Guest blogger:
Barbara Thompson,Senior Care Advocate

Older, gray-haired couple smiling. They are standing in a kitchen casually and holding glasses of white wine.

Whether you’re new to the City of Angels or looking to downsize from an existing home in Los Angeles, the metro area has a lot to offer seniors in retirement. No town knows how to party quite like L.A., and the celebration doesn’t end simply because you’ve entered a new phase in life. Here are some reasons to consider Los Angeles when you’re looking to buy a home or settle into a community after your retirement.

Culture and Entertainment Options

Seniors of all backgrounds and with all types of interests can find something to enjoy in The Big Orange. From some of the most renowned dining establishments in the country to local eateries known only by neighborhood natives, the options for dinner and conversation with family and friends are almost endless. Some restaurants also offer senior discounts.

When it comes to entertainment, Los Angeles is ideal for seniors, who can take advantage of discounts at attractions such as:

  • The Autry Museum of the American West
  • The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  • The Chinese American Museum
  • The Battleship USS Iowa BB-61
  • The Griffith Observatory
  • Heritage Square Museum
  • The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
  • The Los Angeles Maritime Museum

Plenty of Home Options

Seniors, who want to downsize into a smaller space or a find a home that will support them in upcoming years, can find plenty of options in Los Angeles. From single-family homes that sport one-story and open-space floor plans to spacious condos and loft units, L.A. housing inventory makes it easy for seniors to find a home that’s comfortable and accessible, should mobility issues arise.

You may want to look for homes that include features such as walk-in showers and bath safety installations If you’re shopping for a condo or loft, ensure the building has a working (and well-maintained) elevator. Los Angeles is also home to more than 100 vibrant senior and assisted living communities, which let you opt for independent living with excellent amenities and assistance as needed.

Access to the Entire Metro Area

Los Angeles has a robust public transportation network that makes it easy to access the city and surrounding areas, even if you’re no longer comfortable behind the wheel.

Those ages 62 and older qualify for reduced fares on Metro transit with a Senior TAP Card. You can ride all day for just $2.50 or ride all month for $20, which is ideal for seniors who continue to work part-time, participate in a lot of activities, or attend free educational programs at area colleges.

Award-Winning Health Care

Los Angeles is packed with high-quality healthcare options, and seniors will find medical centers and doctor’s offices convenient to almost any neighborhood. Downtown, you’ll find California Hospital Medical Center, which has provided treatment to residents for more than a century. While it’s got a lot of history, seniors can rely on this updated facility to meet modern medical needs. It’s one of the top-ranked hospitals in the nation.

Some other healthcare centers in the San Fernando Valley:

Los Angeles is also home to thousands of doctors and specialists who can help seniors manage chronic conditions and live their best lives under the California sun.

Are you planning a move to Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley? Share your experience and questions in the comments below!

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