As more and more of the baby boomer generation head to retirement age, retirement villas are becoming a popular option. Selling the family home can free up some much-needed funds so that retirees can have a have a fun and active retirement.

Here are some things to look at if you are contemplating making the move to a retirement villa and want to stay active. 

Are there easy to access walking paths on site?

One of the easiest ways to stay active is to have a brisk walk each day. Many retirement villas have paths set up around the grounds so that you can easily take a stroll. Look for well maintained and flat paths with no pavers sticking up or uneven sections. Whilst you still might be able to avoid these now, over time trip hazards can make it easy to fall and restrict your ability to exercise. 

Does the retirement villa offer group fitness options?

Many retirement villas offer group fitness classes such as yoga and Zumba on site, which can be much easier than needing to head off site to a gym. It's also a good way to meet the other people in the village and make some social connections. There may also be walking groups which can be a great way to get out and see some of the surrounding community whilst still having the safety and security of being with a group of friends who can help you if needed. 

Are there classes or facilities to stay mentally active?

Staying mentally active is another important component of living independently and enjoying your retirement. Many retirement communities have book clubs, chess clubs and lending libraries to keep people interested in the world. They may also have guest speaker come to talk about new topics or teach skills such as using social media so that you can keep up with the younger members of your family. 

A growing number of retirement communities are also building in 'men's shed' type facilities where men can go and do some manual work in sheds and work on projects or charity items. This allows the men to maintain their technical skills and continue to learn new techniques for manual arts, while spending time together. 

If you are still an active senior, a retirement villa can be a great option. Look for a community with facilities that suit your interests, or contact a real estate broker for some extra guidance to help you locate the perfect facility.