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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),, 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 Suite 107
Savannah GA 31405

Azalealand Nursing Home
2040 Colonial Dr
Savannah Ga 31406

Habersham House Assisted Living & Memory Care
5200 Habersham St.
Savannah GA 31405

John-Wesley Villas of Savannah, Inc.
231 W Montgomery X-Rds
Savannah GA 31406

Magnolia Manor on the Coast
141 Timber Trail
Richmond Hill GA 31324

Marshview Senior Living
7410 Skidaway Rd
Savannah GA 31406

Nightingale Services, Inc.
9100 White Bluff Rd Ste 301
Savannah GA 31406

Pruitt Health of Savannah
12825 White Bluff Rd
Savannah GA 31419

Savannah Commons Retirement Community
1 Peachtree Dr
Savannah GA 31419

Savannah Cottage of Chatham
11310 White Bluff Rd
Savannah GA 31419

Savannah Square Retirement Community
One Savannah Square Dr
Savannah GA 31406

Serenity Gardens of Savannah
P O Box 375
Pooler GA 31322

Summer Breeze Senior Living
351 Wilmington Island Rd
Savannah GA 31410

The Marshes of Skidaway Island
95 Skidaway Island Park Rd
Savannah GA 31411

The Oaks at Pooler
125 Southern Junction Blvd.
Pooler GA 31322

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