Ancient art of Tai Chi proves popular amongst residents

With a recent introduction of Tai Chi to the activities calendar, residents at TriCare Compton Gardens Retirement Community prove that you are never too old to learn new tricks.

Derived from the formally combative Chinese martial arts, Tai Chi is known as one of the most effective exercises for health and wellbeing.

Christmas in July on the Gold Coast

Residents recently enjoyed delicious food, company and entertainment at their annual Christmas in July lunch at TriCare Runaway Bay Retirement Community.

A feast of turkey and ham with all the trimmings was prepared by new chef, Jamie Thomas-Davies and his team, who were given a rousing round of applause at the end of the meal – a definite sign of approval.

Village Manager, Malcolm Payne, says Christmas in July is one of the most popular events on TriCare Runaway Bay’s social calendar with everyone getting involved, residents and staff alike.

“We have a very active social committee here with a range of activities for residents planned every month.

Christmas in July is always a key event on our yearly social calendar with this year’s event attended by 150 residents, family and friends of Runaway Bay.

It’s one of the few occasions where the whole retirement community joins together to share a meal and a great opportunity to catch up, relax and enjoy the moment,” said Mr Payne.

With a menu consisting roast turkey, glazed ham, roast vegetables and greens, finished off with the choice of plum pudding and brandy custard or fruit salad and cream, no one went hungry.

To top off the day, multi talented village manager, Mr Payne pulled out his guitar and sang a few songs for the residents who didn’t want the afternoon to end!

For further information contact the Village Manager, Malcolm Payne on 5500 2300

New hair salon a social hub for residents

Age is no barrier when it comes to the relationship between a woman and her hairdresser. We confide in them, value their opinions and trust to them with some of our most dramatic makeovers.

Ruth La Rocca is no exception. She is the in-house hairdresser at TriCare Cypress Gardens Aged Care Residence and says it is a most rewarding and satisfying job she has ever had.

Mrs La Rocca said she fell into her job at TriCare Cypress Gardens.

“In fact, I considered taking an ‘early retirement’ when my daughter was 2 years old, but I loved the work and my clients so much that I stayed. That was 32 years ago!” said Mrs La Rocca.

TriCare Cypress Gardens has recently opened a new salon in its new state-of-the-art wing, providing clients with everything they need in pampering – perms, blow waves, cuts and colours.

TriCare Cypress Gardens Manager, Judy Carter, says the fit out and styling of the new salon is equal to some of the best on the Gold Coast, and Ruth’s care and dedication to the residents is unsurpassed.

“Ruth is a much loved staff member here and the level of service and care she shows to our residents is beyond compare.

Hair salons are vital in an aged care residence. In addition to providing a necessary service to clients, they are a social hub. There is a real buzz every Wednesday when Ruth is on duty,” said Mrs Carter.

The new salon has given Mrs La Rocca a new lease of life as well.

“I did considered retiring –again – but with the opening of the gorgeous new salon I think I have a few more years in me yet!” said Mrs La Rocca.

Expressions of interest and private tours can be arranged. (07) 5554 7383

Tai Chi health and wellbeing benefits unlimited

Early every Friday morning, you will find a small group of dedicated TriCare Willow Glen residents quietly and calmly performing the fine martial art, Tai Chi.

Originating from China, Tai Chi is known as one of the most effective exercises for health and wellbeing.

Instructor and Master Trainer in Tai Chi for Arthritis, Rosalie Rudduck, has been teaching at TriCare Willow Glen for nearly seven years.

“We need to keep active as we get older and exercise at a level that is complementary to our stage in life.

“The program I teach, Tai Chi for Arthritis, has a strong emphasis on safety and prevention of injuries.  Practising within our comfort levels, rather than pushing through pain, is an important aspect of the Tai Chi for Health philosophy.

Participants are encouraged to modify movements and exercise at their own pace,” said Mrs Rudduck.

Medical studies have shown that the Tai Chi for Arthritis program relieves arthritic pain, and improves quality of life, as well as preventing falls in older adults.

According to the Tai Chi for Health Institute, increased muscular strength supports and protects joints, which will reduce pain, along with flexibility exercises to improve mobility. The particular program Mrs Rudduck teaches at TriCare Willow Glen does this and more.

“Tai Chi for Arthritis improves balance both mentally and physically, thus significantly reducing the rate of falls in adults. Additional benefits include improving relaxation, vitality, posture and immunity,” says Mrs Rudduck.

As well as the physical benefits, the social aspects of participating in a Tai Chi class are just as valid.

“At the beginning of a new class, participants are often shy and self conscious, however after a couple of classes the group members all gel and the social outcome is magical,” said Mrs Rudduck.

Pampering all part of the service at TriCare James Ommaney

Age is no barrier when it comes to the relationship between a woman and her hairdresser. We confide in them, value their opinions and trust to them with some of our most dramatic makeovers.

Krista O’Callaghan is no exception. She has been hairdressing for over 25 years and counts her job as TriCare James Ommaney Retirement Community’s onsite hairdresser as one of her most rewarding.

Every Wednesday and Friday you will find a steady stream of clients coming and going from Krista’s salon. Whether it be a perm, wash and blow wave or a simple cut, everyone looks forward to one-on-one time with Krista and her warm conversation.

“It’s important for people to feel good about themselves, no matter what their age.

I look forward to coming into the salon each week and seeing my clients – I really do love my job,” said Mrs O’Callaghan.

Mrs O’Callaghan says for some clients it’s a social outing. They tell her their stories and she knows all about their children, grand children and great grand children.

“One of my oldest clients is 99. She has a regular appointment and I enjoy catching up on all her news each time she comes in.

Many residents don’t have transport or the ability to get to the local hair salon. I am thrilled if I can pamper them a little and make their lives easier,” said Mrs O’Callaghan.

And her skills don’t stop at hairdressing. Mrs O’Callaghan often helps her clients with the odd technology issue or visits them if they haven’t been well. It’s all part of the service.

For further information contact Village Manager, Steven Pashley on 07 3376 1336.

Volunteering in retirement provides many opportunities

TriCare Mt Gravatt Retirement Community resident, Ken Farquhar may have retired some years ago; however, his interest in Australia’s sugar industry hasn’t dissipated, nor has his passion for volunteerism.

For a retiree, Mr Farquhar leads a very active life, volunteering at home and away.

In addition to co-managing TriCare Mt Gravatt’s resident library, chairing the Residents’ Committee and acting as treasurer for the Activity Fund, Mr Farquhar volunteers for a number of external organisations including the Genealogical Society of Queensland, Probus and his local church.

According to Volunteering Queensland, research demonstrates that volunteering leads to better health with volunteers over the age of 65 more likely to receive physical and mental health benefits from their volunteer activities, along with a sense of personal accomplishment.

“I have developed skills in my working career and I still want to put them to use.

If I can help someone else, I will – I want to keep busy and keep my brain active,” said Mr Farquhar.

Mr Farquhar moved to TriCare Mt Gravatt with his wife Beryl, seven years ago after a decision to downsize from the family home and live an easier life with no maintenance and closer access to agencies and other services.

However, retirement hasn’t slowed him down.

With over 35 years experience working in the sugar industry, both in Australia and overseas, Mr Farquhar is putting his vast knowledge to use by undertaking a volunteer research project into the family histories relating to Queensland sugar organisations spanning the 1900s to 2015 for the Genealogical Society of Queensland.

“When that’s finished in a few years I will be looking into all the sugar mills and companies that ever existed in Australia since Federation. With over 300 known in Queensland and NSW combined it might take me a while!” he said.

For further information please contact Village Manager, Tammy Watt on 07 3849 4358.