Gainesville is surrounded by natural recreation and
conservation areas. The Alachua County government and many private
land preservation organizations have worked together to purchase large
tracts that now form an "emerald ribbon" around the south, east, and
north sides of the urban area. A half hour drive to the southeast is the
Ocala National Forest
There are 8 golf courses and numerous parks, recreational
facilities, and hiking and bicycle trails in and near the city and many
more Golf Courses in the neighboring counties.
Gainesville has warm winters and hot summers with a
255 – 260 day growing season. The climate straddles the
humid sub-tropical and temperate regions so there is a vast
diversity of plant life . Both tropical and temperate trees, shrubs,
and flowers grow well. Something is blooming at any time of the
year. There are enough cold days and freezing nights in the
autumn and winter to bring leaf color to the deciduous trees .
The local taxes are somewhat higher than other cities and
counties because much of the land in Alachua County is in public
ownership making the property tax base relatively small. However,
there is NO Personal INCOME TAX in Florida and other costs of
living, such as housing, are considerably lower.
The Gainesville area real estate market is comparatively more
stable than Central and South Florida. Home and land prices tend to
be less cyclical, less volatile, and much more affordable. Housing
choices available include single-family homes, condominium flats
and townhouses, mobile homes, and retirement communities.
Gainesville has less traffic compared to other Florida cities.
Except for short rush hours in the morning and evening the roads are
usually uncongested (except when there is a UF Football Game).
The average commute times are much lower than most cities in
Florida and the United States.
The Gainesville Bus System Gainesville Regional Transit
System (RTS) (http://www.go-rts.com) is the fourth largest mass
transit system in Florida and covers the entire urban area Monday
through Saturday. Univeristy of Florida and Santa Fe College
students ride free, which takes a large number of cars off the
roads, significantly reducing traffic.
Greyhound (www.greyhound.com) provides intercity and
interstate bus service.
The Gainesville Regional Airport (http://www.flygainesville.com)
is in the city limits and has regularly scheduled daily service to
Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, and Tampa. There is also on-demand service
to numerous other cities.
Nearby larger airports for national and International flights are:
Jacksonville International (http://www.jia.aero)
Orlando International (http://www.orlandoairports.net/main.htm)
Tampa International (http://www.tampaairport.com).
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) serves Gainesville with Intercity Train Service through Waldo, Florida, 14 miles to the northeast. Two
shuttle buses connect the city to the passenger railroad station daily.
Attractions & Events
Senior Citizen Living, Groups,
Programs & Services
In addition to the following agencies there are over 35 more
social service and volunteer organizations located in and near
Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, Starke, and Palatka, Florida that
Empower Seniors and Elderly Adults.
AARP Alachua County Employment Program www.aarp.org
AARP Tax-Aide www.aarp.org/money/taxaide
Alachua County ATC Transport http://www.mvtransit.com/locations
Alachua County Center for Aging Resources
Alachua County Center for Independent Living http://cilncf.org/
Alachua County Foster Grandparent Program http://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/CSS/
Alachua County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
AMAC (Association of Mature American Citizens) http://amac.us
Clay County Council on Aging http://coaclay.org/
Community Coalition of Older Adults www.shands.org/public/programs/eldercare
Eldercare of Alachua County http://eldercare.ufandshands.org/
Employ Florida, Silver Edition
Florida Adult Services www.dcf.state.fl.us/as
Florida Department of Elder Affairs
Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging, dba Elder Options
352-378-6649 or 1-800-262-2243
Oak Hammock at the University of Florida
A Life Fulfilling Community® on 136 acres providing
lifelong learning, fitness and health programs, and on-site
assisted living. There are individual club homes, villas, and low-noise residences.
Prime Time Institute http://www.primetimeinstitute.org/
Social Security Administration http://www.socialsecurity.gov/
The Atrium of Gainesville Community
(Over 55 (55+) Community)
The Village (Over 55 (55+) Community)
Turkey Creek Forest (Over 55 (55+) Community) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Turkey-Creek-Forest-
Volunteer Match www.volunteermatch.org
Senior Citizen & Retirement
Web Site LINKS
Useful Information for Seniors, Current Retirees, Retired and
Senior Health Care: www.UFandShands.org/seniorcare
Wired Seniors Websites: Hub that connects to a network of related
sites such as http://www.wiredseniors.com/ageofreason/ and http://www.wiredseniors.com/seniorssearch/
National Institute on Aging: Helpful U.S. Government Links: http://www.nia.nih.gov/
National Council on the Aging: Check YOUR Benefits: http://www.benefitscheckup.org
Third Age: A community of active older adults featuring
information on health, romance, technology, investing, and travel.
Grandma Betty: Over 1,000 Information Sources & Products for
Baby Boomers and Seniors: http://www.grandmabetty.com
Senior Link: National eldercare resource, referral and consultation
service for seniors and their families: http://www.seniorlink.com
Senior Site: Online community for seniors and their families: http://www.seniorsite.com
Today's Seniors: Features advice, tips, and articles about retirement,
personal finances, Medicare, and more:
Senior Service Directory: Senior services directory and online portal
of senior-related products and useful information: http://www.seniorservicedirectory.com
Love To Know: Information resource guide for senior citizens, including health, retirement living, estate planning, activities, and more: http://seniors.lovetoknow.com/Main_Page
Elder One Stop: Online resource giving information for seniors, elderly, caregivers, and families: http://www.elder-one-stop.com
Age Venture: Reporting lifestyle trends of Baby Boomers and Retirees: http://www.demko.com
SHINE, Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders: Trained counselors
help with insurance decisions. Florida SHINE 1-800-963-5337.
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