Lifeswap: Retirement Exchange Programme Launches

09 September 2011

Audley, is launching an exchange programme with a US equivalent to gain further insight into retirement living, dispel myths and challenge stereotypes of 'old folks' homes.

Working with US-based Senior Resource Group (SRG), the exchange will see a couple from Audley St Elphin's Park, swap lifestyles with a couple from the Maravilla Community, in Santa Barbara, California. Both will experience retirement living across the pond, taking part in the day to day activities and meeting other residents.

Nick Sanderson, Audley CEO said: "For too long there have been negative stereotypes attached to retirement living and we're hoping to address these with the exchange programme. At Audley, we have pioneered a new UK concept, a village environment which offers a chance to downsize and maintain independence, but with the security and peace of mind that when extra help is needed, it's readily available without having to move again.

"Retirement villages are already well established and accepted in America and we're keen to share knowledge with SRG and look at ways we can learn from each other, challenge perceptions and develop our offerings."

The couples will be keeping a record of their trip via social media channels with Twitter and Facebook updates, in addition to keeping a written diary.

Tony Gregory, one half of the UK exchange couple said: "We're delighted to be taking part in the first ever exchange and are looking forward to seeing how the US village operates. We decided to move here just before I turned 70 so we could be settled and enjoy our retirement. Our daughters both live abroad, so they feel happy we've got people around us and we can lock up and visit them without worrying about leaving the house."