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Retirees need never leave home at this vibrant over 50s resort

Residents at Living Gems Caboolture need never leave home with a jam-packed social calendar and activities program at the Resort.

With so much on offer each month, from celebratory dinners to a game of bowls in the purpose-built 3 lane tenpin bowling alley, there is always something to do and someone to have fun with at this award winning over 50s Resort.

Social Committee President, Carol Wyer says the secret to enjoying life at Living Gems Caboolture is getting involved in the many activities organised each month.

“Our resident driven social committee is always coming up with great ideas for getting people together whether it’s a hit of tennis or a casual dinner in our stunning Country Club,” she said.

Most recently, the Resort held a special luncheon to celebrate the race that stops a nation; the Melbourne Cup. Over 130 Resort residents were treated to a glass of champagne on arrival, followed by a delicious grazing style menu of cured meats, salad and dessert of homemade chocolate & raspberry mudcake.

Meeting every month, Living Gems Caboolture social committee comes up with ideas for social events and activities for the Resort and helps to promote and run them.

“We have a Christmas lunch planned for mid December, a New Years Eve party and an Australia Day event in January.”

Mrs Wyer said she moved into Living Gems Caboolture for the social interaction and hasn’t looked back.

“Even taking my dog for a walk is a social activity because there are always people to stop and have a chat with. Everyone is so friendly here.”

For more information or to book a tour of Living Gems Caboolture call 1800 288 918 or email sherry@livinggems.com.au

Living Gems celebrates Seniors Week

Throughout the state our community will come together to celebrate Seniors Week. This event is held from 18-26 August to recognise the value of the contribution older people have made in the workforce and community throughout their lives.

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland coordinates Seniors Week on behalf of the Queensland Government. The event aims to improve community attitudes towards older people and to enhance community connections and relationships.

Living Gems is joining the celebrations this year, offering free morning tea and information sessions at four locations.

General Manager Vlad Pullich said that Seniors Week is a great opportunity for over 50s, seniors and retirees to see the vast lifestyle opportunities that are available.

“Visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in all that this resort has to offer whilst enjoying a delicious morning tea in the country club.”

As well as the morning tea, the public can join in a variety of activities at each resort.

Enjoy a game of indoor carpet bowls, learn how to play croquet and enjoy line dancing at Opal by Living Gems. Living Gems Toowoomba is hosting a great information session, Living Gems Caboolture will have display homes open and you can learn how to play Mahjong at Living Gems Pacific Paradise.

For more information about Living Gems Seniors Week activities please call 1800 785 594 or visit www.livinggems.com.au/contact. Event information is also available on the COTA website and the Living Gems Facebook page. 

40 years of connections discovered at Living Gems

When Sandy Sinclair moved into her new home at Living Gems Caboolture she never had anticipated the wonderful friendships she has formed, particularly with home owner Pam Taylor, with whom she had unknowingly shared a parallel history.

After running into each other a number of times at the resort, Pam and Sandy became fast friends. It didn’t take long before they discovered that they share 40 years of connections.

Sandy said they could trace their first connection to their schooling days and then to later in life when she and her late husband were living in Moranbah.

“It turned out that one of my good friends during my school years, going back over 50 years, has been Pams best friend for over 40 years during their time living in both Moranbah and Yeppoon,” says Sandy. “The second connection we worked out was via my brother; he was working with Pam’s late husband as an electrician in Moranbah mine for a number of years and Pam got to know my brother and his family really well.”

“Pam and I were in transitional villas at the same time whilst we waited for our homes to be built. It is amazing that we are now neighbours in the same resort with so many past connections.”

Originally from Mt Morgan, Sandy moved down to Brisbane at the age of 25, then she and her late partner decided to move to Bundaberg seven years ago. She eventually discovered Living Gems Caboolture and found that the lifestyle and community here was exactly what she was looking for.

“I really feel at home here and I am now living much closer to my daughter which is lovely.”

The Living Gems lifestyle suits Sandy perfectly. Her and Pam enjoy a number of the activities together at the resort including arts and craft, mah-jong and they always enjoy a game of ten-pin bowls with new friends. There are always monthly bus trips and other social outings to enjoy.

“We are having an absolutely wonderful time here at Living Gems. Today we are off to see a show in town with the rest of the ladies’ group and last night we took the resort bus down to the local RSL club for dinner.”

“I have also been making the most of the heated indoor pool since it was completed last month; it is a pleasant temperature even in the cooler weather.”

When she has a spare moment in her busy social calendar, Sandy is enjoying the comforts of her new home.

“I am very happy in my new home, I chose the Opal design for the wonderful combined living, dining and kitchen area – there is so much light and breeze. The sun filters nicely through my alfresco blinds and creates a lovely space to enjoy a morning cup of tea.”