WA SENIORS WEEK
FOR people considering a move into retirement living and even those who might not have considered it, the options can be overwhelming.
Lendlease Retirement Living has five top tips to help you make the best choice for your needs.
1. Location, location, location
For many people, the ALZHEIMER’S WA greatly supports the idea of reminiscing for people living with dementia through the use of life story books.
A life story book filled with photos from the past can bring joy to a person with dementia and help them to rediscover a sense of belonging.
Earlier this year, a life story was a great help for Perth resident Clare and her husband Ross, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Clare said she had booked a holiday to Ireland, but was required to put Ross into residential care for five weeks while she travelled. Their occupational therapist suggested Clare produce a life story book for Ross and his carers while he was in respite.
“I was very thought of leaving the suburb or area they have known all their life is overwhelming.
Many retirement villages are made up of locals who have lived around the area their entire life.
If you are set on staying local, the first step is to find out what villages exist nearby. apprehensive about leaving Ross in residential care for an extended period of time,” Clare said.
“But we put together Ross’ life story book and he still now takes it with him when he goes to respite.
“It’s full of information and photos about his childhood, his parents, where he was born, what he likes, dislikes, the people in his family, his children and grandchildren and some photos of Ross when he
2. Consider your ‘musthaves’
All villages are different, and working out what is important to you in a village can help narrow down the search.
Must-haves might include a pet-friendly policy, a bowling green or a home with an extra bedroom for the grandkids to stay over. loved to sail.
“It’s something for Ross to read but also to share with others.
“Sometimes he remembers the photos, then sometimes it’s a bit harder, but it’s just such a great thing to have when friends and family come and visit or he has a new carer.”
For more information about creating a life story book, visit alzheimerswa.org.au or call 300 66 77 88. 3. Arrange a casual tour Once you have a list of villages you would like to inspect, you can arrange a tour.
Lendlease Retirement Living holds weekly Tea and Tour events across a number of villages, which provides the perfect opportunity to explore the village in an informal setting, see what is on offer, IT is important for retirees to be aware of their cardiac health so as to remain active and healthy and to better be able to enjoy time with friends and family.
Perth Cardiovascular Institute has several tips to ensure good cardiology.
Remain physically active with moderate aerobic exercise such as brisk walking, cycling, swimming or paddling at least 30 minutes every day.
The Mediterranean diet is great for good cardiac health, as is drinking less alcohol and quitting smoking.
Know your cholesterol and your blood pressure.
If your resting blood pressure is consistently above 130 systolic (the top number), see your doctor.
Also check your pulse periodically for irregularity – atrial and test the tea. 4. Attend an event Attending an event, such as a live concert or information session, is the perfect chance for prospective residents to meet and mingle with current and future residents, and to get a real feel for the village lifestyle. 5. Speak to the team. Once you have decided fibrillation (AF) can become more common with age and is a stroke risk.
Blood pressure monitors and some smart phone apps can also detect AF.
If AF appears possible, see your doctor.
Do not ignore chest, arm on a village, it is a good idea to book in a one-on-one meeting with the sales manager.
They can answer every question you might have about contract options, service contributions and how to go about making the move.
For more information, visit www.retireinwa.com. au or call 1800 550 550. or neck/jaw discomfort on exertion and seek early medical advice.
If these symptoms are prolonged and especially if at rest, call an ambulance.
For more information, visit www.perthcardio. com.au.