Oakland, CA, located east of San Francisco Bay in Alameda County, has a total population of 440,646. Of this, 13.4% of Oakland residents are over the age of 65. It’s well known that this demographic is at risk of developing cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. That’s why the Center for Disease Control (CDC) tracks the growth of these disorders. In one study, it followed the percentage change in deaths from Alzheimer’s versus deaths from all causes. In Oakland, between 2014 and 2018, deaths from Alzheimer’s rose by 26.68%, in contrast to the rise in deaths from all causes at 8.08%. 

This startling rise in Alzheimer’s deaths is likely to worsen as the American population ages. The Alzheimer’s Association even predicts that cases of Alzheimer’s will double to 12.7 million by the year 2050. This means many more seniors will need memory care, which is residential care involving specialized care providers and protocols to keep residents safe and comfortable.

This guide looks at memory care resources in Oakland, the pros and cons of living in the city and offers tips about how to pay for memory care.

Memory Care Facilities in Oakland, CA

Pacifica Senior Living Oakland Heights

2361 E 29th St, Oakland, CA, 94606

Located near Central Recreation Area and William D. Wood Park and three blocks from Highland Hospital, Pacifica Senior Living Oakland Heights is an assisted and independent living and memory care faci … (read more)
Located near Central Recreation Area and William D. Wood Park and three blocks from Highland Hospital, Pacifica Senior Living Oakland Heights is an assisted and independent living and memory care faci … (read more)

2012, 2015

Sunrise of Oakland Hills

11889 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA, 94619

Located in Berkeley, California, Sunrise of Oakland Hills sits in a residential area east of Oakland, just off Skyline Boulevard. The location is easily accessible from MacArthur Freeway and is close … (read more)
Located in Berkeley, California, Sunrise of Oakland Hills sits in a residential area east of Oakland, just off Skyline Boulevard. The location is easily accessible from MacArthur Freeway and is close … (read more)

The Point at Rockridge

4500 Gilbert Street, Oakland, CA, 94611

The Point at Rockridge is located in Oakland, California, close to the beautiful Berkeley and Piedmont areas. Residents love the spacious and homey apartments, and the delicious and healthy food serve … (read more)
The Point at Rockridge is located in Oakland, California, close to the beautiful Berkeley and Piedmont areas. Residents love the spacious and homey apartments, and the delicious and healthy food serve … (read more)

Mercy Retirement & Care Center

3431 Foothill Blvd., Oakland, CA, 94601


Merrill Gardens at Rockridge

5238 Coronado Ave., Oakland, CA, 94618


Lakeside Park

468 Perkins St, Oakland, CA, 94610

I am presently at Lakeside Park. I have recommended the place to a number of people because I have looked at other places, and they don’t come up to Lakeside Park’s standard. They care for elderly … (read more)
I am presently at Lakeside Park. I have recommended the place to a number of people because I have looked at other places, and they don’t come up to Lakeside Park’s standard. They care for elderly … (read more)

Dimond Care

3003 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland, CA, 94602

I really liked the layout of Dimond Care and everything that they had to claim for it. Unfortunately it’s out of our price range. The staff was really good, he’s one of the owners. The room was very n … (read more)
I really liked the layout of Dimond Care and everything that they had to claim for it. Unfortunately it’s out of our price range. The staff was really good, he’s one of the owners. The room was very n … (read more)

Lakeshore Residential Care

1901 3rd Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94606


Woodpark

3121 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94602

Woodpark is located in the Fruitvale area of Oakland, with convenient access to a freeway. Visitors remark favorably on the staff-to-resident ratio and the personalized level of care. Residents and th … (read more)
Woodpark is located in the Fruitvale area of Oakland, with convenient access to a freeway. Visitors remark favorably on the staff-to-resident ratio and the personalized level of care. Residents and th … (read more)

Carlton Senior Living San Leandro

1000 East 14th Street, San Leandro, CA, 94577

Carleton Senior Living San Leandro is located in the northern part of San Leandro, minutes away from the City of San Leandro Root Park. The facility is close to shopping areas, restaurants and the loc … (read more)
Carleton Senior Living San Leandro is located in the northern part of San Leandro, minutes away from the City of San Leandro Root Park. The facility is close to shopping areas, restaurants and the loc … (read more)

Marymount Villa

345 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA, 94577

I like Marymount Villa. It’s warm and pleasant. The people were nice and helpful. They explained a lot to me, talked to me, and showed me around. I liked the way the environment was set up, so it was … (read more)
I like Marymount Villa. It’s warm and pleasant. The people were nice and helpful. They explained a lot to me, talked to me, and showed me around. I liked the way the environment was set up, so it was … (read more)

2016

Oakmont of Mariner Point

2400 Mariner Square Drive, Alameda, CA, 94501

Oakmont of Mariner Point is an assisted living facility located in Berkeley, California, very close to local dining, shopping and entertainment. Residents can choose from studios, one and two-bedroom … (read more)
Oakmont of Mariner Point is an assisted living facility located in Berkeley, California, very close to local dining, shopping and entertainment. Residents can choose from studios, one and two-bedroom … (read more)

Coterie Cathedral Hill

1001 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94109

This is a beautiful, modern and elegant community. It offers fresh and appetizing meals that resemble those of five star restaurants. They have a dedicated and passionate team of employees and directo … (read more)
This is a beautiful, modern and elegant community. It offers fresh and appetizing meals that resemble those of five star restaurants. They have a dedicated and passionate team of employees and directo … (read more)

Silverado Berkeley Memory Care Community

2235 Sacramento Street, Berkeley, CA, 94702

We chose Silverado Berkeley Memory Care Community because they have resident dogs within the community. My friend is really happy having dogs with her. Their rooms are a little larger than in some of … (read more)
We chose Silverado Berkeley Memory Care Community because they have resident dogs within the community. My friend is really happy having dogs with her. Their rooms are a little larger than in some of … (read more)

The Village at Hayes Valley

624 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102

The Village at Hayes Valley, located in San Francisco, California, provides residents with highly-trained assisted living and memory care. The facility itself offers a smaller, more personal feel that … (read more)
The Village at Hayes Valley, located in San Francisco, California, provides residents with highly-trained assisted living and memory care. The facility itself offers a smaller, more personal feel that … (read more)

Ivy Park at Cathedral Hill

1550 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA, 94109


Belmont Village Albany

1100 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA, 94706

Belmont Village Albany is a modern and upscale facility located on the edge of University Village in Albany, California. This is a new building purposely designed for seniors, with great attention to … (read more)
Belmont Village Albany is a modern and upscale facility located on the edge of University Village in Albany, California. This is a new building purposely designed for seniors, with great attention to … (read more)

Elegance Berkeley

2100 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94702


The Watermark By The Bay

1440 40th Street, Emeryville, CA, 94608


Autumn Glow

654 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102


COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Oakland

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Memory Care in California. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Memory Care in Oakland

The California Department of Social Services’ Senior Care Licensing Program licenses and monitors residential and continuing care facilities for the elderly, including memory care facilities. It conducts regular inspections to ensure facilities uphold standards around care, food services and other aspects of congregate living to keep seniors with cognitive disorders safe, healthy and comfortable.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Oakland

  • California has some of the best health care facilities in the world, and many are in or close to the Oakland area. Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center and the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center regularly appear on Healthgrades’ Top 100 hospital lists. Not far away in Sacramento, the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center offers early-stage screening and also presents satellite events and programs at the North Oakland Senior Center. Across the Bay, the University of California San Francisco’s Center for Geriatric Care is a leader in elder care practices. 
  • California living doesn’t come cheap, and Oakland’s cost of living is almost double the U.S. average. For seniors requiring memory care, monthly average care costs of $7,854 reflect this lack of affordability, higher than in many other California communities and much higher than the national average of $5,625 per month.
  • Oakland became a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities in 2018. The Network is an initiative that recruits cities and communities to improve livability for seniors through better design, services and outreach. In the case of Oakland, the city focuses on health and community services, housing and outdoor spaces. 
  • California weather is famous for its abundance of warm, sunny days. But during the summer months, when the rest of the state is baking, Oakland remains temperate and comfortable. In the winter, snow is rare, and temperatures usually stay well above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. On the downside, like much of California, Oakland suffers from poor air quality, especially during wildfire events.
  • Although California does not tax Social Security income, it taxes public and private pensions and retirement fund withdrawals. Because sales and income taxes are higher in Oakland than the national average, the community is not tax-friendly for seniors or retirees. California does have a Senior Citizen Property Tax Relief program for some seniors who qualify. 
  • For all the beauty of its location and many amenities, Oakland has a serious crime problem. The area has some of the highest numbers in the country when it comes to violent, property and motor theft crimes.

Paying for Memory Care in Oakland

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

Memory care in Oakland costs an average of $7,854 per month. This is higher than the California average of $6,563 monthly and much higher than the national average of $5,625.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

California memory care can be costly. Oakland has some of the state’s highest care rates at $7,854 per month. To the south, memory care in San Jose and Los Angeles is $7,500 and $6,563, respectively. In nearby Sacramento, costs are a little lower at $6,531 per month. In Modesto to the west, prices are lower still at $5,000 per month.

$7854

Oakland

$6563

California

$5625

The United States

$7500

San Jose

$6531

Sacramento

$5000

Modesto

$6563

Los Angeles

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Memory care can be complex as seniors with cognitive disorders have special requirements. Of the different types of senior care, only nursing home care is more expensive at $11,566 per month for a semiprivate room. Non-medical in-home care averages $6,864 a month. Home health care requires care providers with professional training for medical interventions and costs $7,150. Assisted living care in a community setting costs $6,319 monthly in Oakland. The least expensive form of senior care, adult day care, costs $1,950 per month.

$6864

Home Care

$7150

Home Health Care

$1950

Adult Day Health Care

$6319

Assisted Living Facility

$11566

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

Note: Data for Oakland was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, San Francisco, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Oakland

In Sacramento, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in California page.

More ways to pay for memory care in California

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in California page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Oakland

Resource

Contact

Service

(510) 644-8292

Located just to the north in Berkeley, ASEB provides a range of services to Bay Area residents experiencing cognitive disorders. Programs include early stage workshops, adult day care and support for caregivers. The organization also hosts an extensive online library of educational videos.

(800)
272-3900

Providing advocacy and support to Oakland residents with cognitive disorders, their families and caregivers, AA's regional chapter offers in-person and online tools for many aspects of living with Alzheimer's and dementia. AA's 24/7 Helpline's trained professionals who can provide guidance and referrals, and ALZConnect is an online forum for sharing information and support. 

(510) 238-3121

Oakland's Office of Aging and Adult Services maintains a portal for senior services ranging from education to transportation options to links to neighborhood senior centers around the city.

Online

Alameda County maintains a downloadable PDF packed with information and service listings of interest to seniors in the Oakland area and across the county, including those requiring memory care programs.

(510)
658-9266

Hosted by care communities, The Point at Rockridge Generations Memory Care Program and Senior Helpers in Alameda County, this monthly Memory Café is open to Oakland seniors experiencing cognitive disorders.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Oakland

Oakland Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in California are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in California page for more information about these laws.

Laws and Regulations for Memory Care in California