The small city of Trenton is both the capital of New Jersey as well as the seat of Mercer County. The city’s population is a little over 84,000 and there are many senior care facilities here including a large number of assisted living facilities. Assisted living facilities cater to seniors who are active and require minimal care when compared to those who need the elevated care and attention found in a nursing home. Aside from offering a multitude of living options, the city has significant number of amenities to make life here appealing to senior residents. There are numerous parks and recreation options as well as a variety of services provided to the elderly by the city itself.
The temperatures in Trenton dip into the low 20s in winter and rise to the 90s at the height of summer. The cost of living in this city is a few points above the average for the rest of the country but the state does provide non-Medicare assistance for its elderly residents. The senior care services include a day care for those with Alzheimer’s disease as well as the New Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving (JACC) program. When it comes to paid senior care options, there are many Trenton assisted living facilities with an average cost per year of just under $69,000 for a private one-bedroom apartment. Trenton nursing homes will cost a little under $107,000 for shared accommodations and about $115,000 for a private room. The hospitals in Trenton include Capital Health System’s Mercer Campus and the St Francis Medical Center. The crime rate in Trenton is above the nation’s average but has declined considerably since its peak in 2001. NJ Transit provides public transportation via bus and train for Trenton residents and offers a 50 percent discount on regular adult fares to seniors over age 62. The service connects to rail services in New York and Philadelphia allowing seniors to travel all over the tri-state area if they so choose. NJ Transit provides kneeling buses and ones with wheelchair lifts to make access easier for those who may have physical disabilities.
The city has four senior centers in the Samuel Naples Senior Center, the Reading Senior Center, the Msgr. Lipinski Senior Center and the Jennye W. Stubblefield Senior Center. These centers work to provide Trenton seniors with education in areas such as sign language and card playing, along with social activities like recreational trips, bingo and dancing. Altogether there are more than 40 parks in Trenton, all open from 7am to sunset with many offering seniors the opportunity to get exercise and enjoy nature. The city provides other opportunities for seniors to spend their time with museums like the Trenton City Museum and the Old Barracks Museum. The Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra and the Boheme Opera Company both provide entertainment options for those who are more artistically inclined.