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Can you still work and live in a retirement village?

As the concept of retirement continues to evolve, so do the options available for those seeking a balance between leisure and productivity. Retirement villages, once predominantly associated with relaxation and leisurely pursuits, are now witnessing a shift as more individuals strive to maintain a working lifestyle while enjoying the benefits of community living and amenities.

The average retirement age in the UK for men is currently estimated at 65.1 (according to ONS 2022 figures), and for women retirement age, on average, sits at 64. At ExtraCare our locations are available to anyone aged 55+ so a number of our residents may still be actively working.

Can you still work and live in a retirement village

As society changes and parameters for later living continue to grow the idea of working whilst living in a retirement village is not only feasible, but increasingly common among today’s older people. Communities like ExtraCare retirement villages offer a supportive and dynamic environment where individuals can pursue meaningful work, stay socially engaged, and enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle.

Living in a retirement village while continuing to work offers a unique blend of convenience, community, and flexibility. With advancements in technology and changing attitudes towards retirement, more people are embracing this lifestyle choice as a way to enjoy the best of both worlds.

With longer life expectancies, we’re also seeing that more people are choosing to continue working in some capacity beyond the traditional retirement age. Whether motivated by financial reasons, a desire to stay intellectually engaged, or a passion for their work, these individuals are redefining what it means to be retired.

For many, the idea of transitioning abruptly from full-time employment to complete retirement is unappealing. Instead, they seek opportunities to pursue part-time work, consulting opportunities, entrepreneurship or voluntary roles while still enjoying the benefits of retirement living.

Recently, we spoke to Bournville Gardens resident Roy Ellis, about how it’s possible to maintain a career while residing in a retirement village and the benefits it can offer.

What made you explore the option of a retirement village even though you’re still working?

“After many years of maintaining a home and always worrying about what needed doing next, it is lovely to relax and not think about all that, and it seemed like we could enjoy life here too.”

What is the line of work you’re in and do you have any plans to slow down?

“Since moving in here I’ve been self-employed in drainage, but I am doing a bit less now and look forward to retirement.”

How have you benefited from moving into a retirement village before you’ve even retired?

Since moving in we do so much more volunteering, I teach line dancing and we have a full social life. We think you should move in as early as you can to get the full benefits from living here.”

Would you recommend others get a head start and move into a village before fully retiring?

“We would definitely recommend living here, it’s like a secret you want to tell everyone!”

Can you still work whilst living in a retirement village

Roy with his wife Sandra

Mark Jeffery from Hughenden Gardens Village is another prime example of having the best of both worlds. Air Commodore Mark rose through the ranks of the RAF and still works there, he adds:

“My wife had a very bad accident in 2018 leaving her with a brain injury which brought us to the village. The village environment is perfect for her. I find life here very enjoyable – the community is great; the people are wonderful and it’s a privilege to do my bit to help an appreciative community. I run the Bodgers woodwork workshop at the village and I’m Chair of the Residents Association.

For us the decision to move here was what I would call ‘a no brainer’. Living here provides independent living with care available and emergency assistance on hand for my wife in a modern purpose built complex with well-appointed apartments and wonderful communal facilities.  The staff are great and we are future-proofed so we won’t need to move again.”

It’s essential to carefully evaluate your options, consider your financial situation, and assess how well a retirement village aligns with your goals and preferences. By weighing the benefits and challenges and planning for the future, you can make an informed decision that enhances your quality of life during retirement and beyond.

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