The four best things about retirement living

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“Winding down”, “moving on”, “seeking out pastures new” – people look at retirement living in different ways.

What’s certain is that it’s a time of change; you’re saying goodbye to the 9-to-5 and saying hello to a freedom you haven’t had for decades. Taking full advantage of this newfound freedom is the key to a happy retirement, so here’s our definitive list of the best things about retirement living:

Having a hobby

Insurance company LV found that half of people use their retirement to spend more time on a hobby. It makes perfect sense after all; you’ve got more time and a bit of spare cash, so why not start attending that trapeze class you’ve always wanted to?

Circus skills aside, according to LV, some of the most popular hobbies for retirees include language learning, painting and team sports such as sailing. Experienced seafarers should take a look at Poole, where we’re launching our latest development, Vista. The area enjoys one of the nicest stretches of coastline in the UK and the local Poole Sailing Club caters to all ages and abilities.

Spending more time with friends and family

Do you have friends you’d like to see more regularly? Or perhaps some family abroad you haven’t touched base with in a while? Retirement is your opportunity to dust down the rolodex and say hello to some old faces. Far from winding down socially, many retirees use their time to go on group holidays with friends or visit their children and grandchildren. Our residents are no different – they’re a social bunch.

That’s why we offer plenty of quality communal areas across our developments, as well as guest facilities so our residents can host who they want when they want.

Starting a new venture

For some retirees, they may have left work but their head’s still very much in the game. According to the ONS, over-50s account for almost half of those who start their own business. This may sound surprising but, in fact, it makes perfect sense. Retirees can take advantage of new pension freedom reforms to gain an upfront lump-sum pension which they can use to kick-start a new venture.

Combine this with the fact older people will likely have more useful life and career experience under their belt than a maths whizz straight out of university, and retirement seems like the golden time to experiment with that idea you’ve been tinkering with for a while.

Living where you want

If working life can be characterised by living where your head is – your place of work or children’s school, for instance – retirement is all about living where your heart is. Escaping the big smoke for somewhere quieter is a popular transition retirees make. Some opt for the complete tranquillity of a rural location like the South Downs; others move abroad (Spain and France are the traditionally popular destinations).

Those looking for a relaxed atmosphere within the setting of a beautiful English town might be interested in Poole, which is surrounded by rolling Dorset countryside, yet barely a two-hour train journey from London.

To find out more about Vista and our other retirement apartment developments, call 01202 471461; alternatively, browse our website or drop us an email ( to get in touch