Virginia has earned the nicknames “Old Dominion” and “Mother of Presidents” due to the state’s long and storied history. Founded as one of the oldest British colonies, Virginia has also been the birthplace of 8 former U.S. presidents. From the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains in the west, to its scenic beaches along the Atlantic coast as well as its proximity to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Virginia truly has something for everyone and is a great place to retire.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 230 senior living facilities that provide Alzheimer's care in Virginia. The median monthly cost of memory care in Virginia is about $5,500.
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 facility records in Virginia.
In Virginia, 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 Virginia is considered to be slightly less affordable than the national average. Virginia’s proximity to Washington D.C. as well as its pristine coastline and beachfront properties mean that certain parts of the state have a much higher cost of housing than others. This is especially true in the northern and eastern parts of the state. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 15% of the population in Virginia are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Virginia leaned liberal. This is mostly due to a left-leaning populace in the northern portion of the state surrounding the D.C. metro area. The southern parts of the state are known for being more conservative.
Virginia’s climate is classified as humid sub-tropical. This means that the state experiences long summers, while the winters are short and fairly mild. There is moderate rain year round and the coastal breezes keep summer temperatures pleasant. The average humidity level is around 70%, often peaking in August at around 80%.