Oklahoma County, located in central Oklahoma, has a population of 718,633, along with a large senior representation with more than 86,000 of those residents being 65 or older. That age group is so vulnerable that there are already 64,000 Oklahoma seniors who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, a number that’s expected to grow to 76,000 before 2025. To support this growing demographic, there are 18 memory care facilities in the county, with the majority of them being located in Oklahoma City and Edmond.
In Oklahoma County and throughout the state of Oklahoma, memory care facilities are known as residential care homes and assisted living centers. Both are governed by the Department of Health Long-Term Care Services division.
Violent crime rates are low in Oklahoma County, which may put the minds of safety-cautious seniors and their families at ease. The county’s violent crime rate is 19.5 and the property crime rate is 40.2, compared to the national averages of 22.8 and 35.4, respectively.
- Although the cost of living in Oklahoma County is 92.4, lower than the national average of 100, healthcare expenses are higher than the average at 118.5, which could drive up facility costs.
- On a 100-point scale where 100 represents the areas with the best air quality, Oklahoma County has a rank of 51, seven points lower than the national average of 58. Seniors with heart or respiratory conditions may want to take the poorer air quality in the county into consideration when seeking out perspective memory care facilities.
- The weather in Oklahoma County is hot and humid in summers with highs of 94 degrees, and cool and comfortable in the winter with lows rarely dropping below 28. County residents can also expect to enjoy 235 sunny days each year, 30 more than the national average of 205, which might be good news for seniors who enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors participating in supervised activities.
Note: Data reported on this page was updated in 2019 and based on the latest 2018 figures.