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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Aug-Sept
Active RetireesTM | 31 COVER STORY Up-to-date with a vengeance Facilities vary widely in the activities available as well as the ways they can assist in other aspects of residents’ lives. Kath Milroy from Meridien Retirement Living says many of the residents at Meridien’s 31 retirement villages fit into the ‘grey nomad’ category, so some villages include on-site caravan storage to cater for these people. Two new retirement development projects under construction at Forresters Beach and Glengara on the NSW Central Coast also embrace the lifestyles of baby boomers transitioning to retirement. “Our new facilities are very lifestyle-oriented. We’re building a community centre at the Forresters’ development that includes room for pilates classes, a room for massage therapy, a pool and a day spa, as well as a big indoor/outdoor cafe,” Milroy says. “The site includes lots of walking tracks and parklands, and also accommodates water -based activities such as aqua aerobics.” Milroy says that while the villages will continue to be called ‘retirement villages’, they have been constructed following consultation with residents. “We’ve built accommodation with double garages and indoor/ outdoor entertainment areas and our new community centre development at Forresters Beach will have full wi-fi facilities. “I was recently at the Glengara Retirement Village and residents were using Wiis for exercise and entertainment as well as iPads in the community centre, so things have changed considerably.” The modern retiree “The whole concept of retirement is being re-engineered by the baby boomers,” says Bernard Salt. “People used to stop work somewhere between 58 and 65, when they could receive the aged pension, but in the future there will be a blurring between someone’s working life and their retirement because the boomers want to live in the manner to which they have become accustomed.” Salt predicts that, with half the population set to reach the age of 85 and the other half even longer, people are likely to work on in a progressively reduced fashion to keep them active and connected, as well as to provide income. » Q Modern retirement living includes pools, day spas and cafes, according to Meridien Retirement Living's Kath Milroy. Keep it simple One recently completed resort-style retirement property is Watermark Castle Cove in Sydney. Manager Carolyn Tillotson calls it a ‘new-age retirement village’ that supports independent living and self- care, with a hidden retinue of back-up support services. The official entry age is 55, although the youngest resident is a 52-year-old partner of an older resident, and the eldest resident is 87. “Some of the residents still work, they just want to live in a fabulous environment where life is very simple and easy,” Tillotson explains. “You can imagine how the people who still work enjoy having their meals delivered if they want to, although people can also still cook for themselves.” The facility offers a practice bowling green on site, a billiards room, a cinema where residents go to watch films and critique them afterwards, and a gym with two personal trainers, which Tillotson says is “very well used”. The 50-residence property also includes a branch of the local library, where yoga and exercise classes are held. Other activities include literary dinners where authors give talks, trips to the races, holidays to the Murray River, barbecues, trips to the theatre and girls' nights out. “People very quickly make close friends here and to work here is a real pleasure,” says Tillotson. “They are such a happy bunch and there’s a real sense of joy.”
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