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10 activities you can enjoy at a retirement village

8th May 2019

Are you considering making the move to a retirement village? One of the key benefits of joining a village is the hub of facilities, groups and activities for you to engage with.

These facilities and activities support you to make new friends, maintain your vitality and stay active within your community.

We’ve compiled 10 activities that you could enjoy in your new home.

1. Go for a dip

Go for a swim, wade in the pool or sit back and relax in the spa. Hydrotherapy is a great way to help reduce the pain of arthritis and minimise chronic pain, as well as work on muscle pains. Some studies have linked swimming with lower blood pressure. You could start a water-aerobics group too for some light social exercise.

2. Smell the roses

Take a walk around the grounds and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. Appreciate the beautiful gardens and fresh air. Your family and loved ones are sure to revel in the gardens with you too when they visit. You can also make use of outdoor gym and exercise equipment or join a walking group, to get those endorphins flowing.

3. Become a Social Butterfly

Get talking to your neighbours and help each other out, start a social club or set up coffee dates in the cafe. Staying social and connected is vital to maintaining your wellbeing. You may find that another resident shares your hobby or you could find a new hobby to enjoy with others.

4. Find a Page Turner

Start or join a book club. Pick out an old favourite and get everyone talking about the plot, their favourite characters, or even how they would’ve written the story. Books have that wonderful ability to spark your imagination, and what better way to enjoy that experience than with others.

5. Texas Hold Em’

Play cards and meet for a weekly poker game, bridge, or an old favourite. Cards are an easy group activity that isn’t too strenuous either. Reach for a classic board game like Monopoly and get a championship going. Dalkeith Heights also offers table tennis, darts, pool and more!

6. Start Rollin’

Enjoy a game of lawn bowls on the bowling green, or compete against friends with Bocce. Dalkeith Heights often hosts twilight events on the bowling green where residents get together for a BBQ and a bowl.

7. Put Put

Practice your putting skills on the putting green! Find some other golf enthusiasts and get them on-board, make it fun and compete against one another in put-put challenges.

8. Green Thumb

If you love looking at the beautiful gardens and keeping a fresh flower in your room, you’re likely to highly enjoy getting out in the garden and tending to and pruning the plants. You could grow a beautiful rose garden in your front or back yard, or you could assist in the community garden. Herbs and vegetables grown by residents are often enjoyed together at the dinner table.

9. Silver Screen

Brush up on your favourite movies or discover some new gems in the cinema, pull out the classics and sit back and relax. Why not start a movie club and find some neighbours to talk to after the movie wraps, discuss your favourite directors or just laugh at some funny moments in cinema.

10. R’n’R

Get your hair and nails done or bask in a remedial massage. You may be retired but you still deserve to be pampered!

To learn more about life at a retirement village please visit the Dalkeith Heights page or call the village on 03 5175 0955.

 

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