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Spectacular weather, nationally ranked health care, and an abundance of social and cultural events are just a few qualities that make Atlanta a choice destination for retirees. Atlanta undoubtedly has much to offer independent seniors, with unlimited shopping, an unrivaled food scene, and various community events throughout the year. We partner with several senior apartment communities within 10 miles of Atlanta’s downtown area.

Senior apartments offer the chance to enjoy a sense of camaraderie among neighbors in the same stage of life as you, all while being central to the bustling downtown scene. These apartments tend to offer fewer amenities than an independent living facility, and you can expect to pay much less than you would at any type of senior living in the Atlanta area.

This extensive guide is filled with useful information to help you find your new senior apartment in Atlanta, and it’s based on proprietary data, our expertise in senior living, and recent, high-quality reviews about the communities. You’ll find everything you need to know about Atlanta senior apartments, from the average costs and payment methods to the most desired amenities.

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We’ve collected data from and about our network of more than 14,000 senior living communities in the U.S. for over twenty years, and we update this information at least once a year.

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Additionally, we’ve gathered over 350,000 reviews from senior living residents and family members to provide first-hand accounts of what senior living communities are really like.

What families are saying about senior apartments in Atlanta

Recent reviews for senior apartments in Atlanta

Decatur Christian Towers

5.0
Everybody was extremely nice and helpful in getting me in touch with the right resources to move my loved one into the place. I thought it was a good facility and I can not think of any improvements that need to be made.

Lillie R Campbell House in Atlanta, GA

4.5
I JUST REALLY LIKE THE PLACE THE FIRST VISIT TO IT THE STAFF WAS VERY HELPFUL AND MADE US FEEL LIKE WE WERE ALREADY AT HOME.

Grace Living of Marietta

4.1
Caring staff, room is always clean, mother always has her hair combed and is dressed nicely. Most meals seem to homemade, not institutional. I would recommend this facility to others. In fact, I already have. They are set to move in at the end of May/early June.

Costs of senior apartments in the Atlanta area

Senior apartments in Atlanta cost around $1,240 per month, according to A Place for Mom’s 2022-2023 proprietary data.[01] This amount includes the cost of rent as well as any additional expenses, such as a community entrance fee, monthly parking fee, or pet fee.

Senior apartments are usually much more affordable than other senior living communities because they typically don’t provide as many services or amenities. A person’s rent may be higher or lower depending on the following:

  • Add-on features, such as private patios or ground-floor units
  • Apartment size
  • Upgraded fixtures
  • Community location

Below, you can find the initial costs of Atlanta senior apartments. This figure doesn’t include the cost of additional fees or optional amenities.

Average monthly cost of Senior Apartments in Atlanta, GA vs. nearby cities

Atlanta, GA
$8,299/mo
$8,987/mo

Average monthly cost of Senior Apartments in Atlanta, GA vs. the state and national average

Atlanta, GA
$8,299/mo
$5,563/mo
U.S. national average
$1,336/mo

Average monthly cost of Senior Apartments in Atlanta vs. other types of senior living

$4,335/mo
Senior Apartments
$8,299/mo

Median monthly costs of Senior Apartments in Atlanta, GA by room type

Semi-Private
$2,700/mo
Studio
$1,450/mo
1 Bedroom
$1,695/mo
2 Bedroom
$1,549/mo

How people pay for senior apartments in Atlanta

Aging adults pay for Atlanta senior apartments just like they would for a standard apartment community. Residents mainly rely on personal funds to cover their monthly rent, though there are VA benefits and public assistance resources that may be available to help eligible seniors pay for an apartment.

Private pay methods in Atlanta

Many seniors solely use their finances to pay for senior apartments in Atlanta. This is pulled from a savings account or retirement income, such as Social Security benefits, pensions, or an IRA or 401k.

Some people’s retirement income may stretch to cover a variety costs, thanks to Georgia’s tax-friendly policies for seniors. In addition to Georgia’s tax-free Social Security benefits, the state also offers deductions for all pensions and retirement income:

  • $35,000 for residents between ages 62-64
  • $65,000 for residents age 65 and older[02]

The following resources can also be used to help pay for rent or other expenses like utilities and household essentials.

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VA benefits for senior apartments in Atlanta
VA pension and other benefits

Some benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) may be put toward rent at Atlanta senior apartment communities. VA pensions can assist qualified veterans and surviving spouses by providing monthly payments that can be used for the cost of rent and utilities.

Veterans may be eligible for VA pensions if they meet service and financial requirements, as well as at least one of the following:

  • The veteran is at least 65 years old.
  • The veteran collects Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
  • The veteran has a permanent disability.
  • The veteran lives in a skilled nursing facility because of a disability.

VA Aid and Attendance benefits can be provided on top of a veteran’s monthly pension. This particular benefit can be used at a veteran’s discretion to pay for any costs of a senior apartment and isn’t limited to care services. To qualify for the Aid and Attendance benefit, veterans must already be receiving VA pensions and meet one of the following prerequisites:

  • The veteran needs someone to help with activities of daily living (ADLs).
  • The veteran spends most of the day in bed.
  • The veteran has limited eyesight.
  • The veteran is a patient receiving care in a nursing home.

Unlike the VA Aid and Attendance benefit, a Housebound allowance is reserved to pay for in-home care services. It can also be used in addition to VA pensions. A veteran or a surviving spouse may receive the Housebound allowance if they’re unable to leave their home because of a disability.

You must first be enrolled in VA pensions to qualify. It’s also important to note that you can’t receive both the Housebound allowance and the Aid and Attendance at the same time.

HUD-VASH

The Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) is a voucher program aimed at helping homeless veterans and their families find permanent housing. HUD-VASH provides eligible veterans and their families with rental assistance through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, better known as HUD. Eligible recipients are only required to pay 30% of their income for rent. The program also connects veterans to VA case managers and provides access to health care and other supportive services, such as mental health treatment and substance abuse counseling.[04]

To qualify, veterans must be screened by a VA Medical Center and referred to a Public Housing Authority (PHA). If approved, veterans are assigned a case manager who can help them with the following:

  • Finding housing
  • Signing a new lease
  • Organizing their move
  • Becoming familiar with PHA procedures[04]
VA benefits assistance

The approval process for VA benefits can be trying and complicated, and reaching out to a local organization that helps with benefits can make the application process much smoother. The Georgia Department of Veterans Service (GDVS) and VA Atlanta Regional Office offer benefit assistance services to veterans and their families.

You can reach out to them or one of the contacts provided below for more information about federal and state benefits available for Georgia veterans. Atlanta has some local nonprofits with experienced volunteers available to help veterans access their benefits, such as the Catholic Charities of Atlanta, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

17867

Number of veterans who live in Atlanta, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau

About 44% of Atlanta veterans are age 65+, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Resources for Atlanta veterans

Georgia Department of Veterans Services (GDVS)

Find a Veterans Field Service Office near you
205 Jesse Hill, Jr. Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: 404-656-5940

VA Atlanta Regional Office

VA Atlanta Regional Office
1700 Clairmont Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033
Phone: 404-929-6000
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Additional veterans resources

Catholic Charities of Atlanta
Veterans Support Services
Phone: 678-426-5804
Email: Help@ccatlanta.org

Veterans of Foreign War (VFW)
Find a VFW post
4952 Columbus Rd.
Macon, GA 31206
Phone: 478-474-3737
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Disabled American Veterans office
Find your local DAV office
1700 Clairmont Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033-4032
Phone: 404-929-5956

A Place for Mom’s Veterans Benefits Guide
Georgia Medicaid for senior apartments

Georgia’s Medicaid program — sometimes called Medicaid Support or Medical Assistance — can’t be used to pay the cost of rent for Atlanta senior apartments. However, the state does have some Medicaid waiver programs that can benefit elderly or disabled residents with a medical need for home health care services.

The Elderly and Disabled (or E&D) and Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (commonly referred to as SOURCE) waiver programs give seniors the option to receive certain home health care services from their homes instead of a nursing home or hospital setting. Some standard services offered by both programs include the following:

  • Home-delivered meals
  • Personal support services
  • In-home skilled nursing
  • Emergency response services
  • Care management
  • Respite care[05]

For more information about Medicaid and Medicaid waivers, visit the Georgia Department of Community Health website or contact your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). You can apply for, manage, and renew Medicaid and other state benefits online using the Georgia Gateway website.

Atlanta Medicaid resources

Medicaid assistance offices

Georgia Department of Community Health
Contact DCH
2 Peachtree St. NW.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-656-4507

Atlanta Regional Commission
Area Agency on Aging — Atlanta
229 Peachtree St. NE., Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-463-3333

Medicare coverage for senior apartments in Atlanta

Similarly to Medicaid, Medicare does not cover monthly rent at an Atlanta senior apartment community. However, if a senior is approved for medically necessary home health care services, they can receive those services from their apartment. Some Medicare-approved home health services may include the following:

  • Medical social services
  • Physical, speech, and occupational therapies
  • Medical equipment and supplies for home use
  • Part-time or intermittent skilled nursing care and home health aide care[06]

Medicare won’t pay for services that aren’t part of your care plan, such as home-delivered meals and personal care services. To qualify for Medicare home health services, seniors must be enrolled in Medicare Part A and/or Part B and meet all of the following criteria:

  • The senior is receiving care from a doctor under a regularly reviewed care plan.
  • The senior can’t leave their home without help due to an illness or injury.
  • The senior has a confirmed need of intermittent skilled nursing care and/or physical, speech, or occupational therapies for a condition.[06]

The Georgia State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) has trained counselors who can guide seniors through Medicare benefits and enrollment. SHIP counselors can also help seniors with limited income apply for Medicare financial assistance programs to lower out-of-pocket costs for expenses, such as copayments and prescriptions. You can also dial 2-1-1 or contact your local Social Security office for additional support.

Medicare resources in Atlanta

Georgia Medicare resources

Georgia Department of Human Services
Division of Aging Services
2 Peachtree St. NW., 33rd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-657-5258

Georgia State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
Medicare assistance
Phone: 866-552-4464, ext. 4

Public assistance for Atlanta senior apartments

Since Medicare and Medicaid do not cover the cost of rent at a senior apartment, many seniors look to housing assistance and Social Security benefits for aid. Atlanta has plenty of affordable housing resources and programs for seniors with limited or fixed incomes. Many housing programs set eligibility requirements based on a person’s income as well as the household size.

The Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta (AH) is Georgia’s largest housing assistance provider, with over 26,000 people helped in 2022.[08] It has various programs available to connect low-income seniors to quality housing in Atlanta.

Rental assistance

Over 90 apartment communities in Atlanta offer rental assistance through AH, some of which are exclusively senior-only communities for residents over age 55.[09] AH has two main housing programs that can be used to provide rental assistance:

  • Community-based assistance. This type of assistance is great for seniors planning to live out their days at one community, as it cannot be transferred to another if a person moves to a different property.
  • Tenant-based assistance. This program can follow the tenant anywhere in the U.S. with a Housing Choice Voucher Program, as long as they lived in Atlanta for the first year they used the voucher and are still eligible for the program.
Public housing

There are nine AH-operated public housing properties in Atlanta.[05] Seven of these public housing properties are senior high-rise communities, while the remaining two are communities for low-income families. Residents must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for AH’s high-rise senior-only community:

  • Be near elderly age, which is considered between ages 55-61
  • Be elderly (classified as age 62+)
  • If not elderly, be disabled
HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) connects low-income seniors with an assortment of affordable housing options through its Housing Choice Voucher program (HCV), formerly known as Section 8.

The HCV helps low-income seniors cover the cost of rent. Seniors who receive these vouchers have to pay a maximum of 30% of their household’s monthly income for rent and utilities. The remaining rent is covered by a housing subsidy, which the PHA pays directly to a landlord. It’s important to note that these vouchers can be used at any type of housing that meets the program’s criteria; however, the landlord must first agree to accept HUD 202 waivers.

Due to the complexity of these vouchers, we highly recommend you get in touch with your local housing authority or the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) — both of which are listed below — to receive more information and assistance regarding HUD vouchers.

Social Security benefits

Social Security benefits may be available to eligible seniors in Atlanta. This source of supplemental income can be used to pay for any of the living expenses at an Atlanta senior apartment. Different Social Security benefits will have their own eligibility and application requirements. You can find more details about these options below.

For help with understanding or applying for Social Security benefits, you can contact your local Social Security Administration office.

Atlanta public assistance resources

Find public assistance in Atlanta

The Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta (AH)
Atlanta Affordable Housing
230 John Wesley Dobbs Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30303-2429
Phone: 404-892-4700

Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
DCA Central Office
60 Executive Park South, NE.
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: 404-679-4840

Social Security Administration
Social Security office locator
401 W. Peachtree St. NW., #2860
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 800-772-1213

Atlanta senior apartment regulations

For the most part, Atlanta senior apartments are regulated similarly to conventional apartment communities. However, senior apartments located in an assisted living community may be regulated differently. You can find state-specific details in our guide to assisted living regulations.

Rental properties typically have a lease agreement between a landlord and tenant, which lets the tenant temporarily live in the property. Leases can be different depending on the landlord, but many will likely hold a landlord responsible for the following:

  • Maintaining the building’s structure
  • Providing a formal move-out inspection of units
  • Making unit repairs unless issues were evident during the move-in inspection
  • Providing any information about known lead-based paint or other hazards on the property
  • Providing functioning electric, heating, and plumbing systems[10]

It’s important for tenants to thoroughly read through a lease agreement before signing, as it’s a binding contract. Tenants can ask a landlord to change some terms of a lease before signing, but a landlord can choose to deny any requests. There are some conditions that a landlord legally can’t amend in a lease that you should be mindful of. All Atlanta landlords must abide by the following:

  • They must follow local laws including the Georgia Security Deposit Law.
  • They’re responsible for keeping the property in good condition.
  • They must pay their own attorney fees required to enforce the lease.
  • They must go through the eviction process in court before kicking a tenant out.[10]

You can find a full list of the state’s rental laws in the Georgia Landlord Tenant Handbook.

Fair housing and reasonable accommodations

Most, if not all, housing in Georgia must comply with the Fair Housing Act, which protects prospective homebuyers or renters from discrimination because of the following:

  • Race
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • Disability status
  • Family status, such as children under 18 or pregnant women[10]

There’s a slight exception to the family status protections, which is the Housing for Older Persons exemption. This exemption applies to these property types:

  • Properties that are meant for and are only occupied by residents age 55+
  • Properties intentionally designed to help older persons, per the state or federal program’s definition
  • Properties intended for and exclusively inhabited by residents age 62 and older[11]

Facilities that qualify for the exemption can refuse to sell or rent property to families with minor children. To qualify, a community or facility has to meet all of the requirements below:

  • They must comply with HUD’s rules for age verification.
  • A minimum of 80% of units need to be occupied by someone age 55 or older.
  • They must publish and follow policies that establish intent to serve as 55+ housing.[11]

Additionally, the Americans with Disabilities Act Title II also aims to prevent discriminatory practices. Under the law, landlords have to make reasonable accommodations that are necessary to provide equal access for disabled individuals. Landlords must also let disabled tenants make reasonable home changes that are essential for them to use and fully enjoy their living space.

By law, dwellings with four or more units must be equipped to provide disabled individuals access to the property. Some requirements mandate that all buildings built after March 13, 1991, must include certain modifications:

  • A wheelchair-accessible entrance
  • Wide doorways
  • Easily maneuverable kitchens and bathrooms
  • Low light switches
  • Bathroom walls that can support grab-bar installation
  • Accessibility to all units and public areas[10]

You can contact your local Atlanta Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office for more information about protection from housing discrimination.

Additional resources

HUD Atlanta Regional Office

Program Directory

Five Points Plaza Building
40 Marietta St.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-331-5136

COVID-19 regulations for senior apartments in Atlanta senior apartments

Like other apartments in Atlanta, senior apartments don’t have any major restrictions or mandates in place regarding COVID-19. Many senior apartments will likely still follow guidelines from local officials, such as the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) and Fulton County Board of Health Office of Epidemiology.

COVID-19 resources in Atlanta contact information

Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH)

Georgia DPH
2 Peachtree St., NW.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-657-2700

Fulton County Board of Health

Office of Epidemiology
10 Park Place, SE.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-613-1391
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Both departments have updated COVID-19 guidance and status reports available online, as well as vaccine and testing information. As of January 2023, the DPH recommends the following:

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Vaccinations. Staying up to date on vaccines and booster.

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Masking. Wearing a mask in public indoor spaces, especially in areas with a high COVID-19 community level.

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Social distancing. Avoiding close contact with sick people or those who are unvaccinated and at high risk of getting sick.

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Quarantining. Following the DPH’s isolation guidance if you test positive for COVID-19.

What to expect from senior apartments in Atlanta

Premium luxury

For those who enjoy the finer things in life, Atlanta has plenty of senior apartment communities equipped with lavish features and amenities. High-rise senior apartments serve incomparable views of the Atlanta skyline and manicured, tree-lined streets. These pristine communities can have deluxe features, such as gated entrances and tastefully appointed indoor common areas with oversized windows and soaring ceilings.

Residents will feel at home in their open and airy floor plans, with most including full-size kitchens with stainless steel appliances and ample counter space. Residents can unwind from their own private bathrooms equipped with bath tubs or wheelchair-accessible showers in select units. To top it off, most of these upscale communities offer access to resort-style amenities, such as the following:

  • State-of-the-art fitness facilities
  • On-site pools
  • Libraries with reading enhancement technology
  • Beautician services
  • On-site convenience stores

Bed and breakfast ambiance

These cozy, quaint, craftsman-style senior apartment communities exude Southern charm in every nook and cranny. The communities sit a little bit outside the city’s traffic zones and offer the quiet luxuries of the suburbs. You can embrace the peaceful surroundings while strolling through tranquil courtyards or enjoying morning coffee on inviting covered porches.

Cheery sunrooms, clubhouses, and lounge areas are a few types of common areas you can expect to find at these senior apartment communities. Enjoy getting together with friends for entertaining activities like exercise classes and shuffleboard. Many of these communities offer access to everything Atlanta’s suburbs have to offer, with charming shops and parks nearby.

Affordable selections

Atlanta has affordable and subsidized housing options for seniors with low or limited income. These communities typically participate in an affordable housing program, which means the rent can’t be more than 30% of a household’s monthly income. The remaining rent is subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through its Housing Choice Voucher program.

Affordable senior apartment communities come in different shapes and sizes, and some communities exclusively accommodate residents over age 55. You’ll find many of these low-cost senior apartments offer many of the same features as other communities, which can include in-unit washers and dryers, dedicated lounge areas, and maintenance services. A selection of apartments also includes free utility services and units with private patios or balconies.

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Unfamiliar with Atlanta? Highlights for seniors

57000

Number of seniors in Atlanta age 65+, as recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau

3%

Percentage of seniors age 65 and older that live with grandchildren, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

38300

The average amount of retirement income received by Atlanta seniors age 65+, per the U.S. Census Bureau

Health care for seniors in Atlanta

One of Atlanta’s most attractive assets is its exceptional hospitals. Some of the best hospitals in the country call Atlanta home, and several have received national recognition in specialties that include cancer and neurology. Below, we list some of the best hospitals in the Atlanta metro.

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Emory University Hospital

Emory University Hospital is one of the country’s top hospitals in cancer and neurology, as well as cardiology and heart surgery. As of January 2023, Emory University Hospital has received two Magnet recognitions from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which is the highest award for nursing proficiency and quality of care. This acclaimed hospital is a teaching hospital and is staffed by Emory University School of Medicine faculty members.

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Piedmont Atlanta

Piedmont Atlanta is located in Buckhead. Piedmont Atlanta offers 24-hour emergency care, primary care, and all major medical services. This nonprofit hospital has received national recognition for its heart and vascular health services, brain tumor center, and wide-ranging cancer care.

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Northside Hospital Atlanta

Northside Hospitals is among the largest community cancer networks in the country. Northside’s Cancer Institute offers the most advanced radiation therapy units in Georgia. The Northside Hospital network is made up of five campuses, and its Atlanta location is projected to add an innovative radiation therapy system for cancer patients in February 2023, which will be the first of its kind offered in Georgia.

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Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital

Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital (ESJH) is one of the foremost cancer referral centers in the Southeast. As the only NCI-Designated Cancer Center in Georgia, ESJH gives patients exclusive access to clinical trials that may be unavailable elsewhere. ESJH has received six Magnet recognitions from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as of January 2023.

Transportation for seniors in Atlanta

While there are plenty of parks and walking trails, Atlanta is very much a car-reliant city. While about 57% of our partnered senior apartment communities offer complimentary transportation,[01] it’s important to be familiar with other options available to help get you wherever you need to go, especially if you don’t have a car. We outline several transportation resources for Atlanta seniors below.

MARTA

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (or MARTA) is the metro’s bus and rail service system. MARTA serves nearly 400,000 passengers a day and is one of the largest transit systems in the United States.[13] MARTA’s Red and Gold rail lines travel directly to and from the Airport Station inside the domestic terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson. It also operates the Atlanta Streetcar, which offers convenient access to several stops in the downtown area.

Seniors who are a bit wary of public transportation will be relieved about MARTA’s Travel Training Program, which helps them learn to safely navigate and ride its routes on their own. Seniors and Medicare cardholders also enjoy discounted fare cards, which can be used for all of MARTA’s bus and rail lines.

Empowerline

Empowerline, which is part of Georgia’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) network, can help you discover even more senior transportation resources near you. You can contact their trained counselors directly by calling the number below or using their online search tool in the section below. From there, you’ll simply complete the following steps:

  1. Select the transportation from the category drop-down box.
  2. Choose the type of service you’d like.
  3. Pick your county to find the nearest resources.

Atlanta transportation resources

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

MARTA
2424 Piedmont Rd., NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Customer service: 404-848-5000
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Empowerline

Find senior transportation services in Atlanta
Phone: 404-463-3333

Navigating the city

You can see how Atlanta ranks for its walkability, public transit, and bike friendliness below. These scores are out of 100 — with 100 being the best — and indicate Atlanta is fairly reliant on cars for daily life with some access to public transportation and bike lanes.

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Walk Score

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Transit Score

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Bike Score

Senior activities in Atlanta

A big city with Southern charm, Atlanta — commonly referred to as ATL — is a haven for retirees, with benefits like its mild weather, proximity to world-class medical care, and lush green spaces. Active seniors ready to live their golden years to the fullest will find that retiring in Atlanta is peachy keen.

Shopping and dining

Atlanta’s premier retail districts feature shopping for all tastes and budgets at well-known locations, such as Ponce City Market, Lenox Square, and Phipps Plaza. The same can be said for ATL’s flavorful food scene, which has something to satisfy every palette. You’ll find a mix of casual and high-end restaurants serving up iconic Atlanta staples, ranging from ice pops and lemon pepper wings to fried pies. There’s also a diverse assortment of international cuisine along the famed Buford Highway.

A sports hub

As with most Southern cities, sports culture runs deep in Atlanta, especially when it comes to college football. On top of being the home stadium for the Falcons and Atlanta United FC, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the annual host of the Peach Bowl and SEC Championship.

There’s almost always an opportunity to cheer on one of Atlanta’s teams throughout the year, with hockey, basketball, and baseball season filling fans’ post-football season void. Whether you’re hosting a watch party or catching a game at one of the city’s acclaimed sports bars, there’s plenty of opportunities to gather with friends and neighbors to cheer on one of ATL’s hometown teams.

Parks, arts, and culture

The city lends itself to ample parks and green spaces that are central to Atlanta’s modern amenities. Among Atlanta’s prominent green settings are Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Midtown, which are a short walk away from the dynamic Midtown arts district.

After enjoying the city’s lush foliage, immerse yourself in Atlanta’s vibrant arts and culture scene by exploring Midtown’s art district and enjoying live performances at the Fox Theatre and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Frequently Asked Questions

Clairmont Crest Senior Living, Grace Living of Marietta and Annabelle on Main are the top-rated Senior Apartments facilities near Atlanta, GA. These Senior Apartments facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Senior Apartments in Atlanta is $8,299 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. SmartAsset. (2022). Georgia retirement tax friendliness

  3. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veterans status (S2101) [Data set]. American Community Survey.

  4. Georgia Legal Aid. (2019, November 26). What should I know about VASH vouchers?

  5. Georgia Department of Community Health. Home and Community Services: A guide to Medicaid waiver programs in Georgia.

  6. Medicare. Home health services.

  7. Department of City Planning. (2020, December). Affordable housing ATL: A resource guide for residents.

  8. Atlanta Housing Authority. (2022). AH impact: FY 2022.

  9. Atlanta Housing Authority. AH-owned residential communities.

  10. Georgia Department of Community Affairs. (2021, February). Georgia landlord tenant handbook: A landlord-tenant guide to the state’s rental laws.

  11. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Fair Housing Act: Housing for older persons.

  12. United States Census Bureau. (2021). ACS demographic and housing estimates (DP05) [Data set]. American Community Survey.

  13. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. (2021, April 14). Metropolitan Atlanta rapid transit authority: History and administration.

  14. Walkscore. (2022). Living in Atlanta.

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1.

A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

2.

SmartAsset. (2022). Georgia retirement tax friendliness

3.

United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veterans status (S2101) [Data set]. American Community Survey.

4.

Georgia Legal Aid. (2019, November 26). What should I know about VASH vouchers?

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7.

Department of City Planning. (2020, December). Affordable housing ATL: A resource guide for residents.

8.

Atlanta Housing Authority. (2022). AH impact: FY 2022.

9.

Atlanta Housing Authority. AH-owned residential communities.

10.

Georgia Department of Community Affairs. (2021, February). Georgia landlord tenant handbook: A landlord-tenant guide to the state’s rental laws.

11.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Fair Housing Act: Housing for older persons.

12.

United States Census Bureau. (2021). ACS demographic and housing estimates (DP05) [Data set]. American Community Survey.

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Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. (2021, April 14). Metropolitan Atlanta rapid transit authority: History and administration.

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Walkscore. (2022). Living in Atlanta.