Ageing in the right place
A recent study commissioned by the Property Council titled Aged Care and Retirement Living Developments (Caliber Consulting) has revealed that the suburbs of Keilor and Rosebud are home to the highest concentration of people aged 65 to over 85 in Melbourne. The statistics are not surprising given the number of retirement villages located in those areas.
Retirement village living associated with enhanced wellbeing
Research conducted by demographer Mark McCrindle in 2013 indicated that many new residents of retirement villages report a greater sense of wellbeing after relocating to a village. In a recent survey of over 5,000 Australians living in retirement villages, 32% of respondents stated their physical health improved after moving from the family home to the village, and 46% stated their mental wellbeing improved after making the move.
Victoria's ageing hot spots
The ageing of the Baby Boomer generation is expected to reshape the demography of Melbourne by 2031. Caliber Consulting predicts new ageing 'hot spots' will also emerge in the west near Bacchus Marsh and generally from Frankston through to Mornington and Rosebud West.
RCA Managing Director Andrew Philip and his team actively seek out locations that they know will hold appeal for generations of retirees.
"Our villages are generally located in these areas - Beleura Village and Martha Cove Village are both on the Mornington Peninsula. We know the longevity statistics ring true in our villages where people live long and active lives. Why is this the case at RCA villages? We believe our Active Health program - unique to our villages - and managed by health professionals is an important factor," shared Andrew.
To find out more about RCA retirement villages' Active Health program, visit Part 3 of Our Retirement Village Model: Active Health.
Article adapted from RCA Evolve Magazine - Winter 2015.