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Retire to the Good Life

An agreeable climate, the availability of first-class medical services and opportunities for enjoying an array of cultural, recreational and leisure-time activities are factors that make Savannah a much-sought-after haven for retirees.

But that’s not all. Because it’s a 277-year-old city whose residents revere families with long histories, Savannah is a place that values older people. Proof of that claim can be found in the existence of Senior Citizens, Inc., a nonprofit organization that’s been in operation in Savannah since 1959. This agency, which runs an adult day-care center and provides assistance to seniors so they can remain in their homes, is funded by state and federal grants and receives support from local governments, the United Way and private donations.

It’s also the site of The Club at Senior Citizens (236-0363), seniorcitizens-inc.org, an activity center for seniors and one of three large-scale local programs offering a variety of services geared toward keeping older adults healthy, socially active and well-informed.

The others are Smart Senior (352-4405), a program operated by the St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, and GenerationOne (350-7587), which is sponsored by Memorial Health University Medical Center. Both programs provide seniors with medical screenings, health and educational seminars and other benefits.

Programs such as these are likely to grow in significance because the Savannah area promises to become grayer as the 21st century progresses. Statistics show the percentage of residents 65 and older gradually creeping upward — to about 11.3 percent for 2006-2008. The region in recent years has been “discovered” by retirees, as evidenced by the proliferation of retirement communities created in the area since the mid-1990s.

Home-owning seniors living in Chatham County received a boost in 2000 when voters approved a local referendum aimed at preventing longtime residents from being taxed out of their dwellings. The legislation freezes residential property assessments by automatically raising homestead exemptions to match increases in values for as long as a resident owns his or her home.

Seniors seeking to continue their education can pursue degrees and non-credit courses at area colleges. Tuition at state colleges and universities is free for those 65 and older. The spiritual side of seniors will also find nurturing in Savannah, where there is an abundance of houses of worship covering a wide spectrum of faiths.


Retirement & Assisted Living

Altrus, Inc. Assisted Living
6600 Abercorn St
Savannah GA 31405
912-354-6011
www.altrus.us

Azalealand Nursing Home
2040 Colonial Dr
Savannah Ga 31406
912-354-2752
www.azalealand.com

Buckingham House Assisted Living
5450 Abercorn St.
Savannah GA 31405
912-355-5550
www.buckinghamsouth.com

Habersham House Assisted Living & Memory Care
5200 Habersham St.
Savannah GA 31405
912-352-0070
www.habershamhousesavannah.com

John-Wesley Villas of Savannah, Inc.
231 W. Montgomery X-Rds
Savannah GA 31406
912-925-8853
www.johnwesleyvillas.com

Marshview Senior Living
7410 Skidaway Rd
Savannah GA 31406
912-354-6185
www.marshviewseniorliving.com

Nightingale Services, Inc.
9100 White Bluff Rd., Ste 301
Savannah GA 31406
912-355-6472
www.nightingaleservices.com

Pruitt Health of Savannah
12825 White Bluff Rd
Savannah GA 31419
912-927-9416
www.uhs-pruitt.com

Savannah Commons Retirement Community
1 Peachtree Dr
Savannah GA 31419
912-927-0500
www.savannahcommons.com

Savannah Cottage of Chatham
11310 White Bluff Rd
Savannah GA 31419
912-925-3494
www.savannahcottagechatham.com

Savannah Square Retirement Community
One Savannah Square Dr.
Savannah GA 31406
912-927-7550
www.savannahsquareretirement.com

Summer Breeze Senior Living
351 Wilmington Island Rd
Savannah GA 31410
912-898-8880
www.summerbreezeseniorliving.com

The Marshes of Skidaway Island
95 Skidaway Island Park Rd
Savannah GA 31411
912-598-5030
www.marshesofskidaway.org

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