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USA offers healthy lifestyle retirement communities

On Top of The World
Survey of 1,002 British adults aged 50 and over conducted by YouGov for Winckworth Sherwood found that 68% would prefer not to live in a retirement home or community.

The results of a recent survey indicate that the UK is 20 years behind other nations in terms of Retirement Communities.  The survey showed 60% were unconcerned about meeting people and making friends and that 55% believed loneliness would not be a problem.

Loneliness is a real problem in the UK and being lonely can be as bad for someones health as having a long-term illness such as diabetes.

Patients are visiting their GP because they need human interaction, adding a great strain to the NHS.

Another worrying statistic is that an estimated 1.1 million Britons are 50% more like to die prematurely, making loneliness a mortality risk.

There have also been many reports connecting loneliness with the onset of dementia with no stimulation to the senses.

Lets take a look at what a successful retirement community looks like in the USA. Millions of retired Americans, and indeed Europeans, are heading to Florida to set up in a one of many Retirement Communities for the sunshine, the properties but most importantly the lifestyle.

5 Successful Retirement Communities

The Villages – Florida

The Villages in Florida is one of the largest age restricted communities in the world. A community of residents over 55 years enjoy a town community with shops, restaurants, banks, post offices, healthcare centers, and a huge variety of activities to keep those minds and bodies active.

The Villages
The Villages Florida

Photos from Ted Eytan Flickr Photo Stream

The popularity of this community draws retirees from all over the world for its reputation as being ‘the friendliest town in Florida’ with endless activities:

There are more amenities per capita in this active adult community than any city or age-restricted neighborhood in the country.

The developers of The Villages designed the community to have several places for people to meet up and socialise with friends and neighbours, so there are 3 town centres with shops, restaurants and outside spaces to gather and enjoy free nightly entertainment.

Free Golf for Life

Residents can enjoy free golf for life! Now that is a good health plan Prime Minister.

Acoustic Guitar
African American
Air gun
Al Kora Ladies Shrine
Alcoholic Anonymous
ALS support
Alzheimer’s support
Amateur radio
Aquatic Dancers
Archery
Art league
Badminton
Ballet
Ballroom Dance
Basket weavers
Basketball
Baton Twirlers
Beading
Bicycle
Big Band
Bingo
Bluegrass music
Breast cancer support
British-American
Bronx
Brooklyn
Bunco
Cancer support
Central States
Ceramics
Chess
Chicago South
Chicagoland
China Painting
Christian Bible Study
Christian Women
Classical Music Lovers
Cloud Chasers
Computer Club
Concert Band
Country Music Club
Country Two-Step
Creative Writers
Cribbage
Croquet
Dakota
Democrats
Diabetes support
Dirty Uno
Divorce support
Dixieland Band
Euchre
Filipino-American
Florida
Gaelic Dance
Gamblers Anonymous
Genealogical Society
German-American
Gin Rummy
Goldwing
Golf
Guitar
Hand & foot
Happy Stitchers
Harmonica
Heart Problem support
Hearts
In-line skating
Independent Film
Indiana
Irish Music
Italian Study
Italian-American
Jazz ‘n’ Tap
Jewish Singles
Journalism
Karaoke
Kings & Queens
Knitting Guild
Mah Jongg
Memoir Writing
Metal Detecting
Michigan State Alumni
Model Yacht Racing
Motorcycle Club
MS support
Needlework
New Hampshire
NY State
Ohio Buckeye
Overeaters Anonymous
Overseas living
Pennsylvania
Peripheral Neuropathy support
Philosophy
Photography
Pinochle
Poetry
Pottery
Quilters
RC Flyers
Recovery Inc.
Republicans
Rheumatoid support
Scleroderma support
Scooter
Scrabble
Scrappers
SCUBA
Senior soccer
Shuffleboard
Singles
Southeast Florida
Southeast Massachusetts
St. Louis
Stamping
Street hockey
String Orchestra
Support Groups
Swing Dance
Table tennis
Tai-Chi
Tappers
Three Rivers
Trap & skeet
Trivial Pursuit
VAA
Village Theater Company
Vintage Car
Virginia
Volleyball
Weight management support
Whist
Wisconsin
Brownwood Paddock Square
Lake Sumter Landing Town Square
Spanish Springs Town Square
25 Neighborhood Recreation Centers
17 Village Recreation Centers
8 Regional Recreation Centers
32 Executive Golf Courses (Free)
10 Championship Golf Courses
200+ Retail Establishments
60+ Restaurants
50+ Outdoor Pools
Numerous State-of-the-Art Fitness Centers
MVP Sports Club
Arts & Craft Studios
Aerobics & Dance Studios
Card Rooms
Ceramics Studios
Sewing Studios
Library
Woodworking Shop
Performance Theaters
3 Movie Theaters
2 Bowling Alleys
Tennis Courts
Pickleball Courts
Bocce Ball Courts
Shuffleboard Courts
Basketball Courts
Volleyball Courts
Horseshoe Pits
9 Softball Fields
Polo Fields
Equestrian Facilities
Lifelong Learning College
Hospitals & Healthcare Centers
9 Worship Centers
Fishing Lakes
RV & Boat Parking
Outdoor Amphitheaters
Gardening Plots
Playground for Grandkids
Walking & Biking Trails

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Pennys Farm Retirement Community

Penney’s Farms were established by entrepreneur James C Penney in 1927. He wanted to create a farming community but today Penney’s Farms is now a Town in its own right.

Pennys Farm Retirement

From Allen Forrest Flickr photo stream

Penneys Farm is an active, caring community of Christians in a beautiful setting with real sustainable ethos of conservation, renewable energy and taking care of the land.

Their website shows they care about each other, the land and promote healthy living in a beautiful safe environment.

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Stone Creek

Stone Creek is a gated over 55’s community with a small town feel and plenty of activities to suit all interests.

This community has its own library, ballroom for entertainment, 2 indoor leisure activities, craft room, billiards room, meeting room and spa.

There is a fishing lake to catch and return fish and miles of scenic walks and bike riding tracks and an 18 hole championship golf course.

Stone Creek

Image by Darryl Kenyons Flickr photo stream

Basketball
Bike Club
Billiards
Bingo
Bocce Ball
Book Club
Bowling for Fun
Bridge
Canasta
Computer Classes
Day Trips
Dining out Group
Euchre
Fantasy Football
Fashion Shows
Film Critics Corner
Get Fit
Gin Rummy
Golf
Gun Club
Happy Hour
Line Dancing
Mah Jongg
Meditation
Mexican Dominoes
Movie Night
Old Time Game Night
Painting
Pilates
Seminars
Singles Club
Smile & Breathe
Social Gaming
Sporting Events
Strength & Conditioning
Tennis
Themed Parties
Travel Club
Volleyball
Water Fitness
Wine Tasting Club
Yoga
Zumba
Clubhouse – 20,000 Sq. Ft.
State-of-the-Art Fitness Center
Full Service Massage & Spa
Steam and Sauna Room
Locker Rooms
Club Room
Fitness Studio
Arts & Crafts Studio
Billiards
Computer Center
Multi-Purpose Rooms
Movie Theater
Tiki Bar & Grill
Tennis Pro Shop
Resort-Style Lagoon Pool & Waterfall
Lap Pool
Whirlpool Spa
Pool Deck
Poolside Cabanas
Children’s Water Tot Lot
1/2 Basketball Court
Stadium Court
12 Lighted Har-Tru Tennis Courts
4 Bocce Ball Courts
Dog Park
Yoga Garden
Covered Outdoor Terrace
Outdoor Verandah
Amenity Center – 20,000 Sq. Ft.
State-of-the-Art Fitness Center
Aerobics & Dance Studio
Locker Rooms
Full Service Concierge
Bistro
Ole Pub
Coffee Shop
Ice Cream Parlor
Internet Cafe
Library
Business Center
90-Seat Movie Theater
2 Tennis Courts
Bocce Ball Court
Basketball Court
Beach Volleyball Field
Racquetball Courts
Outdoor Pool with Waterfall
Kid’s Pool
Outdoor Sundeck
Walking & Biking Trails
2 Clubhouses
Member’s Lounge & Bar
State-of-the-Art Fitness Facility
Aerobics Studio
Massage Service
Locker Rooms
Dinning Room
The Classics Golf Course by Gary Player
2 Har-Tru Tennis Courts
Outdoor Patio
Clubhouse – 25,000 Sq. Ft.
Locker Rooms
18-Hole Flamingo Island by Robert Trent Jone, Sr.
18-Hole The Mustang by Lee Trevino
7 Target Greens, 2 Practice Putting Greens, 1 Chipping Green
Pro Shop
Sam Snead’s Oak Grille & Tavern
Full Service Bar

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On Top of the World Folk Festival

This retirement community brings residents from across America due to the stunning homes, great lifestyle and world class activities.

Three golf courses, clubhouses, fitness centres, swimming pools, tennis courts, restaurants, social hubs for dancing and a theatre for performances.

 

 

On Top of The World

Photo from Darrel Kenyon’s Flickr photo stream

 

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Retirement Communities in Australia

Australian Unity offers Australians Independent Living but focuses on Lifestyle, Community and Security for the over 55’s.

 

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Conclusion

The developers of these retirement communities have truly created social spaces, they bring people together and keep them fit, healthy and active. All the activities are optional, you can stay in your home and pick and choose what you want to do, but living a healthy lifestyle is at the heart of retirement communities.

It is not about property prices or inheritance, its about living in the here and now, enjoying life to the full by making and spending time with like minded people.

The the happy hormones such endorphins, dopamine and serotonin are in abundance here I’m sure.

Take me there now xx

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About the author

Nicola Buskell

Niki Buskell has written for the Daily Mail community site Local People. She writes for other websites with a natural interest in technology, conservation and well being.

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