Fresh start to life

COMMUNITY: Jemalong Retirement Village offers a wide of range of programs and activities along with low maintenance living. Photos: Supplied.
COMMUNITY: Jemalong Retirement Village offers a wide of range of programs and activities along with low maintenance living. Photos: Supplied.

More often than not, the majority of an adults life is spent working, so it's little wonder we are so frequently excited about the prospect of retirement. While working life can provide great rewards, solid friendships and a lifetime of experiences, the freedom found after retirement can a wonderful thing and living in a retirement village can help you find that freedom. Jemalong in Forbes recently welcomed its first residents following the completion of Stage One of the complex. The village features 19 stylish free-standing villas, that are available as two and three bedroom residences. Gisi Ball, Marketing Communications Specialist for Catholic Healthcare said over half of the villas had already been sold with more residents moving in over the coming weeks to take advantage of all the wonderful benefits Jemalong had to offer.

Lifestyle

One of the best things residents find in a retirement village is the strong sense of community. It allows new friendships to be made and older ones reinforced, encourages residents to maintain an active lifestyle and helps foster social interaction, eliminating isolation felt after retirement.

Ms Ball said retirement villages were great for people transitioning into life after retirement. "It's an amazing way of bringing together like minded people who are going through the same period of life," she said. "A lot of people also move in for the social aspect of village life which encourages a much healthier outlook on life. Along with the homes, there's also a community centre which is a vibrant hub for all the residents to use for a wide variety of occasions including club gatherings, social events and programs or even just a simple barbecue where you can sit back, relax and enjoy each other's company".

Fresh start: The homes offer air conditioning, rural views and open plan kitchen, dining and lounge areas.

Fresh start: The homes offer air conditioning, rural views and open plan kitchen, dining and lounge areas.

Downsizing

Another great advantage of Jemalong is the relaxed lifestyle that it provides with less chores and cleaning, along with fully maintained communal areas. Jemalong Sales Manager, Jenny Thomas, said that the new homes will help retirees to downsize and start using their spare time to do the things they enjoy in life. "Forget about home maintenance, you shouldn't ever have to climb a ladder again," she said. "Our support staff are here to make life as easy as possible".

Lock and Leave

Retirement doesn't mean sitting at home alone. You can visit family, head off on that road trip you always meant to do or even take a trip overseas. With retirement villages you can "lock and leave" with safe neighbours keeping an eye on your property and all the maintenance under control while you are away. For more information visit www.catholichealthcare.com.au/residence/jemalong-residential-village.

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