Many of our members are engaged heavily in retirement living and aged care. For example, BaptistCare is considering an integrated community model for a large future development. So we have included this article to encourage more thought and discussion in this area.
Retirement villages – walled, gated and separate seniors’ enclaves – have had their day. The word ‘retirement’ is redundant and engagement between people of all ages is high. That’s how participants in the Longevity By Design Challenge envisage life in Australia in 2050.
Professors Rosemary Kennedy and Laurie Buys (QUT and University of Queensland respectively) led the challenge which suggested numerous changes including:
- building walkable neighbourhoods that reduce distances between homes and services
- converting typical house blocks to ‘super blocks’ where multiple generations can live
- adopting finance development models using long-term capital, rather than short-term debt, for greater financial and community returns.