What are older adults seeking? Factors encouraging or discouraging retirement village living

Dimity Crisp, Timothy Windsor, Peter Butterworth, Kaarin Anstey

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    Aims: (1) To identify factors that older adults find encouraging or discouraging about the prospect of relocation to a retirement village; and (2) to identify features or facilities often associated with retirement communities that are most appealing to prospective residents. Method: Randomly selected community residents (n = 517), aged 55-94 years, from the Australian Capital Territory completed postal surveys to identify the characteristics associated with retirement villages that influence relocation decisions. Results: The provision of outdoor living areas, support in maintaining independence, assisted living facilities and accessibility to medical facilities were identified as factors that would encourage relocation. Luxury services (e.g. heated swimming pools) were indicated as least likely to encourage relocation. Negative perceptions most influential in discouraging relocation reflected a fear of losing independence and privacy. Conclusions: Through identifying the expectations of prospective residents, retirement village providers may better tailor facilities to the needs of their target demographic.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)163-170
    Number of pages8
    JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013


    • Aged
    • Housing decision
    • Relocation


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