In all of retirement village in the country, the residents living in the village located in the southeast of Queensland have proven that they are the happiest old folks.
According to a research that was conducted by New Brisbane, there is a program in BallyCara located in Scarborough that is designed for old folks and how they are taken care of. This program is giving new life to the elderly. They are taught that they have worth thus they welcome each day with much enthusiasm.
Based on a study that lasted for four years conducted by an associate professor, Evonne Miller of University of Technology in Queensland, rate of depression at BallyCara is only set at 10 per cent while the average rate in all of the aged care in the country is between 25 and 50 per cent.
Professor Miller said that the expected surge of residents who were born after the year 1945 has added some stress in the system.
He said that it is their goal to research about how the sector could improve the psychological well being of the residents as well as challenge the model that is used up until now.
The innovative program is called SONA and it aims to pursue happiness for the old folks. Sona is the Gaelic term which means happy. According to the CEO of BallyCara, Marcus Riley, the program is all about fulfillment in reaching the potential of each resident as well as reach into their passion, regardless of health state and age.
He added that there is a life that should be lived and they are trying to convey the message that these folks deserved to have a happy and fulfilling life.
In the years to come, it is expected that the life expectancy will increase by 90. When 2020 rolls in, the number of 65 year old will be higher than one year olds.
The researchers are all in agreement that the program is successful due partly to the staff that shares their vision which is essential for anyone looking for retirement villages around sunshine coast.