Health and happiness top the wish list for most of us when we think about our futures.

At Adlington, we put your well-being at the heart of all we do, so we thought we’d ask some of our homeowners for their top tips on enjoying life to the full in their retirement.

  1. Good nutrition and exercise

We all know that eating a well-balanced diet is an important part of staying healthy as you age. It can help you maintain a healthy weight, stay energised, and get the nutrients you need.

For Nigel, who moved to Jacobs Gate in Sheffield in December 2020, the on-site restaurant was a big part of his decision to move: “I think the fact that you could get a midday meal from the restaurant was a huge attraction. I’ve been really impressed with the food. They’re looking at MasterChef, they’re looking at recipes, they’re getting ideas. It’s all fresh and it’s thoughtful.”

In addition to maintaining a balanced diet, taking regular exercise helps us to stay healthy as we age too. In fact, it has been shown to prevent disease, lower the risk of falls, improve mental health and well-being, strengthen social ties, and improve cognitive function.

Jean and her husband John, Homeowners at The Sailings in Southport, are advocates for regular exercise. Jean said: “I go swimming, I go to Chi Ball – it’s T’ai Chi with a bit of Pilates and a bit of Yoga.”

John adds: “I can go cycling. Jean can walk to the shops, use her bike and go for a ride if she wants to and there are plenty of people here who she can talk to. We’ve made so many friends. We should have moved years ago.”

Sandra, a Homeowner at The Chimes in Cheadle, enjoys more exercise since she’s retired than she used to manage when she was working: “Since retiring and moving to The Chimes, I have so much more free time that I’ve been able to take part in more fitness activities. I now attend aquasize classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, as well as my personal training sessions with my Grandson, Adam.”

  1. Enjoying a thriving community

In addition to making life more fun, staying socially active in retirement is also really good for you. Studies show that retirees who stay socially active and engaged experience a variety of benefits, including better cognitive function and good emotional health.

Joan, who moved to The Chimes with her husband Bill in December 2019, said: “The best bits about living here are you’ve got people on hand. Every corner you turn, there’s a chance of a good gossip. I love the coffee lounge. The free coffee machine attracts people, and you’ve immediately got a group chatting together.

“A book club was established before we got here so I joined that straight away and we often have quizzes, theatre visits and restaurant visits. We went to the cinema when the operas were live streamed from Covent Garden and The Met. That sort of thing happens – ‘Oh, we’re going to the opera, do you want to come?’. That’s what life’s about isn’t it, enjoying yourself.

“Here, you can have your privacy. You have your own apartment. You can stay there whenever you want to and you can be on your own… but you also have the alternative, if you want it. You’ve got lots of people around, lots of activities, lots of fun. I think having that choice is such a big thing and you can take part in activities one day and then have time to yourself the next. It’s a perfect situation. I can highly recommend it!”

  1. Friends and family

Spending time with friends and family is good for your health at every stage of life.

When Anne moved to Jacobs Gate, she looked forward to enjoying more time with her daughter and local friends: “My daughter lives in Sheffield and used to live very near to here. I’m also not too far away from the friends that I have in Eyam and other familiar parts of the Peak District. My son lives in Norfolk and so another reason I thought it would be good to move here is so that I can lock the door, go, and not worry about the place if I want to spend time with him.”

In fact, many of our homeowners have some local family members and some who are based further away, which is why each Adlington Retirement Living community features a guest suite, with a sofa bed, two single beds, a private shower room and a kitchenette, that can be booked for visiting friends and family.

We know that animals are part of the family too, so we’re always happy to welcome well-behaved pets to our retirement communities.

Mavis, who moved to Jacobs Gate in Sheffield in September 2021 said: “One of the upsides of having a dog is that you keep exercising and you get to know so many people. It’s very sociable. There are one or two people who I’m really good friends with now because we met walking our dogs about five years ago.”

  1. Enjoying the great outdoors

Whether you prefer a brisk walk in the countryside or a spot of gardening with friends, time spent in sunlight and fresh air is good for the soul.

John and Marcia, Homeowners at The Cottons in Ramsbottom, said: “We enjoy gardening. John has a small allotment in the gardens here and has managed to grow some carrots, potatoes and beetroot. We have pots on our patio. We also have a garden on either side of our patio that’s our own, and then the main Adlington gardens are beautiful.”

Eddie and Mabel, who moved to The Bridges in Macclesfield in January 2020, have always enjoyed walking. Mabel said: “Since we moved here, we can walk straight out onto the canal footpath. We walked to one of our daughters’ houses the other day. It took us about 25 minutes along the canal. Two of our daughters are just a few minutes’ walk away and it’s nice that we can walk to them, or they can come to us.”

Eddie added: “We’re going to walk to Sutton Hall soon. Being by the canal gives us a beautiful view and it serves a purpose – to enjoy walks without the hills.”

  1. Indulging in a bit of pampering

Having a beautiful hair salon and therapy suite within our retirement communities provides a welcoming retreat for a little bit of TLC. In recent years, a number of studies have linked raising self-esteem with staving off some of the negative effects of aging. What better way to boost self-esteem than a trip to the salon.

Edna, a Homeowner at The Sailings in Southport, said: “I had my hair cut in our salon here last week and I’ll be having it cut once a month. I have regular massages in the therapy room too.”

Joyce, a Homeowner at The Chimes in Cheadle, said: “I think some people have a perception of retirement communities, sitting around and doing nothing. That couldn’t be further from the truth here. I go to Physiofit every week and I’ve just started chair yoga. Last week a group of us went out for lunch at a local restaurant. I go to the hair dressing salon every week. I’ve made some really good friends here.”

Alexandra Johnson, Sales and Marketing Director for Adlington Retirement Living said: “We put the health and happiness of our Homeowners top of our list. The goal of our retirement communities is to support Homeowners in maintaining their independence and enjoying their retirement to the full.”

Come and see for yourself

If you would like to find out more about Adlington Retirement Living, the marketing suite is now open at The Sidings in Lytham, and a range of beautifully furnished show apartments are open to view Monday to Saturday at The Woodlands in Heaton Mersey, Jacobs Gate in Sheffield, The Sailings in Southport, The Folds in Romiley and The Cottons in Ramsbottom from 10am to 5pm. Call 0800 118 1694 to find out more or visit Adlington.co.uk.

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