Focus on Pennsylvania
The commonwealth of Pennsylvania is called the "keystone" state because of its position in keeping the states of the newly formed union together. Rich history, and its reputation for helping the United States become the great nation it is, makes it the ideal place for senior living. Whether it's getting lost in the Carnegie Museum of Art, or witnessing a simpler way of life in Lancaster county, quality of living amongst Pennsylvania's 347 active adult communities can be found here. I mean who wouldn't want to live in a state that has a city dedicated to Hershey's chocolate?
Pennsylvania has a population of 12.79 million, with 15.4% being over 65. One of the original 13 colonies, Pennsylvania became part of the U.S. on December 12, 1787 making it the 3rd oldest state. From the capital of Harrisburg, to historic Philadelphia, there is no shortage of cultural intrigue. History buffs are right at home where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, and the Liberty Bell is displayed in all its glory. According to realtor.com, home prices average about $154,900 making home ownership and affordable reality for seniors. 55+ retirees can also enjoy the fact that Pennsylvania is one of the few states where retirement income is tax exempt.
Pennsylvania's climate is humid continental with warmer regions being the Ohio, and Monongahela valleys, and areas bordering Lake Erie. Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Scranton tend to be on the colder end of the spectrum with average January temps around 23 degrees. Summers are generally hot and humid with snowy winters, but if you're looking to visit before making a move, Autumn is the ideal time of year to experience Pennsylvania at its best.
Senior Health CareLow income seniors may qualify for Medicaid or other health care plan thanks to the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, providing guidance to those seeking affordable health care. Their website http://www.phlp.org has a wealth of information including a helpline to help elderly, and disabled individuals make informed decisions concerning their health coverage.
Sightseeing, and recreation knows no limitation, and there is something for everyone. Visit Independence National Historic Park, home to the Liberty Bell, and the Gettysburg Museum of History where you'll marvel at Civil War relics. Get a local's perspective into the Amish way of life in Lancaster County with guided tours, and a peek into this highly productive community. Golfers look no further than Woodloch Resort in the lush Poconos mountains. Earning 4.5 stars from Golfers Digest, and named one of America's best by GOLF magazine, tee time has never been more inviting. From kayaking along the Clarion river, to an exhilarating bike ride in Allegheny, active retirees have endless opportunity to meet their fitness goals! After a day on the trails, head to Lake Erie, and relax shore side enjoying fine dining, and plenty of shopping.
The Enclave at North Versailles