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Page Reviewed / Updated – January 26, 2024

Newton, MA, sits approximately 7 miles west of downtown Boston, with a population of over 87,000. More than 18% of local residents are 65 and older and potentially in need of long-term care. Data from Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey shows that seniors pay a median of $6,819 per month for assisted living in Newton. However, memory care is around 25% more expensive as it includes specialized support for older adults experiencing cognitive decline. This long-term care option averages $8,524 monthly — higher than the state and national medians of $8,125 and $5,625, respectively.

The Newton area is home to 27 facilities offering memory care services, so Paying For Senior Care has narrowed down the 10 best based on resident ratings and family feedback. This guide features information about each facility’s services, amenities and overall environment to help seniors search for memory care communities that meet their needs.

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

Evans Park at Newton Corner

Originally built as a library, Evans Park at Newton Corner combines historical and modern architectural design and sits near I-90. Skilled caregivers deliver 24/7 support using a personalized, needs-based approach. The Mind and Memory care program features six levels that detail care based on each individual's dementia care needs. The facility provides a spectrum of support for varying cognitive challenges. This ranges from mild cognitive impairment, needing only simple reminders, to more severe cognitive decline, which requires extensive physical, emotional and behavioral care. Individual suites with private bathrooms offer a quiet spot for residents, and common spaces that are easy to navigate include a secure outdoor courtyard, fitness center, art studio and salon. 

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  • Art and music therapy featuring painting and live music
  • Stimulating environment designed to appeal to all five senses

Sunrise of Newton

Sunrise of Newton offers two memory care options, the Terrace Club and Reminiscence, purposely designed to meet the needs of individuals at different stages of memory loss. The neighborhoods employ subtle, contrasting colors and motion sensors to foster independence and assist with navigation. Accommodations rest around common areas and activity rooms to promote socialization. Residents can safely observe nature in large, secure outdoor spaces. The Live With Purpose program offers seniors the opportunity to participate in painting, music therapy and gardening activities either individually or in small groups. Trained staff members are on hand 24/7 to handle emergencies and assist with daily living tasks, including dressing, bathing and medication management. 

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  • Staff trained in the Validation Method
  • Family engagement app to maintain resident-family connections

Maplewood at Weston

Maplewood at Weston sits near a major highway and overlooks the Charles River. Residents receive customized, evidence-based memory care from a dedicated team. Each senior is part of a group that works with a specific caregiver to build familiarity. Day-to-day life revolves around a flexible schedule that aims to calm agitation and maintain skills. Programming includes a mix of mental, physical and social activities such as exercise classes, games and worship services to keep the body and mind sharp. In the multisensory dining room, residents dine on linens and tableware that improve depth perception as they immerse themselves in the kitchen's appetite-stimulating aromas.

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  • Wellness center staffed with nurses
  • Family support and education services 

Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings

Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings sits near the crossroads of I-95 and Highway 2. Caregivers address various needs through six levels of mind and memory care plans, progressing from minor cognitive decline at the baseline to advanced dementia requiring full assistance. A social worker and nurse oversee the program, which includes 24/7 assistance from caregivers trained in memory loss and empathy. Operating with a holistic approach, the community addresses more than physical needs, with all-denomination celebrations, spiritual activities, entertainment and pet therapy. The intimate dining room engages residents as they eat chef-prepared meals, and seniors can receive extra support during meals when needed. 

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  • Connects First communication method
  • Neighborhoods designed to engage the senses with smells, sounds and sights

Sunrise of Wayland

Life-enrichment managers at Sunrise of Wayland develop strong connections with residents, enabling them to customize care based on their individual needs and personalities. Community members and care associates engage in one-on-one and small-group activities, including yoga, tai chi, painting, brainteasers, flower arranging and outings to local attractions. The staff encourages residents to engage with life skill stations that have familiar items such as typewriters, jewelry and child care accessories to evoke positive memories. Seniors take part in tranquil activities such as meditation and prayer in dedicated reflection areas equipped with gentle lighting and soothing music. The dining room, designed to foster conversation, serves meals three times a day in a restaurant-style setting.

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  • On-site bistro hosts happy hours and afternoon socials
  • Personalized shadow boxes outside every room

Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle

Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle offers customized, round-the-clock memory care with St. Elizabeth's Medical Center only about a mile away when residents need additional support. Offering six levels of mind and memory plans, the community accommodates residents with early to advanced dementia. Each memory care level offers increasing support for residents' physical, emotional and behavioral needs. Caregivers are highly trained, undergoing various programs including the renowned Connect First communication method, a key factor in the facility's top-tier ranking. The staff guide residents through their day in a safe, multisensory environment designed to stimulate the senses. Activities touch on various interests, with options such as art, music, exercise, movies and outings.

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  • Texture-modified diets and feeding assistance available
  • Private and companion suites with accessibility features

Wingate Residences at Needham

Wingate Residences at Needham earns a place on our best-of list because of its innovative approach to memory care. This includes an introductory level for individuals experiencing the early stages of dementia. The trained care team talks with residents and their physicians regularly. With this information, they update care plans to meet residents’ needs and preferences. Besides helping with daily activities, staff performs hourly wellness checks each night. Wellness programming and exercise classes, such as Sing-Along Fitness and Sittercise Fitness groups, help residents increase mobility and reduce the risk of falls. Trivia, games and educational classes provide mental stimulation. Touch screen tablets allow residents to place video calls to loved ones and access therapeutic and entertainment media.

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  • 24-hour emergency response system
  • Menus crafted by chefs and dieticians

The Residence at Watertown Square

The Residence at Watertown Square is less than 10 miles from central Boston, and there are six hospitals within a half-hour drive. It makes our top 10 list because it uses REACT neurotechnology to monitor residents' brain health, recommending lifestyle changes as appropriate. Furthermore, as part of the Reflections memory care program, seniors can engage in expressive art therapies. These therapies include music, storytelling, visual arts and movement, all aimed at stimulating cognition. Professional chefs serve breakfast, lunch and dinner all day, created in cooperation with brain health experts, so community members eat based on their own schedule. Additionally, memory care residents have supervised access to the community during the day, and they sleep in a secure neighborhood.

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Sunrise of Arlington

Sunrise of Arlington sits on a tree-lined campus near both natural spaces and local retailers. The community features the Terrace Club neighborhood for residents with early and moderate cognitive decline and the Reminiscence neighborhood for those who need advanced dementia care. All caregivers receive evidence-based dementia training, and some team members earn the essentiALZ certification with training developed by the Alzheimer's Association. Thoughtful interior design and ambiance features include contrasting colors, motion sensors, natural light, soothing music and personalized shadow boxes outside of resident suites. During meal times, residents choose options using visual menus, with extra time to make decisions. The dining room uses color contrast, soft music and flowers to create familiarity and comfort. 

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  • Caregivers use the Validation method for communication with residents
  • Life skills stations

Providence House Assisted Living

Just 1 mile from St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Providence House Assisted Living offers memory care services through its Beechwood neighborhood. Ranked highly for its effectiveness, the activity-based program specifically caters to residents with early to mid-stage dementia. It engages seniors actively, aiding in the preservation of their skills and addressing their unique needs. Activities utilize various skills with a structure that encourages success, and common options include art classes, educational programs, clubs, socials, exercise sessions, religious services and pet therapy. Within the secured community, memory care residents move about freely, with environmental cues to help with navigation and build familiarity. The low-stress environment supports a sense of calm. 

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  • Habilitation model of care
  • Living arrangements include studio, companion and one-bedroom floor plans