Times’ columnist flies the flag for retirement living

Blog posted

10th May 2014

Are you a Times reader? If so, did you see Saturday’s edition, and more precisely, Janice Turner’s column on page 23?

If not, here is the start of the article, the rest sits behind the Times’ paywall unfortunately: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4079830.ece

I really wanted to draw attention to it because once again retirement villages and the whole retirement communities conversation is making mainstream news.

It’s extremely pleasing for us as an industry and encouraging that the model is being given more credence and more exposure by a wider audience.

It is quite amazing that this idea is not so new – our first village opened over 30 years ago at Cranleigh in Surrey and is testament to the sustainability of this model as a lifestyle for the older generation.

While we have been immersed in retirement villages for more than three decades we realise it is still a relatively new idea to many people. What is pleasing to see is that this number is growing as national commentators start to fly the flag for villages for the older age group. 

And just in case you think this concept isn’t around to stay, take a look at ARCO, the Associated Retirement Community Operators website. This is a trade association for the industry of retirement communities as a whole and demonstrates there is a need and purpose for this fast emerging life choice.

I hope you get to read the Times’ article, it’s a positive plug for retirement villages, but it’s also jolly entertaining read!

Sarah Burgess