New re­search shows the Baby Boomers are among the hap­pi­est gen­er­a­tion in Aus­tralia.

Find­ings from the Aveo Pos­i­tive Age­ing In­dex show al­most one in five Aus­tralians (19 per cent) in their 60s and 70s ranked their hap­pi­ness lev­els as ‘high’ – more than dou­ble the num­ber of those aged un­der 50 (nine per cent).

In ad­di­tion, al­most three quar­ters of this age group recog­nised the rich so­cial ben­e­fits re­tire­ment vil­lages of­fered such as mak­ing new friends, find­ing a soul­mate or seek­ing out new ad­ven­ture bud­dies.

Thelma Whyte from Aveo Al­bany Creek is one of those Baby Boomers en­joy­ing a happy life, thanks to her pos­i­tive out­look. She said mov­ing into a re­tire­ment com­mu­nity is the “third chap­ter of her life” hav­ing found com­pan­ion­ship and a rich sense of com­mu­nity. Here are Ms Whyte’s top five rea­sons for her con­tent­ment:

1. My so­cial cir­cle – Com­pan­ion­ship is some­thing I missed af­ter my hus­band passed. Once you’re on your own, it’s just you and four walls, but since mov­ing into a re­tire­ment com­mu­nity, my so­cial hori­zons have ex­panded and I have found a sense of con­tent­ed­ness. I’ve also found com­pan­ion­ship since meet­ing Pa­trick, a fel­low res­i­dent in the vil­lage, and it feels like the third chap­ter of my life. I love to so­cialise and that is one of my favourite things about liv­ing at Aveo Al­bany Creek. There is a strong sense of con­nect­ed­ness be­tween res­i­dents which cre­ates a feel­ing of sup­port.

2. An ac­tive life – The ac­tiv­i­ties bring every­one to­gether over shared in­ter­ests. I love the op­por­tu­nity to so­cialise with friends do­ing an ac­tiv­ity we en­joy. My favourites are play­ing a game of bocce or get­ting to dress up and go to our vil­lage happy hour.

3. Safety – At times, liv­ing alone makes you feel vul­ner­a­ble and at risk. Here, I know my neigh­bours which gives me re­as­sur­ance. I know that if some­thing was to hap­pen to me or my health, there are peo­ple to help.

4. Lik­a­bil­ity from re­lata­bil­ity –I un­der­es­ti­mated how re­fresh­ing it would be to be around peo­ple like me. But I have found that be­cause we are all in a sim­i­lar cir­cum­stance, I have been able to fos­ter strong con­nec­tions with my like-minded neigh­bours. We are bonded by our sim­i­lar­i­ties. I met my part­ner Pa­trick through our shared love of singing in the vil­lage choir.

5. El­e­vated ameni­ties – Within a short stroll, I can go to the gym, visit the li­brary, swim in the pool, play ten­nis or watch a movie in the theatre. I al­ways pass a friendly face on my way.

Thelma Whyte lives at Aveo Al­bany Creek and says she and other res­i­dents are bonded by a sense of sim­i­lar­ity and com­mu­nity.

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