A tale of two villages

It will be the best of times or more likely the worst of times…

‘Retirement Village’ is the common term here in NZ for places where old people go to live out their days with various levels of care provided.

This village above is appealing to a certain lifestyle image… I may be old but I’m still fun and in control of my life.

But directly across the street is an entirely different pitch… get thee to a nunnery, more or less.

Interestingly, I looked at both web sites and couldn’t see much difference… small beige apartments with hand rails in the bath, smiling staff, and the promise of activities and opportunities that I suspect don’t actually get used all that much.

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