Maintaining Good Health In Retirement

Retirement living on the Mornington Peninsula is a wonderful opportunity for you to relax and enjoy the fruits of your life-long labour. For a fun and amazing retirement experience, keeping yourself hale and hearty is the most important factor. The best way to achieve that is by eating well and making sure you maintain a healthy weight.

Make healthy food choices.

Remember life is all about balance, and that also includes ensuring you have a healthy balanced diet. Make sure your food is delicious and nutritious to help you keep up with the changes your body goes through as you age. Pick a slice or two of wholemeal bread instead of a croissant, enjoy roasted chicken instead of fried chicken, and enjoy some fresh berries instead of chips. Eating healthy food will not only provide you with the nutrients you need but also prevent you from gaining unwanted weight.

To help you keep track of what you eat, you may consider devising a weekly meal plan. If you are currently receiving a home care package, your provider may be able to assist in shopping, meal preparation but also in creating a healthy and sustainable meal plan for you along with qualified physicians and nutritionists.

Exercise regularly.

Keep your body in good physical condition in retirement by exercising! Keep your blood flowing and your muscles moving. You don’t have to do anything rigorous; just walking around the block daily can help you a lot. You can also participate in sports that don’t require intense activities, such as lawn bowls, croquet or maybe a leisurely swim in a pool.

Joining clubs can also aid in keeping you active. Participate in fun physical activities around the community or perhaps in a retirement village! It will not only give your body the exercise it needs but will also give you a chance to bond with other people sharing your interests.

Enjoy healthy retirement at Village Glen.

Find the ideal healthy lifestyle at Village Glen Retirement Living. Live the first-class lifestyle that you deserve at Village Glen that has a huge range of facilities to enjoy with friends along with a dining room open for dinners and a café open for lunches and coffee.

Get in touch with us at 1300 VILL GLEN for more information.

 

How An Active Social Life Makes Retirement Living Better

When loved ones age, their social circumstances may change, but embracing those changes and finding new ways to socialise is the best option. To stay happy healthy and fit, having an active social life is highly recommended. An active social life while in retirement living is so easy and can help avoid feelings of loneliness, which can be detrimental to both their mental health and physical health.

Here are the other benefits of an active social life while enjoying retirement living at Village Glen in Capel Sound in the centre of the Mornington Peninsula.

Stronger cognitive health

People by nature are social beings and that is one of the things that is constant with age. In fact, the need for social interactions tends to increase as one gets older. Regular social interactions and a strong social connection with friends and family can improve one’s mental health and can help prevent dementia. This can be attributed to how socialisation keeps the brain active and focused, thus improving cognitive function.

Improving physical health

Aside from feeling mentally healthy, elderly people who socialise regularly tend to feel physically invigorated as well. Their strong social network and the feeling of belongingness positively affects their physical well-being and can even strengthen their immune system.

Brightens mood and emotional health

Being surrounded by friends and family can have a significant effect on one’s emotional health and improve one’s sense of well-being. Building friendships and taking part in new hobbies or endeavours with new people also strengthen a sense of community and companionship.

Ageing need not pose a challenge to finding new friends and companions. Seniors in retirement living will find endless programs designed for them, where they can connect with people who have similar interests and circumstances.

At Village Glen, whether you enjoy socialising over a coffee at the Clubhouse, or while playing a game of golf or maybe you prefer to spend time with friends while quilting or doing an arts and crafts class, there are endless options to have fun with friends.

Are you looking for a beautiful retirement option to enjoy among friends? Contact Village Glen today for a consultation. We also offer home care services and have aged care facilities across the Mornington Peninsula. For enquiries, please call us at 1300 VILL GLEN.

Great Benefits of Owning a Pet in Retirement

There’s nothing quite like the joy of owning a pet. It’s no wonder that nearly 62 per cent of Australian households own pets. And while everyone enjoys pets regardless of age, our residents can benefit greatly from owning a pet. Numerous studies have shown that having a pet companion improves overall health and wellness, from lowering blood pressure to reducing the risk of depression.

Here are some other great benefits of having your own furry friend.

They provide unconditional love.
One of the best things about pets is that they provide unconditional love. For those living alone, owning a pet can help prevent feelings of social isolation or depression. Before choosing a pet, make sure to consider the pet’s age and demeanour. Generally, pets with relaxed temperaments align well with your lifestyle and energy levels.

They help keep you active.
Staying active in retirement can be challenging but having a pet keeps you on your toes. There are a lot of responsibilities that come with owning a pet, such as taking them for a walk or feeding them.

They provide emotional support.
Our everyday lives are full of stressors but research shows that people with pets are less stressed than people without pets. In fact, just touching a pet can calm you down, which makes them an instant source of emotional support when you need it.

They can help you socialise.
Having a pet allows you to interact with other people, especially fellow pet owners. There are also numerous pet clubs and meet-ups you can join to find people with similar interests.

They help you gain purpose.
Some seniors may struggle to find a sense of fulfilment that their careers once gave them. Taking care of a pet provides a new sense of responsibility and usefulness, which can improve self-confidence.

Getting a pet: what to consider
Before you adopt your new four-legged friend, make sure you can commit to the responsibility of taking care of a pet. Carefully consider your energy level, experience with owning pets, health issues and your residence’s pet policy. lmportantly, if you already Iive in a retirement village, you will need to check the pet policy to see what you can and cannot do.

You should also look for a pet that fits your lifestyle. For instance, younger pets may be irresistibly cute but they are also very active and require lots of attention and exercise. In addition, cats are more self-sufficient than dogs who might require walks every day.

Living with your pet at Village Glen
Village Glen is of the premier retirement villages in Mornington Peninsula, offering pet-friendly living options for residents. If you would like to know more about our retirement homes, please contact us today.

The Benefits of Visiting Grandparents in Aged Care

Visiting grandparents often in an aged care home offers a lot of benefits not only to their physical and emotional health, but also to yours. Regular visits make your loved one’s happy as well as keeping them mentally sharp and improves the quality of their life. Grandparents are often your pillars of stability, fun and wisdom.

Keep in mind these benefits of visiting grandparents.

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Simple Ways To Have Fun Outdoors

‌It’s that time of the year again when the outdoors beckon. Spending time outdoors is beneficial for all ages. It gives us that much-needed vitamin D, helps us stay active and lessens the risk of depression. Just making the trip to go for a regular walk can do wonders for your health. And if you live in one of the retirement villages on the Mornington Peninsula, the opportunities for some outdoor fun are practically endless.

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10 Reasons To Love Retirement

We’re sure you’re probably looking forward to a happy retirement. It marks the end of a long, fulfilling career and is rewarding for all your hard work over the years. For many, retirement is a time to enjoy life and relax, but some view retirement as a monotonous lifestyle. It’s perfectly normal to have apprehensions, but it can be very exciting. Planning for your retirement is as exciting as moving to a new home! Here are ten reasons you will love about retirement.

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What To Expect When You Move Into A Retirement Village

Moving to a retirement village can provide convenience as well as a tight-knit community that offers opportunities to maintain an active lifestyle and improve social ties. If you or your loved one is considering making the transition, it’s important to have an idea of what to expect before making your move into a retirement village.

1. Be prepared to downsize

If you are transitioning from a larger home to a smaller villa or apartment in a retirement village, you may need to let go of a few belongings. Make sure to become familiar with your new home so you can plan in advance what you need to take with you and what you can give away or get rid of. Living in smaller quarters may take some time getting used to but with proper planning, it will be a whole lot easier.

2. Participate in activities and programs

Retirement villages enhance your health, well-being, and social life. For instance, at Village Glen, we offer a variety of facilities and programs for our residents to enjoy. From art classes to sports to technology classes, there are plenty of opportunities to ensure you have a vibrant and active lifestyle!

3. Feel a sense of belonging

One of the best things about retirement villages is that they provide a sense of belonging. Living among like-minded people not only reduces feelings of isolation but is also very fulfilling. After all, it’s nice to know that you can always have a friend to catch up with over lunch at The Clubhouse Café or enjoy a nice dinner with at The Terrace Court Dining Room.

4. Have peace of mind

There’s incredible peace of mind in knowing that your home is safe and secure, and will be looked after, even if you go for a vacation or visit family outside the village. When you return, your home is secure, the lawn is mowed and everything is taken care of. At Village Glen you can even ask us to turn on the power and heating before you arrive home!

5. Look forward to a great retirement

Once you’ve settled into a retirement village, you can look forward to a great retirement lifestyle: fun, safety, independence, convenience, and support if you need it.

Retirement is the beginning of a new adventure that supports a great lifestyle which will make your retirement even better than you expected.

If you or your loved one is interested in retirement living, the team at Village Glen will be happy to assist you. As one of the premier retirement villages in the Mornington Peninsula, we offer a wide range of apartment and villa options especially designed to cater to the needs and comfort of residents who no longer want the responsibility of maintaining the family home but are looking for a first-class property and lifestyle within a vibrant community. We have 17 selected floor plans from our attractive villas containing 1 or 2 bedrooms, or 2 bedrooms plus a study. For enquiries, please feel free to call us at 1300 VILL GLEN (1300 8455 4536).