19th Aug 2019

Living in a retirement community can be good for your health

Retirement community
Retirement community

Research reveals that moving to a retirement development can be good for your health – not only because you’ll become part of a community of like-minded people but also because there are numerous benefits of moving to a more manageable property.

So many retired people remain in homes that are too big for them, expensive to run and too far away from families and friends to visit.  Moving to a retirement community with new neighbours on hand can add years to life expectancy – and considerably improve one’s sense of ‘well-being.’*

The findings of a survey by Age UK** reveal that the average overall wellbeing score for over 60s is just over 53%.  Engaging in social, creative, physical or community activities can add up to 20% to this score – and experiencing ‘neighbourliness’ contributes a further 3%.  Neighbourliness includes talking to neighbours, making new friends and having someone on hand to provide advice if necessary.

Loneliness can affect us at any time of life but ageing is recognised as a trigger for feelings of loneliness and experiences of social isolation.  Many people find it more difficult to make and maintain relationships in later life but moving to a retirement community can make a significant difference.

A new home on a Beechcroft development will put you at the heart of a community of like-minded people over the age of 55.   Many Beechcroft retirement communities provide stylish lounges where owners are able to meet and socialise – and the beautifully-landscaped, fully-maintained gardens are often used for garden parties and social gatherings.  Each retirement community has its own on-site Estate Manager who is on hand to offer help and advice and to keep an eye on properties whilst owners are away. On those developments with a neighbouring care home, Beechcroft owners are able to participate in social events organised by the care home and select from a menu of additional services including hot daily meals and hairdressing.

Molly Moone, a Beechcroft home owner in Hertfordshire, confirms that moving to a retirement community brings social benefits:

“The people are lovely.  There are quite a few single ladies – mainly widows – and this development is perfect for them as it is for couples.  Everyone is very friendly.  Several of our neighbours have booked a holiday with the local coach company so they will all be going away together.  The Beechcroft team has laid on different events that enable us all to get together and my husband and I have invited people in for tea and coffee.”

Peter and Diane Howarth, who moved to Silversmith Place, Wallingford from Hertfordshire appreciate the fact that moving to a Beechcroft development you can be independent, maintain your privacy and yet still be part of the retirement community – and the wider community:

“Beechcroft has the right sort of balance – living in a Beechcroft development you are totally independent but have a community of like-minded people around you.  People in Wallingford are very friendly and there’s plenty to do.  We intend to join the local branch of the U3A as we were members in Hertfordshire.  There are so many people of a similar age to us who have moved into the apartments and everyone says it’s the best thing they’ve ever done.”

For further information on Beechcroft’s current and forthcoming retirement communities in Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey – and forthcoming communities in Kent, please visit the ‘homes for sale’ page on the website.

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*my ageing parent

**Age UK Index of Well Being In Later Life (February 2017)