What do you really think of them? Is it ethical to separate grandparents from grandchildren and say they cant live together as a family? Do people really get grumpier and harder to live with as they get older? Note these arent rest homes. Some retirement villages are the lap of luxury whereas others look like jail cells, how do you tell what they are really like? Is it you just get what you can afford? Ok nobody? I just heard that some of them are scams that prey on the elderly and rob children of their inheritance. But I suppose if your children have all left home anyway its not likely they want to come back and look after you or your home. Also it takes more than one person to look after an elder... Just to add - the people I talk to seem pretty happy they moved. They are retirement villages, not rest homes, although some have care if and when you need it. I think for the safety aspect and maintainence view they are good for old folk because its a big job running a household on your own if your children have left it. Also the social side of it. Although I think the design of many of them could be better I don't like to see old folk crammed into tiny apartments with no sun or garden, up several floors, looking onto a carpark and no communal spaces.