Ingenia Wellbeing Program for Over 50s

It is common knowledge that paying closer attention to our health and wellbeing over the age of 50 becomes increasingly important to ensure an independent and active life.

However, a 2015 report compiled by The National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre found only a minority of senior Australians were meeting the recommended level of physical activity and as little as 38 percent of those over 65 were sufficiently active (participating in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical
activity per week).

Ingenia Communities has pioneered a ground breaking new program that puts its residents in the driver’s seat by providing tailored information, advice and care coordination to improve their health and wellbeing. We’ve called it Ingenia Wellbeing.

Ingenia Wellbeing is an initiative developed by General Manager Care Development, Janene Eagleton, joined by local health experts to deliver preventative programs tailored to the differing needs of women and men.

“The program is all about encouraging our residents to take charge of their lives and wellbeing through exercise, education and relationships and to maintain this control to live as independently as possible in the years ahead.

“Ingenia Wellbeing also arranges referrals to health, care and support services so that residents can get on with enjoying life and ticking off their bucket list,” Janene said.

The 8-week wellbeing program is available for a small weekly fee for Active Lifestyle Estates residents and prospective residents thinking of joining a community.

What’s it all about?
The program connects residents at any stage of life with relevant, knowledgeable professionals, offering a diverse range of services from personal care to physiotherapy, podiatry, technology experts and also important discussions on planning ahead.

“The community camaraderie in these wellbeing groups is really wonderful to experience – this is what living a full and independent life is all about,” Janene said.

Residents living in an active lifestyle community benefit from so much more as they are able to achieve individual goals or work together with the friends and neighbours on similar health and wellness preferences.

What does the program include?
The Active Lifestyle Estates Wellbeing program can be tailored accordingly to the variety of residents involved and touches on a broad range of topics.

The next Ingenia Wellbeing program in Queensland
Active Lifestyle Estates Chambers Pines commencing from 30 March. Active Lifestyle Estates Bethania commencing from 6 April. To register your interest or for more information on the 8-Week Ingenia Wellbeing Program please contact Janene on 0418 698 694. Participation fees are $10 / week.

Housing Affordability Not Just a Young Person’s Issue

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Housing affordability is generally considered a young person’s issue, where they face many restrictions entering the market, but it is also a major problem for those living on a low weekly income paying off an existing home.

The recent Productivity Commission report, Housing Decisions of Older Australians, recommends seniors unlock the equity tied up in their homes and use it to fund the next stage of their life and improve their well-being.

Senior living finance expert and author Rachel Lane said senior homeowners could move into more affordable accommodation and boost their cash reserves by tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars just by selling their home while prices are high.

“Households aged 65 to 74 years had on average $480,000 in home equity, which compared to the cost of a more affordable home in the vicinity of $200,000-$300,000, represents a significant gap of potential cash reserve.

“I would urge seniors to pay close attention to median house prices in their area and affordable housing price points to get a better sense of the type of cash reserves they might be able to access,” Ms Lane said.

According to Ms Lane, there is another great confusion amongst many people about the types of affordable housing available.

“Senior homeowners looking to downsize should not need to be competing in the private market against homeowners and investors, which is a common fear, as there are a variety of traditional and new home options to suit.

“Lifestyle-focused manufactured home estates, for example, are one of the newest catering to this specific market.

“While the homes on offer are of an increasingly high quality, the entry price point is kept low since residents lease, rather than own the land, with weekly fees in the $120-$160 range. This pricing model eliminates the need to pay stamp duty, entry and exit fees and in some cases, the resident is then eligible for rent assistance.

“One such operator – Active Lifestyle Estates – has 21 communities across New South Wales and Queensland and most recently expanded into Victoria,” Ms Lane said.

Owner and operator of Active Lifestyle Estates, Ingenia Communities, Chief Operating Officer Nikki Fisher said the new Victorian community comes at a time when many Australian seniors are grappling with the issue of housing affordability, as the majority of their wealth is tied up in their family home.

“Our new community in Lara, 20 minutes north of Geelong, is an innovative seniors lifestyle community offering affordable and flexible living options that appeals to many over 45s.

“There are brand new homes selling from just $175,000, which are priced at half of Lara’s median house price of $378,000 ,” Ms Fisher said.

Active Lifestyle Estates Lara boasts a state-of-the-art clubhouse that recently underwent $3.1 million worth of refurbishments, tennis court, fitness centre, spa, indoor heated swimming pool and bowling green.

The community is also in preparation for 160 affordable new homes, due to be built over a number of stages with the first of the new homes arriving mid-2016.

Logan Demand Grows For Affordable Over 50s Homes

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Strong interest in two Logan over 50s communities has signalled growing demand from locals looking to capitalise on increased median house prices and downsize to a more affordable option.

A total of 35 homes have sold in the Ingenia Communities-owned Active Lifestyle Estates Chambers Pines and Active Lifestyle Estates Bethania since launching their current stages to the market in late 2015.

Ingenia Communities, General Manager Sales, Kate Melrose said two recent open days attracted more than 200 open day attendees who were Logan locals looking for more than just a new home.

“The feedback from our open days was that locals were not only looking to downsize but to also improve their overall lifestyle,” Ms Melrose said.

“Our communities provide downsizers with greater control of their lives and an opportunity to enjoy a brand new home at the same time as having the freedom of more money in the bank.

“And if you need care and support in the future, we offer an innovative support program, Ingenia Wellbeing, that lets you live independently in your home longer.”

According to Ms Melrose, the Active Lifestyle Estates model is unique in that buyers purchase a new, architecturally-designed manufactured home and lease, rather than own, the land.

“The popularity of this model is its simplicity, ensuring a much more affordable entry price point and eliminating the need for residents to pay stamp duty or entry and exit fees, yet it still means the home owner keeps 100% of any capital gains if the home is sold,” Ms Melrose said.

“We believe our clients work hard for their money and should be able to retain the full value when they sell.”

Property research expert and Resolution Research Director Diana Howes said there was high demand for affordable homes in the Logan region, with a traditional house and land lot selling at premium prices.

“Housing demand throughout Logan City is currently escalating at unprecedented rates. This high level of demand is having an inflationary effect on housing values, with Logan City’s median house price recording the second highest rate of price growth over the past ten years throughout South East Queensland,” said Ms Howes.

“With the median house price now sitting at $385,000, and likely to continue to escalate over the coming years, opportunities for quality, affordable home purchases are now becoming limited.

“Taking into consideration the comparative affordability of Active Lifestyle Estates’ two Logan communities and market conditions, now may well be an opportune time to consider making the move into a low-maintenance, hassle-free retirement environment like that on offer.

“Bethania in Logan is a retirement hot spot with the proximity to Brisbane and Gold Coast making it a popular and affordable location and Active Lifestyle Estates Bethania sets a new benchmark of quality affordable seniors living with the estate’s quality home designs, internal landscaping and layout and community facilities unmatched throughout greater Logan.”

Visitors to two recent open days at the communities were impressed by the facilities, including Bethania’s resort-style clubhouse, the swimming pools and lawn bowls greens at each community, the general sense of comradery our current residents exude and the synergy they have created with the onsite management team.

Brand new homes are available from just $210,000 at Chambers Pines and $299,000 at Bethania, with a variety of floorplans available.

Active Lifestyle Estates Chambers Pines is located at 2 Koplick Road, Chambers Flat. More information is available at www.liveinlogan.com.au

Active Lifestyle Estates Bethania is located at 41 Radke Road, Bethania. More information is available at www.liveinbethania.com.au

Property Hot Spot in Logan’s Bethania

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Strong interest in Logan over 50s communities has signalled growing demand from locals looking to capitalise on increased median house prices and downsize to a more affordable option.

Property research expert and Resolution Research Director Diana Howes said there was high demand for more affordable homes in the Logan region, as traditional house and land lots are selling at premium prices.

“With the median house price now sitting at $385,000, and likely to continue to escalate over the coming years, opportunities for quality, affordable home purchases are now becoming limited.

“Purchasing a home in Active Lifestyle Estates Bethania, selling from just $299,000, are a response to the undersupply of quality, affordable accommodation in Logan.

“Bethania in Logan is a retirement hot spot with the proximity to Brisbane and Gold Coast making it a popular and affordable location.

“Bethania is a peninsular suburb with one road in and one road out making it a unique location and ensuring land supply is finite,” Ms Howes said.

Housing demand throughout Logan City is currently escalating at unprecedented rates. This high level of demand is having an inflationary effect on housing values, with Logan City’s median house price recording the second highest rate of price growth over the past ten years throughout South East Queensland.

“Taking into consideration the comparative affordability of Active Lifestyle Estates Bethania and market conditions, now may well be an opportune time to consider making the move into a low-maintenance, hassle-free retirement environment like that on offer in Active Lifestyle Estates Bethania.”

“Importantly, when a market is demonstrating a lift in median values often this translates into a solid opportunity to sell out of the family home and realise equity to fund retirement,” explains Ms Howes.

Active Lifestyle Estates Bethania sets a new benchmark of quality affordable retirement living with the estate’s quality home designs, internal landscaping and layout and community facilities unmatched throughout greater Logan.

“The quality of housing at Active Lifestyle Estates Bethania is very well designed and one of the most innovative communities.

“If there ever was a time to consider downsizing and moving into Bethania, now is the time to take advantage of the equity in your home, live in a more affordable home and a quality location.

“Medium house prices are escalating rapidly and Active Lifestyle Estates Bethania is an excellent purchasing proposition.”

A total of nine homes were sold over two recent open days at Ingenia Communities-owned Active Lifestyle Estates Chambers Pines and Active Lifestyle Estates Bethania.

Brand new homes are available from just $210,000 at Chambers Pines and $299,000 at Bethania, with a variety of floorplans available.

The growing population in Logan has seen the local demand for affordable housing skyrocket, with estimates that more than a third of the Logan LGA population will be aged 50 or over by 2031.

Modern Community Centre Coming to Active Lifestyle Estates Albury

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We have commenced final preparations on Albury’s newest state-of-the-art modern community centre, ready for the Open Day on Saturday 30 April.

The brand new centre, which arrived on site earlier this month, is currently being fitted out with popular features and amenities and will be a great addition to the existing community facilities which include a vegetable garden, men’s shed and pool.

Current residents from Active Lifestyle Estates Albury were on hand to help accept delivery and inspect their new community centre which will significantly transform the lifestyle estate.

There was a buzz of excitement as they looked forward to using their new space by late April, additionally, they will enjoy the opportunity to share the centre with new residents and visitors.

The centre will provide all of the social activities for the Active Lifestyle Estates Albury residents as well as accommodate a variety of local meetings, events and social clubs for the community.

The centre has a commercial kitchen with large dining area, lounge with gas fire, reading library and computer room for IT lessons, consult room for visiting medical practitioners and a large alfresco deck with a BBQ that overlooks the pool.

Owner and operator of Active Lifestyle Estates, Ingenia Communities, Chief Operating Officer Nikki Fisher said the lifestyle community in the New South Wales regional city of Albury comes at a time when many Australian seniors are grappling with the issue of housing affordability, as the majority of their wealth is tied up in their family home.

“Our model is unique in that buyers purchase a new, architecturally designed manufactured home and lease, rather than own, the land which eliminates the need to pay stamp duty.

“This ensures a much more affordable entry price point and means new residents are often able to free up a substantial amount of equity raised in the sale of their previous home,” Ms Fisher said.

There are a variety of brand new home designs that will exceed the expectations of what locals currently have on offer.

New homes are available from $195,000 for 2 bedroom, or 3 bedroom floor plans from $240,000.

Megan Collins is available to conduct Open Homes every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11am to 12 noon or by appointment on 0459 955 122.

New Homes Selling at Half of Western Sydney Prices

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Senior living finance expert and author, Rachel Lane urges seniors to pay close attention to median house prices in their area and affordable housing price points to get a better sense of the type of cash reserves they might be able to access.

“Active Lifestyle Estates Stoney Creek in Marsden Park, is an innovative seniors lifestyle community offering affordable and flexible living options that appeals to many over 55s.

“There are brand new homes selling from just $300,000, which are priced at half of Windsor’s median house price of $598,000[1] and Blacktown ($661,000[2]),” Ms Lane said.

According to Ms Lane, there is another great confusion amongst many people about the types of affordable housing available.

“Senior homeowners looking to downsize needn’t be competing in the private market against homeowners and investors, which is a common fear, as there are a variety of traditional and new home options to suit.

“Lifestyle-focused manufactured home estates, for example, are one of the newest catering to this specific market.

“While the homes on offer are of an increasingly high quality, the entry price point is kept low since residents lease, rather than own the land, with weekly fees in the $120-$160 range. This pricing model eliminates the need to pay stamp duty, entry and exit fees and in some cases, the resident is then eligible for rent assistance.

For more information on Active Lifestyle Estates Stoney Creek visit www.liveinmarsdenpark.com.au

[1] Residex Suburb Report – Windsor 2756 NSW http://www.residex.com.au/free-report

[2] Residex Suburb Report – Blacktown 2148 NSW http://www.residex.com.au/free-report

Demand Grows For Over 45s Affordable Homes in Victoria

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Early interest in Active Lifestyle Estates Lara, has signalled growing demand from locals looking to capitalise on increased median house prices in the area and downsize to a more affordable option.

A number of deposits were made on brand new homes at the recent open day weekend in February.

Project Sales Manager, Dianna McGrath, said the majority of open day attendees were Geelong locals looking for more than just a new home.

“The feedback from our open day was that locals were not only looking to downsize but to also improve their overall lifestyle.”

“With more than sixty homes already sold in the community’s first two stages, we have fielded exceptional levels of enquiries ahead of our next stages and coming display village.

“Visitors were impressed by our newly refurbished community facilities, such as our clubhouse and entertainment areas, as well as the sense of comradery our current residents exude,” Dianna said.

From mid-2016, a range of new home designs and floor plans will be introduced, with 160 new homes due to be built over a number of stages.

Brand new homes are available from just $175,000 (with exit fee), or alternatively, from $189,000 (with no exit fee). These homes are less than half of Lara’s current median house price of $378,000 and well below Geelong’s current median house price of $632,000.
To book a tour and inspect please call Dianna or Kerrie on 03 5282 6859 or visit www.liveinlara.com.au

New Lifestyle Options Becoming The Popular Choice

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Making the switch from a large family home to a socially active community offers greater independence and peace-of-mind for senior Australians.

Living in a lifestyle community, one especially designed for the young senior generation, has proven to increase the well-being of residents as they have the chance to free up capital and time by downsizing their home and living in more quality accommodation.

Active Lifestyle Estates Chambers Pines Village Manager, Ian Thompson, says there is a growing popularity of over-55s lifestyle resorts in Queensland.

“One of the attractions of being in a village is the diversity and listening to the life stories.

“I see residents at my village as history builders of the past century, and it’s amazing who you come across and what they have done in their lives. You just go ‘wow’,” he said.

Ian says it’s exciting to be part of the development pipeline, and the growth of the industry.

“There are something like 30 million Americans living in these style of lifestyle estates. It’s quite a big industry, driven by people living longer and working longer. People are starting to value lifestyle,” Ian said.

Ingenia Communities has plans for more than 200 new manufactured homes in the Logan region over the coming years, subject to council approval, at Chambers Pines and Bethania.

Call Sharon Manson on 0448 165 524

How to be Social Media Savvy

With families increasingly spread across the country – or the world – social media can be a fantastic way to keep in touch.

For all the benefits of using social media however, it’s important to also know the risks. Like any public forum where you are sharing information with a mass audience, it’s critical to be mindful of who might have access to your activities and protect yourself appropriately.

To help keep yourself safe, here are three things to keep in mind next time you indulge in some social networking.

1. Know that social media is never private
Although your social media accounts may be set to private, this isn’t always a foolproof method to keep your information safe. The lesson here is simply to be mindful of all information you share, particularly photographs or personal contact details.

2. Make sure your location is under wraps
Many social media tools like Facebook and Instagram allow the user to ‘check in’ to various locations and see where their friends have been. From popular tourist attractions to favourite restaurants, this can be a very popular feature for those wanting to share their experiences with their friends. With this in mind, be careful about ‘checking in’ at common locations or when you are away on holiday to avoid people knowing your home is currently empty!

3. Be mindful of fake promotions
Every now and then you might see a post in your newsfeed offering a deal or competition which seems too good to be true. While many brands do run legitimate competitions on social media, it’s a good idea to check which page is running the promotion before you do enter, and check certain tell-tale signs that it might be a fake. Other red flags that might indicate a fake promotion include incorrect spelling or being asked to provide bank or credit card details. Keep an eye on The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s Scamwatch website for the latest scams doing the rounds.

What is Active Senior Living?

After winding down their work commitments, most senior Australians are making quite a number of decisions to transition themselves into their next life stage.

With the majority of us in good health and living longer, “Active Ageing” presents greater opportunities to keep participating in the community for longer while looking forward to a more engaged senior lifestyle.

One major decision Active Lifestyle Estates residents are making is to downsize to a more sustainable housing solution where active seniors can free up the money that was tied up in a big home they no longer needed and make plans for an exciting and fun-filled life.

Who are active seniors?

– Active seniors normally fit in the 50 – 85 age bracket and are able to live independently and make important decisions about their future
– Unless essential, active seniors do not require an aged care facility with round-theclock medical staff and catering services
– Australia’s active seniors find the perfect way to keep a social circle around them is by living in an active lifestyle estate
– Active seniors require flexible living options with minimal upkeep, leaving more time to enjoy life and less time worrying about maintenance or mounting bills
– After freeing up equity from their home, active seniors can make travel plans to do that round-trip of Australia or head overseas. Others are starting a new hobby or ticking something off their bucket list
– They value security, safety, and access to nearby services as well as being part of a community of like-minded friends.