The 74 million baby boomers in the U.S. are now between 52 and 72 years of age, the country’s largest adult population group.
The Census projects that older Americans (65 and older) will outnumber children (18 and younger) by 2030. The good news is that people are living longer; the bad is that increasingly more people need more care. Senior centers, retirement homes, matching agencies, and assisted living places, which provide seniors with services and programs, will become even more important in improving the quality of life of older adults.
Places that offer services for senior citizens, regardless of whether they live there or visit regularly, schedule daily activities that focus on physical and mental health. Long gone are the days where bingo would be the main entertainment. Yoga, music classes, even martial arts are offered, as well as arts and nutrition programs and employment assistance.
Approximately 15,000 nursing homes are operating in the United States, housing about 1.4 million residents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To identify the places with the best services for seniors in the United States, 24/7 Wall St. analyzed Yelp reviews for all facilities focusing on caring for the elderly located across the country. To be considered, these locations needed to have a rating of at least 3.5 out of 5 based on 10 or more reviews. If facilities had the same ranking, then the number of reviews was considered. The senior centers were then divided by region: East Coast, West Coast, South and Midwest. Because the West Coast, which includes California, has so many senior centers with dozens of reviews, only those rated with five stars based on 15 or more reviews were included for this region’s ranking.