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 Syracuse’s senior population continues to grow (11.73% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Syracuse, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 13.93% between 2014 and 2019. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 5.06%, 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 (4.03% in Syracuse 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 Syracuse. 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 Syracuse, 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:
Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing is located in picturesque Syracuse, NY, just a mile outside of downtown and is close to St. Joseph's Hospital, Highland Park and Onondaga Lake Park, as well as art galleries, restaurants and shops. The rehabilitation and memory care community offers a suite with 2,400 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities including physical therapy activities and spacious living areas. Memory care residents receive personalized care available around the clock, with staff experienced in Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory disorders. Their rooms have warm lighting and modern decor to help residents feel more at ease in their new home. There is a bright and welcoming lobby with a coffee shop and casual gathering areas nearby. Residents can get lots of fresh air with a spacious courtyard with benches and a walking path.
Residents and their families are pleased with the attentive staff and wide range of support services. "It's a great place. My family member loved it - the care was great and the food was excellent," one family member said.
Brookdale Bellevue is a care facility located in Syracuse, New York, offering quality memory care services. Staff members trained in dementia care work to meet each individual's needs, implementing personalized care plans based on assessments. To ensure that every resident maintains physical and cognitive wellness, Brookdale Bellevue provides at least six programs every day that keep residents active. These include mental workouts where residents participate in brain games and share life stories, as well as physical activities such as dancing and walking programs. Residents are encouraged to share their achievements with family members, periodically sending personal notes through the "We're Keeping Our Promise" program. Health services include medication monitoring, grooming assistance and assistance with daily living. Hospice care is also available.
Residents enjoy the activities and kind staff. One relative writes, "They have very good food, the rooms are a good size and people are friendly and very helpful. They do a lot of different things, like bingo, singalongs, movie nights and popcorn, and have entertainment come in, like singers and comedians."
Occupying a peaceful residential neighborhood, Brookdale Fayetteville focuses exclusively on memory care, using a person-focused approach to encourage natural abilities and preferences. The welcoming environment features easy-to-navigate floor plans, abundant natural light and walls painted in soothing colors. Exterior doors are secured day and night, while doorbells monitor who comes and goes for added protection. The trained staff is on-site 24/7 to assist with everyday living, from bathing and grooming to medication management and care coordination. Staff receive ongoing training on the latest memory care methods, so residents receive the highest level of support. Daily programs allow seniors to explore their interests, with enriching activities including exercise classes, puzzles, games and singalongs, while enclosed courtyards and gardens offer space to relax. Flavorful meals include an assortment of entrées and sides to accommodate dietary needs.
Visiting family members praise the caring staff. "They had everything that we needed for Mom, and since she has been there, everybody has been fantastic in regards to Mom's care," one relative says. "Everybody has been extremely communicative, wonderful, and they're watching over my mother...They are absolutely terrific. They're the best."
Surrounded by a spacious green yard, Camillus Ridge Terrace is a relaxed retirement community in a quiet setting. With only 12 beds, its memory care neighborhood is cozy and intimate, allowing residents and caregivers to form strong friendships. As well as individualized care from professional staff, residents have access to a private enclosed courtyard, a sun room and a comfortable country kitchen. A variety of group activities, including arts and crafts, baking, day trips and bird watching, are designed to keep seniors entertained and alert. A rotation of chef-prepared meals entertain the senses and inspire nostalgia, and snacks are available throughout the day.
Seniors appreciate the caring staff. "They have music pretty much every day, which I know makes my mom happy. They have movie nights. In terms of the general atmosphere, everything is clean, neat, tidy and welcoming. The staff seems attentive. My mom has been there for a month and they all know her by name," said a family member.
Located just northwest of Syracuse in upstate New York, Elderwood at Liverpool is a senior community that offers assisted living, independent living and memory care. Through personalized programming based on each individual's unique needs, Elderwood aims to preserve a high quality of life for residents with memory loss conditions. The special programs include fitness sessions and tasks to challenge motor skills, art and music therapies to encourage communication, and cognitive exercises to reduce agitation and anxiety. Community residents are divided into groups based on their capabilities, providing opportunities to socialize with fellow seniors in similar situations. Those suffering from dementia conditions that make them feel overwhelmed have access to a sensory balance program led by a trained therapist.
Residents enjoy the activities and care. One relative writes, "My Dad resides at Elderwood ... His level of personal care is very good and they actually have activities specific for just the gentlemen, like bocce and horseshoes. He appreciates that."
Keepsake Village at Greenpoint is a senior living community that meets the needs of seniors with memory loss disorders. The community uses the Live More, Think More and Move More programs to offer memory care services. In the Live More program, staff members, who are available 24/7, get to know the residents as friends through regular chats about their childhood memories, families, culture, traditions and hobbies. The Think More program challenges and improves the cognitive abilities of residents through regular mental activities and discussions. The Move More program offers fitness through walking clubs, chair yoga, dancing and tai chi. A consistent daily schedule is followed to limit confusion.
Family members praise the caring staff and welcoming atmosphere, with one reviewer saying, "I recently put my father in the memory care at Keepsake... He is doing fantastic and loves it there. The staff has been wonderful...Thank you Keepsake Village for making my father feel like one of the family and at home."
For seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia, Park Terrace at Radisson offers a memory care program centered around residents' personal interests that fosters a sense of meaning, purpose and success. Highly trained staff run an intimate program designed specifically for residents with cognitive impairment. Upon admission to the community, staff develop an individualized care plan for each senior, which is updated periodically. Residents receive 24-hour care and have access to emergency response systems. Activities include exercise classes, entertainment, computer classes, contests and movies. Visiting nursing, physical and occupational therapy services are available, and support groups are on site.
People love the facilities at Park Terrace at Radisson. One reviewer writes, "My mother went to Park Terrace at Radisson. It's been excellent. I would speak very highly of them. They have a lot of activities. They have a lot of living areas for people to do activities in. There's a library facility that comes in. They have a book club, a walking club, they do exercises every morning, they have a beautiful terrace outside to sit on, and they have ice cream socials and happy hours every Friday. The food is excellent. I've been very impressed with the facilities."
Peregrine Senior Living at Onondaga Hill offers memory care in peaceful surroundings southwest of Syracuse. Conveniences such as shopping and dining are nearby, and the Upstate Medical Center is located less than 2 miles away. All staff are trained in dementia care techniques and are available 24/7 to provide care and assistance, including with the activities of daily living and medication management. The community offers several signature memory care programs, including writing legacy stories, creating personalized memory boxes, educational lectures and music therapy. Residents can participate in a wide variety of social, recreational and educational activities, including art classes, brainteasers, games and exercise classes. The pet-friendly, single-story community features numerous common areas and expansive grounds with enclosed courtyards. Additional amenities include an on-site beauty parlor, ice cream and soda shop and country chapel. Meals, housekeeping and transportation services are provided.
Reviewers are impressed by the caring and professional staff. One writes, "I absolutely love this place. Every time I visit I find new things to love. I know no institution is perfect in every way — it's not run by Mary Poppins — but is run by a team of folks focused on making the best life possible available and achievable for the residents.”
Peregrine Senior Living at The Athenaeum of Skaneateles, located in Syracuse, New York, is an assisted living facility offering memory care services. Through personalized support and life-enrichment activities, residents maintain both physical and cognitive health. Special memory care activities, such as trivia games and music therapy, are designed to encourage communication and keep the mind active. Activities also include multisensory events such as exercise classes, group outings and fun with pets. With the help of a staff member, each resident completes a personal biography that helps ignite old memories and keeps a record of their daily life. The staff consists of trained caregivers who are accessible 24/7 and provide health services such as nutrition monitoring and medication management. Rehabilitation services, physicians and podiatrists are available on-site.
The homelike environment makes The Athenaeum stand out. One visitor writes, "The Athenaeum of Skaneateles is beautiful. ... It's more like living at your house. It's very clean. ... The dining area was beautiful and overlooked Skaneateles Lake."
The Heritage Memory Life Community is one of New York’s oldest homes specializing in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Cascading lawns with courtyards and patios surround the beautiful historical building, providing a serene and secure setting for seniors to socialize. The community has two main types of care: the assisted living program and enriching program. Staff assist with medication management, scheduling external appointments and housekeeping, ensuring seniors live a stress-free life. Assisted living residents benefit from additional care such as diabetes monitoring, help with navigating the grounds, oxygen therapy and toileting assistance. On-site is a hair salon, pharmacy, chapel and numerous common areas where residents can socialize with family members. Seniors can also enjoy scheduled outings to the many museums, theaters and other landmarks in the neighborhood.
Residents remark on the great facilities, with one person saying, "The staff here is incredible. Low turnover rate of management and care staff. Great communication with families from care managers and a quality of life director. Beautiful old building with a full chapel and nice sided apartments. Small dining and living areas suited well for those with Alzheimer's."
Surrounded by trees, The Nottingham provides a peaceful home to those living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Staff are on-site around the clock attending to the needs of residents, helping them with the activities of daily living and managing their medications. The residents have access to a 24/7 emergency alert system so if they need help, it arrives quickly. The memory care program run by The Nottingham focuses on the memory and communication skills of seniors, while also helping them relax and feel proud of their wins. It stimulates the senses of seniors by having them engage in activities that they enjoy but that can challenge them and make them use their cognitive abilities. A full chapel and spiritual care service are available.
They've taken very good care of my mother... They have a variety of activities available for the residents. It's a community that you can start off in an apartment and as you require care, you can receive that care all the way up through skilled nursing, which... I thought it was very important, writes one resident's family member.