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Getting The Most Out Of Your Golden Years: Why It’s So Important To Stay Active In Retirement

 


For many people, staying physically active during the golden years can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. With the rigors of employment behind you, enjoying your retirement living with the right amount of regular physical activity thrown in for good measure is bound to pay dividends in the long-run. The best thing is, it’s never too late to start!
 
Why exercise?


There are countless studies that report regular physical activity is a vital part of keeping ourselves healthy as well as lowering the risk of serious illnesses such as Type II diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. That’s not including the more obvious benefits of losing any unwanted weight that may also be adversely affecting your health overall.
 
Types of exercise


There are so many types of activities to get you moving that we couldn’t possibly list them all here. Here are just a few of our favourites:
 

Walking


Walking is an activity that can be done pretty much anywhere, anytime. Whether it’s pounding the pavement, walking around a park or taking a stroll along one of our many gorgeous beaches, walking is a pastime that’s easy and free. If you have a dog, that’s bound to give you more reason to get walking on a regular (if not daily) basis.
 
Water exercise classes


These days, most swimming centres offer water exercise classes for all fitness levels, from Aqua Aerobics to Aqua Zumba. Water exercise is a fantastic way to get fit (without compromising your joints) and is particularly effective for people who suffer from arthritis.
 
Golf


Feeling a little more active? A medium-level activity that involves plenty of walking while satisfying your competitive spirit is golf. As a side-benefit, it’s also a very social game, which will help combat loneliness and social isolation.
 
Lawn bowls


Bowls is an outdoor activity that requires less walking than golf and, best of all, it’s loads of fun. Join a bowling club, don your whites and pit your skills against your team members. As an added benefit, it can also help improve balance and hand-eye coordination.
 
Swimming


Like water exercise classes, swimming is a fantastic activity that doesn’t jar the body, effectively reducing the risk of injury. It’s also great for your heart, as well as improving flexibility and muscle tone. Swimming provides a full-body workout and can be done using any stroke, for as long as you like, at whatever speed you feel comfortable with.
 
Added benefits of regular exercise


Regular physical activity is not only good for our bodies, but for our minds as well. Studies have shown that staying active outdoors can improve our quality of life enormously. It also helps combat loneliness as it reduces social isolation, and can even help with depression. Other perks of staying active include improving your appetite, reducing stress and anxiety, and increasing community and social interaction.
 
Retirement can mean the start of a wonderful new chapter in your life, no matter what physical activity you choose to do. At Arcadia Waters, we’ll always do everything we can to help our residents remain as active and happy as they can for as long as possible. Get in touch today to find out more.

Keeping Happy & Healthy: 7 Health Benefits Of Living In A Retirement Village

Leaving your family home and moving into a retirement village can be a big step. It’s understandable that many people have reservations about moving away from a place they’re so familiar with, but there are a whole host of great reasons to make the change to one of our fantastic retirement homes in Perth including safety, convenience, company and security to name just a few.

 

But perhaps the most important reason to embrace retirement village living is the one thing that you can’t put a price on: your health. If you or a loved one is considering making the move away from the family home then make sure you check out these seven amazing health benefits of living in a retirement village.

 

Retain Your Independence

 

Lots of people think that moving to a retirement village is the same as being shipped of to an “old people’s home”, when in actual fact nothing could be further from the truth. Living in an active and engaged community actually helps people retain their health, independence and mobility for much longer.

 

Studies have shown that residents in retirement villages go into an aged care facility an average of five years later than those that enter from their family home. That’s five or more years of socialising, spending time with your family (including your grandkids) in a comfortable environment and generally living a more independent and fulfilled life. That’s pretty amazing.

 

Less Hospital Visits

 

Because of their specialised design and trained staff, retirement villages actually reduce the number of ambulance calls and hospital admittance compared to seniors in the general population. As hospital visits can be a worrying and traumatic event for everyone involved, including friends and family, minimising them is a huge benefit.

 

Shorter Hospital Stays

 

Thanks to a more active and engaged lifestyle that encourages resilience, retirement village residents that are admitted to hospital are discharged two days faster than average. Common retirement village design features like non-slip mats, hand railings and motion sensor alarm systems also make early discharge more feasible.

 

Fewer Doctor Visits

 

Thanks to the services and staff available at many retirement villages, residents make far fewer visits to the GP than the six to seven a year that is common for the average Australian senior citizen. Many also offer some form of medical assistance on site.

 

Happier & Healthier

 

A staggering 93% of residents report that their happiness and life satisfaction either increased significantly or stayed the same since they moved into a retirement village. With the links between mental and physical health becoming increasingly apparent, this can have a huge impact upon your quality of life and longevity.

 

Less Loneliness

 

Isolation and loneliness affects one in five senior Australians, and the resulting depression and negative mental health affects can seriously impact upon your quality of life. The community atmosphere and engaging activities organised by retirement villages can help residents avoid this loneliness and live a more fulfilling life.

 

A Greater Sense Of Empowerment

 

Research has shown that 18% of seniors in the community felt that their lives were out of control, compared to just 7% of those in retirement living. This improved sense of empowerment and purpose can be hard to quantify, but it undoubtedly contributes to the increased resilience and improved health outcomes we outlined earlier on.

 

If you’ve thought of retirement living as a stale and boring “old person’s home” then it’s time to think again. With a variety of fantastic locations throughout the state, our community focused retirement villages can help you or your loved ones lived a much happier, healthier and more independent life. Click here to check out our website or get in touch with us to find out more.

Busting Myths About Retirement Living: What You Need To Know About This Fantastic Lifestyle

 

The phrase “retirement home” has a lot of negative connotations. It conjures up images of sad, lonely places that people retreat to at the end of their lives. Well, we’re here to tell you that this simply isn’t accurate! In fact, “retirement home” isn’t even the right terminology. Retirement living is a much more accurate term, because that what it’s all about: living life to the fullest!


At Arcadia Waters, our vibrant retirement communities are designed to allow our residents to maintain their independence while enjoying a rich, engaging lifestyle in resort style luxury. They definitely shouldn’t be thought of as the ‘end’, but rather as another exciting chapter in your life full of a whole host of fantastic benefits.
To help you get out of the outdated “retirement home” mindset, we’re going to use this blog post to bust some of the myths that often hold people back from making the move to a retirement living community. A whole world of amazing opportunities await you once you’re able to shake them off!


“I’m Too Independent To Move To A Place Like That!”


One of the biggest myths about retirement living is that you have to give up your independence. This simply isn’t the case. In fact, the exact opposite is true! At Arcadia Waters we do everything possible to help you maintain your independence.


You’re still able to do all of the things that you enjoy most - coming and going as you please, socialising, spending time with your family, entertaining friends, exercising and spending time on your hobbies and interests. We also run a range of activities and events that encourage you to socialise and make new friends. The biggest problem you’re likely to have is choosing how you spend your time!


We’ll work with you to maintain an active, independent lifestyle for as long as possible. However, should your circumstances change, we’re also able to offer a range of optional in-home care services that will enable you to maintain a high quality of life with minimal disruption. Retirement community living really does give you the best of both worlds.


“I Could Never Downsize And Leave My Own House!”


You’re obviously attached to the lifetime of memories that come with owning a home, but how attached are you to mowing the lawn, weeding the garden and cleaning empty rooms that never get used? When you move to a retirement community, you won’t have to worry about tedious jobs like these anymore and can spend more time doing the things you love.


That being said, you don’t have to take our word for it. Just check out what one of our residents, Pam, had to say about the downsizing process: 


“When I first made the decision to sell the home that I loved and downsize to a village community, I was worried that I might be doing the wrong thing. But after only a few months, any reservations I had were gone. I don’t miss anything about my old home! I love my new house, it feels safe and secure and it’s so easy to look after. My new life is now so full, my family say they now have to make an appointment to see me!”


We hope that this post has been able to change the way you think of retirement living. At Arcadia Waters, it’s our mission to help our residents live a full and engaging lifestyle during their retirement. To find out more about what we have to offer simply get in touch our call us on 1300 88 98 35.