Four important things you should know about retirement village living 92



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When people discuss retirement village living, it is almost amusing listening to the way they talk: “I’ll never move into one of them, they just age you”, “they accelerate ageing” and the favourite, “they are only for really old people”. These are just some of the statements that we hear being casually thrown around.

But the truth is, these perceptions about retirement villages are wrong. Retirement villages have a stigma attached to them – they apparently make you age faster and that living in one disconnects you from reality. But if we take the time to speak to someone who lives in a retirement village, we begin to understand that the reality is quite the opposite. Retirement village living offers you a range of lifestyle opportunities that you otherwise wouldn’t have and it does this without impeding on your normal, everyday life. There is nothing stopping you staying connected to the outside world and in fact, to some people, retirement village living will give them more life than they’ve ever had before.

We spoke to Jean, a woman living in a Brisbane retirement village about the way her new lifestyle has given her even more life and today we’re sharing these five things with you…


1. You can do everything you would in the family home but with less stress.

You can lock up and leave for holidays, you can entertain at home, you can throw parties, you can decorate the way you want to, you can keep a car, caravan and boat, you can have visitors come to stay with you and you can do so without having to worry about security or safety plus there is more… You and your guests have full use of village facilities – that often include a pool, gym, café, movie lounge, library and games rooms.

2. You have something to do… All the time.

Sometimes in retirement we find ourselves a little bored and stagnant. At a retirement village there is always something to do. You can continue a hobby or try new types of arts and crafts at the village or community classes. You can try new sports or, you can even teach other people things by starting a new class. We spoke to a resident living at Aveo Durack earlier in the year that had started computer classes to help other residents stay tech savvy and it has become one of her favourite times of the week.

3. You have a chance to be more socially active than ever before.

Very few times in our lives do we have social functions organised for us, every week. But, at many retirement villages Friday night drinks, Wednesday luncheons and more events are arranged for optional attendance and from what we’ve heard – they are a hoot! Add the additional social events organised by the “fun” residents committees and residents are never be short of something fun to do with friends.

4. You aren’t locked in so you can experience the best of both worlds.

As we’ve discovered, so many people believe that once you’re in a retirement village, the lifestyle consumes you and disconnects you from normal life – but this couldn’t be further from the truth. There is nothing stopping you from going out and living your life normally. You can enjoy the shopping, restaurants and culture of the city or suburbs and then return to your village whenever you like.

Jean told us that retirement village living comes down to what you make of it and, it is true. But if you have the right attitude towards retirement village living, you will see that these places are full of people just like you. And like Jean has found, they can give you more life than you would have otherwise…


What do you think of retirement village living? Is it something you are considering? Or if you currently live in one, how do you find it? Tell us in the comments below…

This article is sponsored by Aveo retirement villages.  For more information on your lifestyle options take a look at the Aveo website or call 13 28 36. Please note this article was written independently by the Starts at 60 team as it provides insights to, what we feel is, valuable and relevant content for our community.

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  1. I moved into a retirement village in May I am not a in your face socialising person. I love it ! If you want to mix you can, I feel so much more secure, they let me bring my 2 dogs, and being an old bushie I even have a few Brahman cattle grazing near my back fence compliments of the local high school cattle stud. Best move I ever did.

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    • Hi Debbie Maclean, If you would ever like to write about your experience please feel free to do so and send it in to us – we’d love to share it!

    • Rockhampton. You buy your unit, we have solar panels so power bill is low sometimes nil. Don’t pay house insurance only contents, don’t pay for hot water. One bedroom or 2 from $145,000 to $190,000. They are building more units I believe. $90 maintenance a week, honestly you can’t do better.

    • So true David, you can add horse competitions to it as well. Thank,goodness I don’t have to be standing on a milk crate at 4am plaiting horses for showing anymore. LOL.

  2. I was thinking of moving into a rented one wile I sold my house, the price was $380 a week just for 1 small room plus if you wanted a car space to park your car that was an extra $10 a week. Suffice to say I am still living in my house in a small rural town in WA. Houses take about 18 months to 2 years to sell here so I thought a rented one would be good to give me the chance to try before you buy.

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    • That price to rent sounds astronomical for what you would be getting. I’d really look into it but some sound very good as we have close friends at Ruby Gardens here in Queensland and they love it. She’s lost about 15 kilos from Zumba and swimming and he plays bowls in a tournament that travels all over Brisbane each week.

    • It pays to do your research & check very carefully Elizabeth. Legislation varies from state to state and, in some cases, there is very little protection for cabin “owners” who lease the land underneath their unit. Exit fees can place you at the mercy of the estate owner. Buyer beware very much rules. Saying that, some people love it, the freedom, lifestyle & ability to “lock up & leave” at a moments notice. Tread carefully!

    • We r in the National lifestyle village tapping W A and it is wonderfull houses aren’t very expensive to buy the weekly maintenance fee is $150 a week but if a pensioner can get rent assistance so well worth the move out of the subburbs security and social aspect is great or u can have your privacy if u want to,we have lived here nearly 9 years and r only 67 so well suits the over 50 s

  3. A question. Do you have to buy a property in these villages, or are the units leasable? This is fairly important I’m sure to many retirees.

  4. Thank goodness, at last a positive.
    I get fed up with the uninformed, thinking that we in a village have been locked up, and the key thrown away!
    There is no pressure to do anything. You live exactly the same way you did in your house.
    A friend said yesterday to me that your neighbours live on top of you. Oh the uneducated!! I pointed out to her, our nearest neighbour is further away from us than hers are.
    Never ever do we do anything we don’t want to.
    When oh when will retirement living stop being confused with care
    living. In a village you are living independently.
    You look after yourself.
    Best move we ever made.
    Totally agree with all Jean said

  5. It is expensive , over regulated and full of mean old people who mostly fight with each other. From the many I have visited I have come to the conclusion that there are far better alternatives.

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    • yes, you have to take a “mean” test before they allow you in. Apparently I passed! Lol, what a broad generalisation Ian. I’d guess you also think all teenagers are irresponsible and lazy *shakes head*

    • Maybe you got a good one Jill but I have visited many friends in villages who regret ever having moved there .

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      • Maybe your friends are the mean and troublesome residents Ian, they certainly appear to have a negative attitude.
        I imagine retirement villages would be a pleasant way to live, with plenty of options for those who wish to be more involved in socialising than others. I look forward to living in one in about ten more years. Queensland villages certainly seem to be the cheapest…….I live in Melbourne where they are pricier than up north, but them’s the breaks.

  6. Moved into a retirement village about 18 months ago, sold my 5 bedroom house in Gawler south Australia, bought a 3 bedroom house in retirement village, love it here and most people are the 50 to 70 age group, a lot still go to work, its quiet no hoons, very secure, and you live just as you lived before you came here, we have a swimming pool, BBQ s, and lots going on if we wanted company. best move we ever made.

  7. Best move I ever did. Bought a 2 bed home in an over 45s village nearly two years ago. Security was a factor, but having a lot less garden to maintain was a big factor. The rent on the land is helped by Centerlink’s rental assistance, so I pay less per fortnight than I did with council and water rates. We have two pools, one indoor heated with sauna and spa. Gym, tennis, squash, pool, darts, I could go on. Thing is, you can join if you want, or not. Up to the individual. Pets welcome.Social club fantastic. Busier than ever. Going away? Just lock and leave. Love it.

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    • I know of people who live in a retirement village and every so often they lock up and move to another part of Australia to house/pet sit somebody’s house via a house-sitting site. No rent to pay and a good way to explore the country.

    • That’s not a retirement village Lesley, it’s a manufactured home village and they cannot, by law, specify the age of the residents. I live in one now and I’m moving to a retirement village in a couple of weeks as the rent here is getting astronomical. The place I have bought charges 27% of the single pension in maintenance fees and they pay for all the maintenance. No insurance, only contents. Water included.

  8. Location is important to me. I live close to everything. I have cancer and need to be close to my doctors etc. Don’t appear to be many retirement villages closer to the city. I guess that is a cost issue as well.

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