Page Reviewed / Updated - July 10, 2020
Seattle, Washington, holds plenty of appeal as a retirement destination and offers the lush landscapes you’d expect to see in the Pacific Northwest. Located on Puget Sound, the Emerald City is surrounded by waterways, nature trails, parks and the stunning Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. Kiplinger named Seattle one of the top 12 cities to retire in for its world-class health care, award-winning hospitals and mild year-round climate. The city has a population of slightly over 753,000 people, of whom 12.3% are aged 65 and older, Although Seattle's cost of living is higher than the national average, Washington charges no state income tax on retirement income, including Social Security benefits and pensions.
Assisted living costs an average of $6,500 per month in Seattle, and memory care services generally cost about 25% more. Seniors can expect to pay about $8,125 per month for memory care in Seattle, which is higher than the state average of $6,875 and $3,000 more than the national average of $5,064.
Seniors seeking specialized care for Alzheimer’s, dementia or other forms of memory loss have plenty of available options in Seattle. Our top 10 list of memory care communities in the area can help you narrow your choices.
11039 17th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA 98125
Sunrise of Northgate makes our top 10 list because it’s a Bronze Commitment to Quality Award recipient with a safe, homelike environment. With its convenient location just minutes from the heart of Seattle, seniors living here enjoy a relaxed, cozy setting that’s close to medical facilities and entertainment options for fun community outings. Its Reminiscence memory care program offers specially designed neighborhoods with suites located next to common areas for ease of navigation and social interaction, and large, secure outdoor spaces that provide unhampered access to nature.
9001 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
The Signature programs offered by this Generations Memory Care community puts Emerald City Senior Living on our top 10 list. This community effectively combines safety, security, privacy and a sense of home to create a warm, familiar environment for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Its highly trained staff works with residents to support them through the memory loss process, and provides programs meant to foster their moments of achievement. Committed to person-centered care, Emerald City is Music & Memory-certified and provides complete memory care and an abundance of amenities.
2418 NW 56th Street
Seattle, WA 98107
Nestled in the cozy, historic Ballard neighborhood, Merrill Gardens joins our top 10 list as a Golden Nugget award winner for Best Service Enriched Senior Community. Modern, yet intimate, this senior community offers a calendar packed with enriching activities, tons of amenities, including a theater and bistro, and spectacular waterway and mountain views from the rooftop terrace. Its memory care community, Garden House, fulfills the unique needs of residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia through its Personal Pathways program designed around fun, meaningful activities.
2959 76th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Located on beautiful Mercer Island in Lake Washington, Sunrise of Mercer Island lies between Seattle and the East Side and offers an oasis of safe, high quality senior care. Its Reminiscence memory care program is delivered in a specially designed neighborhood, with easy to navigate common areas, where residents suffering from memory loss benefit from socialization and memory-focused activities. The facility's life enrichment managers are trained in Validation therapy and other special memory care techniques to ensure residents receive care appropriate to their unique needs.
933 111th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Located 10 miles east of Seattle, The Garden at Town Square offers a warm, vibrant lifestyle in the heart of downtown Bellevue. This senior community promotes healthy living through an array of enticing activities, amenities and dining options. The Terrace offers Era Living Memory Care in 26 private apartments to help seniors retain their independence and dignity. Residents receive compassionate, personalized care through its Best Friends approach to building meaningful relationships and helping each person feel connected, valued and at ease.
7125 Fauntleroy Way SW
Seattle, WA 98136
The Kenney is a continuing care retirement community nestled in the unique West Seattle neighborhood that offers an eclectic setting, inventive programming and distinctive living options. The community's memory care neighborhood boasts extensive, high-level services paired with specialized programming for residents living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Through its innovative Connections stimulation program, residents live in the moment, focusing on their remaining cognitive, physical and social abilities instead of what’s been lost. Memory care suites provide a homelike environment, with private rooms and secure outdoor access.
2200 East Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98112
Aegis Living Madison takes advantage of breathtaking water and mountain views and offers a unique urban vibe and innovative care programs for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Life’s Neighborhood program provides personalized care to help ease symptoms and meet each resident’s changing needs throughout the progression of their memory loss. The secured memory care wing is designed to limit wandering behavior and keep residents safe and comfortable. Expertly trained staff offer stimulating memory care activities to match the cognitive level of each resident.
13023 Greenwood Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98133
Located in north Seattle’s Broadview neighborhood, Foss Home & Village is a not-for-profit senior living community featuring cottages surrounding an extensive park-like courtyard. Memory care residents live in private apartments, and specially trained staff are available 24/7 to provide care tailored to meet their individual needs. Music & Memory-certified staff members use the therapeutic benefits of music to reawaken residents' memories not lost to dementia. The community provides consistent, structured routines, programs and activities to calm and comfort residents in a quiet, secure environment.
223 West Galer Street
Seattle, WA 98199
Perched atop Queen Anne Hill in the heart of Seattle, Aegis of Queen Anne offers an intimate memory care community. Its innovative Life’s Neighborhood program helps ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Trained staff, available 24/7, provide personalized care in a secure memory care wing to accommodate each resident’s changing needs and the progression of their memory loss. Inspiring activities encourage social engagement, while stimulating the brain and promoting relaxation, for overall well-being.
1010 SW 134th Street
Burien, WA 98146
Located just 11 miles from downtown Seattle, Village Concepts in Burien is housed in a new, gracious building surrounding a beautiful courtyard garden. This cutting-edge retirement community offers memory care to support residents with all forms of dementia. Its compassionate staff goes beyond practical care and support to create a family-like atmosphere, with organized social and recreational events that give residents numerous opportunities to connect with others. Staff members receive specialized training, supported by the latest research, to effectively assist residents with cognitive impairments and progressive memory loss.