Michigan Senior Living
In the heartland of the United States, Michigan is surrounded by the five great lakes, and offers a unique combination of rural and urban living. Central hub of the industrial revolution, Michigan senior living means access to a historical wonderland full of contemporary history and that dating back to the French explorations of the 1700s.
According to the US Census Bureau in its 2011 estimates, 14.1% of Michigan's population is over the age of 65, and over 20% of the state's population is over 55. Compared to the national percentage of 13.3%, senior living in Michigan is an attractive option for anyone looking for excellent and affordable retirement communities.
Michigan Assisted Living Costs
Facilities for assisted living are regulated by the Michigan Department of Human Services, Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing.
Independent living costs in Michigan average about $2,047 per month. These costs can range from $1,250 to $3,160, also dependent upon location. *From the SeniorHomes.com 2012 Independent Living Cost Survey. (http://www.seniorhomes.com/p/independent-living-costs/)
Retirement in Michigan
The Great Lakes State boasts a substantially lower cost of living than the national average. While the nation's average is at 100, Michigan rests at an impressive 88. *BestPlaces.com
Michigan does not tax Social Security benefits, though income-tax regulations have recently been altered for pensions and retirement income. Military retirees and federal, state and local government retirees born before 1946 have income-tax exemption and are also allowed a $47,309 exemption on private pensions ($94,618 joint). Those born between 1946 and 1952 are allowed their retirement pension exemptions as well as up to $20,000 ($40,000 joint) in public or private pensions. Finally, those born after 1952 are allowed retirement pension exemptions, but no other exemptions are allowed.
Did you know that...?
- Michigan's income tax is a flat rate 4.35%, which is scheduled to drop to 4.25% in 2013. *www.kiplinger.com
- Food and prescription medications are exempt from the state's 6% sales tax, while fuels for home heating are reduced to 4%. *www.kiplinger.com
- The average home price in Michigan has increased 6% in 2012, but is still extremely low at $96,000. *Zillow Home Value Index 2012
Best Cities in Michigan for Retirees
While Detroit offers convenience and city life, it is Traverse City, Michigan that presents the ideal community for retirement. Making the list of top places to live with both US Newsand CNN Money, this little town of 15,000 offers beautiful and sandy beach views and is home to over 41% senior citizens.
Traverse City is home to the film festival baring its name, museums, art exhibits and, of course, endless fishing and boating opportunities.
Health Care in Michigan
There are 253 hospitals in the state of Michigan, many of which are branches of the Henry Ford Medical Centers.
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Activities for Seniors in Michigan
Michigan offers a host of activities for seniors ranging from the artistic to the outdoorsy. Art exhibits, such as the (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing, is ideal for art enthusiasts, while the Henry Ford Museum offers a taste of automotive history and industrial revolution. The state is also home to many farms, breweries, as well as outdoor sports, including skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, boating and hunting.
Michigan has four defined seasons, with hot summers and cold, snowy winters. Temperatures drop below zero in the winter, especially in the northern peninsula, and can reach over 100 degrees in the summer. Between snow and rainfall, the state averages between 30 and 40 inches of precipitation each year. See the current weather conditions in Michigan!
Sharp Seniors has 24 Senior Living Facilities in Michigan
- 23 of them offer Senior Living
- 15 of them offer Respite
- 14 of them offer Assisted Living
- 13 of them offer Alzheimer's Care