Enrichment and lifestyle
A Commonwealth program designed to help all Australians to thrive in the digital world, ‘Be Connected’, is being rolled out to older people primarily in Amana Living’s retirement villages.
Amana Living applied for a grant to run the program which aims to increase the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians in using digital technology. Our residents can now attend weekly drop-in sessions where they receive one-on-one tuition on how to use their digital devices, as well as support to use the ‘Be Connected’ learning portal.
Gaye Clayton and Steve Kitchen were total strangers until three years ago when they moved into Amana Living Meadow Springs Village within one week of each other. Now they’re firm friends, a bond that was cemented by an unfortunate accident about a year ago.
Steve explains, “Gaye fell over and broke her wrist but her family wasn't available to take her to the hospital so I took her to Peel Health Campus and also specialist appointments in Rockingham.”
Nobody wants to be lonely. It can have devastating physical and mental effects, particularly among older people who are increasingly at risk of social isolation and loneliness. Technology has a role to play in helping people to stay connected and, while it will never replace direct human contact, it can be a vital tool to combat isolation.
A unique project to introduce harp therapy into Perth residential aged care centres has been launched by Amana Living.
Based on residents’ positive response to the bedside harp performances during the 2018 Amana Living Arts Festival, the organisation has decided to introduce harp therapy on a regular basis.
The eight-week project has started at Moline Care Centre and involves group and one-to-one Reverie Harp sessions delivered by volunteers. The Reverie Harp was chosen because it’s a small instrument which can be played by anyone regardless of their musical background.
From studying violin and piano aged 9 at the Conservatorium in Sicily and later at the University in Rome to delivering music therapy in hospitals, Giuseppe Reina’s music career spans 15 years and he is now bringing his passion for music therapy to Amana Living.
This enthusiastic and hugely talented musician and music therapist will be responsible for delivering music therapy across Amana Living’s 36 sites, including its Tune into Life programme for people living with dementia.
Amana Living Arts Festival: 12 February to 25 March 2018
WA’s first ever arts festival created specifically for seniors, the Amana Living Arts Festival, launches Monday 12th February.
From Wu Tao dance classes to bedside harp solos, this six-week Festival will deliver more than 150 events for older people from Perth, Australind and Kalgoorlie. The Festival takes place at over 50 locations including Amana Living sites, community centres and iconic venues such as the State Theatre Centre of WA, Art Gallery of WA and WA Maritime Museum.
Welcome to the 2018 Amana Living Arts Festival.
This inaugural event will provide Amana Living customers with an array of artistic experiences and adventures to enjoy over six weeks, from 12 February to 25 March 2018.
More than 150 events will take place across 50 locations including Amana Living sites, central community facilities, and prestigious arts venues. There will be something for everyone!
A specialist dementia care centre in Kinross recently hosted a sensory extravaganza in a bid to help residents reconnect with loved ones.
Amana Living’s Kinross Care Centre organised a SENSEational celebration event for residents and their family and friends to enjoy together.
Residents and their guests were invited to take part in meditation, put their personal touch on an interactive art installation, enjoy a cuddle with two therapy Greyhounds, and ‘squish, pop and crunch’ their way through a sensory walk.
Ever wondered what life is like at a retirement village? Now is your chance to find out with an open day being held at Amana Living Treendale Village on 16 November.
The open day will run from 1pm to 3pm and feature an information session, tours of the leisure and social amenities, and inspections of the available villas. A high tea will be served at 2pm and there will be the opportunity to meet other residents at this community-minded village.