family and community. Part of Trezevant Manor, residents have access to a number of amenities, including an on-site post office, computer center, a beauty and barber shop, activities rooms and an aquatic center. The facility offers a full calendar of daily activities, such as a coffee club, aerobics, happy hours, movies and worship services as well as planned social events both inside and outside the community. When in need of some down time, residents can enjoy fresh air on the garden patios or socialize at the café. The community is private and gated with secure outdoor areas to give family members peace of mind, and trained staff members are on-site to provide assistance with daily living tasks, regular housekeeping and laundry. Residents are served three meals each day, and scheduled transportation services are available to take residents for outings, errands and medical appointments.
The community is highly regarded for its warm and inviting atmosphere. One reviewer shares, "Trezevant Manor is a beautiful retirement community. The staff have been very friendly and helpful every time I have visited. The decor is tastefully appointed, and the atmosphere is energetic and happy."