Nicknamed The Mile High City due to its height above sea level, Denver offers many senior-friendly attractions to its residents. Some of the area’s world-class museums include the Denver Art Museum, which has around 68,000 art objects, and The Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where seniors can learn about everything from fossils to outer space. Every year, Denver gets around 60 inches of snow, making this city a perfect retirement destination for winter sports enthusiasts who want to hit the slopes with their grandkids. Other winter events include nightly shows at the 110-foot-tall Mile High Tree or the month-long Denver Christkindl Market, where seniors can shop for handcrafted gifts.
With approximately 716,500 residents, nearly 12% of whom are seniors, it’s no surprise that there are dozens of assisted living facilities in the Denver area. Denver’s assisted living residents pay an average of $4,500 per month, about $500 more than the national average. This guide features 10 of Denver’s best assisted living communities that are worth checking out.
150 Quebec St.
Denver, CO 80230
Residents love Brookdale Lowry’s proximity to the Lowry Town Center, where they can check out shops, supermarkets and restaurants. The resort-like assisted living and memory care facility boasts clean, spacious suites with natural light and large closets as well as an assortment of elegantly furnished common areas. These include a library, game room and wellness center, plus a theater where residents enjoy movie nights throughout the week. At mealtimes, residents are treated to tastefully prepared entrees, such as veal parmesan and oven fried catfish.
Brookdale University Park
2020 S. Monroe St.
Denver, CO 80210
Brookdale University Park is located just a few blocks away from the University of Denver, and residents enjoy outings to the school’s performances and sporting events. The independent and assisted living community fosters a welcoming environment where many residents keep their doors open to encourage visits from neighbors. Residents can challenge their new friends to a game of shuffleboard or chat in one of the well-decorated common areas. We featured Brookdale University Park in Denver’s top 10 because residents rave about its delicious food and varied menu options, which include beef stroganoff, trout almondine and flat iron steak.
2500 S. Roslyn St.
Denver, CO 80231
Brookdale Denver, nestled in a tree-lined residential neighborhood with parks and country clubs, is a homelike continuing care community. When new residents move into this bright, well-lit facility, they’re greeted by a welcoming committee that makes them feel comfortable in their new home. The facility boasts a great variety of on-site amenities, and residents can work on their fitness in the wellness center, enjoy a movie with friends in the theater or relax on a bench in the beautiful, sunny courtyard. Other amenities include the library, game room and greenhouse.
Sunrise at Cherry Creek
251 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80246
Located on one of Denver’s major thoroughfares, Sunrise at Cherry Creek offers easy access to shopping centers, entertainment and hospitals. The community’s clean, bright suites are tastefully furnished to help seniors feel at home. A calendar full of fun activities, including weekly trips to local restaurants, makes it easy for residents to socialize and connect with new friends. We included Sunrise at Cherry Creek in Denver’s top 10 because it earned a Bronze Commitment to Quality Award from the American Health Care Association, an award that recognizes the care provided by its long-term staff.
Springbrooke Retirement & Assisted Living
6800 Leetsdale Dr.
Denver, CO 80224
Springbrooke Retirement & Assisted Living is an upscale, locally owned facility nestled in southeast Denver, close to specialty shops and restaurants. The community provides Denver seniors with clean apartments that include full kitchens, and some apartments have large balconies that offer views of the beautiful courtyard and fountain. The full calendar of classes and events encourages seniors to live an active lifestyle. We included this community in Denver’s top 10 because of its many accessible amenities, including a convenience store and health and wellness center, which ensures that seniors have everything they need on-site.
111 Emerson St.
Denver, CO 80218
Located just down the road from Denver Health Hospital, Brookdale Parkplace cares for the city’s seniors in an elegant, resort-like environment. With a library, clinic, fitness center, indoor pool and even a bank on-site, the community is a great choice for seniors who love convenient amenities. In the beautifully appointed dining room, residents enjoy varied meals that are served restaurant-style. From their apartments, residents have gorgeous views of the mountains and the sunrise and sunset.
The Gardens at St. Elizabeth
2835 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
The Gardens at St. Elizabeth is a faith-based senior care community located in historic north Denver. We included this community in our Denver top 10 list because of dedication to meeting residents’ spiritual needs. It offers daily Mass and rosary for its Catholic residents as well as a weekly interdenominational worship service. The attentive staff takes the time to learn the names of everyone in this 186-resident facility, and they especially help to create a caring, welcoming environment.The recently renovated facility boasts a movie theater, fitness center, education center and even a clinic where seniors can receive routine medical services.
Sunrise at Pinehurst
5195 W. Quincy Ave.
Denver, CO 80236
Located near Pinehurst Country Club and Marston Lake in southwest Denver, Sunrise at Pinehurst provides assisted living and memory care. Residents love the clean, well-maintained facility for its well-decorated common areas, which include comfortable couches and many skylights that let in plenty of natural light. The facility’s apartments are designed with the needs of seniors in mind, including the View Suites, which have talking clocks and large-button phones to help visually impaired seniors live independently. Residents enjoy convenient visits from medical professionals, including physicians, dentists and physical therapists.
The Balfour at Stapleton
2979 Uinta St.
Denver, CO 80238
Located near Central Park, The Balfour at Stapleton is an upscale senior living community that provides a full continuum of care for up to 74 seniors. Residents live in studio and one-bedroom apartments with plenty of space to entertain friends and family members. Residents are encouraged to live independently, but with non-obtrusive room monitors and personal emergency pendants, help is never far away. Registered nurses are on-site 24/7. In the bright, modern dining room, residents enjoy seasonal, farm-to-table meals, and since the facility has a full-liquor license, seniors can sip on their favorite cocktails, too.
The Courtyards at Mountain View
8101 E. Mississippi Ave.
Denver, CO 80247
The Courtyards at Mountain View provides both independent and assisted living in an upscale setting. We included this facility in Denver’s top 10 because of its gorgeous outdoor areas that encourage seniors to enjoy the fresh mountain air, including a resident garden and a gated courtyard with walking paths, shrubs and colorful flowers. Many floor plans are available, and they have high ceilings, wood-style flooring and fully equipped kitchens that help seniors feel at home. All of the common areas, including the beauty salon, country store and living room, have Wi-Fi access, so seniors can stay connected wherever they go.
Is Denver the Right Choice for You?
For active seniors who are looking for adventure, Denver may be the ideal retirement destination. There are more than 200 parks within city limits, making Denver’s park system one of the largest in the country. The city is home to world-class hospitals, including UC Health University of Colorado Hospital and Porter Adventist Hospital, that can accommodate seniors’ future medical needs. Better yet, Denver’s health care costs are 7.5% lower than the national average.