At the age of 68, Linda Morris found herself single for the first time in her adult life. After her 47-year marriage broke down, Linda was forced to re-evaluate her retirement plan.
With affordability and security front of mind, Linda looked into various housing options. She was surprised to learn retirement living could be an affordable option for a single woman without a large nest egg.
“When my marriage broke down, the money wasn’t huge so I needed to know I could afford to live in a retirement village, I was pleased to learn that it came within my budget,” Linda said.
Linda moved to Stockland’s Salford Retirement Village in Aberfoyle Park 12 months ago, choosing to stay in the same area she had lived her married life.
The lifestyle on offer at Salford was particularly appealing to Linda with an array of fun activities on the social calendar.
“I am a sociable person, I need people around me and I did find there was something happening around the village most of the time. Living at Salford has given me so many wonderful opportunities. You can choose to do as much or as little as you like. It’s just such a friendly and warming environment,” she said.
“I’ve got more friends than ever.”
Linda has taken up croquet in summer and indoor bowls in winter and said combining exercise and social life was wonderful.
Linda is the President of the Social Committee at Salford but is also an active member of the wider community. She regularly attends a nearby gym and is part of a number of walking groups.
“I very much have a life outside the village. I know when I get older and I may not be able to do all those activities but there will be so many things at Salford that I can do.
She believes retirement living in an appealing option for people who may find themselves single later in life - whether they have a marriage breakdown or suffer bereavement.
“Coming from a very difficult marriage break up – retirement living has offered me safety, security and happiness and I don’t know what I do without that support network,” she said.
For enquiries regarding Stockland’s Salford Retirement Village, please call 1800 72 71 70 or visit stocklandretire.com.au
“Coming from a very difficult marriage break up – retirement living has offered me safety, security and happiness and I don’t know what I do without that support network.” - Linda Morris