Seminole County, Oklahoma, has over 25,000 residents, with 16.1% of those residents being seniors aged 65 or older, the age bracket most likely to experience Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. To care for these seniors, three memory care facilities are located within the county for families to choose from.
In Seminole County and all of Oklahoma, memory care facilities are referred to as assisted living centers and residential care homes. These facilities are licensed by the Department of Health, Protective Health Services, Long-Term Care Services Division.
- Oklahoma does not tax Social Security benefits, although retirement savings account income and pensions are partially taxed. This lower level of taxation could benefit seniors with restrictive memory care budgets.
- Seminole County’s violent crime rate is 24.8, slightly higher than the national average of 22.7, and the property crime rating is 34.8, slightly lower than the national average of 35.4. Seniors and their families may want to ensure that prospective facilities have security precautions in place.
- The cost of living in Seminole County is 76.2, almost 25 points less than the U.S. average of 100. Transportation also ranks lower than the average, but seniors can expect to pay more for healthcare expenses and groceries at 114.6 and 100.8, respectively. Housing in the area is significantly below the average at 29.9, which could be good news to family members hoping to relocate to the county.
- Residents of Seminole County experience hot, humid summers with highs of 84 degrees and colder winters with lows of 27. While the county receives 42 inches of rain each year, 3 inches more than the national average of 39, it only gets 5 inches of snow annually, 21 inches less than the national average of 26. Despite the precipitation, the county still gets 234 sunny days every year. Seniors’ families may want to ask facility staff about protocols they have in place to protect wandering seniors from the elements.
Note: Data reported on this page was updated in 2019 and based on the latest 2018 figures.