23 October 2019   

2 min read
For Anthony Macri, he spent 12-months thinking about whether downsizing to a retirement community was a good idea following the loss of his wife in early 2018.

At 7.30 sharp every morning, Anthony Macri can be found swimming laps in the Willowdale retirement community’s heated indoor swimming pool, after which he enjoys a brisk work out in the village gym.

This new daily exercise routine is a major lifestyle improvement for the 74-year-old widower, who moved into Willowdale just a few months ago following the loss of his wife in early 2018.

Married for 50 years and with three daughters and nine grandchildren, Anthony spent years caring devotedly at home for his wife, who suffered from dementia. Then, after she had to be admitted to an aged care nursing home, close to where the couple had lived in Middleton Grange, near Hoxton Park, Anthony visited her every single day up until her passing.

“The loss of a spouse leaves a huge hole in your life, particularly when so much of your time has revolved around caring for that person,” Anthony reflects. “Afterwards, I was very lonely living in our four-bedroom house by myself, and I thought moving into a retirement village would be an ideal way to meet new people and make new friends.”

After around a year of contemplating the move and visiting a number of villages in the south-western Sydney area, Anthony chose Willowdale which, he says, “topped the list” of the villages he inspected.

Asked why that was the case, Anthony lists several factors. “First, I really liked the fact that both the village overall and the villas on offer were so brand new,” he says. “The other places I saw were all a lot older.

“I also really liked the interior layout and design of the villas here at Willowdale, and the fact that they are all so securely fenced and with their own private backyards. I enjoy mixing with other people, but when I’m in my own place I like my privacy, and I found with other villages that when you stepped out the door, you were looking straight into other people’s homes.

“In my new home, I have a large and private back garden with plenty of room for the younger grandchildren to play, and I’ve already planted my own little vegetable and herb garden. “Also, the staff here are very nice and helpful, and all the other residents are very friendly.”

Anthony says he has not yet had much time to join in the social gatherings and activities in the Willowdale clubhouse, which include card groups, bingo, snooker, darts and a bar, as he’s been “too busy settling in”. He also plays golf two days a week, at the nearby Camden Lakeside golf course.

But he’s looking forward in coming months to taking advantage of the facilities on offer in the clubhouse, which also include a library and a movie theatre, and to mixing with other retirees.

“My new two-bedroom home is very comfortable and I’m very happy I’ve made this move,” Anthony says. “After 12 months of thinking about whether downsizing to a retirement community was a good idea, I’m just so glad I did it.

“For anyone else thinking of moving into a retirement village, I’d highly recommend they visit and inspect Willowdale.”

"In my new home, I have a large and private back garden with plenty of room for the younger grandchildren to play, and I’ve already planted my own little vegetable and herb garden."

Find out more about Willowdale’s wonderful community. Call 1800 72 71 70 today to speak to Ben and arrange a tour of the stunning apartments and over 55’s community.
 

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