Have You Con­sid­ered Your Re­tire­ment?

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It is never too early to start think­ing about re­tire­ment.

The way we re­tire is chang­ing. Tra­di­tional old-age homes are be­com­ing things of the past, and many re­tirees are choos­ing to live in sur­round­ings that look noth­ing like those we have come to as­so­ciate with re­tire­ment over the years.

Se­niors are in­creas­ingly opt­ing for re­tire­ment vil­lages or es­tates where they en­joy qual­ity of life, a com­mu­nity of like-minded peo­ple of sim­i­lar life ex­pe­ri­ence, top-qual­ity health­care, and the con­ve­nience of re­sort-style fa­cil­i­ties and ameni­ties – no longer the hos­pi­tal­style es­tab­lish­ments of yes­ter­year.

In South Africa, the pi­o­neers of this way of liv­ing in later life is Evergreen Life­style – the top re­tire­ment brand in the coun­try, and ex­perts in the pro­vi­sion of ac­com­mo­da­tion for se­niors. Evergreen cur­rently op­er­ates four re­tire­ment vil­lages in the Cape Town area, one in Jo­han­nes­burg, and there are a num­ber of new vil­lages in the plan­ning pipe­line. They will also be ex­pand­ing into Kwazulu-natal with de­vel­op­ments at Hil­ton and Umh­langa Ridge, and build­ing lux­ury re­tire­ment at the new Val de Vie Evergreen in a prime lo­ca­tion at the heart of the sprawl­ing Val de Vie Es­tate. Sur­rounded by ma­jes­tic moun­tains in the Paarl-fran­schhoek Val­ley, there can be few bet­ter places to en­joy what will truly be your golden years.

Re­tire­ment ex­pert and Evergreen Re­tire­ment Hold­ings CEO, Arthur Case, says, “Our Evergreen of­fer­ing stretches be­yond the stereo­typ­i­cal old-age home with its hos­pi­tal-like at­mos­phere. In our vil­lages, we take care of ev­ery­thing for you. Ours is a hos­pi­tal­ity-based ap­proach, with re­sort-style liv­ing and vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties of res­i­dents liv­ing ac­tively and in­de­pen­dently. We also pro­vide health­care that spans ev­ery­thing from home-based care to frail care.”

Case ad­vises, “Think­ing about where to live in re­tire­ment is cru­cial. Plan for some­thing that is af­ford­able so that you do not feel fi­nan­cially in­se­cure, or have to de­pend on chil­dren or fam­ily mem­bers. It might seem sim­plest to stay on in your home, but you could be left with a large, cum­ber­some prop­erty with spi­ralling costs for things like up­keep and re­pairs, rates and taxes, safety and se­cu­rity, gar­den­ing and more. You will do your­self a huge favour by choos­ing a place where fu­ture costs can be con­tained.”

For more info on mod­ern-day re­tire­ment liv­ing, visit www.ev­er­green­lifestyle.co.za or call Evergreen Life­style on +27 21 702 3200. Did you know?

Ac­cord­ing to Stats SA’S 2017 Mid-year Pop­u­la­tion Es­ti­mate, the last decade has seen a 10-year in­crease in life ex­pectancy for the av­er­age South African. South Africans aged 60 and over make up 8.1% of our 56 mil­lion pop­u­la­tion.

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