Why be alone when you can be with new friends?

If lockdown has taught us anything, it is the value of spending time with friends and loved ones.

The importance of being part of a community has never been more to the fore. When you are isolating to protect yourself, you can become lonely very quickly.

But what if you already live on your own? As winter approaches it becomes less appealing to venture out alone especially with the nights drawing in and the temperatures decreasing. People talk of the benefits of joining a club or taking up a group activity but this can seem daunting if you don’t know anybody there and find it difficult to pluck up the courage to break the ice.

This is why retirement communities, like The Vale, are proving so popular amongst the over 55s. They offer a range of activities and because you would be living amongst like-minded people, of similar age, you would soon get to know your neighbours and from there, friendships can blossom.

If you live alone, possibly in a home that has become too large for you, now mi be the time to consider your future housing options. Our exclusive community at The Vale in Streatham, South London, could open up a whole range of opportunities to combat loneliness and make new friends. Yet you would still have the comfort and security of your own home. You can close the door when you want a couple of hours of ‘me time’ or you can throw it open to entertain existing family and friends. Plus, you would be within striking distance of all the amenities and facilities that London has to offer.

In 2015, a report was published by the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) offers some interesting insights into retirement living.

Loneliness and isolation are found to have halved by those living in a retirement village according to the report. The report found that the quality of life is majorly improved for those who move to residential retirement developments with flexible extra care solutions. The research uncovered that residents living in retirement villages had greater feelings of independence which offers opportunities for later-life planning, such as round the world trips or inheritance planning.

With only 12% of retirement living village residents feeling lonely, compared with over 23% in the community, it demonstrates the desirability and benefits of living in a retirement community.

The research also proves that a communal environment is more likely to reduce social isolation especially those who are in remote homes. The study found:

82% of retirement village residents said they hardly ever or never felt isolated

55% felt in-tune with those around them

79% hardly ever or never felt left out

Greater independence, security and the ability to continue having a zest for life were all key findings from the report, which further demonstrate the benefits and opportunities that are lying in wait for you at The Vale.

Out and About

Once you have new friends, you’ll feel more confident to venture out and explore your surroundings. Sign up to the local gym, take a trip to the Rookery Café and discover the Victorian Garden; pop down to the Dulwich Picture Gallery, take a stroll round Streatham Common and its nature walk. Then, of course, a short bus or tube ride will take you into Central London with all the galleries, museums, theatres, cinemas and restaurants that the big City has to offer.

So, if you are seeking to embrace life and be part of a vibrant and independent community. With a range of rental apartments to suit different budgets and tastes, it is now even easier to enjoy renting during your retirement. Please get in touch to arrange your very own bespoke tour by calling 08081 696 511 or emailing enquiries@thevaleliving.co.uk to book your appointment now.