Retirement & friendship; a winning combination
02 September 2016
With growing evidence surrounding the advantages of friendship in later life, retirees in McCarthy & Stone developments are enjoying all the benefits that companionship has to offer. During the last 38 years, thousands of friendships have flourished at the developments of the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder and the benefits are clear to see, with recent research indicating that friendships are both good for your health and can even prolong your life.
Mr Taylor, a homeowner at Springhill House, Willesden Green says, “I’ve always been very sociable, and now that I live at Springhill House, I still try do all of the things that I did before. Having lived in the area for many years, I’ve built up a great network of friends, and thanks to the development’s excellent location it’s very easy to pop straight into town for coffee or lunch.”
There is a jam packed social calendar at Springhill House. Over the past summer, the homeowners have been making the very most of the capital on their doorstep; with a cruise on the River Thames, a visit to the Hampton Court flower show and a cultural afternoon at the Regents Park open air theatre, there is no stopping them.
Mr Taylor goes on to say, “I settled in very quickly at Springhill House and have made lots of friends over the last few months. The atmosphere here really is wonderful. Retirement Living doesn’t mean you are growing old, it can literally be the start to a whole new – and exciting – chapter.”
A study* monitored 1,500 people over the age of 70 found that those with the largest friendship group outlived those with the smallest by an amazing 22%. Research has found that over 80% of later-lifers think that having a strong circle of friends around them is central to their happiness. The same report showed that being around like-minded people, and companionship in general, is central to people’s happiness as they get older. In addition, other studies have shown that keeping in contact with a variety of friends in later life can lower the risk of developing dementia, reduce stress and aid recovery from an illness.
At the Assisted Living development, Liberty House in Raynes Park, Miss Dowle says, “Although it’s still early days, a lovely community is starting to form and we have a regular coffee morning. This is a great opportunity to meet our neighbours and talk with the Estates Manager, as well as the lovely staff who work here.”
At Liberty House, weekly activities organised by the Estate Manager ensure the development is constantly buzzing. Exercise classes, coffee mornings, art and film clubs are just a few of the activities that ensure a strong community has formed at the development.
Mrs Hebron, who lives at Meadows House in Walton-on-Thames, is also enjoying the new lifestyle saying, “We’ve welcomed everyone as they’ve arrived, and been able to make friends quickly. It has been so lovely to be able to watch the close-knit community around us grow. Everyone is so cheerful. It’s lovely.”
Julie Ward, Regional Sales and Marketing Director at McCarthy & Stone South East, explains: “We understand that retaining independence is important to our homeowners and our first class apartments provide both space and privacy, but also benefit from having a fantastic group of friends on their doorstep.”
*Source: The Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging