HAPPY HERE: Regency Park residents Graeme Parkinson, left, and Dudley Fitzgerald, right, enjoy the afternoon with manager Chris Newley, centre.
HAPPY HERE: Regency Park residents Graeme Parkinson, left, and Dudley Fitzgerald, right, enjoy the afternoon with manager Chris Newley, centre. Marian Faa

Living in this Warwick patch is good for your health

MAINTAINING a healthy social life in senior years is the key to staying fit and healthy, according to experts.

Warwick physiotherapist Josh Hay said retirement villages promoted an atmosphere of social inclusion that could foster positive health in the later stages of life.

"Places that foster good social connection are going to be very beneficial and that is where those facilities are excellent," he said.

"They give people an opportunity to mix broadly and have a social network that is critical to ongoing health and well-being."

Regency Park retirement living manager Chris Newley said the community aspect was crucial to what his facility delivered for its residents.

"People look at the nice houses and such, but I think the most important part is the social and community aspect," Mr Newley said.

"That is the core purpose for retirement living."

Tomorrow will mark a year since Dudley Fitzgerald moved out of his home in Warwick and into the Regency Park Retirement Village and he said he couldn't be happier with the decision.

Since downsizing to a more self-sufficient house, Mr Fitzgerald gets all the perks of living in a supported environment without losing his independence.

Mr Fitzgerald has kept busy with social events such as tennis and University of the Third Age as well as activities in the village.

"The big thing is you are free to join in or ignore it as you wish," he said.

"You're not compelled but you are welcome to do so."

He said the move had made it easier to go away on holidays by him not having to arrange for someone to look after the house and garden.



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