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The median age in Georgia is 36.8 years, making Georgia the 10th-youngest state, and Georgia has the fourth-smallest percentage of residents age 50 and up. Where do Georgia’s seniors stand when it comes to demographics and quality-of-life factors like life expectancy and income?
While the state is one of the youngest overall, it’s had a big jump in the median age since 2010. Georgia’s median age rose by 4 percent over the past decade, far higher than the national increase of 2.7 percent. Fewer Georgia seniors are in the labor force, and households led by older adults have slightly lower incomes than the national average.
What else can we learn about the state of Georgia seniors, and what tools are available to ensure they get the services and opportunities they need?
*Includes Black, Native American, Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander or individuals of one or more other races, and Hispanic/Latinx people of any race.
Georgia's Living Costs for Seniors
Georgia's cost of living is generally lower than the national average. Its housing index is 93.20 out of 100. In this state, a one-bedroom apartment averages out to $716 a month compared to the national average of $825 a month. You can get a two-bedroom apartment for an average of $849, while the U.S. average for a similar apartment costs is around $1,027 a month.
Home health care costs are reasonable in Georgia, with an average cost of $3,623 a month. These costs allow seniors to live in their homes while service aides help to run everyday errands, cook meals, and keep the house clean.
Seniors needing supervision in a facility during the day can expect to pay an average of $1,300 per month for adult day health care. This does not include 24/7 nursing care, so it's ideal for seniors who are mostly independent but could use some socialization.
Assisted living facilities are available throughout Georgia for elderly requiring more assistance with their everyday tasks. Seniors are able to receive personal care and health services for an average monthly cost of $2,800 a month.
Older people who need round-the-clock supervision may want to consider a nursing home in Georgia. The cost for a semi-private room is roughly $6,222 a month, while a private room is about $6,707 a month. Nursing home care entails personal care, medication, housing, supervision, and therapies and rehabilitation.
Living Options for Senior Georgians
Georgian seniors have the option of selecting between a few living options including independent living, assisted living, memory care, and nursing home care. Explore each below to get an idea of which is most compatible with your lifestyle.
Georgia is home to more than 290 independent living facilities. Seniors who are active, healthy, and don't require 24/7 supervision will prefer staying at an independent living facility or living in a senior apartment. The average costs of independent living facilities in the state range from $467 to $4,372 a month.
Senior apartments often include great amenities for the elderly to enjoy, including but not limited to workout rooms, walking trails, pools and jacuzzis, and more. Of course, the exact amenities will differ from place to place.
There are numerous assisted living facilities available throughout Georgia to provide seniors with attentive caregivers, healthcare, and social opportunities to help them feel at home. Similar to independent living facilities, amenities will vary from place to place. However, residents can expect to receive assistance with housekeeping duties, laundry, transportation, meal services, and 24-hour staffing to ensure safety.
It costs anywhere from $850 to $7,950 a month to stay at an assisted living facility in the state. The cheaper facilities are located in the suburban areas, while the costs are higher in the metropolitan areas.
Senior residents with Alzheimer's, dementia, and other memory ailments will benefit from memory care in Georgia. Memory care facilities help patients get through the day without too much frustration as a result of memory loss. They are also monitored 24/7 to prevent patients from getting lost. The average monthly cost to stay at a memory care facility in this state ranges from $1,232 to $11,527 a month. The range is huge, and the prices differ on a variety of things like location. The Savannah metropolitan area has some of the most expensive memory care facilities, while the Warner Robins area offers lower memory care prices in Georgia.
There are more than 1,300 senior living providers in the state of Georgia to meet the growing population of seniors. Amongst all those providers is every type of senior living facility needed for all types of lifestyles and special needs.
Seniors who want to be actively involved in a community and make friends will enjoy one of the 107 adult day care centers in Georgia. At an average cost of $15,600 per year, seniors will be well taken care of and able to engage in a variety of activities to keep their bodies and minds engaged. The costs of adult daycare centers are higher in Georgia when compared to neighboring states, but lower than the national average.
Nearing end of life is never an easy stage of life for seniors and their families. Georgia has around 230 hospices. A hospice can be fully funded through Medicaid and Medicare, as well as private insurances. Hospices will have dedicated staff to help incoming patients complete the right paperwork to have the costs covered by insurance. Staff at hospices will also provide medications to ease any pain, chaplain services, and counseling.
Respite care facilities in Georgia are plentiful, with 416 operating in the state. Caregivers needing relief from the demands of senior care can make use of a respite care facility, where staff will take in the senior and lovingly care for them. Stays at a respite care facility can be as short or as long as needed. Meals and activities are provided to seniors, along with health monitoring and medical attention on a need basis. The average cost of respite care in Georgia is $65,700 per year.
U.S. Census Bureau, ACS 1-Year Estimates Subject Tables (2010, 2017 and 2018)
Annual rental cost, Zillow Rent Index, States
Job openings, pulled from Indeed.com and SimplyHired.com in April 2020
Employment and wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2019 publication
Household income and population figures, U.S. Census Bureau, most recent publications on all topics