The municipal area that contains Anchorage is geographically bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island, and there's plenty for seniors to do in all that space. Anchorage sits at the head of Cook Inlet, which is part of one of the most productive watersheds in the world. In June and July, seniors can step over to Ship Creek, which runs straight through town, and pick up Alaska King and silver salmon as easily as sinking a hook in the water. Anchorage has been named the most tax-friendly city in America, partly because there's no state income or sales tax and partly because the city keeps property taxes low.
Central Anchorage has a cluster of top-rated hospitals and medical centers that specialize in treating seniors and veterans, such as Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital on Bragaw St., next to Russian Jack Park. Seniors make up 9.5% of Anchorage's 292,000 people, and the $1,000 to $2,000 annual payout from the Alaska Permanent Fund makes a nice supplement to seniors' Social Security or pension payments.
Assisted living costs seniors in Anchorage an average of $6,000 a month, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. This is somewhat less than the $6,300 seniors in Alaska pay in general, but it is far above the $4,000 national average for similar care.
Find great residential options on this list of the 8 best assisted living communities in Anchorage.
Anchorage Pioneer Home
923 West 11th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Located across the Park Strip which separates downtown Anchorage and the city's oldest residential area, Anchorage Pioneer Home is described as sitting "like a jewel in the crown of the city's historic community core." Operated by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, this five-story facility accepts Alaska residents 65 or older and has a 168-resident capacity with private and semi-private rooms. As an officially registered Eden Alternative home, Anchorage Pioneer Home provides a supportive environment to enhance the residents' quality of life. Multiple levels of care are offered, including intermittent services and memory care. Some of the activities residents enjoy include physical exercises, movies, shopping trips, outdoor excursions and family barbecues.
Providence Horizon House
4140 Folker Street
Anchorage, AK 99508
Facing Polker Park and conveniently located in the University-Medical District of Anchorage, Providence Horizon House lets seniors easily access a variety of health care facilities at the Providence Alaska Medical Center and all other nearby commercial amenities. The community's main apartment building has studio units, including short-stay/respite rooms for assisted living residents, while the adjoining Birch and Spruce cottages are dedicated to memory care. Through the Horizon House arts, education and entertainment program, residents can participate in enriching activities including exercises, poetry, baking, games, movies, crafting, social hours and spiritual services. Dining amenities include cook-to-order breakfast, daily specials, deli mainstays and summer barbecues, and the residents' menu committee takes part in meal planning.
Marlow Manor Assisted Living
2030 Muldoon Road
Anchorage, AK 99504
With a homey atmosphere and breathtaking Chugach Mountain views, Marlow Manor Assisted Living lets seniors 62+ enjoy warmth in an inclusive community. The 40,000-square-foot facility in the Northeast Anchorage neighborhood is close to the local Walmart, Fred Meyer and Walgreens on Debarr Road. Its 48 apartments consist of studio, alcove and one-bedroom units, all having kitchenettes, shower baths and closets, and 14 of them accommodate memory care residents. A range of stimulating activities include daily exercises, arts and crafts, games, movie nights, religious services and pet visits. Healthy restaurant-style meals are offered daily and provided by NANA Management Services, which specializes in various culinary services, including senior nutrition.
Campbell Creek House
4745 Piper Street
Anchorage, AK 99507
Situated along the scenic Campbell Creek Trail and just within a mile from Alaska Native Medical Center and Tudor Square's commercial amenities, Campbell Creek House lets seniors live close to nature and to city conveniences. This family-operated assisted living facility carries the native Alaskan value of respect for elders, thereby treating the residents with dignity and compassion. The facility's grounds have seating areas for viewing pine trees, wildflowers and birds, while the interiors are clean, bright and homey. Fresh, nutritious homemade meals are served daily, and several group activities keep the residents engaged. The caregivers provide individualized care to each resident, and there's 24-hour staffing, an emergency response system and an on-call registered nurse.
Baxter Senior Living
4308 Baxter Road
Anchorage, AK 99504
Seniors get the best of life with nature and health care access in Baxter Senior Living. This community within the U-Med District is close to Alaska Native and Providence Alaska medical centers and just a few blocks from the Alaska Botanical Garden. The campus has its own landscaped grounds, barbecue pavilions, dog park and rooftop deck with greenhouses. It has 63 assisted living apartments and a dedicated memory care unit, and some of the featured lifestyle amenities include a Dolby surround sound movie theater, full-service salon and coffee/wine bar. Health and wellness programs are provided in the fitness center and physical therapy room, and culinary offerings include fresh, local produce, Alaskan seafood and old-fashioned comfort food.
Primrose Retirement Community of Wasilla
889 N. Elkhorn Drive
Wasilla, AK 99654
Primrose Retirement Community of Wasilla welcomes seniors into a positive, healthy environment where they can live independently. Residents receive a care plan tailored to their specific needs, providing peace of mind while they stay in a comfortable private apartment. A professional nursing staff dedicates itself to ensuring each senior is in good health and happy spirits. Residents can take advantage of various amenities in the community, such as the cafeteria, gym, walking trails, lounge room, and laundry rooms on every floor.
Thomas Center for Senior Leadership
2190 E. Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99507
Nestled in the wooded campus of St. Mary's Episcopal Church yet close to the U-Med District and Midtown areas of Anchorage, the Thomas Center for Senior Leadership offers a peaceful sanctuary with convenient access to health care and other city amenities. This nondenominational senior community treats the elderly as leaders and role models, rather than just care recipients. Its secured grounds have a fenced garden, barbecue patio and planter boxes for resident use, and other on-site amenities include a crafts room, an exercise room and a big-screen lounge. Residents enjoy painting, sewing, clay modeling, book clubs, dinner theaters and Bible studies. For dining flexibility, meals are charged separately and ordered on a monthly basis.
Colony Manor Assisted Living
4851 E. Blue Lupine Dr.
Wasilla, AK 99654
Occupying a charming farm-style home, Colony Manor Assisted Living is just down the road from scenic Newcomb Park, which has picnic grounds and places to fish and swim. Colony Manor residents enjoy private rooms with cable TV and wireless internet connectivity, and the facility offers Skype service for a face-to-face connection with loved ones. Residents can socialize in the facility's shared dining room at mealtimes and have a choice of entrees. The facility also has a dedicated party space for special events. Activities vary daily and may include singing, games and crafts. Residents can relax with a show in the TV lounge or get their hair styled at the in-house salon.