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A life by the water; keeping social isolation at bay

SPONSORED STORY - Australians have an affinity to water that’s unmatched in many other parts of the world, with over 85 percent of the population residing within 50 kilometres of the coast. Unsurprisingly, a move closer to the ocean is often on the mind of those looking to retire.

Benefits associated with living by the water, like at the Port Phillip Village, is a priority focus village for Lendlease Retirement Living (Source: Lendlease)
Benefits associated with living by the water, like at the Port Phillip Village, is a priority focus village for Lendlease Retirement Living (Source: Lendlease)

There is ample research to suggest that living by water can offer a sense of calm and healing, reduce stress levels, and may also help to lower the risk of mental health conditions.

For older Australians who are at an increased risk of social isolation and depression, Steve Howarth, General Manager of Lendlease Victorian Retirement Living says retirement living by the water could be the right solution to addressing this issue.

“As we take time to raise awareness and promote better mental health during October’s Mental Health Month, it’s a great time to consider how retirement living can increase overall happiness and life satisfaction,” he says.

“Life in a retirement village can offer a supportive environment that inspires friendship, fulfillment and a sense of belonging, and encourage social and leisure activities.”

What does a seaside retirement look like for older Australians?

“Nestled in the quaint beachside suburb of Altona, Lendlease’s Port Phillip Village offers the perfect backdrop for a relaxing and enjoyable retirement, a stone’s throw from the stunning coastline,” Mr Howarth continues.

“A tight-knit community, residents get both the benefits of organised socialising – from trips to trivia nights – while also reaping the health benefits that come from life by the water.

Port Phillip Village is a vibrant village boasting a heated indoor swimming pool and competition grade bowling green, where residents can choose to retiree in a spacious villa or in a Serviced Apartment.”

Serviced Apartments enable residents to acquire additional care services, such as cooked meals, cleaning services and laundry, presenting a viable alternative to aged care and additionally providing the benefits of living within an active, lively community.

Port Phillip Village is one of over 70 Lendlease Retirement villages across Australia.

For more information on Lendlease Retirement Living and Port Phillip Village, visit or call 1800 550 550.


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