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Choosing the right retirement option for you is highly personal and there is so much to consider. Those entering retirement have to look at everything from their finances to the sorts of support services and facilities they’ll want access to.
These are all important things to think about, but one of the details that often gets overlooked in the planning stages is the question of what kind of community we want to be surrounded by. Surrounding yourself with a strong community in retirement is a pivotal step for those looking to ensure that they have the support they need to live a life full of purpose and fulfilment.
What Does Community Mean in Retirement?
Our village communities aren’t anything like you’re average retirement facilities. They’re built and operated with a human touch that you don’t usually find. The people that you’ll find living in our communities are making the most of their retirement and making the most of the time that they are spending together.
Members of our village communities are still traveling, still trying new things and still finding their own ways of challenging themselves. It’s the people that live in our communities that make each of our locations so special. The residents are being supported by a strong network that makes the connections they rely on a natural and easy aspect of their lives easy to maintain.
All of what we work toward and stand for comes down to what community means for those in retirement. To our village communities, it means surrounding yourself with the people and the support to keep living with purpose, and it means having what you need to live a happy and fulfilling life.
What Sets The Village Apart?
The Village is a unique group of communities. We’ve had members of our village communities join at different points in their post-retirement lives. But our communities are always brought together by the things that they do together. Each of our communities have support systems and services in place to help them find their way toward the sort of life they want to lead in retirement. Whichever stage of your post-retirement life you’re in, we’re sure that you’ll find what you’re looking for with us.
Make the Move to The Village
Retirement carries with it the chance to renew your commitment to yourself and the people around you. Our village communities are unique for their having a living and breathing culture full of people leading happy and fulfilling lives together.
At The Village Retirement Group, we know what it means to be a part of something bigger and what it can mean for people entering a new stage of their life to have the continual support that we provide. If you’re looking for a community that will give you avenues and the opportunities you need to keep living your life to the fullest well into retirement. Get in contact with us here and start planning for your retirement today....
We Aussies are some of the best-travelled people in the world – and more and more of us are pulling out the passport to travel in retirement. After all, what goal is more synonymous with retirement than the freedom to explore new places, new experiences and new people!
The number of people aged 65-74 years heading overseas has jumped more than 80 per cent in the past five years, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. And given Aussies took more than 10 million trips overseas between 2016 and 2017, that’s a whole lot of retirees having a whole lot of fun!
One of the most popular ways older adventurers choose to see the world is on a cruise – which is handy, given the Brisbane Port regularly sees P&O and Princess Cruises sail off in all directions. Brisbane’s international and domestic airport is just down the road, too. And, of course, there are still plenty of us hitting the road to explore the highways, byways and the beaten tracks of our own wide brown land.
Retirees spend more on holidays than any other age group and often see their getaways as a chance to create memories with their children and grandchildren. No matter how old you are, travel is a great way to meet new people, take a break from the everyday and feel alive!
Whichever way you like to travel or wherever you like to go, you can completely relax knowing you can come home to the Village Retirement Group and find everything just how you left it.
Whether you’re heading off for a few days or a few months, we’ve got you covered.
Apart from the comprehensive security measures and friendly staff to keep an eye on things, there are plenty of friends willing to water your plants and collect the mail for you. There’s certainly no need to worry about mowing or maintenance!
All you have to do is choose your destination, make a booking, pack and go! Don’t forget your toothbrush! We’ll wave you off and keep the home fires burning for you.
So, what are you waiting for? What adventure will you cross off your bucket list next?...
Pets are family and that’s why creatures great and small are welcome at the Village Retirement Group. Our villages are just as much their new home, as yours.
Australians have one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, with more than 2.4 million pets living across more than 60 per cent of households. Dogs just pip cats as our most popular pets, though fish are highest in actual number nationally.
The continued boom in pet-related products and industries is also evidence we’re spending more on our beloved pooches and felines than ever before. Aussies spend more than $12 billion on their pets every year, mostly on food then followed by veterinary services and general products.
But everyone agrees they’re worth it. More than dear companions, our pets play a significant role in our continued good mental, physical and social well-being. One study found our fur babies saved the nation approximately $3.86 billion in health expenditure every year. Now that’s a lot dog bikkies!
Research has also shown sharing your home with a pet improves cardiovascular health and lowers cholesterol, reduces trips to the doctor, boosts exercise levels, encourages social interaction, lifts mood and reduces our risk of depression. Pet owners have also been found to cope better with grief, loss and stress than others.
Best of all, our pets are a font of unconditional love – and you can never have too much of that!...
We humans are social creatures with an innate need to belong and connect to others, but as we age we naturally tend to lose family and friends – through retirement, relocation, death and illness -and the resulting social isolation can affect our physical and mental health.
It’s in our latter years that community becomes more important than ever; it can literally be a matter of life and death.
Research shows a direct link between loneliness and diseases such as dementia, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep disorders, anxiety and depression. American and British studies have found that older people who experience “extreme loneliness” are more likely to die prematurely.
Conversely, people with an active social life and whom are involved in their community are far better equipped to overcome bad health and maintain cognitive skills. Exploring new hobbies, volunteering for a charity and embracing new challenges all help keep those neurons firing!
More than a source of enjoyment, friendship and fun, our community is also where we find comfort in difficult times. After all, look at the diversity and abundance of support groups around. Having someone nearby to identify with, empathize with and even laugh with, at shared challenges and experiences helps older adults, in particular, stay positive.
It should come as no surprise then that a recent Australian survey found the vast majority of retirement village residents are happy with their lifestyle, compared to those who have spent the past five years in their own homes.
The January 2018 survey of almost 20,000 people in 530 villages found life had significantly improved for a quarter of respondents, while more than half said their happiness had increased.
Providing this social capital and sense of connection for residents is a major focus for The Village Retirement Group managing director Justin Harrison. Each of his five architecturally designed villages across Brisbane and Toowoomba feature an impressive range of facilities, including swimming pools, gyms, cinemas, bowling greens, libraries and entertainment areas to make it as easy as possible for residents to socialise.
Harrison visits each of the campuses at least once a week and especially loves to join in weekly Happy Hour get-togethers and regular community barbecues.
“The biggest benefit our residents get is the benefit of each other. There’s also all these classes and activities which the residents organise for themselves. We’re just here to basically facilitate their enjoyment of life,’’ he says.
“There’s been plenty of research that states people who live in retirement villages live up to six years’ longer; community and companionship are a vital part of human nature.’’...
People are social creatures. ...