Known for its wide-open landscape and distinctive red dirt, Oklahoma is an ideal retirement destination for seniors looking for a calming, relatively inexpensive lifestyle. The Sooner State’s two largest cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, grew during the oil booms of the early 1900s and today feature popular art museums, zoos, and botanical gardens. On Route 66, which crosses almost the entirety of the state from east to west, travelers can catch a glimpse of the Old West while stopping at old-fashioned restaurants and roadside attractions.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 60 senior living communities in Oklahoma that provide memory care.
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 facility records in Oklahoma.
In Oklahoma, memory care communities — sometimes called Alzheimer’s care or dementia care — 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 Oklahoma 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.
About 16% of Oklahoma’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Oklahoma leaned heavily conservative.
Oklahoma’s climate is divided into two classifications: humid subtropical for the majority of the state, and cold semi-arid in the “panhandle” toward the west. In general, Oklahoma has extreme temperatures, with hot summers, cold winters, and not much rainfall. As part of Tornado Alley, Oklahoma often has severe weather in the spring and summer months, and it has one of highest annual rates of tornadoes in the world.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.