Shoreline’s assisted living facilities, as differentiated from nursing homes, are for seniors who are generally independent but may also be appropriate for those who need some medical supervision or help with daily living activities. Some facilities in Shoreline have single rooms, patios, and gardens; almost like resort facilities, bed and breakfasts, or college housing. The average cost of assisted living in Washington is $51,000 per year for a single person. The overall cost of living in Shoreline (133.60) is higher than the average for the US, (100) but Seattle, just twelve miles away from Shoreline, ranks second in the list of the best hundred cities for senior living, with excellent senior health care and transportation. Proximity to Seattle airports, shopping and restaurants makes visiting Shoreline enjoyable, the many neighborhood parks are a visiting grandchild’s delight.
Shoreline has a rural feeling with its many natural surroundings. The weather is mild, temperatures rarely rise beyond 76-degrees in the summer, winter temperatures don’t fall much below 33-degrees. It’s true, there’s a long rainy season but Seattle ranks near the top in life expectancy and has a low incidence of heart disease, possibly the long rainy season is beneficial. The climate makes it possible to enjoy the many community programs, picnics in any of the twenty-eight parks, visiting the Shoreline Historical Museum; going to the zoo, the botanical gardens, and performances and art exhibits at the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Arts Council. There is a golf course just seven miles away in nearby Seattle.
Another notable advantage in this city is the Shoreline Community College. In September 2010, the college launched a new program called Plus 50. The Senior Tuition Waiver provides continued learning and involvement in the community. Many helpful services are offered as well, for those with particular needs, so attending a class or two in not out of the question for those who need extra help. Senior students may attend classes for credit, or simply audit on an available-space basis. The cost is minimal, the reward priceless. The oldest graduate in 2011 was 78. However, you don’t need to pursue a degree, you can take classes for fun, or just attend all the many events that take place at the school. Overall, Shoreline is a delightful place to live.
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