Retirement lifestyle resorts like Orianna Sandstone Point, offer health benefits.“Orianna Sandstone Point is a master planned, boutique community with 122 two and three bedroom resort-style homes on low-maintenance blocks,” Ms Lombe said.“The resort at Sandstone Point will attract like-minded, active over 50s looking to free up their lifestyle by transitioning into either a semi or full retirement lifestyle.“Residents will have access to a wide range of facilities and activities as part of the planned recreation centre, fondly named ‘the Boathouse’.“The Boathouse will be the hub for the community to catch up, have a drink at the bar, grab a coffee with friends, or strike up a game of lawn bowls.“Those seeking a little more daily adventure can book out the Orianna boat and spend the afternoon on the water, or jump in the resort mini-bus and venture to one of the areas many local attractions.”Ms Lombe said Sandstone Point also provides an exciting new model where those leading into retirement can transition into a brand new home located on a dedicated site at one of South East Queensland’s premier island locations.“The fact there is no entry, stamp duty or exit fees is another appealing feature of these lifestyles,” Ms Lombe said.“Sandstone Point embraces the small-town feel of a peaceful, coastal community with all the retail convenience and health services of Bribie Island just a short trip over Pumicestone Passage.” Property Council of Australia chief executive Ken MorrisonMr Morrison said retirement villages were a positive move for older Australians encouraging them to remain independent and active for as long as they possibly could.“They provide a service that doesn’t just help residents but their families as well,” he said.“Growing old is never easy, often compounded by the loss of mobility and the loss of loved ones and friends.“Retirement villages play a vital role in supporting residents physically and emotionally.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago Orianna Resort Group General Manager, Brett Robinson said Orianna lifestyle resorts provide a new environment where people at common stages in life come together and discover new friendships and opportunities to explore new adventures“While Orianna resorts do not offer units as such, our new two and three bedroom homes provide a comparable value offering for this mature generation seeking to consolidate their assets and free up their lifestyle,” Mr Robinson said.“Living in a lifestyle resort allows you to invest more in your lifestyle at your own pace.”Orianna’s Sandstone Point Sales Manager, Karen Lombe said Orianna Lifestyle Resorts would provide a new standard in resort-style community living for those looking to downsize ‘in style’. “Retirement villages play a vital role in supporting residents physically and emotionally” — Ken Morrison, chief executive, Property Council of Australia.RETIREMENT villages are growing in popularity with Australian villages now showing a 92 per cent occupancy rate according to new data.The 2016 PwC/Property Council Retirement Census of more than 53,000 retirement and independent living units across Australia showed strong rates of occupancy across the country.Property Council of Australia chief executive Ken Morrison said the research showed that retirement villages could extend the independence and quality of life of their residents.“The 2016 PwC/Property Council Retirement Census indicates retirement villages are growing in popularity and are an affordable downsizing proposition that provide real lifestyle and health benefits to residents,” Mr Morrison said.“According to the Retirement Census, the average two-bedroom unit is priced at 67 per cent of the median house price in the same postcode.“This enables older Australians to make the move while ensuring they also have cash on hand for their health and lifestyle needs.”
The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) will be providing a much-needed service by offering free glaucoma screenings throughout this week.This initiative was organised in commemoration of World Glaucoma Week, which runs from March 11-17.Usually, patients would have to have the recommendation of a physician or optometrist in order to be eligible for screenings at the eye clinic. However, for this week, the GPHC has made the service more easily accessed.The screening services will run from March 12 to March 16 at the GPHC’s Eye Clinic. The screenings are mainly open to citizens who are 40 years and over. An exception to this, younger persons who have blood relatives who have been diagnosed with glaucoma. The eye clinic plans on screening some 40 persons each day and screenings are inclusive of vision tests, eye pressure tests and nerve examinations.The GPHC has noted that the reason behind this particular initiative was the fact that many persons were not aware that they may have glaucoma.Also termed ‘invisible glaucoma’, the disease can be actively deteriorating a person’s optic nerve without them knowing or experiencing symptoms. Affected patients only usually go for a check-up after their vision has been affected.On the other hand, the GPHC will also be hosting a Glaucoma Continuing Medical Education (CME) Session. The collaborative effort, with Medi Pharm Inc, will aim to further educate medical practitioners, predominantly optometrists and nurses, on glaucoma diagnosis and treatment methods.Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve. This damage usually occurs when fluid builds up in the front section of the eye. That extra fluid increases the pressure in the eye, damaging the optic nerve. The most common type of glaucoma in Guyana is ‘open angle’. This type of glaucoma is painless and completely invisible to the patient. Patients will only become aware of the problem when their vision is affected. Open angle glaucoma predominantly affects Afro-Guyanese.