Re­tire­ment homes born in the USA

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The Amer­i­can re­tiree lives in a dif­fer­ent world to his UK coun­ter­part. If he owns a home in The Vil­lages, a re­tire­ment com­mu­nity in Florida, his daily chore will be de­cid­ing which of the 65 swim­ming pools to choose from, and which of the 46 nearby golf cour­ses.

And in­stead of set­tling down to an episode of Mid­somer Mur­ders af­ter dark, he may be line danc­ing in the vil­lage square un­til mid­night, or grow­ing old dis­grace­fully, cruis­ing the high street with his chums on a pimped-up Harley-David­son.

Many age-re­stricted com­mu­ni­ties, as they are called in the States, are the size of small cities, cov­er­ing sev­eral square miles and burst­ing with en­ter­tain­ment cen­tres, sports com­plexes and shop­ping em­po­ria. Some even have their own po­lice forces, am­bu­lance teams, churches and Wal­marts; cen­sus data show that The Vil­lages is one of the fastest-grow­ing cities in Amer­ica.

There is a huge gulf be­tween Bri­tain and Amer­ica when it comes to re­tire­ment liv­ing. Ac­cord­ing to Sav­ills, about one in 200 peo­ple aged over 65 live in re­tire­ment homes in the UK, com­pared to about one in 18 in the US. This dis­par­ity is partly due to the fact that over the pond there is more of a cul­ture of re­tire­ment vil­lages, and they have been build­ing them for a lot longer: one of the ear­li­est, vast, cam­pus-style vil­lages was built in Ari­zona in 1960.

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