The Pros and Cons of Retirement Village Living


The decision to move into a retirement village is a big one. There are many things to consider, such as your finances, your independence and how well you’ll handle the transition out of a community full of friends and neighbors that you’ve known for years. There are several pros and cons to consider and it’s important to weigh each one before making such a commitment.

The Pros

It’s not difficult to see the many benefits of living in a retirement village.

  1. An active lifestyle. Whether it’s getting some exercise playing tennis or stimulating the mind over a game of bridge, retirement villages offer an array of activities for residents to stay busy. 
  2. Socialization. Loneliness is a common struggle during retirement. But not so at a retirement village. Residents are surrounded by hundreds of other people of the same age and with similar interests and things in common.  
  3. Safety and security. Seniors can be easy targets for crime but most retirement villages provide a level of security that’s often a step up from what residents previously had in their own homes.  
  4. Good eating. Cooking healthy meals can become more of a challenge as you age. Retirement villages often provide meal services for residents to ensure easy and healthy eating.   
  5. Home maintenance. Leaky faucets or burned out light bulbs can be a nuisance for seniors but these types of home repairs are taken care of by the maintenance staff at retirement villages.

The Cons

Of course, a retirement village doesn’t come without its disadvantages as well.

  1. Residents can get worn out. With so many activities to partake in, it’s easy for residents of retirement villages to find themselves exhausted by the end of the day. 
  2. No more chores. Residents of retirement villages no longer have to worry about yard work, cleaning and household maintenance. It sounds like a great deal, but some people actually enjoy doing these types of things.  
  3. No kids around. Some seniors enjoy seeing the children in their neighborhood. You won’t find any children in a retirement village save for the occasional visitor. (Of course, some seniors would see this as a good thing.)   
  4. It can feel expensive. Retirement villages can feel more expensive to some, but that’s largely because all of the living expenses from rent to food and utility bills is lumped into one easy-to-budget number.   
  5. Rules and restrictions. Retirement villages often have rules and restrictions regarding things like noise levels or pets. While some people may see these as a nuisance, many find that they appreciate the ordinances.

To gain a better idea of whether or not a retirement village might be for you, come visit Cambridge Village of Apex and get a glimpse of the good life.