Families considering senior living options in Mississippi will be greeted by warm temperatures and a landscape defined by the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers. Elevation is low throughout the state, with some small hills in the northeast section. The state’s climate becomes increasingly tropical as you travel south toward the beaches of Bay St. Louis along the Gulf Coast. Along with the Southern charm of its cities like Jackson and Biloxi, Mississippi’s pleasant weather and affordable living costs — the lowest of any U.S. state — make the Magnolia State an ideal retirement destination.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 20 senior living communities in Mississippi that provide memory care.
The median monthly cost of memory care in Mississippi is about $4,100.
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 Mississippi.
In Mississippi, 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.
Overall, the cost of living in Mississippi is considered to be much more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 16% of Mississippi’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Mississippi leaned conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, like Jackson, tend to be more progressive.
Like much of the U.S. Deep South, Mississippi has a humid subtropical climate. This means the state has long, hot summers and short, mild winters resembling an extended autumn. Temperatures tend to be noticeably warm during winter along Mississippi’s southern coastline with the Gulf of Mexico. Humidity is high all year throughout the state, but the increased humidity in the state’s southern region near the Gulf also brings more annual precipitation compared to Mississippi’s northern counties. Substantial snowfall is rare, but the state receives plenty of rain and severe weather including thunderstorms and tornadoes. Flooding is common throughout the state, particularly along the Mississippi River, which makes up the state’s entire western border. Given its location on the north end of the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi is also prone to tropical storms and hurricanes during late spring and summer months when ocean waters are warmest.