Atlanta, Georgia is home to around 498,715 people, 11.6% of whom are seniors aged 65 and older. This age group is at high risk for developing Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Alzheimer’s is one of the leading causes of death for this age group. The CDC notes that Alzheimer’s-related deaths in Atlanta rose by 51.77% between 2014 and 2018, when in the same time frame the number of overall deaths increased by just 6.83%. The rapid rise in Alzheimer’s deaths is of increasing concern as the Alzheimer’s Association has predicted that by 2050 the number of individuals with Alzheimer’s will rise from 6 million to 13 million. 

Luckily, Atlanta has a wide variety of memory care communities that offer a secure home-like environment for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The staff are trained in caring for individuals with memory impairment and they are available 24/7. The communities also offer the latest therapies and treatments to slow down the memory loss process. This guide lists the pros and cons of living in Atlanta, the costs associated with memory care and the different options available to seniors. 

Memory Care Facilities in Atlanta, GA

2012

Sunrise at Buckhead

1000 Lenox Park Boulevard, NE, Atlanta, GA, 30319

Sunrise at Buckhead is an assisted living community in Atlanta, Georgia, just minutes from Interstates 85 and 75 and State Highway 400. With shopping malls, theaters and an extensive selection of rest … (read more)
Sunrise at Buckhead is an assisted living community in Atlanta, Georgia, just minutes from Interstates 85 and 75 and State Highway 400. With shopping malls, theaters and an extensive selection of rest … (read more)

2016, 2018, 2022

Summerset Assisted Living

3711 Benjamin E Mays Drive SW, Atlanta, GA, 30331

Summerset Assisted Living is located in Atlanta, Georgia. Visitors praise the facility’s grounds, mentioning the ponds, fountain areas, gardens and walkways, along with the well-maintained, attractive … (read more)
Summerset Assisted Living is located in Atlanta, Georgia. Visitors praise the facility’s grounds, mentioning the ponds, fountain areas, gardens and walkways, along with the well-maintained, attractive … (read more)

Brighton Gardens of Buckhead

3088 Lenox Road, Atlanta, GA, 30324

Brighton Gardens of Buckhead is described by residents and visitors as a clean and beautiful place. This community is located in Buckhead, an upscale area of Atlanta, Georgia. Residents and visitors g … (read more)
Brighton Gardens of Buckhead is described by residents and visitors as a clean and beautiful place. This community is located in Buckhead, an upscale area of Atlanta, Georgia. Residents and visitors g … (read more)

Atria Buckhead

2848 Lenox Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA, 30324


Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody

1240 Ashford Center Parkway, Atlanta, GA, 30338

In the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, near Interstate 285 and Route 400, sits bright and cheerful Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody. Located near the popular Perimeter Mall, the community is located in a resid … (read more)
In the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, near Interstate 285 and Route 400, sits bright and cheerful Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody. Located near the popular Perimeter Mall, the community is located in a resid … (read more)

Belmont Village Buckhead

5455 Glenridge Drive Ne, Atlanta, GA, 30342

Belmont Village Buckhead is a well-landscaped community nestled in the serene Sandy Springs neighborhood at the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. The facility is a short drive from world-class hospitals and … (read more)
Belmont Village Buckhead is a well-landscaped community nestled in the serene Sandy Springs neighborhood at the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. The facility is a short drive from world-class hospitals and … (read more)

The Social at Vinings

2401 Cumberland Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA, 30339


Orchard at Brookhaven

1634 Afton Lane, Atlanta, GA, 30329

Staff is very professional and have expert training in dementia care. Activities are on a meaningful level and all residents are given priority. Staff answers texts and email promptly. Food is excel … (read more)
Staff is very professional and have expert training in dementia care. Activities are on a meaningful level and all residents are given priority. Staff answers texts and email promptly. Food is excel … (read more)

Sunrise of Huntcliff Summit II

8480 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, 30350

Sunrise of Huntcliff Summit II is a senior assisted living and memory care facility conveniently located in Atlanta, Georgia, just minutes from downtown Atlanta and close to GA-400. Sunrise is also lo … (read more)
Sunrise of Huntcliff Summit II is a senior assisted living and memory care facility conveniently located in Atlanta, Georgia, just minutes from downtown Atlanta and close to GA-400. Sunrise is also lo … (read more)

King’sBridge Retirement Community

3055 Briarcliff Road N.E., Atlanta, GA, 30329


2015

Peachtree Creek Memory Care

4375 Beech Haven Trail SE, Atlanta, GA, 30080

One of the hardest decisions a family will make is entrusting the care of a loved one to someone else. When my father could no longer be cared for at home, we chose Peachtree Creek. The staff cared … (read more)
One of the hardest decisions a family will make is entrusting the care of a loved one to someone else. When my father could no longer be cared for at home, we chose Peachtree Creek. The staff cared … (read more)

The Mann House Sandy Springs

5413 Northland Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30342


2012

Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody

7400 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA, 30328


Corso Atlanta

3200 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, GA, 30327


Heartis Buckhead – Now Open!

2051 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, 30309


2016

Arbor Terrace at Cascade

1001 Research Center Atlanta Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA, 30331

Thank you to Arbor Terrace at Cascade for your loving care of my my mother. She was there after my father passed in April 2019 until she passed in July 2021. Through the worst parts of covid you all … (read more)
Thank you to Arbor Terrace at Cascade for your loving care of my my mother. She was there after my father passed in April 2019 until she passed in July 2021. Through the worst parts of covid you all … (read more)

2012

Hollander Senior Living of Sandy Springs- CLOSED

5399 Northland Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30342

Hollander Senior Living of Sandy Springs was nice, clean, and seemed to have good security. The staff members seem to be very attentive to the resident. It is very affordable for the memory care side. … (read more)
Hollander Senior Living of Sandy Springs was nice, clean, and seemed to have good security. The staff members seem to be very attentive to the resident. It is very affordable for the memory care side. … (read more)

Safe Haven at Lenox Park

1137 Lynmoor Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30319


Alto Senior Living of Buckhead

4804 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA, 30342

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Alto Senior Living in Buckhead/Sandy Springs. My father was there in memory care just a short time, but the staff became like family and took amazing care of … (read more)
I can’t say enough wonderful things about Alto Senior Living in Buckhead/Sandy Springs. My father was there in memory care just a short time, but the staff became like family and took amazing care of … (read more)

Safe Haven at Brookhaven

1286 Kendrick Road, Atlanta, GA, 30319


COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Atlanta

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 Georgia. 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 Atlanta

The Department of Community Health licenses memory care communities and other long-term care homes. Facilities with memory care units and facilities that offer memory care must offer services, programs, activities, and devices specifically for residents with cognitive deficits that impact memory. The department inspects the communities and ensures they are compliant with rules and regulations. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Atlanta

  • On a 100-point scale where 100 is the national average, Atlanta scored 107.5 for the overall cost of living. This is markedly more expensive than the Georgia average of 93.4. However, the cost of health care in Atlanta is lower than both the national and state averages.
  • Georgia is very tax-friendly for retirees. The state doesn’t tax Social Security retirement benefits and it also provides a maximum deduction of $65,000 per person for all forms of retirement income. The sales tax and property tax are moderate and there is no inheritance or estate tax. 
  • Atlanta is home to world-class hospitals, including Emory University Hospital which is highly ranked nationally for treating cancer, diabetes, gastroenterology, geriatrics, neurology and other specialties. There are 22 hospitals in Atlanta, and overall, the cost of health care is below national and state averages. 
  • Atlanta has hot summers and short cold winters. Temperatures vary between 35 degrees to 89 degrees, with it rarely going below 22 degrees or above 95 degrees. Outdoor activities are best enjoyed in Spring and Fall when conditions are warm. During the hot summer months and cold winter months, seniors may prefer to spend more time doing indoor activities, although seniors can enjoy some outdoor time for most of the year. 
  • MARTA trains, buses and para-transit vehicles provide transportation around most of the city. Senior citizens who are 65 or older or who have a Medicare card enjoy a reduced fare of $1. For seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, a specialized senior transportation service may be more comfortable. Age Well Atlanta offers senior transportation services. Seniors can schedule transportation in advance.
  • The crime rates in Atlanta are high. Violent crime rates are 7.47 per 1,000 inhabitants, compared to the Georgia and U.S. average of 4 per 1000 inhabitants. For property crime, rates are also higher than average. The average rate per 1000 inhabitants in the U.S. is 19, while in Georgia 20.7 is the score. In Atlanta, the average rate is 37.37, much higher than the state average. Despite the high crime rates, seniors can still feel comfortable living in memory care communities in Atlanta. These communities take special measures to ensure residents are safe, such as video surveillance and 24/7 staffing.

Paying for Memory Care in Atlanta

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.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities 

The cost of memory care varies significantly throughout Georgia. The average cost of memory care in Atlanta is $4,806 per month, which is slightly higher than the state average of $4,419 but significantly lower than the U.S. average of $5,625. One of the most affordable cities for care is Albany, where the costs are about $3,760 per month. Conversely, one of the most expensive cities for memory care is Brunswick where seniors typically pay around $6,625. In Savannah, care is around the state average at $4,391 and in Columbus care is more expensive than in Atlanta at $5,279. 

$4806

Atlanta

$4419

Georgia

$5625

The United States

$3760

Albany

$6625

Brunswick

$4391

Savannah

$5279

Columbus

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

There are a variety of care options available to seniors in Atlanta. The most affordable care option is an adult daycare, which typically costs $1,327 per month. The next most affordable option is assisted living, which costs around $3,845. For seniors who prefer to stay living at home, home care costs around $4,290 per month and home health care costs $4,576. For nursing home care seniors pay about $7,528 in Atlanta for a semiprivate room. 

$4290

Home Care:

$4576

Home Health Care

$1327

Adult Day Health Care

$3845

Assisted Living Facility

$7528

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)


Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Atlanta

In Atlanta, 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 Georgia page.

More ways to pay for Memory Care in Georgia

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 Georgia page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Atlanta

Seniors in Atlanta can take advantage of a wide variety of resources designed to support daily living. The following services may be helpful for seniors who live in memory care facilities and have issues with their providers or families who would like more information about memory care in order to support their loved ones. 

Resource

Contact

Service

(404) 657-5258

The Long-Term Ombudsman Program improves the quality of life for residents of long-term care facilities such as memory care communities. An ombudsman is an advocate who regularly visits the communities to help resolve any issues residents may have with the facility or with the staff. They work to identify any problems and fight for change. The ombudsmen also educate the community about the needs of long-term care residents. 

(800) 272-3900

The Alzheimer's Association's Georgia Chapter assists memory-impaired seniors in Georgia in a variety of ways. It offers programs and services to support seniors and their families. The programs and services are designed to offer support, information and education for every stage of Alzheimer’s. Most of the programs available are free thanks to donors. Some of the programs include support groups, early-stage programs and legal and financial planning for Alzheimer’s disease. 

(404) 524-5811

Atlanta Legal Aid is a legal aid society that offers free civil legal aid for low-income individuals in Atlanta. They have some special projects including a senior citizen law project, a Georgia senior legal aid hotline and a pro bono program. Some of the cases that they typically help with include finalizing wills, estate planning and accessing benefits. 

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Atlanta

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

Memory Care Laws and regulations in Georgia