Fort Lauderdale is an exciting city for seniors to explore, and many of the attractions offer senior discounts and wheelchair accessibility. Beautiful beaches, Fort Lauderdale's claim to fame, provide swimming, snorkeling and sailing opportunities. Club 55+, a city-sponsored program, organizes activities like ballroom dancing, pickleball and outings to Miami Dolphins games for active seniors. Other popular activities for seniors include the free Sunday swing classes at the Beach Pavillion and Friday night street dances on Commercial Boulevard.
Fort Lauderdale has hot summers, with an average temperature of 90 degrees but winter nights rarely get down to freezing temperatures. The risk of hurricanes is high for the Florida coast, so seniors looking for assisted living facilities in the area may want to check that the community is prepared to deal with the strong winds.
According to the Genworth 2019 Cost of Care Survey, monthly costs for assisted living in the Fort Lauderdale area average about $3,250 which is less than the national average of $4,051 per month. The cost of living in the city is 17.9% less than the U.S. average, making it an affordable consideration for interested seniors.
Note: Data for Fort Lauderdale was not available so data has been provided for the Miami Area.
Atria Willow Wood
2855 West Commercial Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Atria Willow Wood was an easy choice to be in our best facilities because of the abundance of amenities it offers. For seniors who enjoy the outdoors, the patio, courtyard, and walking paths around the facility's two lakes are enhanced with a heated pool, hot tub, and outdoor grill and dining space. Inside amenities include a movie theater, private dining room and an auditorium with live performances. Volunteer opportunities and outings to community events are just two of the many activities for residents to participate in.
1766 NE 26th Street
Wilton Manors, Fl 33305
Busy days and tranquil evenings watching boats go by from a patio rocking chair await you at Williamsburg Landing. A walk through beautiful gardens to the back of the property will take you to scenic Middle River. Inside the facility, residents can choose from cozy studio and one-bedroom apartments with safety-engineered bathrooms. Scheduled chauffeured transport is available to take residents to social and cultural events in Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale but for those who want to stay closer to home, the community has full-time recreation directors who organize exercise groups, card games and resident council meetings.
Colonial Assisted Living
2801 NW 55th Avenue
Lauderhill, FL 33313
Colonial Assisted Living provides affordable care for seniors in Lauderhill, just outside of Fort Lauderdale city limits. The facility has modern decor and a bright atrium, adding to the popularity of community activities and events such as daily exercises, painting, photography, ice cream socials and family days. Dakim Brain Fitness, which focuses on improving and preserving mental functioning is part of regular programming, as are barbecues and picnics. Pets are welcome and staff will help with pet care.
1031 Seminole Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Belmont Village earned a spot in our top ten because of its unique MBA program which provides residents with activities and meals focusing on a whole-brain fitness approach to aging. With seven components attributed to a healthy life, residents are offered at least 24 dietary choices daily along with information about which choices best promote a healthy mind and body, including lots of nuts, fish and fresh fruit. Brain boosting activities are noted on the weekly calendar of events. The facility has a supervised fitness center, a full-service salon and on-site physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Villa Rio Vista
1115 SE 6th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Privately owned, the Villa Rio Vista community takes pride in creating an at-home family-style setting. With a high staff-to-resident ratio, caregivers are able to better address individual needs. Three levels of assisted living care are provided — basic, moderate and expanded, and trained staff help assess what services are required by seniors. Inside the gated community, there are parks within walking distance. Live entertainment is provided five days a week. Private and semi-private rooms are air-conditioned.
The Bridge at Inverrary
4291 Rock Island Road
Lauderhill, FL 33319
Rich decor and resort-style surroundings create an elegant but comfortable atmosphere at The Bridge at Inverrary. Amenities include a putting green, swimming pool, lush grounds, poker tables and a putting green. Studio, one and two-bedroom suites all have large windows and kitchenettes. Staff members provide residents with reminder checks for meals, appointments and activities. Chefs prepare high-quality meals and will prepare specialized diets upon request.
Royal Palm Senior Residence
5121 NE 19th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale just minutes from shopping, dining and medical centers, Royal Palm Senior Residence provides private and semi-private assisted living suites. Housekeeping, laundry and all utilities are included in the price and licensed nurses visit daily to deal with any medical concerns residents may have. Residents can enjoy a variety of activities, such as movies, bingo and board games, barbecues and arts and crafts. The covered patio and lush courtyard provide a great place to enjoy the pleasant Fort Lauderdale weather.
The Meridian at Waterways
3001 E Oakland Park Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
Luxury living awaits at the waterfront highrise of The Meridian at Waterways. Beautiful open dining areas with towering ceilings overlook the intercoastal waterways, while a ground floor patio is a great place to watch passing boats. The community has a large library with computer stations, salon, fitness center, bar, top floor lounge and theater. Colorful artwork and modern decor provide an elegant yet homey atmosphere.
The Preserve at Palm Aire
3701 W McNab Road
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
Surrounded by swaying palm trees, the Preserve at Palm Aire provides cheerful indoor and outdoor living spaces. With fountains and walking paths, a heated outdoor pool and spa, covered patio and putting green, those who love being outdoors will find lots of opportunities. Within the facility, a library, private dining area for family entertaining, piano lounge and state of the art fitness center provide space for residents' favorite activities.
Pacifica Senior Living Forest Trace
5500 NW 69th Avenue
Lauderhill, FL 33319
We chose Pacifica Senior Living Forest Trace to be in the top ten assisted living communities because it has everything seniors want and need. The 73 acres of beautifully landscaped property includes a 30-acre lake with pathways through the palm grove. Residents can enjoy a spa day in the heated pool, sauna, hot tub and steam room, or take in a new release in the movie theater. On-site nursing, therapy and medical offices are available for health needs. Residents can choose between garden apartments or one- and two-bedroom suites.