We’ve earned our retirement, say over 50s in the South East

More than 82 per cent of over 50s living in the South East believe they have earned the right to enjoy their retirement, according to a new survey by the UK’s leading retirement property developer, McCarthy & Stone.

A lifetime of hard work, raising the next generation and paying into the system all featured highly as reasons why the over 50s felt their retirement years should be their own to enjoy.  And when it came to making the most out of later life, travel (22 per cent), increased leisure time (32 per cent) and spending more time with family (9 per cent) topped the wish list of respondents living in the South East.

But while many are looking forward to a more leisurely pace to life, 35 per cent in the region felt anxious about their retirement years, as they faced the realities of getting older. More than 72 per cent said they were worried about financial constraints, 32 per cent felt they would have a reduced sense of purpose and 29 per cent feared they’d become lonely and isolated.

Julie Ward, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy & Stone, commented: “As the UK’s leading retirement developer, we believe that later life can be rich, rewarding and hugely fulfilling. Our survey reveals that while the overwhelming majority of over 50s share this belief, and feel they have earned the right to enjoy their retirement, many will embark on this new phase with trepidation.

“We recognise this, which is why all our developments are designed to offer purchasers an independent, low maintenance lifestyle so they can focus on the good things in life, whether that’s seeing the family more, travelling or learning a new skill.”

McCarthy & Stone is currently selling a range of purpose built, one and two bedroom Later Living and Assisted Living apartments at its developments across West Sussex. As well as offering a low maintenance lifestyle, purchasers can benefit from maintained landscaped gardens, a central lounge, and the peace of mind of added security.

In addition to offering age exclusive apartments, the retirement property developer also provides a range of financial services, including a pension annuity service, equity release, legal services and guaranteed funeral plans.

To find out more, visit Caen Stone Court on Queen Street in Arundel, Morgan Court on Station Road in Petworth, or Claridge House on Church Street in Littlehampton, Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30am to 5.00pm, call 0800 201 4743 or log on to  www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk