Tennessee Senior Living
Over the years, Tennessee has seen an increase of senior living communities and it’s easy to see why. Thanks to its numerous quaint towns and reasonable cost of living, the Volunteer state is seeing a new wave of active seniors looking for that perfect mix of relaxation and culture. Cities like Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga are all music cities, perfect for enjoying rock, jazz, and of course, country music. And as an extra plus, there’s the holy Mecca for true music lovers: Graceland.
Senior living in Tennessee offers something for everyone. Retirement in Tennessee is a savvy decision for anyone looking for sophisticated and affordable communities filled with various recreational activities. A mix of bustling city vibes and culture mixed with beautiful nature is just the key to an idyllic retirement destination and Tennesse senior living has it all!
Tennessee Assisted Living Costs
The state agencies responsible for regulating and licensing assisted living communities are the Department of Health and the Division of Health Care Facilities. Regulations are enacted by the Tennessee Assisted-Care Living Facilities.
The cost of senior living in Tennessee can vary from city to city, but the average monthly cost of a single occupancy independent living community is $2,097 with a minimum cost of $995 and a maximum cost of $3,060. *From the SeniorHomes.com 2012 Independent Living Cost Survey. (http://www.seniorhomes.com/p/independent-living-costs/)
Retirement in Tennessee
Tennessee’s mild climate and low cost of living, along with its diverse landscape, is an attractive choice for anyone looking for senior living options. Its real estate and cost of living is below the national average, according to City Rating. However all is not as perfect as it seems. According to Kiplinger.com, Tennessee is a mixed bag for seniors looking to retire here.
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- Tennessee's total tax burden is one of the lowest in the country (44th). *www.kiplinger.com
- Tennessee has no income tax, but interest and dividends are taxed at 6%.
- Residents over 65 whose total income is less than $16,2000 (single) or $27,000 (married) are exempt from some taxes.
- TN has a property tax relief program that the elderly, disabled and veterans can take advantage of. *Tennessee Department of Revenue
Best Tennessee Cities for Retirement
The hardest part about deciding to retire is picking that perfect town that will allow you to live your new retired life to its fullest. And with so many viable options in Tennessee, this decision won’t be an easy one.
Crossville, TN is the capital of golf and as such, attracts a lot of active seniors. Also, more popular cities like Nashville and Memphis offer a lot of activities and culture for the newly retired. In addition, smaller towns like Maryville and Franklin offer a slower pace of living and are becoming quite popular for those looking to avoid those bustling city crowds and tourists.
Local Health Care
Tennessee has more than 150 hospitals and medical centers. Two of the hospitals, University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville are nationally ranked and nine others meet local standards for high performance.
Seniors are now able to take advantage of the Affordable Health Care act that aims at reducing healthcare and prescription medicine costs. According to Healthcare,gov, “In 2011, 612,268 people with Medicare in Tennessee received free preventive services– such as mammograms and colonoscopies – or a free annual wellness visit with their doctor. And in the first nine months of 2012, 480,206 people with Medicare received free preventive services.” See more information on the Affordable Health Care Act.
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Activities for Seniors
Many amenities can be found in the cities of Nashville and Memphis, as well as a strong musical heritage from early rock and roll, to blues and country. Such attractions include Memphis’ Beale Street and Graceland, as well as Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. Seniors who retire in Tennessee can also enjoy the great outdoors by exploring the Appalachian Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Although Tennessee’s weather varies from city to city, the general climate is considered temperate with warm summers and mild winters. The areas around the Gulf Coastal Plain and the Sequatchie Valley are normally the warmest parts of the state. The greatest rainfall occurs in the winter and the early fall months are the driest. Check out current Tennessee temperatures!
Sharp Seniors has 16 Senior Living Facilities in Tennessee
- 16 of them offer Senior Living
- 5 of them offer Alzheimer's Care
- 5 of them offer Assisted Living
- 3 of them offer Respite
- 2 of them offer Continuing Care (CCRC)