Retirement Community – Idea 64/365

As with idea 26 this one is about the elderly. Maybe my own aging is making me think of what type of a world I want to live in when I retire at a ripe old age. My thinking today is around the retirement homes and the somewhat stale way most of them are built, with most of the shared activities being around one community room, if anything.

What if retirement homes were built for a new way of living, rather than simply a resting place and a waiting room? Imagine that you come to a suburb of retirement houses and apartments. As you arrive you are interviewed, and you are assigned (as much or as little as you want) some duties around the retirement village.

The whole community is built around a center which houses all of the activities and communal spaces, including gyms and gaming rooms! There are romantic restaurants and beautiful gardens, golf courses and shops.

Additionally, there are colleges, schools and preschools on the outskirt of this village, which the elderly are part of. Imagine an elderly lady or man, that can come and help at preschool for an hour each day? And this work they are doing at the schools and even companies or at the retirement village itself, will also help pay for some part of their stay there.

In core the idea is about the retirement villages being a new stage in people’s lives, where they contribute and mingle in a new way, rather than just being placed in a home with meals 1-2 a day and sewing circles on Wednesdays at four and ballroom dancing on Saturday evenings.

[one_two_first]Complexity: 1 / 5
Viability: 3 / 5[/one_two_first]
[one_two_second]Impact: 2 / 5
Estimated Startup Cost:  $1M+ [/one_two_second]

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