10 July 2017   

4min read
Alice Palmer spent a week at Unity Retirement Village one Christmas and decided to stay on for the social life.

When Alice Palmer’s granddaughter suggested she apply for a trial stay at Unity Retirement Village so she could be closer to her family at Christmas, Alice was hesitant.

But concern that her request for convenience during the holiday season would seem selfish was soon overcome when her application was approved and the Stockland community welcomed her into their fold for a week at Christmas 2015. To her surprise, Alice enjoyed her time at Unity immensely. When the week ended, she couldn’t bear to leave, so she purchased her own apartment. “Everyone is just so lovely here,” she says.

“Living in the apartments means you can have your own interests outside, or participate in the in-house activities – it is your choice.” Alice speaks fondly of her fellow residents who volunteer on the village committee, assist in the management of the library, and help other residents feel welcome with arts and crafts and other activities. 

“The activities are great, but I do enjoy my bus trips and outings,” Alice says. The outings are arranged by the Social Connections program run by the City of Onkaparinga, on Adelaide’s southern outskirts. Recently Alice saw The Music of Burt Bacharach, put on by Magic Moments, and A Sentimental Journey: The Music of Doris Day, a swinging jazz tribute performed by Louise Messenger.



“Living in the apartments means you can have your own interests outside, or participate in the in-house activities – it is your choice.” -Alice Palmer - Unity Resident