Back in the day, downsizing simply meant moving into a smaller home or into a traditional retirement village. However, in recent years, the popularity of vertical retirement communities is on the rise, and they are rapidly appearing in inner-city suburbs across the country. In fact, 50 per cent of all new villages at Oak Tree are being constructed as multi-level apartments.
AVOIDING LONELINESS AND ISOLATION IN RETIREMENT
When it comes to our wellbeing, we often think about our physical health and the importance of regular exercise and a good diet. However, the social component of our wellbeing is just as important as maintaining good physical health.
The decision to downsize comes about for many reasons; when your home becomes too big to manage, or empty nest syndrome starts kicking in, or simply coming to the realisation that the area in which you live has changed significantly and people have moved on. Without adequate retirement plans – like topped up superannuation funds – you may need to reduce household expenses and live frugally – or look at downsizing.
The retirement villages of 30 to 40 years ago have changed dramatically. In the past, these were often perceived as slow-paced places where retirees were pushed into small units in villages and largely forgotten.
Retirement village living is attractive for many reasons; from the hassle-free lifestyle to the range of services you can enjoy such as the community centre, the bowling greens, swimming pool and gym, and being surrounded by a community of like-minded individuals. However, there are a lot of things to consider before moving into a retirement village, and cost is one of the biggest factors.
Doug and Marietta Pegg, residents of Oak Tree Retirement Village Gunnedah, have one message for others contemplating a move to retirement living – don’t leave it too late!
Upcoming family events like Mother’s Day present the perfect opportunity to speak with your loved ones about their next chapter.
The idea of moving and transitioning into retirement living can be daunting. For many Australians, this involves a decision-making process that requires considerations such as lifestyle choices, family proximity, location, health, and the all-important financial and affordability factors. Combining these to culminate in the right decision can be overwhelming – but it doesn’t need to be.
The Easter break provides the perfect opportunity to connect with family and discuss your next chapter with those who matter most.
A dilemma facing many seniors is whether to stay in their own home or move to a retirement village. For those who’ve lived in their own home their entire life, the thought of moving elsewhere and letting go of a lifetime of memories is not a decision entered into lightly.
Armidale is a long way from Victoria and even further from Holland, but Betty and Theo Duim couldn’t be happier with their life there.
Oak Tree Burpengary played host to a Show & Shine this weekend with over 50 bikes and vintage cars lining the village streets.
It was all about fashion, fascinators and decadent treats at Oak Tree Goondiwindi last week.
When Susan Hilton was looking for an over-55s community to call home, she didn’t think anywhere with ‘retirement’ in its name would suit – because she wasn’t retired. So, when a friend suggested she consider Oak Tree Retirement Village Goodna, she was very unsure. Until she had a look.