Cockburn Gazette - - 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.

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