Everyone is familiar with the idea of a retirement village, but they are relative newcomers in any form to Europe and the common perception first popularised in 1950s America is out-dated. Then retirement meant receiving the proverbial gold watch at 65 and moving somewhere cheaper, joining a like-minded community with a golf course, often somewhere with better weather. Some developments became towns in their own right. Arizona’s Sun City has 62,000 residents. Today over 5% of those 65+ live in dedicated retirement communities.