Mississippi is home to more than 485,000 seniors aged 65 and older, which is over 16% of the state’s population. Like other states across the nation, Alzheimer’s is a growing concern among this age group. As of 2020, approximately 57,000, or one in 10, of these seniors are living with Alzheimer’s in Mississippi. Sadly, in 2019 there were 1,662 deaths due to the disease. By 2025, the number of Alzheimer’s cases in Mississippi is expected to rise by 8,000.
Located in the south and bordering the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi has a low cost of living, and Social Security Income and retirement income aren’t taxed. The overall rate of crime is low, and with 216 sunny days per year, Mississippi offers excellent weather for seniors who enjoy the outdoors. Individuals who require memory care can expect to pay around $4,375 per month.
Memory care can either be offered on its own in a community designed especially for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s or, more often, it’s provided as a service in a separate wing of an assisted living facility. Memory care programs are designed specifically for those with memory impairment, and the facilities often coordinate social activities and schedules specifically for the needs of those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
This guide covers the cost of memory care in Mississippi and provides a general overview of the cost of other types of long-term care. It also includes information on Medicaid and Medicare and a list of resources to help improve the quality of life of seniors within the state.