The important retirement living conversation we need to have 27



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When we hear about retirement villages and talk about them, our conversations are often focused on the superficial things. We discuss whether or not the buildings are new, does the facility have a pool and gym, are the gardens nice, how big are the entertaining areas and so on. But we don’t often discuss one of the most important questions of retirement living. Not, what does the village have, but what can the village give me?

The truth is that one of the most important parts of a retirement village is what can it provide to the residents. How can it give someone purpose and help them to enjoy a fulfilling retirement? Based on the feedback we’ve received from over 60s in our community who live in retirement villages, these four things are the most important things that retirement village living has given them.

 1. A community

For so many people, retiring is a great time. But it also means that the support network of people you see every single day is no longer there. Relationships have to be worked at and friendships need to be worked on. By being in a retirement village environment, you already have a new community and support network. You meet new people and make new friendships. You can choose to be as involved as much as suits you, but you always have a network of people around you.

 2. An opportunity to try new things

One of the best things that retirement villages have to offer is the abundance of activities they host. You can continue doing different sports and hobbies or try new ones. Try jewellery making, music, swimming, pilates, woodwork, bushwalking, crafts and so many other things in the comfort of your own village. You have the opportunity to learn from experts or from other residents who are volunteering their time and knowledge to work with others.

 3. An opportunity to teach others

Just like you can learn from other residents, you can also teach others too. If you have a skill set that can help others or give them a new skill or hobby they haven’t tried before, you can begin teaching. We spoke to an Aveo resident earlier this year who ran a computer club and each week she would teach other residents something new. Having a regular commitment to volunteer and share is important to help you feel like you are making a contribution – something that is often lost after leaving the workforce.

 4. Safety and security

Most importantly, retirement village living gives you safety, security and peace of mind for your family and friends. Knowing that you have people that could help you in emergency just a few metres away, knowing that you have facilities on site to look after you if you were to get sick, knowing that you have neighbours who can look out for you and knowing that you’re in a safe and secure environment is so important – to you and your family.

These are the things we need to talk about when it comes to retirement living. “What can this village offer that can help me to live a fulfilling and happy life?” is the discussion we need to have.

So today tell us, what has given you purpose in retirement? How has your retirement village contributed? Share your stories in the comments below…

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  1. You also need to know how the village policy works if you want to sell or what happens when you die.
    Otherwise you could well leave your family with a big headache ,Morris then if you were in your family home.
    I know because I was in one and opted out because the owners were not resident friendly.

  2. My dad has recently moved into a retirement village/hostel at 95 years, after the death of my mum. He is quite mobile, independent but a bit forgetful. He loves it, it’s fairly small with about 40 residents, is set out like a Balinese village, has frequent bus outings – even if only to the nearby beach to whale watch, and he’s learning to play bridge [never played before], speak Greek and use an ipad. They are a very friendly community – and it’s at Byron Bay. Oh yes, they had a direct internet link to the recent Byron Writers Festival.

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  3. Most of us probably couldn’t afford one . Would also have to leave ones community & current friends . Don’t know, love my own house, but I know one day it’ll be too big , need maintenance etc.

  4. I am 62yrs old with crook legs and hav had a heart attack. Now homeswest took me to court and had me evicted must b out by the 26th jan. Hav no family that can put me up so it looks like iam on the sts that’s wat the government is doing to us war veterans. Can any one help me contact me on f/b thank you

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    • I cant help you Stewart but I just wanted to know that others do care about you. 🙁
      How awful these people must be.. they dont show their true colours when they want ‘our’ money!!!
      Chin up my friend, keep us posted to your outcome please.
      MERRY CHRISTMAS but I know it will be hard with this hanging over your head. Make the best you can. 🙂

    • Talk to your local RSL; Viet Vets Assoc; VVCS. Your local Member of Parliament may also be able to help. Good luck.

  5. Not mentioned here is one of the most important things. WHEN should you move into a retirement village? The answer is 10 years before you think you are ready to move. Otherwise there is a high probability the trauma of the move will kill you. I’ve lost count of the people who have moved in to where I am and have died within weeks, sometimes days, of the move.

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    • I totally agree I moved in one at 63 having moved straight from the UK, many people say they are not ready for it yet, and then leave it to late, not ready for what secure living! everything on your doorstep!
      You have independance you join in if you want to or you don’t, it’s as simple as that.yes there are a lot of whingers that can spoil it for others but I don’t get involved. I wouldn’t swap it.

  6. I agree with the writer of this article.
    I live in a not for profit village.
    We have over three hundred volunteers and I am one of them, I teach the craft of pottery as I have spent 7yrs at a local Technical College and have practiced the craft for over 35 years.
    As an aside we also have three care centres and we are catered for from when we come to the village until we reap our celestial reward.

  7. To me Retirement is the time to work on the biggest project or goal in my life: CONTENTMENT! It is to have time to reflect, understand how beautiful Life has been as a teacher and to have gratitude to all the postives that has directed me to reach this state. I am not envious of wealth,riches or sucess. I pursue my day with relish that I have been blessed to be given the opportunity to see the Sun rise and be grateful for everyday!

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