Age is no barrier to leap into new life

At age 72 most people would think that Jill Howard would be slowing down, but that is not the case for this Nanna, who just finished a month long trial at Oracle apartments with husband Len.

Moving in with a resistant husband, Jill said that she had been unsure how Len would adapt, but that the results had far surpassed her imagination.

“Len was diagnosed with Parkinson’s three years ago and slowly he has become less social,” Jill said.

“But once we moved into the apartment, Len would wander down each morning for his newspaper and he came with me to the Paradiso movies on several occasions and that was a real treat.”

Jill says that the transformation also included Len remembering their 53rd wedding anniversary, something he hadn’t done for years.

“We have reserved an apartment at a retirement village near where we live in Kardinya,” Jill said.

“But now that we have trialled living at Oracle, I now know that this is another viable alternative.”

Samantha Reece Director of WA Apartment Advocacy stated that only 5% of retirees lived in a retirement village.

“With aging in place becoming more apparent, Jill can have services such as Silver Chain visit and provide aid in their home and that means they maintain their independence and freedom,” Ms Reece said.

“Jill has been maintaining most of the outside chores since Len was diagnosed and she was adamant that if she moved it would be into an apartment and so this experiment has once again shown that apartment living suits a wide range of demographics.”

Jill concluded by saying that she and Len had already started culling at home.

“We would like an apartment with a spacious living space because we are bringing some treasured items with us, but it is the decluttering of our lives that I also know, will provide some real benefits.”

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