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About Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.

Complete guide to assisted living
About Care Homes

Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.

More about care homes
Veterans Resources

VA benefits for long-term care, such as Aid and Attendance benefits, can help eligible veterans and their surviving spouses pay for senior care.

Guide to VA benefits for long-term care
About Home Care

Home care relies on trained aides to provide companionship and non-medical care for seniors living at home.

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About Independent Living

Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

Complete guide to independent living
About Memory Care

Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.

Complete guide to memory care
About Nursing Homes

Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.

Complete guide to nursing homes
About Senior Apartments

Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

More about senior apartments

Assisted Living in Alaska

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Assisted Living in Alaska

As a retirement destination, Alaska offers a variety of scenery and open space unrivaled in the United States. Its reputation as “The Last Frontier” is accurate in many ways: Alaska has 17 national parks, including the country’s four largest. The snow-covered peaks of Denali National Park and Preserve are an awesome example of the vast, untamed wilderness that spreads across the state’s interior region. Many visitors to Juneau are surprised to feel the mild climate of the temperate rainforests in the state’s southeastern panhandle. And while Anchorage is farther north and surrounded by rougher terrain and colder conditions, its coastal location brings much cooler temperatures and less snowfall than the state’s Arctic regions in the far north. Alaska’s spectacular views and remote locales come at a price, though, as the most sparsely populated state in the country has fewer senior living options and therefore higher costs.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 10 senior living communities in Alaska that provide assisted living.

The median monthly cost of assisted living in Alaska is about $6,000, according to Genworth.

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Alaska Assisted Living Regulations

Assisted living communities are regulated by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Commissioner’s Office. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Alaska is rated as basic. The state does not make information about inspections, violations, and complaints available online, so you must submit a request to the state to find the compliance history of a specific community.

In Alaska, an assisted living facility, or assisted living home, provides a system of care in a homelike environment for elderly persons who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). ADLs include but are not limited to: bathing, dressing, eating, walking, physical transfer, giving medications, or helping residents give themselves medications.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in Alaska is considered to be higher than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 131
  • Groceries: 134
  • Housing: 134
  • Utilities: 154
  • Transportation: 131

Demographics

About 13% of Alaska’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Alaska leaned conservative.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 37% voted Democratic
  • 51% voted Republican
  • 12% voted third party

Population

  • Median age: 35
  • Over the age of 55: 25%
  • 2018 population: 737,438
  • 2020 population: 732,764
  • Estimated 2025 population: 721,209

Miscellaneous

  • 30% regularly attend a religious service
  • 45% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 1,246 congregations
  • There are 27 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

By far the northernmost U.S. state, Alaska overall has a much cooler climate than the rest of the country, and its large size and geographic variation mean the state has many different climate classifications. In the southeastern panhandle, where the capital city Juneau is located, the temperate rainforests along the Pacific coast have an oceanic climate with mild temperatures throughout the year, accompanied by lots of rainfall. The higher elevations in the inland part of the panhandle — like much of Alaska’s interior and northern regions — have subarctic and tundra climates, with short, cool summers and winters with extreme cold and much snowfall. The Aleutian Islands in the southwest portion of the state have an oceanic climate similar to the panhandle. In Alaska’s southern coastal region, Anchorage has relatively mild temperatures with a warm-summer Mediterranean continental climate, although it’s surrounded by higher elevations with colder temperatures and more snow. There are pockets of cold semi-arid climates in the interior and northern regions of the state, and some areas in the far north have an Arctic — or ice-cap — climate with long and extremely cold winters.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 77%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 3”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 22” (October)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 30 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 42 in February (Good)

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 32°F
  • Average summer temperature: 54°F
  • Typical summer high: 74°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 31°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 12°F
  • Typical winter high: 43°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: -31°F (February)

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