Introducing the “Chicks with Sticks” – the Renaissance women’s pool club

A group of lively ladies take over the Leisure Centre billiard hall

It was July 2020 and a group of women friends at Renaissance were at a loose end. They usually played table tennis together, but the floor in the leisure centre was being repolished, so that activity was on hold.

The women, a close-knit group who get together socially for fun and support, were scratching their heads wondering what else they could do until table tennis returned. They’d walked past the snooker rooms many times. It was almost always the fellas playing, but they thought, why not give it a go?


How to plan the retirement you’ve always wanted

5 steps to creating your ideal retirement lifestyle

It’s no secret that retirement is a time when you move from a life dominated by work to a life of accomplishment, leisure, and choice. Yet, because many people may feel defined by their job, it’s not always an easy transition.


Taking care of mum and dad in their retirement

Could you be a member of the Sandwich Generation?

You’ve no doubt heard of the Baby Boomers – in fact, you might even have been raised by one. You’ve probably also heard of Generation X, Gen Y (aka Millennials), and now Generation Z.

But have you heard of the Sandwich Generation? Chances are, if you’re reading this news post you could be a member!


What do retirement villages provide?

Why retirement communities offer so much more than just a place to live

Retirement villages provide independent accommodation for retirees – a community for over 55’s who are active and healthy enough to live independently in their own home.


What is the best age to move into a retirement village?

Factors that might influence your decision to move to a retirement community

If you’ve been thinking about the next stage of your retirement, there are a few questions that can help you decide if you’re ready to make the move into a retirement village.


Why people choose to live in a retirement village

How moving could be one of the best decisions of your life

The thought of packing up your family home and moving somewhere new may seem daunting. That’s understandable. It’s a big change, and yet more and more seniors are taking that next step and choosing the amazing lifestyle that retirement communities offer.


What does it mean to live independently in retirement?

How to help your parents choose support and care services

We all want to live as independently as possible, for as long as possible. For some people that independence lasts for many years, while others may have reliance on support and care earlier.


7 mistakes to avoid when choosing a retirement village

Tips to help you find your ideal community

Moving into a retirement village is an important decision, and you want to get it right.

With a little preparation beforehand, you can avoid some of the common mistakes people make when deciding on which retirement community will best suit their needs.

If you go in knowing what ‘not to do’ it will make the decision-making process a lot easier and more enjoyable… as it should be!


How to discuss retirement villages with your parents

Start the conversation while your parents are still active and healthy

You have the best intentions for your parents. You want them to have a happy, healthy, fulfilling life in retirement. You imagine them free from the burdens of maintaining a family home; living in a safe, secure community with like-minded people of a similar age and plenty of fun and interesting things to do each day.


What is the difference between a retirement village and aged care?

Decide which option will best suit your needs in the years to come

Aged care homes and retirement villages each have unique qualities and benefits. The choice you make for your later retirement years will depend on your individual needs and what you foresee you’ll require in the future.

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