Get your diary out - the Retirement Village and Resort Expo is coming to Brisbane!
This free event will be held at the Broncos Leagues Club in Red Hill on Sunday, February 20 and Monday, February 21, from 10 am to 3 pm.
The Expo is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the many different retirement living options available throughout southeast Queensland. Meet with Australia's most respected retirement living operators, representing communities of every type and price point, to discover all the benefits of life in a retirement village or resort.
And there are so many benefits, including: an in-built social life, affordable accommodation, low-maintenance living, recreational facilities, an active lifestyle, safety and security, ready access to services, "lock and leave" homes that make travel easy, and, with so many communities to choose from, a location to suit every way of life.
But did you know that moving to a retirement village or resort can also be very good for your health?
Research conducted by consulting company Grant Thornton in 2014, found village residents visit their GP less often and spend fewer days in hospital than their peers in the general community. They also enter aged care five years later on average.
That's a significant benefit but not so surprising when you consider that retirement living communities are purpose built for seniors.
Clear sightlines, level floors and wider corridors support ageing in place, while communal gardens and well-maintained footpaths make outdoor settings safe and accessible.
They also offer an active, engaged lifestyle in a vibrant social setting. These factors combine to help residents stay healthier for longer, the Property Council's Retirement Living executive director Ben Myers.
Mr Myers cites the 2020 PWC/ Property Council Retirement Census, saying "90% of existing villages and an even higher number (94%) of new villages have five or more facilities, like cafes, craft rooms and men's sheds, pools, movie theatres, libraries and gyms".
He says these amenities contribute significantly to the "overall health and happiness" of residents.
Retirement living supports a congenial lifestyle while "reducing the risk to living at home safely", Mr Myers says.
"People can live independently but have a much better outcome in terms of social engagement."
His view is endorsed by the residents themselves. The DCM Longitudinal National Resident Survey conducted in 2020 found that 43% of residents experienced improved mental, physical and financial wellbeing since moving into a village or resort.
Additionally, 50% experienced improved happiness and life satisfaction three years after moving in, 83% felt safer in a village, and 90% would not move back to their previous home even if home care were provided.
That's some satisfied customers! Visit the Brisbane Retirement Village and Resort Expo to find out more and take the first step toward a happier and healthier retirement.