While retirement itself is not a risk factor for depression or anxiety, leaving work abruptly, particularly for an unexpected health reason, and not having activities or interests to cultivate in retirement can be.
Only too aware of these overwhelming statistics, Aveo have worked hard at ensuring they are doing their bit to ensure residents in their communities are not shutting themselves away.
Lisa Sim, the village manager of Cherry Tree Grove, says new residents are invited to a special welcoming morning tea where they are introduced to the residents on the Welcome Committee whose job it is to introduce the resident to village life.
This entails making sure they are invited to and attend both internal and external social events such as happy hour, snooker/darts nights, exercises classes and lectures. In addition the village manager welcomes them on day one and orientates them around the village. Once they are settled, the village manager again makes contact to ensure they are settling in okay and to answer any questions they may have.
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