A lifestyle change to a retirement village can have broad-reaching and unexpected benefits, from improved health and wellness, to an enhanced social life and a greater sense of security, care and support. Better still, you don’t have to wait until you retire to enjoy the benefits– anyone 55 and over can live in a retirement village, whether retired or still working.

Strong social connections

Decades of research have shown people with more social relationships live longer, have greater resistance to infectious disease and have a better chance of fighting illness. People with high levels of community participation and high socio-economic status also record the highest life satisfaction scores.

Making new friends at a Lendlease Retirement village couldn’t be easier. Each village has a community centre or club house, which forms the leisure and social heart of the village. Village life is set up for socialising, so there’s never a dull moment, whether it’s activities or events you crave.

Of course, you can involve yourself in the community as much or as little as you like. This is your home, so friends and family are most welcome to stay with you, while your beloved four-legged furry companions are also welcome in most (but not all) villages.

So whether you prefer to venture out and do your own thing, or get involved with village life and take up a new hobby, rest assured your social life will never be dull in retirement.

A lifestyle of health and wellness

One of the most obvious benefits of living in a retirement community is the easy access to a wealth of amenities and services geared towards improved physical and mental health. Lendlease Retirement Living, together with their care and community partners, offer lifestyle and wellness initiatives tailored to suit the needs of the community, allowing you to stay healthy and mix with others in the village at the same time. Every village is different, but activities can include everything from yoga to tai chi, circuit and cycling groups, gentle movement classes or other sports and excursions.

With most villages positioned in or near thriving communities, the convenience of easy access to transport and medical services is an added positive. We all want to know we can get to a doctor or specialist when we need to with ease. And let’s not forget that the all-important retail therapy is usually close by too!

Security and support

Retirement village living provides a greater sense of security and additional levels of care and support if needed.

While you can always access your own care services once you move in, whether it’s a cleaner or home nurse that you’re comfortable with, at a Lendlease village you can also receive help to connect you with the best health and wellness initiatives and providers to help you live your best life. This might include everything from domestic assistance to respite care, shopping help, social support, meal preparation, nursing, allied health services, aides or equipment. In many villages, residents can also access visiting practitioners like physiotherapists or podiatrists.

For further peace of mind, Lendlease has partnered with a world-class emergency call system provider to deliver in-home emergency call systems. Not only for emergencies, this system gives you immediate connection to skilled operators who can talk you through a problem or send help.

Living in a retirement village means being part of a community of like-minded people. At Lendlease Retirement Living, the team regularly touch base with their residents and listen to what they say about their lives and the services provided. It’s not surprising that they have above industry standard advocacy rates and very high satisfaction levels, with four out of five residents reporting they are very satisfied living in their village. These results are further proof of the myriad of positive living experiences that come from a retirement village lifestyle.

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This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with Lendlease.