Middlesex County, the 22nd most populated county in the country, is home to 1,632,002 residents, 15.7% of whom are seniors ages 65 and up. Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia impact the senior population each year. In Middlesex County, however, the total number of Alzheimer’s-related deaths fell from 438 in 2014 to 378 in 2018, a decrease of 13.7%, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the county’s total number of deaths rose 7.7% during the same period, Alzheimer’s disease is still an important issue in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

On the bright side, Middlesex County is rich with memory care facilities that care for this population, trying to help slow the rate at which Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia progress and decrease the severity and incidence of symptoms such as memory loss, agitation, confusion and wandering. These long-term senior care providers keep residents safe by offering around-the-clock care that’s specifically designed for people with memory loss. This guide to memory care in Middlesex County covers the drawbacks and benefits of living here, average memory care costs and Alzheimer’s-oriented resources for seniors.

Memory Care Facilities in Middlesex County, MA

Maplewood at Weston

99 Norumbega Road, Weston, MA, 02493

My Mother currently resides in their Memory Unit and I have to say that the care they provide is superb. The staff develops a true bond with the residents and treat them as if they were their own fam … (read more)
My Mother currently resides in their Memory Unit and I have to say that the care they provide is superb. The staff develops a true bond with the residents and treat them as if they were their own fam … (read more)

2014

Brookdale Cushing Park

300 West Farm Pond Road, Framingham, MA, 01702

Brookdale Cushing Park is in a scenic area of the city of Framingham, close to shops and medical facilities and surrounded by picturesque forests. Residents note the incredible staff who seem to care … (read more)
Brookdale Cushing Park is in a scenic area of the city of Framingham, close to shops and medical facilities and surrounded by picturesque forests. Residents note the incredible staff who seem to care … (read more)

2019, 2022

Windsor Place of Wilmington

92 West Street, Wilmington, MA, 01887

Windsor Place of Wilmington is located in Wilmington, Massachusetts, conveniently close to Interstates 93 and 95. Residents of this facility highlight the the respectful and compassionate staff, who a … (read more)
Windsor Place of Wilmington is located in Wilmington, Massachusetts, conveniently close to Interstates 93 and 95. Residents of this facility highlight the the respectful and compassionate staff, who a … (read more)

2013, 2017, 2022

Benchmark Senior Living at Billerica Crossings

20 Charnstaffe Lane, Billerica, MA, 01821

Benchmark Senior Living is located at Billerica Crossings in Billerica, Massachusetts, a short distance from U.S. Route 3 and close to the Billerica Public Library. Visitors find this facility impress … (read more)
Benchmark Senior Living is located at Billerica Crossings in Billerica, Massachusetts, a short distance from U.S. Route 3 and close to the Billerica Public Library. Visitors find this facility impress … (read more)

2015, 2016, 2020, 2022

Mary Ann Morse at Heritage

747 Water Street, Framingham, MA, 01701

Heritage at Framingham Senior Living is an independent living, assisted living and memory care community north of Framingham, Massachusetts, near Saxonville. The facility offers apartments from studio … (read more)
Heritage at Framingham Senior Living is an independent living, assisted living and memory care community north of Framingham, Massachusetts, near Saxonville. The facility offers apartments from studio … (read more)

Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings

126 Smith Street, Waltham, MA, 02451

Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, close to Interstate 95 and the expansive Juniper Hill wooded park. Visitors to this facility appreciate its large, cl … (read more)
Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, close to Interstate 95 and the expansive Juniper Hill wooded park. Visitors to this facility appreciate its large, cl … (read more)

Sunrise of Burlington MA

24 Mall Road, Burlington, MA, 01803

Situated across the street from the Boston Marriott Burlington, Sunrise of Burlington is located in the quaint city of Burlington, Massachusetts, a short drive from Boston. The facility is described b … (read more)
Situated across the street from the Boston Marriott Burlington, Sunrise of Burlington is located in the quaint city of Burlington, Massachusetts, a short drive from Boston. The facility is described b … (read more)

2015

Sunrise of Wayland

285 Commonwealth Road, Wayland, MA, 01778

Sunrise of Wayland is an assisted living and memory care facility offering studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments to retired seniors south of Wayland, MA, near Cochituate. Family members say they’ve … (read more)
Sunrise of Wayland is an assisted living and memory care facility offering studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments to retired seniors south of Wayland, MA, near Cochituate. Family members say they’ve … (read more)

2022

Atria Longmeadow Place

42 Mall Road, Burlington, MA, 01803

Atria Longmeadow Place was very nice, very clean and looked very up-to-date. They were very nice, very personable, helpful, and very willing to work with me to get my mom in there. The person I’ve dea … (read more)
Atria Longmeadow Place was very nice, very clean and looked very up-to-date. They were very nice, very personable, helpful, and very willing to work with me to get my mom in there. The person I’ve dea … (read more)

2014, 2015

Golden Pond Assisted Living

50 W Main Street, Hopkinton, MA, 01748

PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR LOVED ONE HERE!!! I’m looking to move my loved one but feel an obligation to inform families about this place. Don’t be fooled by pretty pictures.of the building because a … (read more)
PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR LOVED ONE HERE!!! I’m looking to move my loved one but feel an obligation to inform families about this place. Don’t be fooled by pretty pictures.of the building because a … (read more)

2013

Atria Maplewood Place

295 Broadway, Malden, MA, 02148

We toured all of Atria Maplewood Place. We liked the security, the way the facility was maintained, the cleanliness of the facility, and the location (because it’s in the town that I live in). The app … (read more)
We toured all of Atria Maplewood Place. We liked the security, the way the facility was maintained, the cleanliness of the facility, and the location (because it’s in the town that I live in). The app … (read more)

2015

The Residence at Freeman Lake

4 Technology Drive, North Chelmsford, MA, 01863

Housekeeping terrible, dried feces imbedded in carpet and bathroom. Have brought to managements attn. multiple times, remains the same. No improvement. Management tells you what you want to hear. Sta … (read more)
Housekeeping terrible, dried feces imbedded in carpet and bathroom. Have brought to managements attn. multiple times, remains the same. No improvement. Management tells you what you want to hear. Sta … (read more)

2015

Bridges by EPOCH at Westford

108 Littleton Road, Westford, MA, 01886

My mother has been a resident of Bridges by Epoch in Westford, Massachusetts for almost two years. She has received outstanding care and thoroughly enjoys all the activities and entertainment offered. … (read more)
My mother has been a resident of Bridges by Epoch in Westford, Massachusetts for almost two years. She has received outstanding care and thoroughly enjoys all the activities and entertainment offered. … (read more)

Evans Park at Newton Corner

430 Centre Street, Newton, MA, 02458

Evans Park at Newton Corner is located on the northeast end of Newton, Massachusetts, a short distance from the freeway off-ramp. Many guests live in studio apartments that are furnished with sinks, k … (read more)
Evans Park at Newton Corner is located on the northeast end of Newton, Massachusetts, a short distance from the freeway off-ramp. Many guests live in studio apartments that are furnished with sinks, k … (read more)

The Atrium at Drum Hill

2 Technology Drive, North Chelmsford, MA, 01863

I toured The Atrium at Drum Hill. The place was nice. They had activities for the people. When I was there, there was somebody there playing a musical instrument, and they were singing. I just thought … (read more)
I toured The Atrium at Drum Hill. The place was nice. They had activities for the people. When I was there, there was somebody there playing a musical instrument, and they were singing. I just thought … (read more)

The Residence at Pearl Street

75 Pearl Street, Reading, MA, 01867


The Residence at Watertown Square

20 Summer Street, Watertown, MA, 02472

We visited The Residence at Watertown Square for our friend and we were only there for the tour and it was impressive. It’s seems like it was well planned, and they have a beautiful setting. It’s conv … (read more)
We visited The Residence at Watertown Square for our friend and we were only there for the tour and it was impressive. It’s seems like it was well planned, and they have a beautiful setting. It’s conv … (read more)

The Residence at Melrose Station

158 Essex Street, Melrose, MA, 02176

We visited The Residence at Melrose Station and it was good. The first thing was the proximity; it is in the same town as I live in. Second thing was it is a new building. The only thing that was not … (read more)
We visited The Residence at Melrose Station and it was good. The first thing was the proximity; it is in the same town as I live in. Second thing was it is a new building. The only thing that was not … (read more)

Giving Tree Senior Living

1827 Bridge Street, Dracut, MA, 01826

I liked the openness of the Giving Tree Senior Living. It’s got windows, it’s not dreary, and not confined. There’s sunshine coming in. I toured the memory care area and they were very friendly and ve … (read more)
I liked the openness of the Giving Tree Senior Living. It’s got windows, it’s not dreary, and not confined. There’s sunshine coming in. I toured the memory care area and they were very friendly and ve … (read more)

Wingate Residences at Weston

75 Norumbega Road, Weston, MA, 02493

The rooms at EPOCH of Weston were alright, but the facility is just expensive. I think a small swimming pool would be nice for us to go every day.
The rooms at EPOCH of Weston were alright, but the facility is just expensive. I think a small swimming pool would be nice for us to go every day.

OVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Middlesex County

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 Massachusetts. 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 Middlesex County

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs, a subagency of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, oversees and certifies memory care facilities in the Bay State, empowers its older adult population by promoting independence in seniors and improving their overall well-being and ensures seniors have access to the resources they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Middlesex County

  • Though Middlesex County’s overall cost of living is much higher than Massachusetts’ average cost of living and than the U.S. average, its cost of health care is only 83.4, compared to the state’s 83.7 and the U.S. index of 100. Additionally, seniors in memory care facilities don’t need to pay many costs of living separately, such as housing.
  • Greater Boston, which includes Middlesex County, is known for having heavy traffic at times. Fortunately, residents of memory care facilities rarely need to leave campus and can avoid this frustration. 
  • Unlike many densely populated counties with major cities across the country, Middlesex County has low crime rates, nearly half the national average.
  • Seniors who enjoy spending time outdoors will appreciate Middlesex County’s four distinct seasons. Another climate-related upside is that the Boston area experiences near-perfect summers; on the BestPlaces Comfort Index, which ranks cities’ summer and winter weather on a bad-to-great scale of 1 to 10, Middlesex County’s summers receive a score of 9.2. On the downside, winters are cold in Greater Boston, with an average January low 5.1 degrees below the national average. Middlesex County also averages 52 inches of snowfall annually, almost twice the national average (28 inches), and 48 inches of rain, 10 inches above the U.S. average (38 inches). 
  • Since before the United States was founded in 1776, what’s now known as Middlesex County has long been a centerpoint for U.S. history, with Boston (1630) being founded nearly 400 years ago. U.S. News & World Report ranks Boston No. 2 on its list of the Best Historical Cities to Visit in the USA.

Paying for Memory Care in Middlesex County

Assisted living facilities usually offer memory care as an additional service, typically charging 20%-30% more than for assisted living care. Due to a lack of authoritative resources, we’ve estimated the following memory care costs by increasing the assisted living costs reported by Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey by 25%.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

The further west memory care providers are located in Massachusetts, the less they tend to charge. Across the Bay State, memory care costs range anywhere from $8,750 (Barnstable Town), or $226 per month more than in Middlesex County, to $2,605 (Pittsfield), which is $5,919 less than the Middlesex County average. Memory care in Springfield ($6,310) costs $2,214 less than in Middlesex County, while providers in Worcester ($7,106) cost just $1,416 less.

$8524

Middlesex County

$8125

Massachusetts

$5625

The United States

$8750

Barnstable Town

$7106

Worcester

$6310

Springfield

$2605

Pittsfield

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Adult day care, which renders weekday care to seniors, costs just $1,614 per month in Middlesex County. Homemaker services cost $6,292, while a home health aide ($6,244) costs less despite providing additional clinical care. Assisted living facilities cost $6,819 per month and nursing homes charge between $13,155 for semiprivate and $14,402 for private accommodations.

$6292

Homemaker Services

$6244

Home Health Aide

$1614

Adult Day Health Care

$6819

Assisted Living Facility

$13155

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$14402

Nursing Home (private room)

Note: Data for Middlesex County was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Boston, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Middlesex County

In Ashland, 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 Massachusetts page.

More ways to pay for memory care in Massachusetts

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 Massachusetts page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Middlesex County

As the 22nd most populous county in the country, Middlesex County is home to a wealth of resources for seniors who are considering moving to or currently live in memory care facilities. Local government agencies and nonprofit organizations operate senior-oriented supports, services and programs that provide prescription assistance, legal help and information and assistance about resources.

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 272-3900

The Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association oversees and arranges local support groups, offers Alzheimer's-related virtual education opportunities, runs a 24/7 helpline and links seniors with early-stage Alzheimer's services.

(800) 243-4636

Prescription Advantage, Massachusetts' state-sponsored prescription drug assistance program, offers prescription drug coverage to seniors ages 65 and up, including primary prescription coverage to seniors without Medicare. Prescription Advantage is also available to seniors with Medicare coverage, filling in gaps not already covered by the federal health insurance program.

(800) 439-0183

Also known as the SHINE Program, Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone is the Massachusetts rendition of the state health insurance assistance program, a Medicare-funded program that exists in every state. The SHINE Program offers free, confidential information about health insurance options to state residents with Medicare. Counselors take seniors' calls, assess their unique situations and give seniors individualized insights about available health and long-term care insurance options. 

(617) 603-1700

Volunteer Lawyers Project, a subsidiary of the Boston Bar Association, is a legal aid society that renders legal assistance to underserved populations throughout the Greater Boston area, including seniors. The organization connects clients with volunteer attorneys who carefully assess seniors' legal concerns, provide legal advice and offer quality representation in court and out-of-court negotiations. Volunteer Lawyers Project covers several broad areas of civil law, including family law, probate, consumer protection and civil appeals.

(508) 573-7200

Massachusetts connects seniors and their caregivers with its Area Agencies on Aging through 25 Aging Services Access Points; BayPath Elder Services acts as Middlesex County's ASAP. BayPath Elder Services runs the county's Assisted Living Ombudsman Program, whereby ombudsmen visit memory care facilities to build trusting relationships with seniors, field complaints regarding quality of care from residents, resolve complaints to residents' satisfaction and identify and fix deficiencies in memory care communities' service plans. Other supports and services provided by the nonprofit organization include resource referral, LGBTQ advocacy and options counseling.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Middlesex County

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

Laws and regulations for Memory Care in Massachuseets