Retirement community population is actually double the retirement village population

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The Australian Research Council (ARC) research project investigating independent seniors
living alternatives, has identified that 10.8% to 12.4% of Gold Coast residents aged 65
and over live in a retirement community, twice as many as the 4.35% reported in the 2006
census. The ABS uses the Retirement Village Act as its definition where ARC included
retirement communities and manufactured home parks in the $1.5 million ARC Linkage
Grant study. The study is partly funded by retirement village operators.