Are retirement villages the answer for the ageing population? - BBC

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Leslie Wolfendale is quite clear. The 89-year-old describes the move to Willicombe Park Retirement Village in Kent three years ago as the "best move we have ever made."

"We have lived all over - Berkshire, Cheshire and south Wales. But we have never regretted moving here."

Leslie and his wife, Joanne, moved to the village, which boasts 67 one- and two-bedroom properties, a gym, swimming pool and restaurant, from south Wales where he had worked as a managing director of a manufacturing company.

"I didn't think we would ever move to a retirement village, but when you look at the facilities and the way it promotes independent living, we started to think differently," Leslie says.

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