The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for connection to our local community and the health challenges of the retirement village model.

We know that, as we age, most people prefer to stay in their own homes and communities instead of moving to retirement villages. Some have gone so far as to say retirement villages have had their day. However, the reality is not quite that simple.

The challenge is that seniors are not well informed on what they could demand of the market. Planning schemes could also do more to create incentives for the changes we need now.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Office of Community Engagement, University of the Sunshine Coast


Professor, Urban Design and Town Planning, Co-director, Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast

Published by The Conversation Updated June 15, 2020 9.51am AEST