Australia’s 2018 retirement census found that the average occupancy rate of retirement villages in Australia is about 89 percent – a considerably high number across the nation.

As it turns out, various factors contribute to retirees choosing this lifestyle over other options. The over-50 crowd are loving life in retirement villages, thanks to benefits such as the following:

1. Retirees find a community to which they can relate.

More often than not, retirees find a sense of comfort just by living in a community with like-minded individuals.

Having gone through similar walks of life, values, history and the like, retirees staying in retirement villages enjoy a better quality of life and communication.

In fact, it’s due to this improved social interaction that the retirees are able to avoid the sense of isolation that affects about 20 percent of Australian senior citizens.

2. Retirees can age healthily.

The rising popularity of retirement villages in recent years is mainly attributed to a better awareness of healthy ageing.

Most of the time, retirees are able to live independently and actively on their own, but they often worry a sudden health decline or emergency could go unnoticed in family homes.

However, with aged care facilities located either near the retirement homes or within them, the retirees have less to worry about. This accessibility encourages them to participate even more in the activities planned for them.

3. Retirement villages make for convenient living.

Since each home and unit are tailored towards retirees, these areas and facilities are easy to maintain.

Even if the retirees decide they want to travel, they can simply lock their homes and leave for their destination. There will be individuals around to help them maintain gardens and home security while they are away.

4. Retirees stay independent for a longer period.

When comparing how long retirees stay independent before they enter aged care facilities, the elderly residing in retirement villages are admitted an average of 5 years later than those who were living in family homes.

In a way, retirement homes provide a sense of empowerment to the retirees. In fact, when surveyed, only 7 percent of retirees in retirement living report feeling their lives are not in their control, enabling them to stay independent and happy with it.

5. Retirees enjoy focused activity groups and events.

When surveyed, it turns out that 95 percent of retirement village residents participate in organised events. The high participation rate could be due to activities tailored towards the elderly as opposed to generic activities that would be held in family homes or other areas.

Just by participating in the planned activities, the retirees feel less lonely, Not only are the activities planned to cater to the retirees’ needs and interests, but they also encourage them to make new connections.

6. Retirees enjoy better health In all aspects.

With aged care facilities and other dedicated care services in place, senior citizens residing in retirement villages enjoy fewer hospital visits compared to the general population.

The existing facilities also help reduce visits to GPs. Even if they do become hospitalised, most village residents are discharged two days earlier than the general senior population.

Plenty of amenities such as hand railings and non-slip mats are readily available within the villages to welcome them back as soon as they are ready to return.