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 Westchester County’s senior population continues to grow (10.63% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Westchester County, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 30.29% between 2014 and 2019. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 2.17%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a serious concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (3.85% in Westchester County 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 Westchester County. 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.
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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 Westchester County, 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:
Set on a former horse ranch and surrounded by green space, Atria New Living offers memory care and assisted living services to clients across the New City region. Staff members assist residents with the activities of daily living. Residents are kept safe, as an emergency alert system is installed in each apartment, and the courtyards are secure. Atria encourages physical activity, as it lessens cognitive decline. Walking, stretching, weights and yoga are available for seniors. Atria New Living's approach to memory care prioritizes social connection, which helps residents stave off loneliness, and make connections. Life Guidance neighborhoods provide safe indoor and outdoor spaces, which gives residents independence while remaining safe.
Seniors enjoy the atmosphere and the space offered at the community, with a reviewer writing, "This community is set on a former horse ranch. The meadow adjacent can be viewed from some of the apartments. They will offer beautiful outdoor space and comfortable amenities. The team leasing this new community has years of experience with seniors, too!"
Atria Norwood is in a lush wooded neighborhood in Bergen County, New Jersey. This upscale community's curated modern decor is welcoming and soothing enough to make seniors feel at home. It offers memory care and assisted living services to residents, including personal care, 24-hour skilled nursing and housekeeping services. Atria Norwood's Life Guidance Alzheimer's and dementia care program emphasizes connection, health and fitness, creative expression and lifelong learning. Zumba, resistance training, Pilates, aromatherapy and music therapy are available to residents. The skillful chef and culinary staff create three meals daily that cater to residents' unique preferences, tastes and dietary requirements. The menu makes provisions for gluten-free, low-sodium, vegetarian and kosher diets. Residents eat in a restaurant-style dining room with full table service.
Visiting relatives applauded the comforting atmosphere and compassionate staff. One family member says of their mom, "It is a warm, loving environment. She is always happy when we visit, and she tells us how good everyone is to her. The staff is caring and always available to us, sending pictures and sharing what she is doing."
Atria on the Hudson is located on a 10-acre campus in Ossining, just down the street from Caremount Medical Group, which offers lab and radiology services. Dedicated staff are on-call 24/7, including nurses, to assist residents with personal care needs. The community's Cognitive Learning Center offers activities specifically designed for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, as well as guidance in dementia support groups. The pet-friendly community features a fitness and aquatic center, as well as a full-service spa for residents and their guests. Residents can get some fresh air while gardening or practicing their swing on the putting green. The community includes on-site parking and Wi-Fi for residents and guests.
Reviewers like the community’s amenities and the dining experience. One writes, "They have an indoor pool, a gym, movies every day, and people come and play music and do talks… Their food is excellent. They have restaurant-style dining, a regular menu and specials for lunch and dinner… They have a big library and a game room.”
Conveniently situated in the north end of the Bronx, with easy access to Westchester and Manhattan, Atria Riverdale provides independent living, assisted living and memory care for seniors. The community is located near transportation, parks, shops, restaurants and health care facilities. Several dining options are offered, including full kosher menus. Numerous common areas and activities encourage residents to be social, while Shabbat services and Jewish holiday observances allow residents to be spiritual. The community provides memory care in its dedicated Life Guidance neighborhood, which features circular hallways for easy navigation, a secure terrace and open concept spaces that maximize sight lines and encourage socializing. Personalized memory display cases encourage engagement and an individualized care approach by specially trained staff. Residents are also encouraged to stay active with daily physical fitness programs and memory-specific activities, such as music and art therapy.
Residents at the Atria Riverdale give it high marks for its friendly staff and the wide variety of amenities and activities. One reviewer writes, "The friendliness of the staff is outstandingly wonderful... They have excellent activities, and they have outings.” Another adds, "The staff have been friendly and helpful.”
Brighton Gardens of Saddle River is an award-winning community that offers different levels of senior care, including a two-tiered memory care program. Terrace Day Club caters to seniors with mild memory issues, where residents are encouraged to be more independent through regular interaction and brain-stimulating activities. The community’s separate Reminiscence neighborhood provides a soothing, nurturing environment for those living with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive conditions. Living spaces are purposely designed to support safe navigation and encourage social interaction, and daily programming includes therapeutic physical, recreational and educational activities for whole-body wellness. Dedicated life enrichment managers utilize evidence-based dementia care practices recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association. Residents benefit from the Validation Method approach, with caregivers trained in effective communication, behavior management and person-centered care. Family involvement is encouraged, and loved ones can keep track of community activities and share opinions through Sunrise’s family engagement app.
Friends and families put in positive reviews for the beautiful rooms, diverse activities and good food. Relatives praise the staff for their dedication and guidance, and one writes, "They took care of my brother-in-law very well at Brighton Gardens of Saddle River. I liked the care, the people and the whole feel of the community.”
Brightview Lake Tappan is a relaxing, resort-like senior community with a beautiful lakeside view. Offering a choice of independent living, assisted living and memory care lifestyle options, the community works with residents and families to customize personal plans that meet individual care needs. Memory care services are provided at the Wellspring Village, a neighborhood dedicated to seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The secure environment features comfortable living spaces that stimulate social engagement and have been designed with visual cues that support safe navigation. On top of comprehensive dementia care from a trained staff, residents benefit from activities tailored to their skills and favorite pastimes. Brain-stimulating programs, such as Mind and Music, help create enjoyable and meaningful daily experiences, soothe emotions and stimulate memories. Residents delight in simple everyday pleasures, including specially designed memory care dining services that accommodate personal favorites and dietary needs.
Families and relatives are thankful for the supportive care and describe the staff as awesome. "Brightview provided such a loving and healthy atmosphere for my grandmother. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating, and we were so fortunate to have them and their facility help us in providing care for her,” says a reviewer.
The brick exterior of Brookdale Emerson lends it a stately look, but on the inside, the staff has cultivated a homelike and comforting atmosphere for residents. The community prides itself on unique offerings, including tai chi classes, movie nights complete with popcorn and bingo nights. Services for residents include weekly laundry and linen services as well as housekeeping assistance. Memory care services are delivered through Clare Bridge, which is a person-centered approach to care provision. It includes the "Daily Path," which consists of six programs each day to keep memory care residents active and engaged. Memory care residents can participate in the walking club, music therapy, and performing arts and craft groups.
Reviews of Brookdale Emerson appreciate the array of amenities, the range of activities and the high quality of care offered to residents at all living stages. One notes, "This is a wonderful place! The residents enjoy living here and have great relationships with the staff. I would highly recommend... to anyone who is looking."
Brookdale Paramus offers exceptional retirement living with its combination of convenient amenities and vibrant daily programming. These are complemented by attentive services provided through the community’s lifestyle options, including assisted living and memory care. Equipped with all the comforts of private homes, the memory care neighborhood features bright, mobility-friendly spaces, secure and monitored entrances and exits, enclosed courtyards and comfortable common areas where seniors gather for fun group activities or entertain visiting friends and families. The care team takes time to know each resident personally, letting them customize person-centered care plans according to unique experiences, preferences and needs. Clare Bridge, the community’s innovative memory care program, utilizes a two-tier approach to care. Crossings offers stimulating group activities for seniors with early-stage dementia, while Solace provides a higher level of care and creates multisensory experiences for those with late-stage dementia.
Families have peace of mind leaving loved ones in the community, knowing how the whole team shows interest in each resident. "Every single person employed there, from the Sales/Management personnel right on through to the Nursing Staff, the Patient Aids and Custodial and Kitchen staff are kind, compassionate and generally concerned that residents are well looked after and content,” writes one family member.
CareOne at the Cupola provides a nurturing, supportive atmosphere for seniors living with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Specially trained on the progression of all types of memory impairment illnesses, the staff members work with residents and their families to create customized care plans that include daily living assistance, medication management and on-site physician appointments. A variety of sensory stimulation programs are available daily to improve each resident's quality of life, and support groups for family members are hosted regularly to help loved ones better cope with each resident's specific condition. Restaurant-style dining allows residents to connect with other community members throughout the day, and daily housekeeping ensures that resident apartments remain clean and uncluttered.
Family members praise this community. One says, "They provide everything you need. My mom has Alzheimer’s, so she doesn’t do many activities. The work ethics are fine. She loves the food. The room is very clean and very nice. The staff is very good, pleasant, and well trained."
Fox Trail Memory Care Living at Lake Street, which is situated in a quiet residential area, emphasizes a calm and peaceful atmosphere in and around the community. Amenities found here include a garden, concierge services, an on-site library and a game room. Memory care residents are provided with medication management, 24-hour access to staff and a variety of non-pharmaceutical interventions. Activities within memory care programs focus on brain games, physical strengthening activities for walking and balance, and encouragement in cultivating cognitive skills. The staff ratio in this community is purposely low to ensure individualized resident attention.
Resident reviews emphasize the quality of memory care services provided here. They laud the approach of the staff and the format of the program. One notes, "My brother is living at Fox Trail. The staff is excellent, and their communication is excellent ... My brother went in there because he had memory problems. He has improved."
Fox Trail Memory Care Living at Park Ridge is known for the specialized memory support it provides through the Touch Program. Participants of this program enjoy a variety of activities and therapies designed to enhance daily living and maintain social and emotional connections. Residents have easy access to daily social situations such as group exercise and group dining in a comfortable, safe home atmosphere. Each resident has their own private, cozy bedroom, and small pet companions are welcome. Memory care and all other needs are customized by caring staff who are on-site day and night.
Many residents and their loved ones are happy with the homelike atmosphere and quality care they receive. One reviewer says, "Our experience at Memory Care Living has been very positive. Their staff has made the transition for my wife's 95-year-old mother quite easy. Park Ridge house is very clean and has all of the amenities that my mother-in-law needed. She loves the food and the overall dining experience. Her new hair salon is right next door to her new home. My wife and her brother feel that we truly picked the best senior living facility for their mom!"
Harmony Village at CareOne Paramus demonstrates its commitment to residents' well-being by maintaining a multi-disciplined care team that includes compassionate caregivers, nurses, certified dementia practitioners and physicians. The community offers sensory stimulation programs and activities specialized to residents' individual abilities, helping seniors to stay engaged. Depending on needs, residents can receive help with daily living tasks such as eating, dressing and bathing as well as medication management. Community amenities include restaurant-style dining, transportation for personal appointments and daily housekeeping service. In the spacious community rooms, residents can socialize with their neighbors while playing games and viewing live entertainment. Residents have a choice between private and shared accommodations, and the community has its own beauty and barber shop.
I highly recommend it. It's exceptionally beautiful, the private rooms are beautiful, the staff is really wonderful, notes one resident's family member in their online review. Other reviewers have praised the dedicated staff, with one saying, "Staff, particularly the attendants, work hard to make loved ones comfortable."
Promenade at Blue Hill offers memory care and assisted living services in a secure environment that invokes a countryfied and nostalgic feeling. The community uses the LiveWell program as part of its care system for residents. It focuses on ensuring residents have good nutrition, enjoy themselves and remain physically active in their twilight years. Ensuring that seniors have nutrition that supports their health, as a part of the Eat Well program, a registered dietician works with the chefs to come up with healthy food that is flavorful. The Be Well program offers seniors the opportunity to participate in sittercise, balloon volley and bowling. Residents are able to also participate in trivia events, News Time, music therapy, aromatherapy and word games.
Residents enjoy the coziness, with one family member writing, "Promenade is small & cozy and like the old tv show "Cheers"-everyone seems to know your name. For mom that’s a win-win. ... The activities are good especially when they bring in entertainment. ... The staff ... are kind. ... Bigger is not always better so this is definitely home for mom."
Situated next to Tenakill Brook, Sunrise of Cresskill is surrounded by tree-lined streets. The facility is situated near Englewood Health Urgent Care, with a number of pharmacies within a mile radius. Memory care residents have access to a stimulating and adaptive lifestyle program through Renaissance, which harnesses personal memories to create a homelike environment. The community encourages autonomy within the safety of an access-controlled neighborhood, with staff on hand when needed. Caring staff also assist with day-to-day tasks such as personal hygiene and grooming. Activities that stimulate cognitive function include music and art. This Sunrise facility also offers a Dementia Care Program to deal with all levels of dementia through personalized care plans with the help of senior resource counselors.
Relatives are impressed with the amenities available to their loved ones. One writes, "I have been visiting the relative of a friend at Sunrise. Wow, I am very impressed with this house; feels more like a hotel than a senior residence. Fantastic staff who actually care for the residents."
Sunrise of New City helps seniors to remain active and engaged through carefully designed life enrichment programming, such as intergenerational events and outings into the local community. Trained staff members are on hand 24 hours a day to provide personal assistance to residents, monitor medications and tend to housekeeping tasks. Management regularly schedules exercises to encourage physical fitness, and on-site therapy is available to improve and maintain seniors' individual mobility and skills. Eight signature programs, including Live with Anticipation and Live with Learning, offer residents multiple opportunities each day to interact with other community members and take part in engaging classes. A trained culinary team prepares fresh meals three times a day, and accommodations are included for residents with dietary restrictions such as pureed foods and low sodium alternatives.
Residents love the food and friendly staff members. Their family members also praise the community for its individualized services. One reviewer gushes, "I could not be happier or more at peace knowing My dad is at Sunrise in New City. From the moment I walked in, it felt like home and had such an upbeat vibe."
Sunrise at Old Tappan is an assisted living and memory care community conveniently located near medical facilities, parks and restaurants. Caregivers trained in meeting the needs of older adults with memory loss are available 24/7 to assist with daily living tasks, and residents receive a wellness check every month by a staff nurse. Using the community's family engagement app, it's easy for family members to stay up to date on community announcements and events. In the secure memory care community, residents are encouraged to participate in activities that utilize their abilities and engage the senses. Between music therapy, exercise classes, board games and nature outings, seniors of all preferences find interesting ways to socialize while enhancing their bodies and minds.
Several online reviewers have mentioned how impressed they are with the community's cleanliness and its friendly staff members. One resident's family member said, "The staff is very helpful, the rooms are really nice, and all the public areas are clean." Another mentioned, "The place was very clean ... The staff members are nice."
Priding itself on its warm, welcoming atmosphere, Sunrise of Paramus provides quality care within a cozy, homelike environment. The community's small size fosters close relationships between residents and caregivers, who are available 24 hours to assist with bathing, dressing, grooming, mobility and other daily living tasks. Monthly wellness visits by the staff RN make health a priority, and families stay highly involved with regularly scheduled visits and social programs. Seniors are served three fresh, from-scratch meals catered to their unique dietary needs and preferences, along with drinks and snacks throughout the day. The community's social calendar helps seniors stay busy, with daily physical, creative and learning activities coupled with special interest clubs, events and trips into the local Paramus community.
Visiting family members note the compassionate staff. "The staff are very caring and knowledgeable of all of their patients on the floor, and they are very helpful," one relative says. "Anything that you ask there, it is not too much for them. They will always accommodate you, and they respond very quickly. They are more like friends to the residents."
Surrounded by apple trees and flowers, Sunrise of Woodcliff Lake delivers a high level of care in a tranquil setting. Memory care is delivered by specially-trained staff in the community's separate Reminiscence Neighborhood, ensuring that seniors living with memory loss receive personalized support. The 24/7 team creates individualized care plans with a strong focus on the bonds between residents and their caregivers. Meals are made from scratch using fresh, local ingredients, along with drinks and snacks to meet a range of dietary needs and preferences. Seniors can stay healthy in both body and mind with a full calendar of daily activities, from exercise classes to creative and spiritual activities. Regular group trips help residents keep active in the Woodcliff Lake community, and clubs allow them to explore a wide range of interests.
Visiting family members note the community's diverse social calendar. One says, "They go on outings to shop, they go out for a ride, there are different games each day like bingo, playing cards, entertainment, they watch movies, and occasionally they have someone live to entertain them. They have a small library...exercise, and a path outside...”
The Allendale Community for Senior Living is a secure senior memory care service provider with more than 10 years of experience running its dedicated Carlton Court Memory Care neighborhood. The safe, secure environment offers 24/7 registered nursing care access, housekeeping and laundry services, and assistance with daily living activities and medication management. Residents participate in scheduled memory care-specific activities and music, art and pet therapy sessions throughout each month. Guest lectures, religious services, cooking classes and community parties also take place regularly on the grounds. Three meals are served each day in the community's circular dining room, and residents are free to stroll through the landscaped courtyard under direct supervision. Off-site excursions to nearby areas of interest give seniors the opportunity to enjoy the local area when desired.
Family members say that they are relieved to have found this community. One says, "Allendale is excellent and caring. I couldn't ask for more. Everybody is nice to one another. We are very pleased with the care of our loved ones, who are doing fine. You don't have to worry."
Nestled in a serene rural location near scenic parks and lakes, The Bristal Assisted Living at Woodcliff Lake is a luxurious retirement community committed to providing seniors a full life. At the Reflections, a neighborhood dedicated to those with various cognitive conditions, residents benefit from personalized care while enjoying days filled with fun and stimulating activities, such as art and music classes, reading sessions and creative writing. The area is designed with familiar elements to help residents find their way around, and it's electronically protected to ensure safety and security. The staff undergoes continuous training on dementia care, including the Hands-On and Hearts-In sensitivity program, where they learn to effectively manage challenging cognitive-related behaviors. Families are welcome to visit and share the company of loved ones and caregivers at the community’s Our Place Memory Café.
Visiting relatives love that the residents seem active and engaged with the many activities offered in the community. Family members are confident with the level of care, as one writes, "The staff was extremely attentive, and knew where my mother was at all times. It was such a relief as she suffered from Alzheimer’s, but I knew she was in good hands.”