It’s never easy acknowledging that you are growing old, nor admitting that living on your own in your own home has become a struggle for you. But when there is a superb facility which can help to make your ’golden year’s’ extremely enjoyable and enable you to ’age gracefully’, then there is no need to look any further in the Central Otago region than the Ripponburn Lifestyle Village. Ripponburn Lifestyle Village has many great features and people soon discover that many of the wants and needs they have, can be met through opting to make this the destination for their new home. General manager Lois Kircher said that the small town environment of Ripponburn Lifestyle Village provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Numerous planned outings, a safe environment and the pleasant company of neighbours all help the residents to confidently make that transition away from their own home to this new one. The proximity of the Ripponburn Lifestyle Village to the Ripponburn Hospital and Home also means that while residents can maintain their independence with-in the complex’s beautiful setting, they are also able to access health care as and when needed as well as having meals provided if required and other assistance when necessary. While many more people are opting to make a lifestyle village their home in their later years, Mrs Kircher says a constant concern is that often people often don’t make the decision soon enough to move to the village. "Often their failing health means that they are not always able to enjoy and participate in everything that the ’Village’ offers, and that’s something we would really like them to benefit from."