In this article, leading later living architects describe how retirement villages are acting as de facto isolated communities, to provide a controlled environment for the elderly during the outbreak.
Hubs where food and shopping can be delivered to residents by the operator without a need to rely on the kindness of relatives and neighbours, thus the flow of people in and out can be reasonably controlled and exposure to the virus greatly minimised.
Having worked on senior living developments throughout the world and having spent time studying and learning from retirement and care communities throughout Europe, it is still very much my view that older people are better served living in a purpose-built supportive community where they can still socialise within their household and closer neighbourhoods, whilst having their food delivered and care provided if needed (Sonia Parol, Urban Edge Architecture).
As over 24 per cent of people living in the UK will be aged 65 or older by 2042, we need to start having a conversation now about where and how people in the UK could live in later life.
Future Street design, build and operate mid-market later living villages to empower the 100-year life.