Colorado’s capital city of Denver is home to 715,522 people, approximately 11.5% of whom are considered senior citizens. Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia can be a significant issue for adults as they enter their later years. In Denver, dementia became a more deadly disease over the course of the 2010s. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, the city’s Alzheimer’s-related death rate jumped by 22.8% between the years of 2014 and 2018, while the city’s overall death rate rose by a comparatively low 7.7%.

Seniors in the early, middle or late stages of dementia may consider moving into a Memory Care community rather than living independently or with an individual caretaker. Memory care communities offer closer supervision than most other types of long-term care arrangements, ensuring that residents can live safely while maintaining independence and social relationships to the greatest extent possible.

This guide to the complexities of seeking memory care in Denver contains cost comparisons with other Colorado cities, a list of useful resources and supports for people living with dementia, and an exploration of some benefits and drawbacks of living in this mile-high location.

Memory Care Facilities in Denver, CO

Brookdale Lowry

150 Quebec Street, Denver, CO, 80230

Situated in one of Denver’s most lively neighborhoods is the Brookdale Lowry senior living facility. This exclusive community offers access to restaurants, banking facilities, physician’s offices and … (read more)
Situated in one of Denver’s most lively neighborhoods is the Brookdale Lowry senior living facility. This exclusive community offers access to restaurants, banking facilities, physician’s offices and … (read more)

Harvard Square Retirement and Senior Living

10200 East Harvard Avenue, Denver, CO, 80231

Harvard Square Retirement and Senior Living did not have that many amenities. As far as memory care goes, it would probably be for somebody that was a little bit more self-sufficient. The staff did an … (read more)
Harvard Square Retirement and Senior Living did not have that many amenities. As far as memory care goes, it would probably be for somebody that was a little bit more self-sufficient. The staff did an … (read more)

Montage Hills

2500 South Roslyn Street, Denver, CO, 80231


2016

Sunrise at Cherry Creek

251 S. Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO, 80246

Sunrise at Cherry Creek sits in the heart of the Cherry Creek neighborhood, with close proximity to the Botanical Gardens, Denver Zoo and the downtown area. Visitors are impressed with the well-balanc … (read more)
Sunrise at Cherry Creek sits in the heart of the Cherry Creek neighborhood, with close proximity to the Botanical Gardens, Denver Zoo and the downtown area. Visitors are impressed with the well-balanc … (read more)

Brookdale Parkplace

111 Emerson St., Denver, CO, 80218

Brookdale Parkplace is located in the heart of Denver, Colorado. The high-rise building consists of a mix of assisted care rooms including memory care and independent living apartments with views of t … (read more)
Brookdale Parkplace is located in the heart of Denver, Colorado. The high-rise building consists of a mix of assisted care rooms including memory care and independent living apartments with views of t … (read more)

Springbrooke Retirement & Assisted Living

6800 Leetsdale Drive, Denver, CO, 80224

Springbrooke Retirement & Assisted Living is located in Denver, Colorado, minutes from the Cherry Creek shopping district. Residents of this serene facility enjoy a view of the state’s mountains, … (read more)
Springbrooke Retirement & Assisted Living is located in Denver, Colorado, minutes from the Cherry Creek shopping district. Residents of this serene facility enjoy a view of the state’s mountains, … (read more)

Sunrise of Pinehurst

5195 West Quincy Avenue, Denver, CO, 80236

Sunrise of Pinehurst was a nice and large facility, with lots of staff, and it had the look and feel of a large resort. If you don’t need a tight staff to resident ratio and you’re more interested in … (read more)
Sunrise of Pinehurst was a nice and large facility, with lots of staff, and it had the look and feel of a large resort. If you don’t need a tight staff to resident ratio and you’re more interested in … (read more)

Serenity House, South Forest Drive

2337 South Forest Drive, Denver, CO, 80222


Serenity House, S. Kearney Street

3068 S. Kearney Street, Denver, CO, 80222

My mother is in Serenity House. It’s a home in a regular residential neighborhood, which was modified to meet state requirements for physical safety, like sprinkler systems, alarm systems, etc. They h … (read more)
My mother is in Serenity House. It’s a home in a regular residential neighborhood, which was modified to meet state requirements for physical safety, like sprinkler systems, alarm systems, etc. They h … (read more)

Brookdale Pinehurst Park

3790 W Quincy Avenue, Denver, CO, 80236

Brookdale had a lockdown facility, but you couldn’t go there for a month to try it out, and they only offer a long-term commitment. It was luxurious, and very nice. The staff in each section was very … (read more)
Brookdale had a lockdown facility, but you couldn’t go there for a month to try it out, and they only offer a long-term commitment. It was luxurious, and very nice. The staff in each section was very … (read more)

Modena Cherry Creek

2440 S Wabash St, Denver, CO, 80231

Long story short, NEVER send ANYONE you care about here!!! My father was in memory care and they were at less than half capacity, so you’d think they could provide decent, responsible care. Within … (read more)
Long story short, NEVER send ANYONE you care about here!!! My father was in memory care and they were at less than half capacity, so you’d think they could provide decent, responsible care. Within … (read more)

Serenity House, Carter Circle

3075 Carter Circle, Denver, CO, 80222


Serenity House, South Holly Street

2480 South Holly Street, Denver, CO, 80222



2018

HighPointe Senior Living

6383 E. Girard Place, Denver, CO, 80222

HighPointe Senior Living provides assisted living and memory care in Denver, just southeast of the city near the junction of I-25 and Highway 285. Local dining options include Panera Bread, Sushi Trai … (read more)
HighPointe Senior Living provides assisted living and memory care in Denver, just southeast of the city near the junction of I-25 and Highway 285. Local dining options include Panera Bread, Sushi Trai … (read more)

Loving Life Assisted Living

2607 S Eudora Pl, Denver, CO, 80222


Hilltop Reserve Senior Living

525 South Holly Street, Denver, CO, 80246

My friend was at Hilltop Reserve Senior Living. It’s quite new. It’s a beautiful place. She wouldn’t go eat for the first week, so I didn’t get a good sense of what she thought about the food. But the … (read more)
My friend was at Hilltop Reserve Senior Living. It’s quite new. It’s a beautiful place. She wouldn’t go eat for the first week, so I didn’t get a good sense of what she thought about the food. But the … (read more)

Belleview Suites at DTC

4901 S Monaco St, Denver, CO, 80237


Clermont Park

2479 South Clermont Street, Denver, CO, 80222


Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus

2445 South Quebec Street, Denver, CO, 80231


COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Denver

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 Colorado. 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 Denver

Overseeing community care in Denver is the responsibility of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Representatives of the CDPHE license, certify and conduct inspections on Memory Care facilities, adult day care communities, nursing homes and similar group living locations.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Denver

  • At an elevation of 5,280 feet, Denver is famously exactly a mile above sea level, but acclimation is fairly quick, rarely taking more than three days. Living at a high altitude can actually have some health benefits for older adults, including a higher survival rate from stroke and cardiovascular disease.
  • The city gets considerably more sun than most places in the U.S., with an average of 245 sunny days every year against the national average of 205. With low humidity, summer temperatures consistently in the 80s, and winter highs well above freezing, Denver scores an impressive 8.8 out of 10 on BestPlaces’s year-round comfort index.
  • Denver’s overall cost of living is high. On a scale where 100 represents the national average, Denver scores 128.7 and Colorado scores 121.1. However, that number obscures some nuances; Denver’s housing costs are very high at 184.3, but its health costs rate 92.5, significantly below both state and national averages.
  • Getting around the city is fairly convenient. Since 2014, Denver has been a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which works to make towns and cities more walkable and socially welcoming. Denver also has a robust light rail system with 74 stations in and around the area, with seniors receiving a 50 percent discount on all mass transit services.
  • Crime in Denver is moderately higher than elsewhere in the country. Violent crime is rated at 30.7 against a U.S. average of 22.7, and property crime is rated 50.8 against a U.S. average of 35.4. However, crime may be less of a concern for people in group living situations such as memory care facilities, which almost always have secure entrances and exits for the safety of their residents.

Paying for Memory Care in Denver

While there’s no authoritative data source that specifically tracks the relative prices of Memory Care nationwide, Memory Care usually costs approximately 20%-30% more than assisted living in a given market. To reflect this, we’ve added 25% to the assisted living costs reported by the Genworth Cost of Care Survey to estimate Memory Care prices below.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

The estimated monthly price for Memory Care in Denver is $6,875, significantly higher than the national average of $5,625 and the Colorado state average of $5,938. Only the city of Boulder is more expensive at $7,844 a month. The other end of the spectrum is represented by Pueblo at $4,750. Meanwhile, at $5,829, Colorado Springs is close to the state average.

$6875

Denver

$5938

Colorado

$5625

The United States

$4750

Pueblo

$5829

Colorado Springs

$7844

Boulder

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Older adults who wish to remain in their homes can employ homemaker services for an average of $6,769 a month. Slightly more intensive home health aide services are available for $6,864. Assisted living falls in a lower price range at $5,500, while adult daycare is the least expensive option at $2,275. The most robust care reaches five digits: a private room in a nursing home costs $10,053 per month, while a semiprivate one can be had for approximately $8,669.

$6769

Homemaker

$6864

Home Health Aide

$2275

Adult Day Care

$5500

Assisted Living

$8669

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$10053

Nursing Home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Denver

In Denver 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 Colorado page.

More ways to pay for memory care in Colorado

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 Colorado page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Denver

Seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia have access to a variety of memory care resources in Denver, from informational and educational outlets to screening centers and support groups.

Resource

Contact

Service

303-455-1000

DRCOG is the federally mandated Area Agency on Aging for Denver, Denver County and seven other Colorado counties. The organization is responsible for supporting the needs of older adults in the area by helping them remain independent, healthy and socially active in their later years. Programs include nutrition services, case management and insurance assistance. DRCOG also acts as an Aging and Disability Center for the region.

303-480-6734

The DRCOG Ombudsman works to ensure that the residents of long-term care facilities are living in adequate conditions. Representatives of this program make in-person visits to such communities to look into complaints regarding neglect or safety, speak to community staff about issues, and otherwise support the rights of residents. Ombudsmen can also help older adults and their families pick an area facility that's well-suited to their particular needs.

303-480-6700

This state program provides free legal services to adults 60 and over. Its lawyers can help Denver-area seniors understand their legal rights in regards to age discrimination, long-term care, guardianship issues and more.

303-480-6704

DRCOG's short-term case management services are focused on helping Denver seniors transition to new stages in their lives. Case managers perform needs assessments and can assist seniors with coordinating health care options between different providers, as well as with applying for relevant benefits.

303-238-8151

This community nonprofit works to support seniors with the resources they need to retain independence for as long as possible. The SRC's adult day center programs provide socialization opportunities designed to be inclusive of adults with dementia and other memory issues.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Denver

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

Laws and Regulations for Memory Care in Colorado