Located just west of the Rocky Mountains, Utah is ripe with natural beauty and charming towns and cities. Known as “The Beehive State” for the industrious nature of the people who have called it home, Utah’s state’s motto is simply the word “Industry.” The state was settled by Mormons in the 19th century and roughly 60% of the state's current population are Mormon. Aside from being home to the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere, Utah is very mountainous, and is known for having some of the world’s best skiing slopes. Salt Lake City, the state’s largest city, is a major metropolitan area with plenty of world-class amenities to offer. Between the region’s beautiful natural landscape and the welcoming appeal of cities like Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah is a wonderful place to retire.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 65 memory care facilities in Utah. The median monthly cost of memory care in Utah is about $4,500.
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 Utah.
In Utah, dementia care communities — sometimes called Alzheimer’s care or memory 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 Utah is considered to be more affordable than the national average. Utah is rated below the national average in all index categories except transportation, likely due to the fact that public transit options in the state are limited to a small number of bus lines in a few cities. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 16% of Utah’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Utah leaned very conservative, and over a quarter of the voters voted for a third party candidate. Utah has the largest Mormon community in the world, and over 60% of the state’s population identifies as Mormon.
Most of Utah has a dry, semi-arid climate with warm summers, cool winters, and below average rainfall. The more mountainous regions in the state have subarctic climates, consisting of cold winters, short summers, and lots of snowfall. The mountainous region just outside of Salt Lake City receives over 500 inches of snowfall every year.
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.