Memphis is known as the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock n’ Roll. Those two nicknames should give you a clue what this town is renowned for, but it offers a lot more than just music. Memphis is a big city, the 23rd biggest in the United States. It is the biggest city on the Mississippi River, with a population of 650,000 in the city itself, and over 1,300,000 in the greater metropolitan area. Many aging adults are drawn to this diverse city as it is a great place to retire. If you can handle living in a big city, or on the outskirts of one, it offers great cuisine, weather, site seeing, outdoor activities, and of course, all the resources a senior could desire. Memphis is probably best known for Graceland, the famed house of Elvis Presley. Women and men alike have been flocking here for decades, and it seems they always will. It has some of the best museums in the nation, home to the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis Rock n’ Soul Museum, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. It is also known for its stunning churches and other places of worship, and many enjoy the spectacles of the Full Gospel Tabernacle, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and St. Peter Catholic Church.
Memphis has great weather which makes it an ideal destination for many retirees hoping to spend their golden years in relaxing, warm weather. Memphis will not disappoint as for most of the year it stays in the perfect 50 to 80 degree, pleasant for seniors. In the summer, it will get above 90 somedays, but most days it will be high 80s. With this great weather, it is an ideal spot for aging adults that live active lives. The Mississippi River is right there, and there are a plethora of things one could engage in. Riverboats, fishing, walks on the docks, concerts, and even floating harbors with shops and restaurants line the shore. Tom Lee Park, Overton Park, and Confederate Park are great places to take a stroll, bike, or just sit on a bench and take a load off. Their botanical garden and zoo are also some of the best in the nation. Golf is also popular in this city, and if you can, try your luck at TPC Southwind, Irene Golf Course, or Riverside Golf Course. Four! The Home of the Blues is also home of some great food. Cajun, BBQ, and fried anything all come together in this city and offer some great choices in a wide variety. Some of the most popular restaurants include Paulette’s, Itta Benna, and Texas de Brazil for some higher end restaurants. But they have some great hole in the walls too, like Miss Polly’s Soul City Café, Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken, and the Cozy Corner. It’s a good thing there are so many things to do outside, because if you’re not careful, it’s easy to step on the scale and wonder what happened.
The final reasons Memphis is ideal for any senior looking for a place to settle down and retire is because this city has all the senior care providers and hospitals packaged in a close radius. Whether you are looking for an Active 55+ Community, or need to find a reliable memory care ward, or even just need a good dentist or optometrist, the Birth Place of Rock n’ Roll has you covered. Memphis is also home to some of the best hospitals in the region. Le Bonheur Outpatient Center, Saint Francis Hospital, and Baptist Memorial Hospital are all located within the borders of the city. If you are not sold yet, it is also one of the ten cheapest cities in the country. With the average cost of a home being $180,000, many seniors will be able to find something that not only suits their wallet, but also their heart. Add on to that cheap food, a pound of ground beef costs $2.60, and Memphis’ cost of living is 14% lower than the national average. Maybe you will be making a trip to Graceland soon.