Make retirement good for your health
The move into retirement often brings changes to routine, social connection and physical activity. But while it’s a significant transition, for many people it also offers an exciting chance to look at their lifestyle through a different lens.
This is ringing true for those now living in the Retirement Residences at Uniting Communities’ U City on Franklin Street – a mixed-use ‘vertical village’ in the heart of Adelaide, also offering short-stay and longer term purpose-built disability accommodation, a hub for Uniting Communities’ services, and retail, hospitality and commercial tenancies.
From the outset, the vision for the brand new 20-storey U City building was to create a unique, diverse and inclusive community. It is living up to that goal, helping people to stay active and connected to others in and around the building.
Residents Pam and Chris moved in last August and say that establishing new connections with their neighbours and the broader U City community has been a highlight.
‘It doesn’t in any way fit the traditional idea of what retirement living is like,’ says Pam. ‘Initially, I was worried about missing the connection to the community that we had living in Strathalbyn but, from day one, the sense of community at U City has been extraordinary.
‘There’s a wonderful culture within this building and among the people living and working here.’
This community connection has been especially important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with residents finding innovative ways to keep in touch with each other – including a surprise birthday celebration recently with one of their U City neighbours via video application Zoom.
With two eateries on the ground floor – Pitt Street Café and the award-winning Luigi Delicatessen – and a dedicated Club Lounge on level 13, there is no shortage of opportunities for residents to get together as restrictions ease.
There are convenient options for keeping physical health and wellbeing front of mind too, with dental and other support service options available, as well as gym facilities and fitness classes.
Chris and Pam say that their new home’s convenient location is making it easy to keep active.
‘We’re right in the heart of it now and looking forward to getting back to our favourite dining spots on Waymouth Street, Leigh Street, Peel Street… they’re all so close by,’ Chris says.
‘We’re walking everywhere now, and catching the tram and buses too, so we may even get to the point where we don’t need the car.
‘U City really suits us and our future plans perfectly.’