Colin and Marion Stiles have been proud residents of Keilor Village for over four years. And they are possibly one of the coolest couples our team have ever come across!
When most people visit a retirement village, they expect to see residents playing lawn bowls, bingo or having a chat over tea and biccies. Not so with Colin and Marion. When we first met them, they were volunteering at one of Keilor’s many events, chatting to guests and showing them around the village. But they couldn’t stay too long – they were off to Geelong to celebrate two of their grandkid’s birthdays.
We meet again three months later, and they have just returned from their trip to China. They landed yesterday, with no sign of jet lag in sight.
How was it, we ask?
“Oh it was fantastic!” gushes Marion. “We loved every minute of it, visiting all the sites and experiencing the culture – it was wonderful!”
Green with envy anyone?
“Our previous trip was to Cambodia, and we loved that too,” she continues as we turn a deeper shade of green. “Because of Colin’s job, we lived in many places around the world and we love travelling.”
Is that why they decided to move into a retirement village – so they can lock up and leave whenever the travel bug bites?
“Partly,” Colin confirms. “Another reason was the security. Where we were previously, we didn’t feel so secure. So when we found Keilor Village and saw the added level of security it provides for residents, we knew it was the right move for us.”
“There are gates at the front, but it’s not like we get locked in!” he adds quickly. “We can come and go as we choose.”
“And Colin has had some health issues, so it’s great that I am surrounded by friends, especially when he’s away so I’m not on my own,” adds Marion. “There’s always someone looking out for you here.”
“But the ability to lock up and go travelling whenever we felt like it was important. It would not have been as easy in our previous home, but here, it’s so easy because we know David (village manager) and our neighbours will keep an eye out on our home,” she adds.
Was it hard decision for them to make, moving into a retirement village?
“Not at all,” says Marion. “Once we decided, we just did it.”
“Not at all. We’re happy and our daughter who lives in Darwin is happy knowing that we live in a secure environment so she doesn’t worry about us anymore,” continues Marion. Colin nods along in agreement.
It’s such a joy chatting to Marion and Colin, we could sit here all day!
Any words of advice for people thinking of retirement village living?
“Why leave it so late? Move in while you can enjoy it all!”
“The ability to lock up and go travelling whenever we felt like it was important. It would not have been as easy in our previous home, but here, it’s so easy because we know David (village manager) and our neighbours will keep an eye out on our home,” - Marion Stiles, resident