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Everybody loves Madison. Wisconsin’s capital city lands at or near the top of best cities lists year after year, mostly because of its robust economy, great healthcare system, and job opportunities for seniors. Live music, a full calendar of arts festivals, and the legendary Dane County Farmers’ Market contribute to the overall quality of life for Madisonians.

To help you enjoy retirement life in Madison or to help you track down helpful resources for family members living in the city, has mustered all its Madison articles and listings on one convenient Madison Senior Care and Services page. Think of it as a senior-focused city guide to Madison’s recreation and social options, senior communities, in-home care services, professional services, and more. Here’s a preview of what you can find.

Healthcare resources for seniors in Madison

The greater Madison area is home to several of Wisconsin’s best hospitals, including the University of Wisconsin Hospital, Mercy Health, St. Mary’s, and Meriter. You can read about their rankings and specialty areas on the Madison page, and you can

  • Find rehabilitation centers for post-operative and post-illness recovery
  • Learn how to apply for Medicaid and get transportation to and from appointments
  • Find out about VA benefits offices and local healthcare, including Middleton Memorial Hospital
  • See where you can go to get help with your Medicare application and claims

The Madison guide also has details on choosing in-home care and hospice care if you need them.

Retirement fun in Madison

If you’re new to Madison or just looking for new things to try, the Madison city guide can help you find your way. You can find information on classes, performing arts programs, and game days at the city’s senior centers. There’s a guide to area volunteer opportunities and a tip sheet on living like a local. Don’t want to drive yourself around town? You can get around safely using local transportation services and Dane County’s senior transportation program.

Deciding where to live

Do you already have a home in Madison? We have tips to help you enjoy it as long as possible. If you’re looking to buy a house and need to choose an agent and a part of town to look in, you’ll find helpful information, too. If you would rather skip the responsibility of home ownership and move to a senior community, the Madison page has information on different types of living options as well as listings for highly rated Madison-area communities.

Paying the bills

Everyone wants their retirement savings to go as far as possible. You can find resources on the Madison page to help with that. There are articles on the local cost of living, selecting a financial planner, finding senior discounts around town, sorting out Social Security issues, and finding a senior-friendly employer.

Getting a little extra help

Madison is home to services that can run errands for you, clean house, tackle the laundry, take you to doctor’s appointments, and more. Caregivers can find information on local support groups, respite care services, and training programs, too.

There’s more on the Madison Senior Care and Services page, including a local professional directory and a summary of why Madison is such a popular retirement location.

Casey Kelly-Barton is an Austin-based freelance writer whose childhood was made awesome by her grandmothers, great-grandmother, great-aunts and -uncles, and their friends.


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