There are undoubtedly challenges associated with aging, but so often people overlook the many benefits reserved for the older generation. Renishaw Hills, a mature lifestyle village located on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, seeks to emphasise the positives associated with growing older.


Renishaw Hills has outlined some of the advantages of the golden years:


1. Happiness

There is a misconception that older people are more irritable and less content than younger people, however, recent studies show this is just not true. In a study co-authored by Dr Saverio Stranges, it was revealed that people tend to get happier after 45 years of age. The reason for this is that older individuals have better coping abilities as well as being more comfortable with themselves. While younger generations tend to worry about finances and family, older generations are more centred and are able to better manage any financial concerns.


2. Time to pursue interests

The responsibilities of raising a family and working a 9 to 5 are in the past, and retirees are free to try new things and explore new interests – anything that brings them joy. Renishaw Hills takes this a step further by promoting a completely hassle-free lifestyle. Issues of home maintenance, security and garden upkeep are all covered by the monthly levy, so there are no lists of chores to attend to before pursuing more interesting activities. There is also a range of on-site activities and facilities at Renishaw Hills for retirees to enjoy – hiking trails, sports’ facilities and a community centre.


3. The joy of grandchildren

There is a truly special bond between grandparents and grandchildren. It’s the pleasure of having children without the financial concerns, nappy changes and discipline. American gerontologist, Dr Karl Pillemer, outlines the importance of a strong relationship between grandparents and grandchildren which brings stability and joy to both groups. The coastal haven of Renishaw Hills boasts a number of fun, outdoor activities that appeal to relatives of all ages.  


4. Wisdom

With age comes great wisdom. Having overcome many tribulations in life, retirees are better placed to deal with day-to-day challenges, with enhanced control over emotions than younger generations. Along with wisdom, older generations are believed to have better decision-making skills and even improved memory such as semantic memory – recollection of facts and figures – and prospective memory – recollection of daily duties.


5. Pensioner discounts

It might seem trivial, but pensioner discounts can result in big financial savings – particularly helpful for those on fixed income. The discounted activities and products are suited to the retiree lifestyle, and often designed to encourage a more active lifestyle. Renishaw Hills plans to have a dedicated shuttle service which will transport residents to surrounding retail centres, so that retirees can take full advantage of these discounts.


“Renishaw Hills has been designed to maximise on the advantages that come with living the golden years,” explained Phil Barker, managing director of Renishaw Property Developments. “Through contemporary home designs, sustainable initiatives and community-centred facilities, Renishaw Hills provides residents with a holistic, quality lifestyle. Every effort is taken to ensure retirees live a hassle-free, lock-up-and-go existence that allows them to fully enjoy the benefits of these years.”


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