Liv­ing in a re­tire­ment vil­lage or re­sort pro­motes bet­ter health and greater in­de­pen­dence.

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That’s the find­ing from re­search con­ducted by con­sult­ing com­pany Grant Thorn­ton in 2014, which cal­cu­lated that re­tire­ment vil­lage res­i­dents visit their GP less of­ten and spend fewer days in hos­pi­tal than their peers in the gen­eral com­mu­nity.

They also en­ter aged care up to five years later on av­er­age — at 84 as op­posed to the na­tional av­er­age of 79.

Along with age-ap­pro­pri­ate de­sign, re­tire­ment com­mu­ni­ties sup­port bet­ter health by fa­cil­i­tat­ing an ac­tive life­style. On-site fa­cil­i­ties like swim­ming pools, gyms and bowl­ing greens make ex­er­cis­ing easy and con­ve­nient.

Or­gan­ised ac­tiv­i­ties such as tai chi, yoga and ex­cur­sions also help to pro­mote fit­ness and well­be­ing.

“What we can see from the re­search is that re­tire­ment vil­lages can ex­tend the in­de­pen­dence and qual­ity of life of their res­i­dents,” says Ken Mor­ri­son, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the Prop­erty Coun­cil of Aus­tralia.

The Aus­tralian Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion echoes that view say­ing re­tire­ment vil­lages, “can have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the health and qual­ity of life of older Aus­tralians”.

To find out how you can en­joy a health­ier and hap­pier re­tire­ment visit the Cas­tle Hill Re­tire­ment Vil­lage Expo, July 28-29, at Cas­tle Hill RSL.

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