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Village life a key to better health in retirement

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The key to unlocking a long, happy life may be a riddle for the ages, but recent research suggests that modern retirement village living certainly helps.

Exciting new vertical villages such as RetireAustralia’s The Verge at Burleigh G.C. have been specially designed to allow retirees to live their lives to the full and discover a renewed sense of health and wellbeing – sometimes with dramatic results.

RetireAustralia Senior Development Manager Judi Hutchison said The Verge would redefine retirement living on the Gold Coast, creating a lifestyle second to none when its first stage opens in late 2020.

“We know from our own research that people are looking to form friendships and socialise more when they move into a retirement living, which can have a profound effect on their wellbeing and slowing the clock,’’ Ms Hutchison said.

“Indeed, international studies have found that socialising and maintaining meaningful engagement with the world around you generally contributes up to about 20 per cent of a person’s wellbeing.

“There are also plenty of examples within our villages to support the transformations in health and mobility people can make when they have easy access to tailored exercise programs, age-specific gyms and multi-purpose recreational areas.

“The very design and location of the building you live in are important too.

“A safe, secure community and a modern, light-filled home with views and access to everything you need at your doorstep can highlight the difference between living in a carefully designed retirement village and an ordinary apartment or house.’’

Set beside Burleigh Golf Club’s 10th tee, The Verge offers residents access to a rooftop terrace, bar and Wellness Centre with a gym, consultation rooms for allied health professionals, indoor and outdoor activity areas, salon and café.

The location also offers an exceptional coastal lifestyle, close to the beach and top dining experiences, shopping and entertainment hubs.

Lorelei Bache, the first future resident to register an expression of interest in a home at The Verge, said the village’s prime location and layout “ticked all the boxes’’ for her.

She said it would also allow her to keep busy, forge new friendships, and take advantage of the myriad opportunities to pursue new hobbies and interests.

“I’ve been to several meetings organised by RetireAustralia and the people I’ve met there have always been very nice,’’ she said.

“We all seem to be like-minded, and once the entire complex is developed, I think there will be lots of people who I will be able to mix with.

“The Verge provides the perfect indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The Gold Coast’s prime lifestyle location is between Broadbeach and Burleigh, and from my apartment I will also have a lovely view of the golf course.

“I think having a view like that connects you to the world – I can see people out and about, and it is just a hop, skip and jump to the Wellness Hub to mix with others’’.

Tips for ageing well:

Take control: The freedom to remain independent and live life on your own terms is vital to ageing well. At The Verge, residents make their own choices about how they want to live their lives, with access to flexible independent living options tailored to their needs. When extra support is needed, in-home services including personal and clinical care will be available.

Be Social: Connecting with neighbours, friends and family is an important part of staying happy and healthy. The Verge features plenty of places for residents to mingle, from its Wellness Centre to the rooftop terrace and clubhouse facilities. A busy calendar of social events will be on offer, as well as a community bus offering regular social outings.

In addition to The Verge’s own facilities, there are nine gyms, five health and fitness centres with facilities ranging from tennis to swimming, four massage services, six beauty and day spas, three GPs and three hospitals – all within 500 metres to approximately five kilometres away.

Make life low-maintenance: Village living frees you from mundane household chores to focus on the things that matter most to you, such as meaningful activities, hobbies and interests. Another plus is the security – you can lock up and leave for travelling, knowing that the property will be well maintained in your absence.

Choose the right home: Designed and located well, a home can inspire joy. Designed to create a connection with the environment, the architect-designed light- filled apartments at The Verge will feature sweeping views over an expanse of greenery that is always well maintained and cannot be built out.

The apartments have also been designed to Livable Housing Australia’s Gold

Standard. With wider hallways and openings, step-free shower recesses, and reinforced walls to allow later installation of grab rails, the homes can adapt to the changing needs of residents.

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