Baby Boomers choose carefree lifestyles

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The retirement village industry in South Africa continues to experience pent up demand and well-run, popular villages thus have long waiting lists.

In terms of retirement communities, Baby Boomers – defined as people born from 1946 to 1964 – seem different from the ‘Silent Generation’ that preceded them in that they don’t move to retirement village communities out of medical necessity.

Instead, they choose to downsize and free themselves from managing a home to pursue a new, carefree and vibrant lifestyle.

In the past ten years there has been an increase in retirement village competition, and those looking for retirement villages have high expectations due the research they are now able to do online. This has elevated Baby Boomers’ standards for an ideal retirement community and what to expect from the retirement village should they one day need care.

“Rand Aid Association has a variety of retirement options available that will not only meet, but also exceed Baby Boomers’ expectations, including various services, from fibre installed in the villages to DStv connection points and 24-hour security,” says Zabeth Zühlsdorff, Rand Aid’s general manager: services and advance division.

A range of onsite facilities is available for residents, such as club houses, restaurants, libraries, hair/nail salons, fitness centres and swimming pools. Residents also have access to cleaning and laundry services, and the maintenance of the common property gardens is outsourced.

Each village also has beautiful open spaces, where residents can spend quality time in nature walking or jogging, while enjoying the grounds and vast birdlife; and a range of social activities are available to enjoy.

For more information about Rand Aid’s retirement villages, call 011 882 2510, click ‘retirement’ on our home page and follow us on Facebook: @RandAidAssociation.

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