Alabama Memory Care Regulations
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because memory care is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate memory care within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Alabama.
In Alabama, memory care communities — sometimes called Alzheimer’s care or dementia care facilities — provide specialized care for seniors who have Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other forms of memory loss. These communities offer personalized cognitive rehabilitation programs alongside assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). Memory care usually includes 24-hour supervision and unique design elements, like outdoor gardens and color-coded walls, to help ease anxiety, agitation, and other symptoms of dementia.
Cost of Living
Overall, the cost of living in Alabama is considered to be more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
- Cost of Living: 90
- Groceries: 97
- Housing: 72
- Utilities: 103
- Transportation: 89
About 17% of Alabama’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Alabama leaned conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, like Birmingham, tend to be more progressive.
2016 Presidential Election
- 34% voted Democratic
- 62% voted Republican
- 4% voted third party
- Median age: 39
- Over the age of 55: 30%
- 2018 population: 4,887,871
- 2020 population: 4,913,473
- Estimated 2025 population: 4,978,067
- 51% regularly attend a religious service
- 18% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
- The state has a total of 10,514 congregations
- There are 892 Masonic lodges in the state
Climate and Weather
Like most of the Deep South, Alabama has a humid subtropical climate. This means the state has long, hot summers and short, mild winters that resemble an extended autumn. Temperatures tend to be slightly cooler in Alabama’s northeastern counties, where the Appalachian Mountains extend into. Humidity is high throughout the year, particularly toward the state’s southern coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. Alabama receives plenty of rainfall and thunderstorms throughout the year, but snow is rare. The state’s north and central regions commonly experience tornadoes, with the most severe occurring during spring and fall months. Given its location on the north end of the Gulf of Mexico, Alabama is prone to tropical storms and hurricanes during late spring and summer months when ocean water warms.
Humidity and Precipitation
- Average humidity level: 72%
- Average monthly precipitation: 5”
- Average maximum monthly precipitation: 8” (July)
- Average air quality index rating: 38 (Good)
- Average maximum air quality rating: 47 in May (Good)
- Average temperature: 63°F
- Average summer temperature: 79°F
- Typical summer high: 93°F (July)
- Typical summer low: 62°F (June)
- Average winter temperature: 46°F
- Typical winter high: 66°F (February)
- Typical winter low: 26°F (January)
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