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RE­TIRE­MENT living has en­tered a new era as an age­ing pop­u­la­tion and mov­ing band of Baby Boomers look for dif­fer­ent and inspiring hous­ing op­tions.

As one in­dus­try spe­cial­ist put it, 70 has be­come the new 60 and 60 has be­come the new 50.

Empty-nesters may be happy the kids have fi­nally taken flight, but part­ing with the fam­ily home to­day rarely means a di­rect ticket to an aged-care fa­cil­ity.

In­stead, a whole new world of in­de­pen­dence and life­style choices are vy­ing for at­ten­tion.

To­day’s re­tire­ment of­fer­ings are more like re­sorts – while still al­low­ing for res­i­dents to “age in place” with health and home-care op­tions avail­able.

Th­ese days there’s even a re­tire­ment vil­lage that al­lows you to moor your boat right at your doorstep.

This week we bring you the first of our monthly Re­tire­ment Living fea­tures.

Across th­ese 12 pages you will find plenty of op­tions for a life­style jour­ney you had pos­si­bly never con­sid­ered tak­ing.

Good times, new friends and amaz­ing fa­cil­i­ties are now on of­fer, so take a look – as you will see from our story on page 26, your car­riage awaits.

PAULA SHEARER EDI­TOR

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