Selmer, TN Senior Guide

The Selmer, TN Senior Guide contains key statistics and information about how senior citizens in Selmer live. Use this tool to compare healthcare quality, senior housing options, demographic and financial statistics, and other important data for Selmer with the rest of the country. This guide also contains helpful contact information for local government agencies that offer assistance to senior citizens.

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Key Senior Statistics

Use these key statistics to learn more about Selmer, TN seniors.

  • 21% of the population of Selmer, TN are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 29% of those seniors living in Selmer, TN are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 10% of Selmer senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 34% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 15% of Selmer, TN residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Selmer is $14,022/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Selmer senior is $40,016 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Tennessee ranks 45th for Long Term Care and 44th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 139 working seniors in Selmer Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 23% of the seniors in Selmer are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (19%) working aged (60%) seniors (21%)

(as of 2010)

In the U.S., around 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 today and everyday for over the next 15 years.

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Senior Housing

Use our senior housing data to get a snapshot of the housing characteristics and living arrangements of the aging population in Selmer, TN.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 265 seniors living alone in Selmer. Of these, 81% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

62% of males 65 and older are married compared with 35% of females.
47% of females are widowed compared with 2% of males. Source: Census.gov

Marital Status

Males

Females

Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built

Renters

Homeowners

Year Current Resident Moved In

Renters

Homeowners

Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 0% of Selmer senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 8% of Selmer senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

0% of senior renters reside in a large development - one that has 50 or more units.

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Long Term Care Choices

Just 37% of people think they will need long term care, but 69% of people actually will.

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Average Monthly Cost of Long Term Care Services in Tennessee

Care TypeTennessee Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$624$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,343$1,492
Assisted Living$3,395$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$3,392$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$3,432$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$5,840$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$6,296$7,604
Data from Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care in 2015
Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care

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Senior Healthcare Quality

Compare the quality of healthcare in Tennessee with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Tennessee Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of Tennessee's Long Term Care Rankings

The 50 states plus Washington, D.C. are ranked on a scale of 1 to 51, where 1 is the highest quality, 51 the lowest.

Ranking DimensionTennessee 2011 RankTennessee 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#42#43
Choice of Setting & Provider#47#49
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#48#31
Support for Family Caregivers#26#48
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#44
Overall Rank#45#45

Data from LongTermScorecard.org - A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers created by:

AARP, Inc.
The Commonwealth Fund
The SCAN Foundation

America's Health Rankings® for Tennessee

Click here for an expanded view of Tennessee's America's Health Rankings® for seniors.

The states are ranked on a scale of 1 to 50, where 1 is the highest ranking, 50 the lowest.

Determinant Tennessee 2013 Rank Tennessee 2015 Rank
Overall #42 #44
All Determinants #38 #43
Behaviors #41 #39
Smoking #41 #43
Chronic Drinking #2 #1
Obesity #24 #34
Underweight #9 #37
Physical Inactivity #50 #48
Dental Visit #39 #42
Pain Management #40 #9
Education #43 #42
Community #35 #47
Community & Environment - Macro #42 #42
Poverty #39 #36
Volunteerism #40 #38
Nursing Home Quality #43 #43
Community & Environment - Micro #29 #50
Food Insecurity #46 #47
Community Support #42 #41
Policy #24 #22
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #23 #23
Prescription Drug Coverage #12 #12
Geriatrician Shortfall #44 #46
Clinical Care #35 #32
Dedicated Health Care Provider #25 #14
Flu Vaccine #5 #2
Health Screenings #24 #31
Recommended Hospital Care #22 #17
Diabetes Management #15 #14
Home Health Care #39 #43
Preventable Hospitalizations #46 #46
Hospital Readmissions #41 #38
Hospice Care #40 #39
Hospital Deaths #45 #37
All Outcomes #43 #43
ICU Use #37 #38
Falls #2 #23
Hip Fracture #47 #48
Health Status #43 #46
Able-bodied #42 #41
Premature Death #43 #43
Teeth Extractions #49 #46
Poor Mental Health Days #36 #27
Multiple Chronic Conditions #36 #36
Cognition #45 #43
Depression #46 #28

America's Health Rankings® is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis. For the past 25 years, America's Health Rankings® has provided a holistic view of the health of the nation. America's Health Rankings® is the result of a partnership between United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association, and Partnership for Prevention™.

Americas Health Rankings - United Health Foundation
United Health Foundation
ALPHA - American Public Health Association

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Senior Financial Overview

View our Selmer, TN financial data below to learn about the income, wealth and costs incurred of those seniors living in the community.

The median household income for seniors in Selmer is $40,016 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

44% of senior households in Selmer earn less than $30,000 per year, while 14% earn more than $100K/year


Only those where the head of household is 65 or over are included. As an example, an elderly widow and her children's income would be counted if her children choose to live with her. However, if she chooses to live with her children, neither would be counted.

Also, keep in mind the distinction between household and individual income. A married couple over the age of 65 that is still working and earning $30,000 per year each would have a household income of $60,000.

The average Social Security income per household receiving the benefit in Selmer is $14,022 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Selmer is $20,654 Source: Census.gov ACS
18% of seniors in Selmer, TN are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

9% of Selmer seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

100% of seniors living in Selmer speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
6% of the seniors in Selmer are below the poverty level. Source: Census.gov ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level

Male

Female

Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

8% of senior homeowners in Selmer have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability

    Services Provided: State Agency on Aging
    Andrew Jackson Building
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Jim Shulman
    (615) 741-2056
    laverdia.mccullough@tn.gov
    Website
    8:00-4:30 Central Time
  • Southwest Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Elder Abuse Prevention, Information and Assistance, Legal Services, Long-term Care Ombudsman
    102 E. College Street
    Jackson, TN 38301
    Shelley Matthews
    731-668-6967
    swtdd@swtdd.org
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm - Central Time, Monday to Friday
  • West Tennessee Legal Services Senior Law Project

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention, Legal Services, Long-term Care Ombudsman
    210 West Main Street
    Jackson, TN 38301
    Pam Wright
    (731) 423-0616
    wtls@wtls.org
    Website
    8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Central Time
  • Tennessee Department of Health

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    710 James Robertson Parkway
    Nashville, TN 37243
  • State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    502 Deaderick Street, 9th Floor
    Nashville, TN 37243
  • Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    1-877-801-0044
    lucy.utt@state.tn.us
    Website
    Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Department of Human Services/Adult Protective Services

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    Website
    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. After-hours calls are returned the next business day.

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Sources

Census.gov - Data from the 2010 United States Census. The Census counts every resident in the U.S. and is conducted once every 10 years.

Census.gov ACS - Data from the the 2009-2013 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every year. Because every resident is not surveyed each year, data from a 5 year period is used to improve accuracy.