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Timely move for the best supported living

Making a decision sooner, rather than later, helped a Glen Iris couple in their transition to aged care.

After living in Glen Iris for 34 years, Barbara and her husband, Ron, moved into a new retirement village in Wheelers Hill.

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Remembering the war a nation forgot

Steve Costelow was born in Melbourne on September 25, 1946.

That date is significant because 21 years later it would be drawn from a ballot determining which young Australian men would be called up for two years’ compulsory military service during the Vietnam War. 

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Feel a new sense of home in retirement

The decision to move into a retirement village can be challenging but can often help when people are struggling to maintain a sense of home.

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Feeling the love of a community that cares

For Helen, Weary Dunlop is the Goldilocks of retirement villages: big enough to have everything she needs but small enough to retain a close, caring village community.

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Max and Heather's 'leap of faith'

Nellie Melba retirement village is already home to dozens of people, and will be home to many dozens more, but it all started with one couple’s leap of faith.

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Joan's drive for life cruises past a massive milestone

Joan is like a lot of retirees.

She lives independently in her own apartment, drives to the shops a couple times a week to pick up supplies, has someone pop in once a fortnight to help with a bit of cleaning, and keeps up an active social network of friends, family and neighbours.

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Bev's new life unleashed at Weary Dunlop

She’s known all around the village as “the lady with the little white dog”.

As Bev and her six-year-old Maltese bichon frise, Lilly, go for their daily walk around Weary Dunlop retirement village’s perfectly-manicured gardens, it’s as much a social exercise as a physical one.

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After a painful loss, Charles is blossoming again

When Charles's wife of 60 years, Maisie, died, he was lost.

Untethered from his soul mate, his children, Ian and Janet, were worried he would shut himself away in the family home in Bentleigh and withdraw from the world. They wanted him close to them. He had lost the love of his life, but they didn’t want him to lose his love for life.

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The 'wow-factor': inside Anne and Stephen's new Nellie Melba home

Anne's long journey to Nellie Melba retirement village started with a vow to stay in her family home “forever and a day”.

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Nellie's first residents: Geoff and Heather are pleased

More people are moving in each day, but Geoff and Heather will forever hold the distinction of being Nellie Melba retirement village’s first residents.

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