Over 65s Want More Manageable Gardens
As we get older there are certain things we start to struggle with and many people approaching retirement are looking for ways of making their lives easier.
New research published by Key Retirement has found that those over 65 typically spend £10,400 getting their properties ready for later life, and the biggest concern around the home for people in this age group is making their gardens more manageable.
The organisation’s survey found that 54 per cent of over 65s plan to spend money on making their outdoor space easier to look after, which may include getting help from garden designers in Somerset.
Other popular home improvement projects in later life include installing chair lifts (22 per cent) and installing a downstairs bathroom (19 per cent), Property Reporter noted.
Chief product officer at Key Retirement Dean Mirfin commented: “Nearly two-thirds of equity release customers are using some or all of their property wealth for home and garden improvements highlighting the growing demand across the country.”
But even if you’re looking for ways to make your garden easier to look after, you shouldn’t avoid spending time outside doing bits and pieces as you get older.
Research published earlier this year by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy suggested that older people should make sure they continue to do things like carry their shopping as these count as strengthening exercises as they get older.
The BBC highlighted a number of activities that can be good for strengthening muscles, including gardening activities like digging or shovelling. So even if you get some help with your garden, make sure you also get involved in keeping the space in good condition.