IN THE NEW AC­TIVE RE­TIRE­MENT

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Retirement & Living -

With on-site fa­cil­i­ties mak­ing it eas­ier than ever to ex­er­cise and stay ac­tive, a new gen­er­a­tion of re­tire­ment vil­lage res­i­dents aren’t slow­ing down dur­ing their se­nior years – they’re speed­ing up.

Af­ter mov­ing into pur­pose-built re­tire­ment liv­ing de­vel­op­ments, to­day’s baby boomers, are find­ing that with­out hav­ing to de­vote time to main­tain­ing the fam­ily home, they have time to take up new hob­bies, join so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and start ex­er­cis­ing.

Easy ac­cess to ageap­pro­pri­ate ac­tiv­i­ties and equip­ment is en­cour­ag­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion too, says Ms Kerry Mann, CEO of Cran­brook Care, which op­er­ates five re­tire­ment liv­ing and aged care res­i­dences in NSW.

“Our de­vel­op­ments fea­ture on-site Re­flec­tions Well­ness Cen­tres, com­plete with hy­drother­apy pools, group fit­ness spa­ces and gym­na­si­ums. Be­sides the ex­cep­tional fa­cil­i­ties on of­fer, we’re find­ing res­i­dents feel more con­fi­dent to join in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, or learn new skills in friendly, group set­tings, with like­minded peers,” said Ms Mann.

“Many of our res­i­dents who’ve never joined a gym be­fore are en­joy­ing work­ing out us­ing our brand-new age-ap­pro­pri­ate ex­er­cise equip­ment, while oth­ers are lov­ing tak­ing part in reg­u­lar yoga classes and hy­drother­apy ses­sions in the pool. What’s cer­tain is that res­i­dents love the fact they no longer need to ne­go­ti­ate park­ing, sign costly gym con­tracts or feel anx­ious about join­ing a new ac­tiv­ity on their own.”

Ms Mann said the feedback from res­i­dents has been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive, with most em­brac­ing the phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties pro­gram due to the easy on-site ac­cess and high par­tic­i­pa­tion rate among the com­mu­nity, elim­i­nat­ing any trep­i­da­tion around tak­ing up new pur­suits.

Ros and Ross Ho­gan, new res­i­dents of Cran­brook Res­i­dences are a prime ex­am­ple. Al­ready keen golfers be­fore mov­ing in, the cou­ple is now tak­ing ad­van­tage of their lo­ca­tion next door to the fair­way to work on their game, as well as join­ing weekly yoga classes and work­ing out on the lat­est equip­ment in the gym.

“Since mov­ing to Cran­brook Res­i­dences, we’ve never been so ac­tive. We’re play­ing plenty of golf, which we’re lov­ing, but we’re also hit­ting the gym, try­ing out new things, and get­ting to know our fel­low res­i­dents as a re­sult, which is ter­rific, and not what we were nec­es­sar­ily ex­pect­ing at this stage in our lives,” said Ros.

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