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Eugene is located in Lane County in the western portion of Oregon. The population was 156,185 as of the 2010 census. The city is also known as The Emerald City due to its natural beauty and plentiful outdoor recreational activities. Eugene is home to several parks as well as a urban forest, earning its nickname and reputation as a very ‘green’ city. In keeping with that theme, there is a large focus on eco-friendly activities, meaning the city has lots of bike commuters and green activism, with lots of community gardens, natural food stores, co-ops, and farmer’s markets. Eugene retirement communities provide the perfect backdrop for seniors who want to maintain an active, vibrant lifestyle with sustainability in mind.
Seniors in Eugene are served by Senior and Disability Services, a division of Lane Council of Governments. Seniors over 60 can take advantage of meal services, regardless of income. They can choose to eat at one of several Cafe 60 locations around Lane County or have meals delivered by Meals on Wheels. Seniors can also make use of the Oregon Project Independence, which helps seniors and those with disabilities remain independent in their homes for as long as possible. There is also an Oregon Money Management Program, offered through Easter Seals, which helps seniors budget and manage their money.
Eugene is home to a vibrant arts and culture community, meaning residents of retirement communities in Eugene are never at a loss for things to do. The city hosts quite a few festivals throughout the year, including the Asian Celebration, The KLCC Microbrew Festival, Oregon Festival of American Music, and Art and the Vineyard, just to name a few. Art lovers will enjoy the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the Maude Kerns Art Center, and there are also several other museums in the area, including the Eugene Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Oregon Air and Space Museum, and Lane County Historical Museum. Those who love classical music performances will enjoy the Eugene Symphony, Eugene Ballet, Eugene Opera, and Eugene Concert Choir. Those who prefer more modern music will also find plenty of entertainment in local venues due to Eugene being a college town. There are also several theaters and theater groups in Eugene, including a free Shakespeare in the Park series every year.
The main hospital in Eugene is the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center University District. This hospital has an emergency room but is currently operating primarily as a specialized facility focusing on rehabilitation and behavioral health. The Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend is part of the same system, but is a new hospital built in nearby Springfield that serves a wider variety of needs. This location is home to the Oregon Heart and Vascular Institute as well as the Oregon Neurosciences Institute, offering state-of-the-art treatment for seniors residing in Eugene retirement communities and any area resident coping with heart problems, stroke, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease.
For those who may need a little help getting around, public transportation is free to those 65 and older, and there is a specialized transportation service for those who are unable to use public transport due to a disabling condition. The Lane Transit District is the primary public transportation service in the area, offering a LTD EZ Access Program to provide accessible transportation services for qualified seniors and other individuals with disabilities. Seniors living in Eugene retirement communities can easily access any attraction or venue within Lane County without a personal vehicle.
Eugene retirement communities offer the perfect combination of beautiful scenery, easy access around the city, and a vibrant, active community. For more information on senior living in Eugene, see our options for Eugene retirement communities.
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