Stay healthy, eat well and be a mentor

Lifestyle guru Tonia Todman says the keys to ageing well are to eat well, exercise, remain mentally stimulated – but most of all be a great mentor to younger generations forging their own paths.

The author of 28 books on cooking, craft, home decorating and DIY was the keynote speaker at a special event at Uniting AgeWell’s Amarco Apartments in Kingsville on June 16.

Tonia shared her life story with guests, including the drought that drove her family off the farm and back to the city, which ultimately lead her to a long and successful career in media.

“If you are given an opportunity in life, you take it,” she told guests at the retirement living complex in Melbourne’s west.
Tonia is best remembered for her roles on hit shows Healthy, Wealthy and Wise, Good Morning Australia and Creative Living with Tonia Todman.

Tonia now imparts her vast knowledge and experience with classes on cooking, interior design and gardening at her blue stone cottage Highbank in Kyneton, where she also offers accommodation and grows acres of roses for wholesale.

One lucky guest at the Amarco Apartments event won a night’s accommodation at Highbank.

Tonia described being a senior as the “indulgent stage of life”.  Given people are now living longer, she said it was important everyone remained healthy.

“You are never too old to learn, to start a new career or begin a new project.  Follow and do what you are passionate about; it will lead you to a full and rewarding life,” she said.  Tonia also encouraged seniors to pass on their skills to the younger generations.

Amarco Apartments Sales and Marketing Coordinator Anita Ukalovic said this reflected Uniting AgeWell’s approach to ageing well – supporting people to remain independent, connected to their community and living with choice and peace of mind.

“Moving to retirement living doesn’t mean giving up the things you love,” she said.

“In fact, at Amarco Apartments it means people have more time to do what they enjoy most and really celebrate life.”

Anita said the Tonia Todman event was part of a regular series of public events at the vibrant complex, including informative morning teas with interest groups and visits from celebrities.

EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP STOPS BY AMARCO

There were feathers and flowers, horses and heroes, delectable delicacies and engaging entertainers.

After weeks of preparation and anticipation, Uniting AgeWell Amarco Apartments welcomed the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour for a morning of reminiscence and celebration on October 21. 

The site was fortunate to be selected as one of 34 destinations for the Cup’s Australasian Tour,  as it makes its way to Flemington for the “race that stops the nation” on November 1.

Residents had spent weeks preparing for the event in the Amarco lounge.  

Residents from the aged care facility created hundreds of paper flowers to decorate a rose arbour, with assistance from volunteers from Victoria University as part of their V4U volunteer day.

Community clients created miniature wooden racing horses that decorated the lounge, and the ladies of Amarco finalised their outfits by making hats and fascinators in a special workshop with milliner, Diane Kilduff of Hatiness.

Uniting AgeWell CEO, Andrew Kinnersly, said the arrival of the $175,000 trophy illustrated the organisation’s commitment to community connection and encouraging older people to live and age well. 

“Many of our clients have lived most of their lives in the Kingsville and Footscray areas and have memories about local sporting events including the Melbourne Cup and Spring Racing Carnival in nearby Flemington,” he said.

“Capturing that tradition in hosting the Emirates Melbourne Cup today is a powerful way of evoking some of those memories and emotions in older people.”  

Three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey and Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Jim Johnson, was the guest of honour. 

He told stories about his historic wins, and how hailing from a racing family he was destined to be a jockey.

“It’s a great feeling that you don’t realise at the time but stands by you later in life,” he said of his wins. 

Jim was joined by 2002 Fashions on the Field Winner, Arabella Forge, who shared her experience of winning Fashions on the Field as a young university student who loved the races and fashion. 

“The beauty of the competition is anyone can win,” she said. 

“You don’t have to spend a fortune to look fabulous, it’s about adapting to the elements of the day and being yourself.” 

For Amarco resident John Stainsby, who won the door prize of a lunch for two at The Langham hotel, the event brought back fond memories of seeing horse training near his family home in Maribyrnong.

“Being so close to the tracks, I used to see them train all the time,” he said.

The event also included a delectable morning tea, photographic displays of Flemington and the local area by the Footscray Historical Society, photo opportunities with the Cup and entertainment from jazz quartet, the Jazzbos.


EXCITEMENT BUILDS AS AMARCO HEADS INTO SPRING

Western Bulldogs legend Tony Liberatore, aka, ‘Libba’, and team mascot Barkly brought finals fever to Amarco Apartments at the last Open Day on Saturday, September 3.

The Brownlow winner cooked snags, chatted to guests and shared stories about the highlights of his playing career. 

Activities and excitement continue to build as Amarco hosts a string of upcoming activities including hat making with a milliner, historical displays of the local area and a morning tea extravaganza with the arrival of the Emirates Melbourne Cup tour on Friday, October, 21.

Amarco Apartment’s next open day will be on Saturday, October 8, 10am-12pm.

For more information about Amarco Apartments and the lifestyle it offers, please contact Anita Ukalovic on 9314 0193 to arrange a tour.

Amarco is located at 9 Edgar Street, Kingsville.  Display apartments are open weekdays from 10am-4pm. 


Denise Drysdale a smash hit at Amarco

Denise Drysdale proved why she is a much-loved Australian icon when she spent the morning entertaining guests at Uniting AgeWell’s Amarco Apartments.

The dual Gold Logie winner had the crowd in stitches as she regaled them with tales of her time on TV, acted out being a gorilla, sang a few songs and even lounged in an alcove to illustrate a yarn.

Denise then joined the appreciative crowd for a late morning tea – dispelling the Diva myth by serving guests and cleaning up rubbish. 

Yarraville resident Juliette attended the event after reading about it in her local paper.

“She’s very funny and makes us happy,” she said.

Eileen received a pamphlet about it and decided it was a great opportunity to meet Denise and find out more about Amarco, Uniting AgeWell’s independent retirement living apartment complex in Kingsville.

“She was brilliant,” she said. “She just got everybody going, we couldn’t get enough of her.

“Her style of entertaining covers all sorts of age groups; it was just fantastic.”

Denise said she still loved entertaining people after decades in the business.

“They have grown up with me,” she said.

She also raved about Amarco, and encouraged people to move into retirement living to really get the most out of their later stages of life.

“Anyone who’s been a bit hesitant about coming in because they value their independence and their life at home, when they come into this place they start a new life – and it’s the best thing,” she said.

“All of a sudden they have got a new group of people they can spend time with. They’re in an environment where they’re not on their own. 

“I think you gain a lot moving into retirement living.”

To find out more about Amarco, visit the next Amarco Open Day on July 23, 10am-12pm.  

Alternatively, you can organise a private tour of the complex.  Contact Anita Ukalovic 9988 9834.


Denis Walter performs at Amarco

Radio presenter, baritone singer, recording artist and media personality Denis Walter OAM had guests and residents laughing and singing along at Uniting AgeWell’s Amarco Apartment Open Day.

The much loved Australian icon visited the independent retirement living complex’s Open Day in Kingsville on Friday, May 6, for the special event in the lead up to Mother’s Day.
 
The renowned signer performed a medley of hits and had the audience in stitches by sharing personal stories.

The performance was followed with a delicious high tea, with many guests signing up to tour the apartment complex. 

Denis is part of a huge line up of stars appearing at a number of free community events at Amarco, including a special morning tea with funny lady Denise Drysdale on July 8.