I've been seeing a few 'older' couples selling up to return to the UK, I've known a few very well so I asked them why. Mostly, it was given that they were afraid of approaching their 'end of life' here in France in case they needed residential care, language being cited as the main problem.
This does obviously open up the old debate about learning the language and not just living in an 'ex-pat' bubble, but it also opens the box with the 'looking after yourself' label on the top. I don't know the statistics here in France but in the UK only 5% of the ageing population actually need any form of residential or home care, 95% of us will enjoy our golden years in the comfort of our own homes and be independent.
I'll be perfectly honest with you, I'm nearly 59, I still work in the building trade and I keep myself very fit & strong. I have my own gymnasium in my barn, I workout 4 times a week with quite heavy weights and I eat a very healthy diet, I'm 1.81 metres tall (a little under six feet) and I weigh around 80kg (twelve stone 8 pounds). I suffer from knee problems and have mild arthritis in my wrists & feet. I do this training and exercise to keep strong for my job, the stronger I am the easier my work is, but mainly I do it as 'elderly insurance'. So many people, as they age, become sedentary and don't maintain their muscle mass, thus ending up weak & feeble and bent over and not being able to care for themselves.
I'm not including people with serious health issues in this discussion as in many cases they do not have the choice to undertake this type of lifestyle, but there is absolutely no reason why everyone else can't keep themselves fit, strong & healthy in their golden years, adding so much value to their own lives by enabling them to do so many more things as well as not needing to rely on others to help them with everyday activities. You don't need to use weights or cross train, just maintain your muscle mass, yoga is great for this. Remember, the truth about muscles is USE THEM OR LOSE THEM.