Research highlights quality of life in retirement villages

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Research by a team from Keele University suggests that a pioneering model of retirement villages is capable of delivering significant improvements to the quality of life of older people. The Berryhill Retirement Village, one of several villages developed by the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, is said to enable people to grow old with dignity, independence and security. Head of the research team at Keele, Professor Miriam Bernard, said the research suggested that retirement villages like Berryhill worked well for many residents and could provide environments in which to age well and develop a new lifestyle in old age. “There are also many challenges for all involved, and wider lessons which can usefully be drawn by those who might be considering developing similar schemes,” Prof. Bernard said. Speaking at the launch of ExtraCare¹s new Sheffield Village Appeal last month, the National Director for Older People¹s Services, Professor Ian Philp said the retirement village concept represented the future for older peo

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