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 New York’s senior population continues to grow (16.21% growth between 2013 and 2018), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In New York, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose by 46.59% between 2013 and 2018. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 5.14%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (5.02% in New York 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 New York. 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 New York, 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:
80th Street Residence has provided senior memory care services since 1999. The community's staff members are specially trained in dementia care and provide personalized services for residents suffering from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease and Lewy Body's disease. 24/7 nurses and caregivers attend to all of the daily living needs of residents, including personal care and medication management. Residents gather at the secured penthouse garden and residence garden for communal events, and two private dining rooms are available for takeout meals or special sit-down community and family meals. The community's therapeutic recreation program includes live music performances, resident volunteer opportunities, culinary programs and trips to local New York City operas and museums.
Family members say that 80th Street Residence is a caring and contemporary environment for their loved ones. One states, "My Mom had been a resident there and not a day or night went by that I wasn't thankful and reassured by the respectful care the staff rendered, the safety of the facility and their unique understanding of this special population. Many of the staff members have worked in the facility for years, and became my extended family."
Atria Riverdale is a luxurious community with amenities that contribute to a high quality of living for residents. Chauffeured car service, a full-service restaurant and an on-site beauty salon and barbershop are just a few of the amenities provided to residents. Class options include watercolor painting and tai chi. Residents can also enjoy off-site group outings. Memory care residents live in the community's Life Guidance neighborhood, which offers enhanced security, personalized care options and programs designed to underscore memory and cognitive skills. Living and communal spaces in Life Guidance are also designed for ease of access.
Reviews discuss the community's amenities, services and range of activities. Quality of care is also emphasized, with a family member noting, "My mother-in-law, age 97, has been a resident of the Atria Riverdale for 3 1/2 years. During this time, we have been very pleased with the quality of care and commitment to the well being of the residents…”
Fox Trail Memory Care Living at Cresskill provides memory care and assistance with the activities of daily living for its residents in a homelike environment. The memory care includes engagement for positive cognitive support and strengthening activities for walking and balance issues related to dementia and Alzheimer's. The community also offers 24/7 monitoring to ensure resident security and a variety of enriching activities including tea parties, bingo and karaoke. Unique care programs and engaging activities provide residents with thorough care and exciting opportunities to grow in a comfortable setting.
Residents and their families love the caring staff at Fox Trail Memory Care Living at Cresskill. One said, "My father has been living at Fox Trail, in Cresskill, New Jersey... The staff is very caring and patient considering the circumstances. ... They are so careful about scheduling appointments for visiting. ... The entire staff is very dedicated to their residents, which I really appreciate."
Fox Trail Memory Care Living at Paramus is conveniently located just 22 miles from New York City. The staff in this community receive ongoing training in the latest methods of assisting seniors with cognitive impairment disorders to live a life filled with purpose and joy. A 24/7 security system ensures the safety of residents and allows them the freedom to walk around the landscaped gardens whenever they want to. Three home cooked meals and three snacks are served on a daily basis and special diets can be accommodated. Activities are scheduled throughout the day for the mental and physical growth of residents. Some of the activities offered include arts and crafts, musical entertainment, <em>brain</em> games, puzzles and gentle fitness classes. The team of caregiving associates is always on hand to provide assistance and companionship as required. This community is pet-friendly.
Family members praise the excellent staff and range of activities offered, with one saying, "The staff is very friendly. There is a lot of activities. Every time I walk into the facility, all of the residents are attending an activity. The staff seems to really care."
Harmony Village at CareOne Paramus provides specialized memory care in a serene, verdant area of Paramus, New Jersey. With easy access to various shopping centers and restaurants, residents will have the chance to experience the dynamic community of Paramus while receiving the treatment they need. The team of experts at Harmony Village is dedicated to the health and well-being of each resident. By working closely with residents and their families, the caregivers develop a personalized care plan that enables all residents to reach their personal goals. Patients also have the opportunity to benefit from on-site physician care and 24/7 access to skilled nurses. In addition, Harmony Village at CareOne Paramus has restaurant-style dining, lush courtyards and spacious rooms for events and activities to help ensure that each resident feels welcome.
Residents love Harmony Village at CareOne Paramus for its knowledgeable and caring staff that works hard to keep all of its residents safe, happy and healthy. One noted, "The care and knowledge of Harmony's caregivers is outstanding. ... Your dedication and kindness is definitely appreciated!"
Sunrise at 56th East is designed to give residents a comfortable, upper-class style of memory care. The memory care program is developed as an Individualized Service Plan and focuses on each residents' personal needs. The community also has voice assistance devices, hearing assistance, eHealth records and a resident safety system. Located in the heart of Manhattan, this community offers enriching activities to help residents maintain a sense of luxury and ease during a difficult transitional period. These activities include TED talk viewings, cultural outings, daily walks and meditation groups. Sunrise at 56th East also places a unique emphasis on holistic dining, providing a well-balanced menu created by their executive chef. This community offers a rich living experience with thorough care and deluxe amenities.
Residents and their families love the high-end atmosphere of Sunrise at 56th East, which includes up-to-date age-assistance technology. Residents at this community also appreciate the detailed care they receive while maintaining a luxurious lifestyle.
Sunrise at Fleetwood, an award-winning senior living community, is located in a serene residential neighborhood close to hospitals and public transportation. It provides long-term care for seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia at its dedicated Reminiscence memory care neighborhood. Common areas are thoughtfully designed to support easy navigation while encouraging social interaction. The spacious, secure outdoor areas offer safe places for recreation, and reflection rooms are equipped with soothing elements that promote relaxation. Each resident is assigned a life enrichment manager, who creates a personalized care plan based on the resident’s unique interests, abilities and past experiences. With the use of Validation Method techniques, such as making genuine eye contact and asking open-ended questions, the Reminiscence team is able to provide dignified care and communicate with empathy.
Reviewers like the family-like atmosphere and the community layout. Family members are impressed with the friendly, accommodating staff. One describes a loved one’s experience, saying, "The staff made every effort to engage her and make her feel she was part of a community. In fact, she felt so welcome, she thought the staff and residents were her relatives.”
Situated amid a host of city amenities, Sunrise of Crestwood provides residents with plenty of amenities and options for engagement. The community is laid out in a way that encourages social interaction and provides spacious living quarters. Services include weekly laundry and housekeeping as well as monthly wellness check-ins. Memory care residents live in Reminiscence, a specially designed neighborhood that offers a secure environment for those with memory and cognitive conditions. The programming for memory care residents not only reinforces existing skills but also helps build new ones.
Reviewers appreciate the diverse amenities available at Sunrise of Crestwood along with the caring staff and clean living spaces. One notes, "Everything has been great at Sunrise of Crestwood for my in-laws. The staff is very caring, and they accommodated our wishes to best that they could. They seemed to be having excellent care there."
Located in leafy surrounds, Sunrise of New City provides memory care services to those dealing with Alzheimer's and related conditions. Staff are available 24/7, helping residents with their ADLs and medication management. Physical and occupational therapy is available to those who require it. Care plans are designed in consultation with residents and staff, ensuring it is individually suited to the senior. The Reminiscence Memory Care Program is available, and involves a specially built neighborhood full of opportunities to socialize and work on memory care activities. Sunrise of New City offers a special program, The View, tailored to the visually impaired. To retain connection with the community, social activities with the Boy Scouts, Hebrew School and day care centers are regularly held, giving the residents an opportunity to engage and pass on knowledge. Pets are allowed to be kept in the community.
Residents and their families love the amenities, with one writing, "From the moment I walked in, it felt like home and had such an upbeat vibe. It’s simple, the staff genuinely care, the care plan they put together for my dad is perfectly suited to his needs and it is beautiful and super clean."
Sunrise of Old Tappan takes a person-centered approach to long-term senior care and provides a comfortable, secure living environment with trained staff available around the clock. Residents enjoy restaurant-style dining with menus featuring nutritious meals cooked from scratch using local seasonal ingredients. Regular community activities include group outings, music therapy, exercise classes, and gardening. For seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss, the community has specially designed Reminiscence suites near dining areas and recreational rooms for easier navigation and opportunities for social interaction. Additionally, a designated life enrichment manager learns each resident's talents, preferences, abilities and life experiences before creating a memory-focused activity program designed to reinforce personal identity. Sunrise of Old Tappan uses an electronic health record system that facilitates coordination with external health care providers and ensures residents receive consistent care from all staff.
Relatives praise the community's friendly care staff, cleanliness, spacious rooms, and engaging activities. One says, "My mom has lived at Sunrise OT for 2 years. The care staff is amazing and my mom loves the activities." Another adds, "The staff is very helpful, the rooms are really nice, and all the public areas are clean."
The Fountains at RiverVue is situated within view of the Bronx River and within walking distance of the Tuckahoe Public Library, and residents are a short drive away from local doctors and banks. Trained staff work alongside memory care residents to keep them as active and independent as possible and associates are trained and certified memory care experts. The community is designed to form neighborhoods to allow meaningful interactions with others while keeping residents safe. Residents enjoy access to fitness classes, arts and crafts and game nights, while regular outings include trips to local attractions and classes at Watermark University. The local kitchen serves up three meals per day, along with nutritious snacks and gourmet bites, plus a personal pantry program to include resident favorites.
Relatives appreciate when their loved ones are taken care of. One writes, "The Fountains has become a wonderful home for my mother. She loves the comfort and privacy of her own apartment, has made good friends and feels safe and secure. The Fountains staff sees to all of this, with a diverse offering of outside and in-house activities and such daily support services as she requires."
United Hebrew's Nightingale Neighborhood offers unique memory care services with highly trained dementia care specialists. The community has 24/7 clinical services for those residents who require more consistent medical care. It also provides a variety of stimulating activities, including music therapy, art classes, and pet and exercise therapy to help residents expand their interests during a difficult transitional period. This secure memory care community provides thorough care in an enriching environment with an emphasis on establishing comfortable routines.
Residents and their families love the care and home-like environment at United Hebrew's Nightingale Neighborhood. One says, "I cannot say enough wonderful things about United Hebrew of New Rochelle. The care of the nursing staff, the medical staff, the physical therapy department and everyone in between is caring, compassionate and highly skilled. I am happy to say United Hebrew of New Rochelle is an extraordinary place for geriatric care."