If you could change anything about your lifestyle what would it be? Would you like more security? More freedom? More fun? Would you like to incorporate more activity into your life? Do you wish there were more facilities like gyms, pools and cafes within walking distance of your home or more people your own age close by?
Retirement villages and resorts offer all these benefits and many more. They provide a safe and secure environment where you can enjoy a rewarding lifestyle in the company of people who share your history and values.
With over 3000 retirement communities throughout Australia, there are many great options to choose from. You can find your dream home at one of the many retirement expos held regularly throughout Australia. These events feature the finest communities across an array of styles and price points to suit every budget. You can engage directly with staff to get a true sense of what life is like at their community and what it can offer you.
To find the next retirement living expo near you go to Retirementexpo.com.au. This website is dedicated to helping seniors discover everything they need to know about retirement living from pricing and availability to regulation and government resources.
Currently, around 300,000 seniors live in retirement villages and resorts nationwide. That number is projected to surge in coming years as Baby Boomers look to downsize.
Australian research shows there are several reasons for the growing popularity of retirement living:
Village residents highly value the benefits of living within a community of like-minded people at the same stage of life. The increased social opportunities offered by a village setting lead to richer and broader social lives.
Quality of life
Freedom from home maintenance duties and heavy gardening work is another prized aspect of village life. Fewer chores leaves more time for leisure activities and socialising. With modern villages offering resort-style amenities like swimming pools, gyms, libraries and games rooms, there's never a dull moment.
Most villages are located close to shops and services and provide reliable transport to nearby urban centres. For residents who enjoy travel, the ability to simply "lock and leave" their home at any time, safe in the knowledge that it will be taken care of in their absence, is a significant advantage.
Security and independence
A 2013 study on housing choice in retirement showed that village residents enjoy a greater sense of security and independence than seniors living in the general community.
A wise move
Overall, satisfaction with village life is extremely high. A 2013 survey conducted by McCrindle Research found that 98 per cent of residents were happy with their decision to move into a retirement village and would do so again, given the choice.
The survey also found that more than 90 per cent of residents had experienced improved physical and emotional wellbeing since moving into their new homes.