French Elders Prefer Retiring at Historic Sites

May 06, 2011
Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org

Retirement Community in Charente, France

The Official Blog of IAHSA – The Global Ageing Network — is a fantastic blog for learning about global trends in aging and long-term care. They have a great post today about property developers in France failing to consider the desires of French elders when it comes to retirement living. Their mistake — borrowing too heavily from the “American model.”  A simple but fundamental example of failing to put elders at the center of decision making:

A recent article in France’s Le Figaro newspaper highlights how that country is experiencing an “explosion” in the development of special housing for the elderly. According to the article, French “property developers are riding this wave, filling the gap in the market by supplying what they think these sophisticated consumers are looking for.”  However, while these developers have admitted to borrowing heavily from the “American model,” in which retirement communities are custom-built to allow for the maximum comfort of their residents, they have needed to make an important adjustment.  France’s retirees do not want to move into just another building, rather they “have a taste for atmospheric and historic settings.”

Read the full blog post at The Global Ageing Network. Read Le Figaro’s original article (In French Only) here or the English Translation by WorldCrunch.

 

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