The Benefits of Retirement Living

Retirement villages have experienced ever-increasing popularity over the past few years. People are living longer and retiring later in life so when they do, a retirement village can be very appealing. Places like Cumberland View are becoming more like self-contained communities with a variety of services and activities available for our retirees, allowing more independence for longer. Retirement living takes on a new meaning here. Cumberland View is one of Melbourne’s most popular villages. Set on thirty-four acres, there are beautiful gardens and lush walking paths and outdoor areas at every turn. We have a range of accommodations available to suit all variety of needs. We have dedicated staff that live onsite meaning assistance is only a short distance away. You and your loved one can move in here and socialise with other retirees. You can live entirely independently, and still have the peace of mind knowing that help is so close. Retirement living really takes on another meaning here. 

Factors to Consider For Retirement Living

When your nest is empty, and you have finally finished working, downsizing your home can be a consideration for many. A smaller house is easier to look after, allowing you more freedom to enjoy your retirement. However, you do need to take some factors into consideration before deciding where to move. The location is essential. Are friends and family still close by for visits? If you are no longer able to drive, is there access to transport so you can get around and how far away are the places you like to go? Your beloved pet is welcome to join you here at Cumberland View, however, some villages do not allow your pet to come along.  Do your research on costs as well. You want to avoid introducing financial stress now that you have finished working. Consider the fees of the apartment that is most suited to you and any additional costs for activities you are interested in, and general living expenses. After all, this is your new home, and just like buying a house, it is vital not to make a hasty decision. You want somewhere that is perfect for the lifestyle you want. Retirement living is about enjoying your time, being happy in your surroundings, and feeling secure in your choice. You can decide to continue living as you were before or relax and treat retirement like a holiday. Take a good look at your desired lifestyle, your financial situation, and your needs and wants. There are many options for you to choose from to make this next stage of your life perfect.

Connection With Others

We are genuinely proud of the community we have created here at Cumberland View. If you love connecting with others and making lasting friendships, we are sure you will love it here. We often organize social events but we also have many facilities for you to create your own socialisation opportunities. Loneliness can creep in during retirement but you will never be short of things to do at Cumberland View. We have a billiards room or a green for bowling or croquet. Our pool is heated, with plenty of space to laze around. If you prefer to keep your hands busy, we have a woodworking shed available. Our community hall has a baby grand piano for the music-lovers, and you can even organize your own event there. Spend some time outside in the gardens, create a veggie patch, or grow some beautiful flowers. Invite your neighbours down to the coffee shop and enjoy a cuppa and a laugh. If you do need to get out and about, we have the village bus to take you out for the day. You may have moved into retirement living but you are certainly not alone here.


Art Exhibition Extravaganza

The Village has recently held an Art Exhibition! All these spectacular pieces were created by our very own residents. On the night, guests were able to purchase a masterpiece and take it home with them. All proceeds were donated to Prostate Cancer Research.

There was a surprise visit from Cumberland View Aged Care who displayed their fantastic cards created from their ‘artists in residence’ program.

A big thank you to our residents for their artwork, our art group who organised the event, the residents and staff who were involved in making this a special night. We would like to thank all our guests who attended our event.

We can’t wait for our 2020 art exhibition!

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Uber Taxi Service – A Cheaper Way To Travel!

What is Uber?

Uber has fast become a popular and cheaper alternative to the traditional taxi service. The following is a guide to help you decide whether this service is suitable for your transportation needs to and from the Village.

Uber connects passengers with a reliable ride within minutes through technology. The driver knows exactly where to go and payment is cashless. It is now operating in over 66 countries.

What are the differences between Uber and taxi services?

1. Uber drivers use their own personal cars, which are normally no older than 10 years.

2. Uber drivers do not need taxi licenses, they are ordinary people accredited by Uber and rated by customers for satisfaction.

3. You will know the driver’s details before the trip and can communicate this and your travel plans to family and friends.

4. Often drivers will provide free bottles of water or sweets as a way of providing a superior service.

How safe is Uber?

1. Uber gives you the ability to send your family and friends a location map highlighting your route and estimated time of arrival.

2. Uber provides a door-to-door service, which means staying safe and comfortable at home until your driver arrives.

3. As a credit card must be registered, payments are made automatically at the conclusion of a trip, which means a cashless transaction.

4. You know the driver’s name, number plate, photo, and customer satisfaction rating ahead of the trip.

5. There is 24/7 support for questions and concerns.

How does it work?

You will initially need to create an account via the free smartphone app or the Uber website. Credit cards details are required (taken automatically at the conclusion of the trip). You can then use the website or phone application to obtain a cost estimate and submit a trip request. This will automatically be sent to the nearest driver. The driver will come directly to your home and take you to your required location.

If you are unsure if this type of service is for you or if you feel this type of technology is a little daunting, speak to family members or someone who has experienced the service and can assist with creating an account.

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Artists in Residence

We had some beautiful cards printed using the magnificent paintings and artwork created by our residents at Cumberland View Aged Care. The artists behind these masterpieces reside within our Bellenden Wing, specifically for dementia care.

These cards are selling for $10 for a pack of 5 and all proceed will go towards purchasing new art supplies. Please contact Cumberland View Aged Care if you would like to purchase a pack.

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10 Top Foods to Help Prevent Dementia

Did you know that there are certain foods that you can eat that could help you fight the onset of dementia?

There is a scientific diet that claims to help prevent dementia and the loss of brain function as we age. This diet is called the MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet.

Here is a list of the top 10 foods that this diet suggests for you to include in your diet:

• Green, leafy vegetables. This includes kale, spinach, cooked greens and salads.

• All other vegetables. The best types of vegetables are the ones with less starch because they have a lot of nutrients with a low number of calories.

• Berries such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries because they are rich in antioxidants

• Nuts

• Olive oil. You can use olive oil as your main cooking oil.

• Whole grains, like oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta and 100% whole-wheat bread.

• Fish. Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, trout, tuna and mackerel are great options as they have high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.

• Beans, including lentils and soybeans.

• Poultry including lean chicken and turkey

• Wine (in moderation). Both red and white wine may benefit the brain.

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Biggest Morning Tea

Cumberland View Retirement Village and Aged Care have both held a morning tea for ‘Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea’ on the 23rd of May. This worthy cause helps raise funds and awareness for the Cancer Council.

The Village held their morning tea in their Concert Hall. The hall was adorned in yellow and blue with an array of yummy sweets, tasty savouries and lots of tea and coffee!

The aged care celebrated in style with all residents getting together for delicious cupcakes that looked too good to eat. Yum!

It was fantastic to see everyone coming together, digging deep and donating to help fun the Cancer Council’s lifesaving research, prevention, support programs and information for all those that are affected by cancer.

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Bellenden Artists in the House

Cumberland View Aged Care – Whalley Drive has a fantastic new program called Artists in the House. Every Wednesday morning, staff member Anne takes our Bellenden residents through a therapeutic art journey. Our Bellenden wing is dedicated specifically to dementia care.

Through this activity, residents can create artwork that connects them to certain memories. This allows them to express themselves on paper. These artworks allow us to see their individuality and creativity shine through.

Art Therapy provides fantastic benefits such as aiding in relaxation, anxiety and depression, improving social communications, increases creativity and cognition and improves sensory stimulation!

Our residents look forward to Wednesday mornings!

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Horsing around!

Cumberland View Aged Care have had a recent visit from Le Pine’s horses. These horses are sometimes used as part of their service packages.

The beautiful horses graced the front entrance of the home with their long manes and tails that mesmerised the residents as they floated effortless in the wind. Residents simply couldn’t resist going in for a pat and cuddle.

There was an opportunity for everyone to have a picture taken with the horses and to feed them their favourite snack of carrots! Yum!

Everyone couldn’t stop talking about how lucky they were to have seen these beautiful creatures up close.

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Golf Superstar!

Leila Brathwaite, a great golfer and a much-loved member of the ‘Pitch and Putt Par 3 golf’ community has won another tournament.

She was the winner of the 36-hole Pitch and Putt Victorian State Championship. Leila is looking forward to knocking out the competition again this year!

Our Congratulations to Leila as she adds yet another golf trophy to her mantelpiece.

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How to Avoid Vitamin B12 Deficiency

It is estimated that up to 20% of people aged 50 years and over may be low in vitamin B12. As we get older, our ability to absorb vitamin B12 tends to decrease.

This is due to often developing problems with the acids and stomach enzymes needed to process the vitamin.

Vitamin B12 is important for making red blood cells and maintaining effective function of nerve cells.

Common problems of the lack of Vitamin B12 include:

Anemia – low red blood cell count that carry oxygen in the blood. Can cause fatigue or shortness of breath.

Neuropathy – nerves in the body are not working well causing tingling, numbness, burning and poor balance.

Cognitive Impairment – nerve cells in the brain are not working effectively causing memory problems, irritability and even dementia.

Vitamin B12 can be gained naturally by eating meat and dairy products. However, you can easily obtain it via supplements.

Vitamin B12 deficiency is often slow to come on and the symptoms may not be noticeable. If you have any concerns, it is advisable to get a blood test from your Doctor to check your level. Especially if you are vegetarian, suffer from health conditions relating to the stomach, pancreas, or intestines.

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