Many retirees don’t see themselves as ‘old’, no matter what the birth certificate might say
Because so many retired people have the enthusiasm, vitality and zest for life of someone much younger, they consider themselves to be ageless, in a way that previous generations would have considered unthinkable.
A 70-year-old might still have the mindset of a 50-year-old or 40-year-old, while for many, 80 has become the new 60.
Retirement homes have been identified as the perfect solution for this growing band of ageless people, who are old enough to have accumulated wealth and have no need to work, but are still fit and active, have great social lives and love travelling.
The great appeal of retirement properties is that they are secure, low-maintenance homes that people can simply lock up and leave while they go off and explore the world. For as many weeks or months as they choose.
Being worry free
Without gardens to maintain or property upkeep to worry about, the owners of retirement properties are free to travel, safe in the knowledge that their home is being well looked after in their absence. And that they will be given a warm welcome on their return.
Retirementmove, the UK’s specialist national property agents for retired living, has already seen a number of people buying retirement properties for this reason and says the trend looks set to continue as growing numbers of people are able to enjoy active older age.
Amanda Tomlinson, the marketing manager for retirementmove, says: “People who are lucky enough to have both their health and wealth are well placed to take advantage of the ease of living in retirement developments. They can go on holidays and days out and leave their property in the knowledge that it is safe and secure and requires very little maintenance.”
A growing number of retirement properties in the UK have already begun responding to this shift towards ageless retirement, by introducing facilities such as cinema complexes, swimming pools and dedicated space in which to conduct a range of active pursuits.
These kind of facilities have been designed to appeal to people who are still fit and active and do not consider themselves to be old in the traditional sense, but still love the community and security that a retirement home can provide.
People can typically move into a retirement home from the age of 55 onwards, and now that there is no longer a default retirement age, more people are able to retire at an age when it suits them and their circumstances.
Ms Tomlinson says: “Retirement property providers are increasingly recognising that there are people in their sixties and seventies who still have the propensity to be fit and active and want those facilities.”
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