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 Newark’s senior population continues to grow (13.14% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Newark, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 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 5.9%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is slightly lower than the rest of the nation (4.28% in Newark 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 Newark. 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 Newark, 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:
Arbor Terrace Roseland combines personalized care with purposeful activities and luxurious amenities to create a lifestyle of comfort for seniors. The community has a senior-friendly design, with resort-style living rooms, spacious and private accommodations and lovely landscaped grounds. For those living with cognitive conditions, the Evergreen memory care neighborhood serves as a secure, peaceful home with experienced caregivers providing around-the-clock support. The team is supervised by a registered nurse, and individual care plans are tailored to unique needs. Engaging programs help foster meaningful connections and improve overall wellness, with residents participating in exercise classes, sensory experiences and off-site trips. Families are welcome to join loved ones in planned events. The award-winning Dining with Dignity program provides nutritious meals in manageable servings for those with special needs.
Residents’ loved ones express satisfaction with the staff’s competence and care. One says, "Arbor Terrace has literally been a lifesaver for our aunt. It is very homey and the care given by the staff is phenomenal. Everyone working on the Memory Care Unit has a vast understanding of dementia in every stage. … The team is loving, compassionate and they always go above and beyond for all of us.”
Atria Cranford is a senior living community that offers memory care, assisted living, independent living and respite care services. As a part of Atria's Life Guidance memory care program, residents participate in physical activity and social engagement, receive individualized care, and enjoy thoughtfully designed spaces as a way for them to age comfortably while living with dementia-related cognitive conditions. Atria Cranford also provides residents with global cuisine selections, housekeeping and laundry services, 24/7 staff monitoring and an emergency alert system. Residents can enjoy a variety of activities, including lectures from visiting speakers, bingo nights, fitness walks and roundtable discussions on current events.
Residents and their families love the compassionate care at Atria Cranford. "Our mom lived at the Atria for more than three years," one family member reports. "The Atria became home to mom as well as my entire family. We were welcomed at any time ... The Atria helped our mom and family through a difficult time in all of our lives."
Brandywine Living at Livingston is driven by its mission of providing quality care while upholding residents’ individuality, independence and dignity. Seniors dealing with cognitive issues can find safety and comfort in the community’s Reflections memory care program provided in a friendly, stimulating environment. The care team includes licensed nurses, who are available on-site all day and all night to provide individual assessments, health monitoring and coordination of health care services with professional medical providers. Wellness programs focus on enhancing strength, mobility and confidence, with residents benefitting from supervised exercises and physical and occupational therapy. Brandywine’s Music is Magic program helps relax moods and manage behaviors, and the Connections program welcomes family members to monthly community events. The community partners with Saint Barnabas Medical Center for rehabilitative therapy, primary health care and health and wellness education.
Reviewers feel the sincerity of the staff and note they treat residents like families. "When Mom needed to be hospitalized, they made sure it was done right. When mom needed to be transferred from Assisted Living to Memory care, we did it in a step-by-step process so that she welcomed the change with open arms,” states one family member.
Brighton Gardens of West Orange offers a range of senior living options matched with modern amenities and a friendly environment. The community’s Reminiscence neighborhood is home to seniors with memory-related conditions. It's designed with special lighting and soothing elements and color schemes as well as secure, unobstructed outdoor spaces to support safe navigation and independence. Activity rooms provide space for recreational activities, and visiting school children help elevate residents’ enthusiasm. Daily activities focus on physical and cognitive wellness, and families can virtually access community events and programs through Sunrise’s family engagement app. Life enrichment managers are assigned to each resident, providing the assurance of personalized support using evidence-based dementia care techniques. With a full understanding of challenging behaviors, such as confusion, isolation and difficulty with tasks, caregivers are able to provide the needed dignified support.
Families feel assured with the secure surroundings and communicative staff. "My uncle moved into Brighton Gardens of West Orange. They've been very good. After settling in we have established a line of communication, and they've been willing to work with us and keep us informed if he has medical issues. I think he's as happy as he can be,” says a resident’s loved one.
A resort-style community with deluxe amenities, Brightview Paramus provides award-winning care in a lively, upscale environment. With independent, assisted living and memory care options available, residents can select the level suited to their needs, with staff available 24 hours a day. Wellspring Village is a secure, specially designed neighborhood for residents living with memory loss and is staffed by highly trained nurses and caregivers. Using a personalized approach, they get to know seniors’ distinct needs while offering assistance with bathing, dressing and medication. Through hands-on, specialized care, they guide residents through a full schedule of engaging activities tailored around their unique interests, and Mind & Music programming helps bring joy to every day. The environment features comfortable common spaces and indoor/outdoor activity areas to encourage socialization. Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a library, an art studio, a full-service beauty salon, a cafe, a pub and chef-prepared dining.
Loved ones like the staff and activities. One says, "The facilities are amazing, staff lovely and caring, and there are doctors/nurses on site to address all my elderly mother's assisted living needs. The facility also offers happy hour daily and many activities as well as transportation to church on Sundays which makes my mother very happy."
Located less than 10 miles northwest of Newark, Brookdale West Orange provides memory care and assisted living for seniors. The community is located right next to Essex County Country Club, and conveniences such as shopping, dining and medical care are all located nearby. On-site, amenities are plentiful and include a beauty salon, library, theater and game room, along with inviting outdoor spaces. Services such as transportation, meals, housekeeping and delivery of personal care goods are provided. Memory care residents have access to a dementia-friendly dining menu that makes meal time stress-free. The community’s signature Clare Bridge approach works to give memory care residents a sense of purpose and belonging; the carefully structured programming includes cognitive workouts and physical fitness programs that help maintain and improve seniors’ mental abilities and skills. Trained staff is available 24/7 to provide personalized care.
Residents and family members appreciate the caring staff. One reviewer writes, "All of the staff are caring, helpful and pleasant people … I am very content here and willing to spend the rest of my senior years at Brookdale.” Adds another, "[T]he staff is genuinely warm and caring in their approach to residents and family members in my experience.”
CareOne at Wayne's Harmony Village caters to seniors living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The community's resident memory care services include on-site physician care as well as around-the-clock personal care and medication management services from certified dementia practitioners. The staff also oversees numerous sensory stimulation and specialized activities programs designed especially to help residents feel safe, secure and fulfilled with their day-to-day lives. Lush, secure outdoor courtyards let residents enjoy nature as desired, and three daily restaurant-style meals, with full table services, allow residents to socialize with other community members. CareOne also provides on-site physical and occupational resident appointments.
Family members are grateful for the high level of attention residents receive in this community. One says, "My dad was taking to this center from a different one. Let me tell you thank God they did. My dad and my sisters love this place. They are very welcoming they take care of my dad like you wouldn't believe."
Fox Trail Memory Care Living at Paramus offers specialized memory care to seniors in the quiet, friendly community of Paramus, New Jersey. Residents living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s receive personalized care for their specific needs. The caring and dedicated staff provides positive cognitive support to keep residents mentally stimulated, and strengthening activities improve seniors' walking and balance. Residents can feel safe thanks to 24/7 security with a high staff-to-resident ratio, and non-pharmaceutical interventions help seniors find the support they need without increasing their meds. Amenities include housekeeping, three planned meals and snacks a day, a garden, a community kitchen, internet access, walking paths and local transportation.
Fox Trail Memory Care Living at Paramus stands out to residents for its exceptional care. As one reviewer states, "The staff is very friendly. There is a lot of activities. Every time I walk in the facility, all of the residents are attending an activity. The staff seems to really care.”
In existence since 1897, Hudson Hills Senior Living has a long history of enabling seniors to live a high-quality lifestyle in dignity as they age in place. The community's homelike, modern environment offers personalized assistance for daily care activities provided by compassionate team members. Residents living with Alzheimer's and dementia live in the community's Reminiscence neighborhood, where daily programs preserve each individual's current strengths and dignity. Residents can enjoy multi-sensory experiences, exercise, group activities, outings and interactions with visiting children and pets. The living accommodations for memory care residents are tastefully decorated and designed to allow seniors to live as independently as possible. Secured, landscaped walking paths and gardens provide a beautiful locale for seniors to exercise or relax outdoors.
Visitors to Hudson Hills Senior Living are impressed with this community's cleanliness, spacious accommodations, professional staff and the social activities available. They note the beautiful sun room and other common spaces for socializing or relaxing. One reviewer comments that the community has a "tremendous staff of professionals."
Juniper Village at Paramus provides round-the-clock senior memory care services in a homey environment about 8 miles west of upper Manhattan. Residents receive assistance with all aspects of daily living, including medication management, bathing, dining and dressing, and staff members regularly perform housekeeping, laundry and linen services for residents. The community's Wellspring memory care program is based upon a small house model, designed especially to support each senior's unique strengths and enhance their daily physical wellness and emotional well-being levels. Three home-style meals are served daily in the community dining room, accommodating special dietary concerns, including low-fat and low-salt diets.
Family members say this community is perfect for their loved ones. One says, "My dad is living in memory care. I liked this place better than the others because it was a little bigger and there was more room for my dad to really walk around. I feel that it's the best place for him."
Nestled in the heart of the Upper East Side, Sunrise at East 56th is an upscale community with easy access to New York City’s world-renowned restaurants, shops and cultural attractions. The community offers assisted living and memory care, and staff members work closely with every resident to develop an individualized service plan designed around their distinct needs and medical history. Seniors living with memory loss can have peace of mind in the secure Reminiscence Neighborhood, a spacious wing carefully designed for easy navigation, comfort and familiarity. Available around the clock, the specially trained team uses the latest empathy and evidence-based techniques to help residents live each day with purpose. Activities help them explore their interests, with cultural outings, guest lectures, fitness and wellness classes, and a theater on-site for live art and music. Amenities feature a fully equipped art studio, a fitness center and a beauty salon.
Residents love the community's convenient locale and personalized care approach. Located in central New York City, the community offers world-class amenities within walking distance, while individualized service plans ensure every resident receives care suitable for their unique needs and preferences. Seniors who need medical support or help with pre-existing conditions can have peace of mind.
An award-winning community, Sunrise at West Essex offers assisted living, memory care, respite stays and hospice coordination in a welcoming environment. With Mountainside, Barnabas and Chilton hospitals all conveniently located nearby, residents have access to extensive medical support. For those living with memory loss, the Reminiscence neighborhood is a secure, specially designed space that’s easy to navigate. Living and dining areas are next to resident suites, and activity areas are designated for art projects, crafts and cognitive programming. With training recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association, caregivers learn the latest evidence-based techniques, including validation therapy. Every apartment is equipped with an emergency response system, so staff is easy to reach for assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, mobility and medication 24 hours a day. Activities are personalized for every resident, with multisensory experiences, daily exercise, visits with children and outings to cultural attractions.
Visiting loved ones like the community ambiance and activities. "They have movies, casino nights, and they go shopping,” says one relative. "They have an outside vendor that comes in … They have yoga, some sort of exercise, so it really seems like it's very good. Overall, it just gave a sense of being at home.”
Sunrise of Edgewater creates an active living atmosphere in its community, emphasizing enough special interest hobbies and clubs to attract residents from all backgrounds and experiences. From walking clubs to music therapy and arts classes, there is something from which to pick for just about every interest. The memory care program is delivered through the Reminiscence segment of the community. This approach uses validation therapy, which enhances communication between staff and residents. It also ensures that each staff member conveys empathy when working with residents dealing with various cognitive conditions. Memory care activities consist of brain games, puzzles and inclusion in other community amenities and programs. The community is also pet friendly, and residents can bring their furry friends with them upon move-in.
Residents and their loved ones point out the activities that keep residents engaged as well as the focus on family inclusion to keep residents connected. One writes, "We had a good experience with Sunrise. It was very clean, well maintained...The staff was very friendly, and accommodating. My father was comfortable there."
Sunrise of Paramus is a close-knit community designed with senior mobility in mind. Pairing quality care with deluxe amenities and an extensive activity calendar, residents can feel right at home. The Reminiscence neighborhood, designated for residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, is staffed by a highly trained team of experienced caregivers. Available 24 hours a day, they learn the latest research-based techniques approved by the Alzheimer’s Association. To provide personalized care, they get to know every resident’s distinct needs, preferences and personality. With living and dining areas next to resident suites and softly lit reflection rooms, a sunroom, a media room and a bistro in close proximity, the environment is easy to navigate. Activities are designed around residents' interests, so they can enjoy a wide range of lively art classes, fitness programs, educational seminars, puzzles, crafts and outings into the local community.
Visitors like the community's homelike ambiance and kind staff. "Sunrise of Paramus was a nice and very homey place," says one recent visitor. "The people are very inviting and it's very clean. The staff was everywhere because they had enough staff members to do whatever they were doing. ... They were very accommodating and nice."
Sunrise of Staten Island is a vibrant community with plenty of amenities to keep residents engaged in various interests and social pursuits. Residents have access to a family engagement app, which provides a way to maintain connections with family members. Memory care services are delivered through the Reminiscence program, which uses validation therapy to provide assistance to residents. This therapeutic approach uses direct eye contact, rephrasing in communication and emotion matching to aid in communication with those dealing with memory conditions. Activities geared towards memory care residents include music therapy and brain boost games. The community is also physically designed to accommodate memory care residents, with common areas that are easily navigated with added layers of security.
Reviews of this community from residents and their loved ones note the welcoming ambience, high level of social interaction and numerous amenities offered. One writes, "Sunrise is...clean, and pretty nice. The service is great. So far Mom likes the food. The staff is pretty nice, and there are lots of activities, so she is pretty busy."
Sunrise of Wayne is set on a lovely, tree-lined property that's conveniently accessible to major transportation routes, shops and hospitals. The community's Reminiscence memory care program employs managers who are trained in validation therapy and other modern approaches used to enhance the lives of seniors with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Residents at Sunrise of Wayne are served three delicious home-cooked meals daily, prepared by professional chefs and based on nutritional needs, individual dietary requirements and seniors' personal preferences. Snacks and beverages are also available throughout the day. The community's impressive variety of programs and scheduled activities includes music therapy, outdoor and indoor gardening, exercise and brain-boosting games. The community also has a resident pet that lives on-site and provides seniors with companionship and encouragement of social interactions.
Relatives of Sunrise of Wayne residents speak highly of this community's warm, compassionate staff, good food, cheerful atmosphere and overall cleanliness. The variety of activities and amenities available to residents also impresses visitors. The spouse of one resident states, "My wife, an [Alzheimer's] patient, received the most tender, loving care that I have ever seen."
The Brielle at Seaview provides senior memory care services in a quiet, 10-acre community adjacent to the Greenbelt City of New York's flagship park on Staten Island. Trained to focus on the spiritual, physical, social and intellectual needs of their residents, staff members perform daily living needs tasks for seniors and engage them in agitation-reducing activities. Residents also take part in numerous memory-enhancing sessions throughout each week. Multi-denominational religious services are held on-site regularly. Both casual and upscale dining options give seniors the chance to socialize with other residents in several different settings throughout the grounds. The pet-friendly community is also equipped with a fitness center, a beauty salon, a lounge room and a card room.
Family members praise the accommodating staff at The Brielle at Seaview. One says, "My dad has been here a month. The staff is wonderful! Very accommodating! My dad is adjusting well and I’m so happy we found this place. I highly recommend it!"
The Chelsea at Clifton has an idyllic residential neighborhood setting on New Jersey Route 19 and is conveniently near St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in neighboring Paterson. Its elevated campus is enhanced with beautiful landscaping, and the modern three-level residential building offers an upscale homelike setting with tastefully designed interiors. Residents can relax and socialize in the fireside lounge, movie theater, activity room, bistro and library. Other welcoming amenities include a salon and convenience store. Nutritious, chef-prepared meals are planned with a licensed dietitian and tailored to the residents’ needs. Residents at The Country Cottage memory care neighborhood are supported by 24-hour specialized caregivers and a registered nurse in cooperation with a multidisciplinary care team of medical professionals and social workers. Aside from Chelsea’s in-house health and wellness programs, on-site physical, occupational and speech therapy services are available in partnership with FOX Rehabilitation.
Van Dyk Park Place has a serene location across from Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne, NJ. This family-owned senior community is a block from the Passaic County Arts Center and 4 miles from St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in neighboring Paterson. Each common area in this modern, three-level residential complex features a distinct, elegant, traditional style. There are two central courtyards and multiple patios with vegetable gardens and barbecue areas. Other amenities include a physical therapy studio, a billiards hall, a boutique gift shop and a salon. Residents benefit from wellness visits by an on-call registered nurse. Medication administration, incontinence care, concierge service and unscheduled transportation services are available. The community’s Reflections neighborhood offers the Lighthouse program, which provides specialized support to memory care residents. This community shares a campus with Van Dyk Memory Care Center, which offers adult day programs for cognitively impaired nonresidents.
Families highly recommend Van Dyk Park Place. A loved one writes, "The people and the staff were all very warm, very friendly, and very compassionate. My mom's room setup was absolutely beautiful … They made themselves very open to doing FaceTime calls with her any time I wanted, and they're following through with her care, like her occupational and physical therapy.”