A 2016 study by the University of California in San Francisco worryingly found that 43 percent of seniors felt lonely on a regular basis. And for those who didn’t or couldn’t seek out companionship, it meant they were 45 percent more likely to reach an earlier death.
That’s why Aveo’s retirement villages offer residents a range of communal areas, with sprawling grounds open to aspiring gardeners, BBQ areas, and libraries, games room and even a woodshed.
And there’s a packed social calendar for residents to choose from: lawn bowls in the morning, meditation after lunch, cheese and wine in the afternoon sun, or reading a book alone in the garden.
Strategic Operations Manager of Retirement Living for Aveo, James Wiltshire, said: “It’s about having a range of activities to pick and choose from, even if you don’t fancy doing anything.”
It’s perhaps unsurprising that a huge amount of those who finally enter a retirement village wish they had done so earlier and regret stalling over a misconception that it’s going to be too costly or a fear of losing their independence.
Interestingly, a study released in September 2017 by University of Technology Sydney found that retirement village living was actually cheaper than home ownership due to the lifestyle services on offer.
Executive Director Retirement Living at the Property Council of Australia, Ben Myers, also added, “If you live outside a retirement village and you access facilities and services like swimming pools, gymnasiums, libraries, GP clinics and social activities, this report shows you’re going to probably end up paying more than it costs to live in a retirement village.”
Report author Lois Towart said, “This comparison was based on the financial and lifestyle components of retirement village living including entry price, ongoing costs, facilities and services, exit price and intangible factors.”
Original story was published on News.com.au