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Why Lifestyle Communities® are the New Trend for Over 55s

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As we start to grow older, many of us start to think about our retirement options, both financial, as well as investment and lifestyle. While traditional retirement villages have long been a popular choice for seniors, more and more over 55s are now choosing lifestyle communities or lifestyle villages instead. But what exactly are lifestyle communities, and why are they becoming more popular than retirement villages in Melbourne? In this article, we'll take a closer look at the benefits of active living and explore why lifestyle communities are now the preferred choice for many seniors and Over 55s.

What are Lifestyle Communities®?

A lifestyle community is a type of community that is designed for active seniors & Over 55s who want to maintain their independence and continue to live an active lifestyle without the hassle of maintaining a large home and backyard/garden. These communities offer a range of recreational and social activities, as well as a variety of amenities such as swimming pools, gyms, tennis & sports courts. Additionally, many lifestyle communities are gated communities with on-site Community Managers, which provide a sense of security and privacy for residents.

The Benefits of Active Living

There are many benefits to choosing a lifestyle community over a traditional retirement village. One of the biggest benefits is the opportunity to stay active and engaged in a supportive and community-oriented environment even whilst working. Many lifestyle communities offer a wide range of recreational and social activities, such as fitness classes, clubs, and group outings, which can help homeowners maintain their physical and mental well-being.

Another benefit of lifestyle communities is the sense of community and social connectedness they provide. Many Over 55s find that they enjoy the companionship and camaraderie of living in a community of like-minded individuals as much as they do the freeing up of savings and of their time when they downsize from their current home. Additionally, lifestyle communities often provide opportunities for residents to volunteer and give back to the community, which can be incredibly rewarding.

The Drawbacks of Traditional Retirement Villages

While traditional retirement villages can be a good choice for some, they are not always the best fit for everyone. One of the biggest drawbacks of traditional retirement villages is the lack of opportunities for active living. Many retirement villages are geared towards providing a more relaxed and sedentary lifestyle, which can be detrimental to physical and mental well-being.

Another drawback of traditional retirement villages is the lack of privacy and autonomy. Many retirement villages are run as assisted living facilities, which can feel restrictive and institutionalized for some residents. Additionally, many retirement villages in Victoria and Australia require residents to pay for additional services, such as meal plans and housekeeping, which can be costly.

Why Lifestyle Communities® are Becoming More Popular

As people live longer and healthier lives, more and more Victorians are looking for options that align with their active and independent lifestyles. Lifestyle communities provide the perfect solution, offering a wide range of recreational and social activities, as well as amenities and services that support active living. Additionally, like-minded neighbours, combined with on-site Community Managers provide such safety and security, that travel dreams are realised for easier.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I bring my pet to a lifestyle community? Policies regarding pets will vary depending on the ownership (although we LOVE pets at Lifestyle Communities® here in Victoria). Some lifestyle communities may have restrictions on certain types or sizes of pets, while others may welcome them with open arms. It's important to check with the community directly to find out their specific policies to ensure you find the perfect pet friendly retirement villages for sale.
  2. Are lifestyle communities located in specific areas or regions? Lifestyle communities can be found in various locations throughout the country. Some may be located in urban areas, while others may be located in rural or suburban areas. Lifestyle villages have become very popular in Queensland and New South Wales, however Lifestyle Communities® is expanding rapidly in Victoria to meet the growing demand.
  3. Are lifestyle communities a good choice for couples? Lifestyle communities can be a great choice for couples. Many of our communities offer a wide range of recreational and social activities that are designed to promote physical and mental well-being and provide opportunities for social connection. Additionally, many communities offer amenities and services that can accommodate different abilities and interests. With so many available activities, you'll find Lifestyle Communities® offer great times together and independently.