Sitting on the Puget Sound, Tacoma is a beautiful outdoor oasis with plenty of big-city amenities for a not-so big city of just 198,000 residents. If you're looking for assisted living facilities in the area, please use our advanced option to narrow your choices by zip code and type of care (assisted living, nursing home, etc.).

In the U.S., each state is responsible for regulating, monitoring and enforcing its own senior care facilities like assisted living. Washington's Department of Social and Health Service fills this roll. And under their umbrella is the Aging and Disability Services Administration where details on senior living options can be found. Go to their gov/pubinfo/housing/other/">website to learn more about Tacoma assisted living options and paying for care.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Tacoma's overall cost of living is 14% above the national average. Long-term care prices are above national averages but still relatively reasonable. A private, one-bedroom in a Tacoma assisted living facility averages $4,250 a month, according to a recent Genworth Financial survey on long-term care. The national average is $3,261. For a private room in a Spokane nursing home, expect to pay $265 a day on average--a semi-private averages $240. These averages are about 20% higher than the national nursing home averages.

Some of Tacoma's cultural attractions include the Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Glass, The Washington State History Museum, and Union Station. The city also boasts over 65 parks and open spaces such as the 702-acre Fort Defiance Park with its beaches, forests, fishing and boating. Within the park, you'll find Fort Nisqually, a 19th century living history fort and museum.

The City of Tacoma operates two senior centers: the Beacon Activity Center and the Lighthouse Activity Center. Both provide programs, classes, exercise, socialization and other activities designed to improve the lives of seniors. For example, here's a Tuesday in August at the Beacon location: blood pressure check, Cholesterol education speaker, water exercise, indoor walking, craft class, quilting, conversational Spanish. Free van transportation is provided to and from the centers for those living within the Tacoma city limits.

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