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OUR SENSATIONAL SENIORS… Local residents, Terry and Julie Huddleston. Photo: David Lee.

Looking after your eye health. Pg 16

Our wonderfully ageing resources. Pg 26

Physical activity guidelines for older adults. Pg 27

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Looking after your eye health BECAUSE our eyesight changes as we get older, many of us will need to wear glasses or contact lenses as we age. Here are some tips to help keep your vision clear. HAVE REGULAR EYE TESTS An eye test is not just good for checking whether your glasses are up to date. It’s also a vital check on the health of your eyes. An eye test can pick up eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts, as well as general health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Good eyesight is important in reducing accidental injuries from falls and motor vehicle accidents.

WEAR THE RIGHT LENSES It’s important to wear the correct prescription lenses. This will improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of accidents such as falls. HOW TO KEEP YOUR EYES HEALTHY... As well as having regular eye tests and wearing the correct glasses, you can do several things to keep your eyes as healthy as possible:

in your home by keeping windows clean and curtains pulled back. Make sure you have good electric lighting too, especially at the top and bottom of stairs so you can see the steps clearly. For reading or close work, use a direct light from a flexible table lamp, positioned so the light is not reflected by the page and causing glare.

EAT WELL Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for your eyes. Eating plenty of vegetables and fruit will benefit your overall health and may help protect against some conditions such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. WEAR SUNGLASSES Strong sunlight can damage your eyes and may increase your risk of cataracts. Wear sunglasses or contact lenses with a built-in UV filter to protect your eyes from harmful rays. USE GOOD LIGHTING To see well, your eyes need three times as much light when you’re 60 as they did when you were 20. Increase the daylight

EXERCISE Good circulation and oxygen intake are important for our eye health. Both of these are stimulated by regular exercise. SLEEP WELL As you sleep, your eyes are continuously lubricated and irritants, such as dust or smoke that may have accumulated during the day are cleared out.

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Doctor house calls a success across the region AFTER the launch of the new National Home Doctor Service in Shepparton two years ago, manager of the Shepparton service, Peter Wyman says the after-hours medical care service has been a great success. The service has been operating seven days a week, from 6pm Monday to Friday, with bookings able to be made from 4pm weekdays. Bookings can be taken from 10am(visits start at 12 noon) on Saturdays and can be made all day on Sundays and public holidays and all visits are bulk-billed for anyone with a Medicare card. Bookings can be made by phoning 13 SICK (13 74 25). The service’s doctors carry a range of starter packs of common medications, including antibiotics, although no drugs of dependence are carried and a report of the visit will be provided to the patient’s GP early the following day to ensure continuity of care and follow through on treatment if necessary. With more than 10 years’ experience in the industry, recruiting and organising training for Doctors within the Goulburn Valley, Peter said, “After-hours home visits are a great option for anyone who needs to see a doctor when their GP is closed or

unavailable, if the patient’s condition is not serious enough to need to go to the emergency department, the service is particularly valuable for older people and parents with children who may find it difficult to go out at night. We also visit Aged Care Facilities and Residential Units within Aged Care Facilities. “One of the main objectives of the service is to provide the community with a flexible, convenient option to after-hours medical assistance, whilst also assisting to relieve some of the pressure on our hospital emergency department and ambulance services, who under less pressure, should be able to focus more on emergency cases and reduce patient waiting times. “Just a reminder that at the time of booking, patients should have their Medicare card details on hand. “We are pleased with the success of the service in the Shepparton area and we are looking forward to seeing its continued success.” For more information, visit www. homedoctor.com.au, contact Peter Wyman peter.wyman@homedoctor.com.au or phone 0417119712

AT HOME MEDICAL ACCESS… Shepparton, Kialla and Mooroopna residents have been able to access medical care after hours at their home, after the success of the National Home Doctor Service in Shepparton. From left, Rebecca Seadon, Ruby McConkey and Peter McConkey from Shepparton. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

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Improving your quality of life at home S AS YOU age, living independently in the comfort of your own home can become increasingly difficult, however home is where you want to be. Being in a familiar space is important and often brings comfort and reassurance, which improves your quality of life. The Federal Government recognises this and has subsidised funding to help seniors stay in their own homes for longer. VincentCare’s Hume Community Hub manager, Greg Laidlaw said, “A home care package is a selection of care services chosen by clients to make living at home easier. There’s a wide variety of assistance available and clients have the choice and flexibility in the way that care and support is provided in their own homes. From personal care including meal preparation, showering and dressing to support services such as laundry, cleaning, gardening and basic home maintenance to name a few, VincentCare’s Home Care Packages will meet your needs.” Clients now have the flexibility to choose their own provider. Greg said, “To get the process started, you will need to be allocated a home care package by ‘My Aged Care’ (MAC) if you are unsure of your eligibility you can contact My Aged Care to confirm your eligibility on 1800 200 422. If you are deemed eligible, you will be given a list of providers in your area. “I personally would like to invite seniors and family members to come and have a talk to us about the advantages of choosing to use VincentCare to deliver your home care package. We service near and far and are more than happy to talk to you about your needs.” If you would like to discuss how we can help you, please call VincentCare directly on 5821 9458.

THE PERSONALISED CARE THAT YOU DESERVE… Elderly people are now able to choose their own Home Care Package provider and VincentCare is keen to discuss your needs. From left, VincentCare Home Care Package support worker, Allyson Yenko and Hume Community Hub manager, Greg Laidlaw. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

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Accommodating our increasing proportion of aged Australians ACCORDING to the Australian Health Survey from 2014, older people account for an increasing share of the population. Fifteen percent of Australians were aged 65 and over in 2014, there has been a ninefold increase in the number of people aged 85 and over, up to 456,600 or 1.9 percent of the population in 2014. W it h a n i nc re a s e i n t he a gei n g population, the need for independent living, retirement apartments and home and residential aged care facilities has also increased. Roya l Freemason’s ch ief ser v ice s officer, Danielle Carey-Monro said, “With the understanding that people in the community wish to stay independent and at home for as long as possible, Royal Freemason’s provides f lexible options for ageing in place, or what they term a continuum of care; this includes independent living units and premium retirement apartments, home care and residential aged care. We are able to provide service and accommodation as people transition through the ageing process.”

Operating in the state of Victoria, Royal Freemasons is a not-for-profit, non-faith based organisation that provides care and accommodation services to elder persons in the community over the age of 55 years (retirement living) and 65 years for home and residential care. Danielle said, “Our independent living units, specifically in Mooroopna are for full and pensioners and self-funded retirees, singles or couples. All provide ground level units, for ease of access (no stairs), most of our units are two bedroom with undercover carports. All well located within easy walking distance to local shopping and community amenities. Living in our independent living units, Royal Freemasons oversee all home repairs and maintenance and gardening, making it easy for residents to lock up and head north in the winter.” For more information, visit Royal Freemasons at www.royalfreemasons.org. au to arrange a visit to 45 McKean Street, Mooroopna or call 1300 176 925.

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PERFECTLY POSITIONED FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING… Royal Freemasons independent living is situated close to local shopping and community amenities. Photo: Supplied.


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Respect between generations THERE are many examples daily of Shepparton Villages partnering with the community. But few are as heart warming as the growing bonds between students at Berry Street School and the residents of Shepparton Villages. “Interaction with and in the community is so important. We love having young people visit us here, but we also enjoy forming long lasting connections that enable our residents to get out and about in the community,” Shepparton Villages CEO, Kerri Rivett said. “The Berry Street partnership is one that is delivering some wonderful moments, great friendships and social interactions – that’s what life is all about.” The Berry Street School is a specialist independent secondary school providing a trauma-informed education model, with approximately 34 students enrolled. Students visit each week and spend one on one time with an appointed resident and the magic that unfolds in that visit is bringing a lot of smiles to a lot of faces. There’ve been some hotly contested hands of 500 being played, with young students learning the finer points from the old hands. There’s laughter, quiet chat and even some beauty sessions as the students and residents have quickly got to know each other. Some residents have also visited the school to assist with woodwork classes and art.

THE SHARING BOND BETWEEN THE OLD AND THE YOUNG… Berry Street student, Seth Watson and teacher, Sarah Blake spend some quality time with Shepparton Villages resident Bill Robinson. Photo: Supplied.

“Students thoroughly enjoy their weekly visits which is helping to build their confidence and communication skills,” Berry Street Senior Manager of Education Lori Hodgson said. Diversional Therapist at Acacia House, Marg Tenace

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said the students are an absolute delight and have just been marvellous. “They are so respectful and the residents jump out of bed of a Tuesday as they know their student is visiting. It is beautiful to watch,” she said.


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TAX RETURNS FOR SENIORS JUST $65… Passionate about providing sensible and affordable tax returns, AHA Services business owner, Salvatore Pennisi hits the mark. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

Seniors save on their tax return By Nicholise Garner TAX time doesn’t have to be hard. With over 10 years in the business, AHA Services, business owner, Salvatore Pennisi has developed a strong team of professionals with a no-nonsense attitude in the face of tax. Salvatore is passionate about providing quick and affordable tax returns for individuals and businesses. Salvatore said, “We want our customers to succeed and we

don’t want to waste anyone’s time or money. Our service is all about helping businesses to grow and simplifying finances. We have a fantastic customer base and we make ourselves as affordable and accessible to our clients as possible.” AHA Services has a special offer for seniors with tax returns costing just $65! Salvatore said, “We have the highest respect for our clients and want to work to make tax returns affordable. Our

expertise enables us to work efficiently and effectively and we’re also very confident that our prices and our work will keep clients coming back. For businesses who bring in their last tax bill, AHA is so confident in their price and service that they will take 20 percent off the price of your last accountant’s tax bill. Call AHA Services on 5858 4687 or drop in to see them at 314 Wyndham Street, Shepparton.

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ALL THE ADVICE YOU NEED… RI Advice Shepparton proprietor, Sandy Miller, client service officer, Lee Simpson, financial adviser, Chenara Newbegin, paraplanner, Nick Barzen and paraplanner, Joe Bourke. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

OFTEN people think about money in relation to current wants and needs but it is incredibly important for people to have a realistic look at how their finances will take them into the future. Have you made a financial plan for your retirement? RI Advice Group proprietor and senior adviser, Sandra Miller said, “As a financial adviser, I’m often talking to people about their goals for the future and in many cases they have an idea of where they want to end up but they’re just not sure how they’re going to get there, or if it’s even possible in

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their circumstances. Helping people achieve their goals is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. “Recently I have been implementing a fantastic new online tool in my business

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that can produce a personalised ‘Wealth Repor t ’ i n a rou nd 15 m i nute s. By answering a few simple questions about yourself and your finances, you can end up with a single report that consolidates your

individual financial information, which means you no longer have to guess about how you’re travelling financially.” For a limited time, RI Advice is offering the opportunity to run your own Wealth Report for free online, from your own home. If you’re interested in trying it out, or you have a friend or family member who might be, call Sandra at RI Advice on 5831 2833 or visit RI Advice at 630a Wyndham Street, Shepparton.


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STYLE UP WITH A GORGEOUS SCARF FOR FREE… From left, AHS Tatura Pharmacy pharmacy assistants, Joanne Clarke, Tracy Lowry and Gail Wootton are some of the friendly faces you’ll see at AHS Tatura Pharmacy. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

Bonuses that come with age SOM E businesses are really good at catering to their customer’s needs and this is very true of AHS Tatura Pharmacy, especially when it comes to looking after their seniors. A H S Tat u ra Ph a r m ac y ph a r m ac y

assistant, Tracy Lowry said, “We’ve currently got a winter warmer special on. Seniors who spend $15 or more in-store (excluding prescriptions) will receive a gorgeous free scarf for themselves or to use as a gift. We also offer a regular 10 percent

One-off payment for Murray pensioners P E N S I O N E R S a c ro s s t h e M u r r ay electorate are amongst 3.8 million people nationally who have just benefited from a one-off payment of up to $75 to help with energy costs. Federal Member for Murray, Damian D r u m s a id t he E ner g y A s si s t a nc e Payment has been paid to people on the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Parenting Payment Single, as well as Veterans and their partners who receive the Service Pension, Income Support Supplement and relevant compensation payments. 35,813 people across the electorate have benefited from the payment. The one-off payment is $75 for singles

discount (excluding prescriptions) to our seniors each Wednesday.” Speak to the pharmacist at AHS Tatura Pharmacy about the free Meds Checks they have available in store. Tracy said, “Our hearing tests are popular also and will start up again in October so book in your free hearing check.” Drop into AHS Tatura Pharmacy and seniors can pick up a free scarf when they

spend $15 or more in the front of the store, and with so much lovely stock to choose from, you’re sure to find something you need. Talk to the staff there about booking your free meds check, join their senior’s loyalty program or book in for your free hearing test at 151 Hogan Street, Tatura. Call 5824 10 43 or follow them on Facebook.

and $62.50 for each pensioner in a couple and has been paid over the past two weeks. “This payment will not be taxed, will not be treated as income for tax purposes and does not count as income for social security purposes,” Mr Drum said. Part-pensioners who no longer receive the Part-Pension due to the recent changes will get their Pensioner Concession Card reinstated; this will be automatically processed in October this year. “The Pensioner Concession Card allows people to access a range of benefits from state government, local government and private businesses. The reinstatement of this card will support in their day-to-day living costs,” Mr Drum said.

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Our wonderfully ageing resources By Nicholise Garner IF the sheer beauty of the human body reflected our knowledge and experience, we would see a very different image of our elderly society. A community of athletes and goddesses. The reality is that a frail body does not mean a frail mind, but

rather, the opposite. A mind rich with experience, knowledge and memories, understanding and empathy. How sad it is that in this modern age, the elderly are often underestimated. Kialla Medical Clinic doctor, Dr John Mackellar said, “I find it interesting to note that if one should Google ‘services by the aged,’ the search engine provides 110,000 references to ‘services for the aged,’ sadly our fast-paced world seem to have written off the enormous resources of senior citizens.” With this ever-changing world, the undeniable benefit of senior’s wisdom, guidance and experience, deserves to be highlighted and acknowledged. What an enormous reserve of talent we have in our aged population; and what an enormous need our society has for those talents. Tech savvy elders of our society have the vantage position of understanding our world in context, with background knowledge for some ranging from the early 1900’s, now accompanied by current and frequent, regular use of the internet, with news and information of the minute on hand.

MATURITY AND WISDOM GO HAND IN HAND… Kialla Medical Clinic and Mooroopna Medical Centre’s Dr John Mackellar and Dr David Ball have a special interest in aged care. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

Dr John Mackellar and Dr David Ball, along with the practice doctors, have a special interest in aged care and invites clients to visit the practice for their medical needs. Talk to the team at Kialla Medical Clinic about flu and shingles vaccinations

Funding applications open for Veterans’ Health Week COMMUNITY groups and ex-service organisations are being encouraged to apply for funding to support local events organised for this year’s Veterans’ Health Week (VHW). VHW will run from Saturday, October 21, to Sunday, October 29 with the theme of ‘physical activity.’ Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan said ex-service organisations (ESOs) and community groups with a link to the veteran community were eligible to apply for VHW funding for activities relevant to this year’s theme. “We should all be trying to lead a fitter and healthier life, and VHW is a fantastic opportunity to honour the service and sacrifice of the men and women who serve

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or any of your medical needs. Visit Kialla Medical Clinic at Shop 21d, Riverside Plaza, Kialla or phone 5823 5446, and visit Mooroopna Medical Centre, 87 McLennan Street, Mooroopna, or phone 5825 2755.

in defence of the nation while promoting healthy living,” Mr Tehan said. “ We a re encou rag i ng E S O s a nd community groups to organise events that encourage healthy, active and engaged communities to support current and former ADF personnel and their families. “VHW events will help connect veterans with their local communities and should be a lot of fun for everyone,” Mr Tehan said. The VHW funding application form, information kit, resource guide and other documentation to assist activity organisers are available on the DVA www.dva.gov.au/ veterans-health-week Applications for funding close on Monday, July 31, 2017.


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Physical activity guidelines for older adults

HOW much physical activity do older adults aged 65 and over need to do to keep healthy? The amount of physical activity you need to do each week depends on your age and level of health. To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity. Older adults aged 65 or older, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, should try to be active daily. It’s recommended that adults aged 65 or older do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensit y physical activit y on most, preferably all, days. Some activity, however light, is better for your health than none at all - you should aim to do something, no matter what your age, weight, health problems or abilities. You should aim to active every day in as many ways as possible, doing a range of physical activities that incorporate fitness, strength, balance and flexibility.

MODERATE-INTENSITY AEROBIC ACTIVITY • Walking fast • Doing water aerobics • Ballroom and line dancing • Riding a bike on level ground or with a few hills • Playing doubles tennis • Pushing a lawn mower • Canoeing • Volleyball

IMPORTANT FOR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE… Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Even walking for 30 minutes can do you good. Photo: Supplied.

Be sure to take advantage of free bowel screening program THE National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) invites eligible people aged 50 to 74 to screen for bowel cancer using a free, simple test at home. Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. Around one in 23 Australians will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime. The N BCSP aims to continue to reduce deaths from bowel cancer through early detection of the disease. For further information, or to arrange for your test to be sent out, call 1800 118 868.

MUSCLE-STRENGTHENING ACTIVITY • Carrying or moving heavy loads such as groceries • Activities that involve stepping and jumping such as dancing • Heavy gardening, such as digging or shovelling • Exercises that use your body weight for resistance, such as push-ups or sit-ups • Yoga • Lifting weights

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A BALANCED DIET… As you age, it is important to ensure you have a healthy diet. Photo: Supplied.

Healthy eating for over 60s YOUR body changes as you get older, but a balanced diet will help you stay healthy. Here’s what to eat and how to keep healthy as you get older. Whatever your age, it’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet. This means you should try to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, some bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods – choose wholegrain varieties if you can, some milk and dairy foods, some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein – try to eat at least two portions of fish a week, including a portion of oily fish and just a small amount of foods and drinks that are high in fat or sugar. STARCH AND FIBRE-RICH FOODS Eating foods containing fibre could be good for your digestion. Constipation tends to become more of a nuisance as you get older, but fibre-rich foods can prevent constipation and other digestive problems. Using raw bran as wheat bran in cereal can reduce the absorption of calcium in foods such as dairy or when you take a calcium containing medication if taken at the same time. This may be an issue in managing healthy bones. IRON-RICH FOODS Iron is important for our general health. A lack of iron can make us feel as though we have no energy, so include Page 28 – The Adviser. Australia No. 1:1362 Wednesday, July 12, 2017

some iron-rich foods in your diet. The best source of iron is lean red meat. The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend older men over 51 should eat 2 ½ serves and women over 51 should eat 2 serves of protein a day. A serve is 65g of cooked lean red meat such as beef, lamb, veal, pork, goat or kangaroo (about 90-100g raw). Iron is also found in legumes (such as peas, beans and lentils), oily fish such as sardines, eggs, bread, green vegetables and breakfast cereals with added vitamins. CALCIUM-RICH FOODS Eating calcium-rich foods can help you avoid osteoporosis. Good sources include dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt. Calcium is also found in canned fish with bones such as sardines, green leafy vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage (but not spinach), soya beans and tofu. LESS SALT Too much salt can raise your blood pressure, which puts you at increased risk of health problems such as heart disease or a stroke. VITAMIN A Having too much vitamin A (more than 1.5mg of vitamin A a day from food and supplements) might increase your risk of bone fracture.


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Stay safe and warm during the cold weather WITH the bitterly cold weather clearly upon us carers for the elderly, their friends and family members, and the elderly themselves are being urged to take the time to make sure the aged population is safe and warm. KEEPING WARM: • Wear several thin layers of clothes, instead of one thick layer. The warmth from your body is trapped in air pockets formed between each layer. • Keep a throw or blanket handy to cover your feet or shoulders. A fleece material is particularly effective as it is incredibly warm but lightweight and less bulky than other materials. • Wear fleece slippers around the house to keep your feet warm. • If you can’t heat all your rooms, make sure you keep your living room warm and heat your bedroom before going to bed. • Close curtains to keep draughts out and keep doors closed between each room.

• Eat at least one hot meal a day. Soup is warming, extremely nutritious and inexpensive to make. • If you are cold at night try sleeping in socks, go to bed with a hot water bottle and keep a flask with a hot drink beside the bed. • If you are heading outside wrap up warm, with special attention to your head, fingers and mouth. • Be sure to keep in contact with friends and family, whether it’s a phone call or popping round. PREVENTING FALLS: • Take a couple of minutes each day to stretch your limbs to loosen muscles. • Stay inside – make arrangements for someone to shovel and salt your driveways and walkways nearby. • Wear shoes or boots with a non-skid sole. • Have handrails installed on outside walls for frequently used walkways. • If you use a cane or walker, check the rubber tips to make sure they are not worn smooth.

TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER… The cold weather is upon us so it is important to take care of each other, especially the elderly. Photo: Supplied.

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Renting in retirement IN RECENT weeks, a joint investigation by the ABC’s Four Corners and Fairfax Media revealed the widespread exploitation of elderly in buy-in retirement villages. The investigation exposed that residents were required to sign complex contracts which often involved the need for legal and financial advice, put forward capital worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and pay exorbitant ongoing maintenance fees. Worst of all, residents were hit with a crippling exit fee sometimes costing up to 40% of their original investment. The revelation of this systematic exploitation has put the buy-in retirement industry under the spotlight and has forced seniors to consider other options. A popular alternative which is growing significantly is rental retirement villages. Renting in retirement works the same way as any normal rental. It does not require any capital buy-in, meaning it is available to all seniors. There are also no entry fees, only a standard one-off tenancy bond which is fully refundable upon your exit. With the added bonus of no ongoing management fees and no exit fees, it is one of the most affordable options available to seniors today. Best of all, it is administered by the official tenancy authority in the state you reside meaning your rights as a tenant are protected. Rebecca H ill is the village manager at one of Shepparton’s only rental retirement villages Eureka Shepparton Gardens, who says there is an increasing number of seniors choosing to rent in retirement. “We

BEAUTIFUL GARDENS, AN ENGAGED COMMUNITY… Eureka Shepparton Gardens on-site manager, Rebecca Hill and resident, Eddie Kirk enjoying some sunshine. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

have found that many seniors are looking for an affordable housing option that offers security, flexibility and convenience. At Eureka Shepparton Gardens we provide a safe and secure community with spacious and private units available for rent at price that is affordable for a resident on the age pension.’ Renting in a retirement village doesn’t compromise

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quality of living and the services available. Rebecca says her village provides fresh home-style meals every day in the community dining room, regular social activities for residents to enjoy, is pet-friendly, and offers the comfort of living in a welcoming and supportive community. Visit Eureka Shepparton Gardens at 60 Poplar Avenue, Shepparton or call them on 1800 356 818.

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