|Photo: Age Concern, NZ|
Explore townships for the elderlyTHE Government should consider planning and building small, special townships for the elderly. This is what I have in mind:
The township and its special apartments should be built in such a way that they facilitate the movement of the disabled and the slower pace of the elderly. The apartments should be sold to the elderly at specially discounted prices based on a 30-year lease, with a stipulation that they cannot be resold in the market.
The purchase of these units should be restricted to citizens aged 55 and above. It would be good if they have proper security such as fencing and alarm systems, with access to township restricted to registered residents. The township should include its own health-care centres, medical clinics, pharmacy, library, training centres, and Internet and entertainment centres.
|A print ad for Retirement Villages, UK|
It should have an elder-care system manned by employed nurses and volunteers. There can also be a small hospice nearby. Such an initiative would capture a substantial number of the elderly who have reached the age where they need to live within their means and comfortably, without imposing on their children.
Chin Cheng Yeong
Sounds like a retirement utopia. But seriously, would you want to live in a town where all your neighbours are aged 55+?
|The dining room at Fitch Home, USA.|
|The dining room at a retirement home in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.|
There is definitely a market for retirement homes tailored for active, independent senior citizens who prefer to share living space with their peer group in a community-type environment, than to live with their adult children who have no time for them due to work commitments.
We all love options, especially when it comes to retirement housing. There should be plenty of choices depending on what our expectations are, and how much we are prepared to pay for them.