The key to a happier retirement
WHEN it comes getting older, there are certain things we know contribute to a joyful retirement. But it’s social connection that the experts agree is vital to health and happiness.
Of all the challenges facing many people, social isolation is the one that seems to be the most dominant. “I don’t see my grandchildren as much as I’d like to,” is a typical comment. “Our old neighbourhood isn’t the same anymore,” is another.
Out of five main elements identified as being of importance to older Australians – financial security, maintaining independence, keeping fit and healthy, having a sense of belonging, and not being socially isolated – it is the last one that research has shown to be integral to health and wellbeing.
People who remain connected to others report a better quality of life, have a delayed progression of dementia and mental decline, require less domestic support, and enjoy a greater sense of independence.
Creating a lively, inclusive and supportive environment is the core vision behind Ingenia Lifestyle.
“Apart from the sense of security and financial independence, our communities offer residents the chance to interact with like-minded people,” said Kate Melrose, general manager sales at Ingenia Lifestyle.
“Research shows that relationships and social networks are the biggest factor in achieving a happy and healthy retirement and are key to improving longevity.”
Ingenia Lifestyle residents have access to resort-style facilities, such as a clubhouse, swimming pool, gymnasium and games room, while Ingenia Connect offers assistance with wellbeing and support-service needs.
By providing affordable retirement housing with modest overheads, Ingenia Lifestyle addresses many of the concerns felt by older Australians.
“Location, affordability and a feeling of community are the three biggest drawcards for our residents,” Ms Melrose said.
“That combination of elements is what makes our model so attractive to downsizers.
“The idea of downsizing isn’t just about moving into a smaller home. It’s about ‘right-sizing’ to a home that is low-maintenance, safe, secure, supports independence and is financially beneficial for the over 55s.”
Indeed, once people have made the decision to sell the family home and invest in an Ingenia Lifestyle home, they quickly embrace this new sense of freedom, security and social interaction.
“Of course, there are all the obvious benefits of having an easier-to-manage home and lower maintenance,” Ms Melrose said.
“But you are also part of a safe and vibrant community – a place where you can enjoy your independence, prioritise lifestyle and build new friendships.”
You’re invited to view the progress of our brand-new community at Lucas. See for yourself how future residents will enjoy an active, relaxing and social lifestyle.
Call the Ingenia Lifestyle Parkside Lucas team on 5303 0584 or go to liveinlucas.com.au for more information.