The Meeting Place

Do retirement communities offer better quality of life?

A survey conducted in the UK showed some interesting results about the average person living in a retirement village:

  • 12.17 per cent experienced half the amount of loneliness than those in the general population (22.83 per cent)
  • 64.2 per cent could be classified as not at all lonely
  • 81.7% said they hardly ever or never felt isolated
  • 54.7 per cent felt more connected to other people
  • 79.1 per cent hardly ever or never felt left out
  • their sense of control over their daily lives was almost 10 per cent higher than those living in the community
  • 97 per cent felt safe and secure in their homes.


Read the report here

Would you ever consider living in a retirement village? Or do you prefer the freedom and independence of being a member of the general community? Is there a stigma attached to retirement villages? What circumstance would compel you to consider retirement community living? Is it even an affordable option?


Would you consider living in a retirement village:    Yes

Do you prefer the freedom and independence of being a member of the general community?

This question I do not understand as there is no lack of freedom or independence because you live in a retirement village.  You can come and go as you please.  It is not a prison.

Is there a stigma attached:  Yes, but I think it is only from those who do not live in idea why.

What circumstances would compel you to consider retirement community living:  Home too big to look after and maintain ;  more social contact and the feeling of security.

Is it an affordable option:   That is up to each person to decide.

My mother is 89 and lives in a granny flat we built for her a couple of years ago. It's adjoined to our house and has an interconnecting door. We are very fortunate we're able to have her with us. However if the day ever comes and she wants to be in a retirement village to enjoy the company of people her own age, then we plan to do a huge amount of research and visits.

She has friends who already live in retirement villages, some are very happy and a couple are not. I think the main reason is because they are so used to living by themselves that they don't mix very well. I don't understand why some would think there is a stigma attached. 

I would be happy to consider a retirement village of the right sort, with great amenities. But I will never have the funds to afford one.

I don‘t like the idea though of being put into one of those nursing homes for the frail or demented aged without any money. Hopefully I will die still living independently and with my mind intact. Euthanasia must be legalised.

I had an operation over a year ago and there were 4 of us in the ward, absolutely awful conditions, all of us were apalled. This is in a general hospital, so I can just imagine what it‘s like for aged care with those with no money.




Being disabled have you made appliation to

"The NDIS commenced in the Hunter area of New South Wales on 1 July 2013 for people up to age 65 living in the Local Government Areas of Newcastle, Maitland and Lake Macquarie"

Alternatively move in with your mum/sibling and she may be able to collect a Carer's Allowance for you ?

My siblings are all married, with jobs and families. My mum is 83 and loves her privacy and living alone. I got a nice public housing place finally 4 years ago. In a good area with lots of private housing also luckily. I got a 5 year lease. I really hope I don‘t have to move anytime soon, though my street is on the up and up, and I‘m worried where I am will also be sold eventually to put nice townhouses on.

I did apply for NDIS and I am getting one funding from them to have help cleaning the house. I got a non NDIS service to help me get to health apts and to grocery shop at Aldi, go to the library that sort of thing. I also got half price taxi vouchers from a NSW govt scheme due to my mobility issues. As long as I‘m in my current place I‘m happy, quite a lot of public housing in the Hunter is terrible, as in dangerous estates.


The public housing should be cheaper than private renting which usually has to be subsidized.

Friends of mine after living in public housing had the option to buy at very reasonable rate when their lease expired.

They don‘t do that in NSW anymore. Also this land my place is on is worth quite a bit. The private owners of a private house opposite me sold it and 3 two story 3 bedroom townhouses are being built on it! There is quite a bit of public housing but it is dispersed amongst heaps of private housing. 

If you rent privately you get rent allowance. You don‘t get that in public housing where you pay 25% of your income as rent. Which is cheaper for me rents being what they are now.



I wouldn't go into a retirement  village you  don't have the freedom that you have in your own home I have lived in two lots of home units with nosey neighbours,it was who was that oh they left late  and so it went on ,even in one set of units the owner of the next unit used to come into our unit when we weren't home he would go thru his man hole in his garage and drop down into our unit when I tied the man hole up he came straight in and asked what was the idea of tieing down the manhole so we sold and got out

Now I have a courtyard  home with a torrens title  and pleanty of room with only  neighbours in front and sides and I never see them just what I like

Guess you were lucky to be able to sell out .... sometimes it is not possible.

It would drive me nuts to have people around me all the time, I like to choose when I mix with others, I enjoy my own company.   Never been into social gatherings for the sake of it.

Jesse do you have a Body Corporate (if you do not mind me asking)

Perhaps many think about buying into an over 50s but we are worried we might do the big change and hate it. 

With Torrens Title  the purchaser owns both the house and the land on which it is built hence no Body corporate.

What a scary creepy neighbour! Glad you could get. Actually, thinking about it again, I wouldn‘t want to live in a retirement village as nowadays I love my own company and doing exactly what I want. I never get involved with the neighbours as I like my privacy.

Does it concern anyone that not knowing the neighbours could be a problem if you ever need help?

I live in a small court and know all the neighbours but we do not socialise as such.  I would not be at all confident that if I was not seen around that someone would come knocking to see if I was OK.

 The reason I say this is we went away for 8 days recently leaving the car on display in the open garage.   

I mentioned to one neighbour a few weeks after our return that we had been away and her response was "oh, I did not notice that you were not around".

My immediate neighbour knew we were away as she collected our mail but it would appear people are so engrossed in their own lives that keeping an eye out for neighbours is a thing of the past.

That said we always look to see if our 83 year old widow next door has put her bedroom shutter up each day.  If not we would investigate and we have had occasion to do this in the past;  thankfully it was nothing...she had slept in late :)


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