The city of Jackson, Mississippi is located in Hinds County, south of the Yazoo River and its slogan is “the city with soul.” According to Forbes magazine this city of roughly 174,000 people is one of the best places to live in the US when it comes to getting the most value for money. The state of Mississippi is in the top five when it comes to low real estate taxes and social security is also exempt from taxation, both of these can make life here easier for senior citizens living on retirement income. Whether seniors opt for assisted living facilities, in-home residential senior care or nursing homes, Jackson has numerous options for them. There are also hospices for those who need serious medical care. When it comes to enjoying life in the city, Jackson has options there too. There are many parks, museums and even a zoo.
In midsummer, the temperatures in Jackson can rise to the low 90s, winters are fairly mild with the mid 30s being the average low. Crime in Jackson has declined considerably since its peak in the 1999 and the cost of living is well below the US average as is the cost of senior care. A senior citizen is who is active and does not need a great deal of care can get a private one bedroom apartment in a Jackson assisted living facility for a little over $35,000, whereas a private room in a nursing home will cost a little under $75,000; a shared room costs roughly $72,000. Medical care facilities are plentiful and include hospitals like the St Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Women’s Hospital at River Oaks; medical centers include the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Central Mississippi Medical Center. The Jackson Transit System (JATRAN) is available to seniors who want to move around the city. The bus service operates on fixed routes within the city limits and monthly passes are available to seniors at a cost of $18. There is also a HANDILIFT service that provides transportation for those who are disabled. Other travel options include Amtrak trains and flights from either of the city’s two airports.
The city provides a home-delivered meal to seniors who cannot afford to provide food for themselves or who are unable to prepare their own meals for other reasons. Other services include the senior employment program which offers subsidized jobs and training for Jackson residents who are over the age of 55. Jackson has 2,300 acres of land that is shared between its 55 parks and facilities. Among those facilities are two golf courses in the Sonny Guy Golf Course and the Grove Park Golf Course. For seniors who like to walk, there are many walking trails available including the Cherokee Heights and Jayne Avenue trails. Other options for spending leisure time include the Jackson Zoo where tickets for senior citizens cost $6. Elderly Jackson residents who are interested in art and history have several museums to choose from including the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center.
With all Jackson has to offer, SeniorLiving.Org can help you find a senior care facility so you can make the most of your local amenities.