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National Pain Week 2024
22 July 2024
Undertreatment of pain an issue for older Australians
Pain that interferes with a person’s usual activities is a risk factor for increasing frailty and loneliness – with older people more likely to be at risk from unmanaged pain.
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15 July 2024
Another trip over the Great Barrier Reef 50 years later
More than 50 years since his last chopper ride over the Great Barrier Reef, Bolton Clarke Farnorha aged care resident Don has fulfilled his goal to take to the skies again.
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10 July 2024
From a few happy hour throws to bowling champions
Bolton Clarke Moreton Shores residents were no strangers to a casual game of bowls but one resident quickly realised the group’s potential after an afternoon get-together.
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07 July 2024
A love story made in heaven for Parramatta couple
Parramatta locals John and Yvonne are marking 2024 as the biggest year in their marriage yet with not only 60 years under their belt but their first great grandchild on the way.
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04 July 2024
21 years of person-centred care at Charles Young home
Bolton Clarke’s Charles Young home at Walkverville has celebrated 21 years of person-centred care since opening its doors in 2003.
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02 July 2024
NAIDOC brings intergenerational learning at Bonnells Bay
Bonnells Bay aged care residents have started celebrating NAIDOC Week early with a performance from a local high school didgeridoo group.
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28 June 2024
Legends connect – aged care residents visit ex-racehorses
Living legends from Bolton Clarke’s Charlesbrook aged care home have been horsing around with legends of the racetrack during their annual visit to Living Legends.
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27 June 2024
Seaton Place celebrates seven years as a ‘place by the sea’
Cleveland aged care residents have been whooping it up with celebrations for their home’s seventh birthday.
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26 June 2024
From a blind date to 70th wedding anniversary
St Albans Park residents Dawn and Rick are celebrating 70 years together since their blind date took an unexpected turn in the early 1950s.
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24 June 2024
Intergenerational friendships come to life at Milford Grange
Bolton Clarke Milford Grange residents have been trying their hand with colouring pencils and nursery rhymes during their regular visits from a local early education centre.
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14 June 2024
Cairns local is taking one-day-at-a-time for 100th birthday
Cairns local Maureen has turned her hand to diverse roles over a century – including a one race stint as a racing jockey!
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10 June 2024
Karl’s back on the water thanks to accessible sailing club
Bolton Clarke Templestowe Manor aged care resident Karl is getting back behind the tiller after more than 60 years away from sailing.
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07 June 2024
Pony visits rekindle racing passion for trailblazing jockey
Bolton Clarke Carrington aged care resident Maureen, 91, was one of the first female jockeys and racehorse trainers in both England and Australia during the 1960s and 70s.
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06 June 2024
Waterford retirement village welcomes new clubhouse
Bolton Clarke Talbarra retirement village residents are kicking up their heels celebrating the opening of a new village clubhouse including a pool and al fresco barbecue terrace.
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03 June 2024
Active ageing focus earns international award
Bolton Clarke has been named the inaugural Operator of the Year – Active Ageing at the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards, announced as part of the World Ageing Festival held in Singapore.
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27 May 2024
Rowes Bay retirement village opens its doors to Townsville
Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay retirement village residents opened their doors to the Townsville community over the weekend at the village’s annual Market Day.
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24 May 2024
Aged care resident gets the party started with Pink
It’s not your usual aged care outing, but team members at Bolton Clarke’s Charlesbrook aged care home surprised resident and Pink fan Chris with a trip to the star’s recent Melbourne concert.
National Volunteer Week
20 May 2024
Volunteering inspires a second aged care career
Tweed Heads local and former retiree Margie started her volunteering journey in aged care to simply spend time with those living with dementia but it quickly turned into much more.
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09 May 2024
Myrtle Bank local celebrates six decades of nursing
Bolton Clarke Carinya aged care resident Jenny is celebrating her almost six-decade long nursing career this International Nurses Day.
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09 May 2024
Badgingarra farmer gets his hands dirty in the kitchen
Badgingarra farmer Lloyd is no stranger to rolling up his sleeves and getting his hands dirty - but now he’s doing it not on the farm, but in the kitchen.
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08 May 2024
Somerton age care resident’s generational connection to nursing
For Bolton Clarke Somerton aged care resident Kevin, his family’s nursing history, stems back to his mother’s vital nursing work during World War I in the trenches of France.
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08 May 2024
Hazel’s cooking her way to her 100th birthday
Bribie Island local Hazel is celebrating her 100th birthday on 10 May,  celebrating with five generations of family.
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07 May 2024
Rowes Bay retirement village resident raises $4000 for Leukemia
Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay retirement village resident Trish has raised $4000 and had the big chop as part of Shave for a Cure in support of her four-year-old great grandson.
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01 May 2024
Hard work, self-control pays off for Ridgehaven centenarian
Ridgehaven aged care resident Vytautas (Vic) has celebrated his 100th birthday thanks to what he says is hard work and self-control.
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23 April 2024
Westmead veteran spends two decades on the world’s seas
Cabrini aged care resident and veteran John is taking the time this Anzac Day to reflect on his two decades of service in the Navy.
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22 April 2024
Reflecting on three decades in RAAF this Anzac Day
For Bolton Clarke Rosebrook aged care resident and veteran Noel, a chance glimpse of a recruitment advertisement led to almost three decades of service in the Australian Air Force.
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22 April 2024
Gus honours three generations of veterans at Anzac Day
Bolton Clarke Fernhill retirement village resident and Vietnam veteran Jurgen (Gus) is commemorating three generations of service this Anzac Day – including a grandfather who was an adviser to the Turks at Gallipoli.
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15 April 2024
Aged care resident still calling the shots on local radio
Bolton Clarke Rosemore aged care resident Harry is a familiar voice for local residents.
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11 April 2024
Prawn peeling comp a hit for aged care residents
Brighton aged care residents marked National Prawn Day on 16 March in a novel way, taking on the crustaceans with their annual prawn peeling challenge.
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10 April 2024
Codebreaker, world-traveller, farmer and now centenarian
Former Bletchley Park code breaker and Goodna resident Christine has never let a hurdle get in the way of adventure.
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09 April 2024
Aged care residents getting in touch with their spirituality
Thornlands aged care residents are getting to know different cultures and religions with activities including visiting a local Buddhist Temple.
05 April 2024
Villages a gateway for healthy living
Ninety per cent of retirement village residents say they feel positive about life and almost three quarters rate their health as good to excellent, new research by Bolton Clarke Research Institute has found.
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27 March 2024
Sunny Coast retiree donates knitted items to aged care
Alexandra Headlands local Susan has taken her hobby of knitting around the world but is now putting her needles to good use for aged care residents.
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22 March 2024
Murrumba Downs aged care celebrates Harmony Day
Murrumba Downs aged care residents have been exploring different cultures and traditions for Harmony Day with food, traditional outfits and performances.
22 March 2024
Starting the conversation about advance care planning
This week (18-24 March) is National Advance Care Planning Week, with Australians encouraged to start thinking and communicating preferences for their future health care.
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21 March 2024
Music headsets helping aged care residents find groove
Holly residents are putting a twist on the traditional concert at aged care homes, making dancing and singing a daily ritual but are doing so silently.
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19 March 2024
Local centenarian shares century-rich words of wisdom
Counting down the days until his 100th birthday, Kenmore local Alan says part of celebrating his 100th birthday is having a rich reservoir of experiences to share.
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08 March 2024
Family, food and fitness behind Betty’s 102 years
Ask Elizabeth (Betty) Carse what’s her secret to living well at 102 and she’ll tell you it’s simple; faith, good food, exercise and hobbies. These simple things have kept her well into her golden years.
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06 March 2024
Bolton Clarke - Australia's heart of positive ageing
Bolton Clarke has marked a significant milestone integrating its Acacia Living Group, Allity and McKenzie Aged Care operations together. The move brings the four organisations under one name as Bolton Clarke - Australia’s heart of positive ageing.
Holly aged care residents Rachel and John celebrating 40 years
06 March 2024
40 years married for Hackham couple
Hackham couple Rachel and John are celebrating 40 years married this year and reminiscing on the two decades they have spent together.
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05 March 2024
Chinese cultural celebrations bring in the New Year
Pemulwuy aged care residents welcomed the Year of the Dragon with a month of Chinese cultural celebrations during February.
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05 March 2024
Residents jump for joy on Dolphin Cruise
It’s not every day you get to see dolphins in your backyard, but for Coastal Waters aged care residents, last week was their lucky week.
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04 March 2024
Family the secret to positive ageing for Marthe, 103
Celebrating 103 remarkable years, Beechwood aged care resident Marthe Chasle is joyfully reminiscing about a life rich in family devotion and marked by a vocation of caring for others.
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01 March 2024
Recognising the vital role of hearing for ageing well
Hearing plays a vital role in helping people maintain independence. The Bolton Clarke Research Institute (BCRI) is finding new ways to improve quality of life and help people age well by addressing hearing issues.
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01 March 2024
Up, up and away as Trudy, 103, takes to the sky
Lilydale aged care residents have ticked another item off their bucket list this week, taking to the sky in a hot air balloon over the Yarra Valley.
Ipswich Airforce Veteran Doug Simonds celebrates 100 years
29 February 2024
Ipswich Airforce Veteran celebrates 100 years
Ipswich veteran Doug Simonds is the latest Bolton Clarke Milford Grange Retirement Village resident to join the Centenarian Club as he celebrates his 100th birthday.
Haydn James resident with milking cow
28 February 2024
Montclaire residents enjoy udderly educational visit
Montclaire aged care home recently played host to some ‘dairy fine’ visitors in an immersive educational morning tea as part of the innovative STEM program developed for residents.
Carol (HPP Client) and Julie (CHRN HPP) with harvested tomatoes
20 February 2024
Connections grow in local community gardens
Community gardens across Melbourne are helping people at risk of homelessness grow healthy food and social connections.
National Retirement Living Awards Winners 2024
14 February 2024
Village Managers win big at Property Council Awards
Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay retirement village manager Stephen Pether has been crowned 2024 Programmed Queensland Village Manager of the Year at a Property Council of Queensland event.
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13 February 2024
Battle of Porton veteran joins the Centenarian Club
Taking each day as it comes is the secret to long life, according to Townsville’s newest centenarian John Gehringer.
Coastal Waters resident Doug Logan playing bowls at 95
08 February 2024
Doug, 95, just keeps bowling them over
At 95, Coastal Waters aged care resident Doug Logan has been playing lawn bowls for almost 50 years and is a legend of the local green.
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01 February 2024
Pinjarra Hills local reflects on 100 years in Brisbane
From humble beginnings in Hendra in the 1920s, Ethel has called Brisbane home for the past 100 years.
Neil and Dale, Redleaf Manor residents, on their wedding day 64 years ago
31 January 2024
Neil and Dale share secrets to 64 years of marriage
Redleaf Manor aged care residents Neil and Dale Clark are out to prove that teenage romance can be built to last as they look ahead to their 64th wedding anniversary in February.
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30 January 2024
Tiny tots, big smiles at Buderim Views
Tiny tots are bringing big smiles to residents at Buderim Views where a local Mums’ group has been making regular visits.
28 January 2024
Update on Tropical Cyclone Kirrily
Latest updates on Tropical Cyclone Kirrily for our homes and services.
Coastal Waters residents and friends Shirley and Barbara
24 January 2024
Ageing art of friendship
An unlikely friendship has bloomed at Coastal Waters aged care, where residents Barbara and Shirley are drawing on a lifetime of very different experiences to prove the power of connection.
Rosemore resident Vera on her birthday
23 January 2024
99 reasons to celebrate on Australia Day
Australian born, Australian raised Rosemore aged care resident Vera has always had double the reasons to celebrate on Australia Day.
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17 January 2024
A lifetime of service for Centenarian Harry
Members of the SA Police joined the party at Charles Young aged care resident Harry’s 100th birthday, honouring the newest Centenarian Club member’s more than 40 years on the force.
Charles on the tractor pulling the trough
16 January 2024
Moreton Shores local sows seeds of nostalgia
Bolton Clarke Moreton Shores resident, Charles Geljon, has a special connection with the land the Redlands Retirement Village is built upon.
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12 January 2024
Residents say ‘Cin Cin’ at European coffee group
A weekly European coffee group is bringing residents from countries across Europe together at Glendale aged care.
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05 January 2024
Family wedding comes to Violet at Raffles aged care
A small wedding has had a huge impact on the community at Raffles aged care in Tweed Heads.
Best In Grow competition Charlesbrook
03 January 2024
Garden competition gives new meaning to boots on the ground
Local Templestowe aged care residents have been given the green thumbs up in Bolton Clarke’s recent ‘Best in Grow’ competition.
Glendale resident Ian interviewing Elton John
03 January 2024
Ian reminisces on meeting rock ‘n’ roll royalty
Journalism wasn’t always a part of Ian Dougall’s plan – in fact, the Werribee resident had originally planned on becoming an attorney.
Julie and Doreen reuniting at Galleon Gardens
02 January 2024
Howzat for a cricketing connection?
The Life Stories Project at Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens has left residents and staff ‘bowled over’, unearthing a historical cricketing connection between resident Doreen Hazell and mature-aged social work student Julie Spring.
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22 December 2023
Unwrapping the spirit of Christmas
Unwrap the spirit of Christmas in this collection of images from across our Bolton Clarke, Allity and McKenzie homes which showcase the meaningful moments that made this holiday season truly special for our residents.
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18 December 2023
100 years of “I can do this” for local Logan centenarian
From training as an aircraft electrician to hairdressing and spearheading a women’s health movement, Logan centenarian Elizabeth, better known as Betty, hasn’t slowed down for the past 100 years.
Beechwood residents Ramon and Dorothy wedding photo
15 December 2023
Bankstown couple celebrate 65 action packed years
Sixty-five years of marriage has only made the love between Bolton Clarke Beechwood aged care residents Ramon and Dorothy Williams stronger.
Cycling Without Age and Gosling Creek residents
13 December 2023
Pedalling partnership allows seniors to hit the open road
A global cycling movement aimed at giving aged care residents the chance to enjoy cycling in the outdoors and meet new people has launched at Bolton Clarke’s Gosling Creek aged care in Orange, with residents Judith and John being amongst the first residents to ride.
12 December 2023
Update on FNQ severe weather
18 December 2023 - An update for family and friends of Cairns clients and residents. Our teams are well-prepared for severe weather events and remain focused on the safety and wellbeing of our clients, residents and employees.
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12 December 2023
Biker Santas on wheels
Christmas has come early for local Moreton Shores aged care residents, who last week had a visit from local motorbike enthusiasts.
11 December 2023
Village managers are some of the best
Bolton Clarke Retirement Village Managers have been recognised with three finalist spots in the National Retirement Living Awards – with winners to be announced in 2024.
07 December 2023
Research helping people age well
Bolton Clarke Research Institute's 2021-23 report, released this week, includes highlights of work to codesign, test and implement new models of care to support health and wellbeing across Australia and internationally.
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06 December 2023
Babies top of the visitor list at Cleveland’s Seaton Place
Baby fever has set in at Seaton Place aged care home in Cleveland, where a local Mum’s group has been visiting eagerly awaiting residents.
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05 December 2023
Europa on Alma resident David digs deep in new book
Europa on Alma resident David Bereson is excited to announce the launch of his new book, Dig Deep, published by Inside Lives.
05 December 2023
‘Right size’ fits all at Chelsea retirement village
Bolton Clarke’s Chelsea Retirement Village at Maryborough is offering a new affordable living option for local retirees.
Year in Review 2023
04 December 2023
Growing to support more people in more places
A successful integration program which has expanded connected care and living options is among highlights of Bolton Clarke’s 2023 Year in Review. The publication includes highlights of a year in which the organisation further strengthened its services as Australia’s largest independent, not-for-profit aged care provider, with a commitment to bringing positive ageing solutions to more people in more places.
30 November 2023
Health partnerships drive quality of life for people with HIV
Bolton Clarke HIV Clinical Nurse Practitioner Dr Liz Crock will be among experts discussing latest developments in service provision, barriers to treatment and stigma around HIV at a World AIDS Day panel discussion hosted by The Doherty Institute.
01 December 2023
Appointment of Mr Tony Crawford
Bolton Clarke announced today, the appointment of Mr Tony Crawford as the new Chairman of Bolton Clarke Group. This follows the retirement of current Chairman Mr Pat McIntosh.
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30 November 2023
Aged care resident Katie celebrates 106 years of smiles
Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens, Currumbin Waters resident Katie doesn’t see her 106th birthday as any reason to slow down.
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30 November 2023
Bolton Clarke centenarians join Premier for 100+ Club
It’s not every day you celebrate being over 100 years old with more than 50 other centenarians, but that’s exactly what Bolton Clarke residents had the chance to do this month.
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28 November 2023
St Kilda welcomes new kid on the Alma block
A European inspired café and general store led by locally grown chef Samuel Hocking is taking up residence at Bolton Clarke’s Europa on Alma retirement village.
Bill Eaton, Bongaree Centenarian in his WWII portrait
28 November 2023
Good genes, future focus secrets to Bill’s 100 years
Good genes and a little bit of luck are the secret to Albert Ian ‘Bill’ Eaton’s longevity, according to the long time Bribie local.
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24 November 2023
Aged care residents teach a lifetime of skills to children
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Allity Marten aged care home in Largs North are teaching children skills they have learned over a lifetime in the home’s Legacy program.
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22 November 2023
Residents, school children connect via video calls
Residents at Farnorha aged care home in Cairns have been connecting with local school students through a new online intergenerational learning and wellbeing program.
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17 November 2023
Upcoming 'Downsizing Made Simple' book launches
Downsizing experts and bestselling authors Rachel Lane and Noel Whittaker will share their internationally recognised expertise when they launch their new edition of Downsizing Made Simple at free events at Moreton Shores and Europa on Alma.
Intergenerational Project at the village hub
17 November 2023
Call for Seniors to join local intergenerational project
A new intergenerational community program is giving seniors and school students the chance to share experiences from cooking and gardening to reading and postcard writing – and older community members are being invited to join the fun!
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17 November 2023
Travel brings Michael back home to Willowdale
It was curiosity that brought truck driver Michael to Australia from his native Ireland when he was 21. But it’s love that saw him stay and make a life in Greater Western Sydney, most recently becoming one of the first residents at Bolton Clarke’s new Willowdale home at Denham Court.
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15 November 2023
Village connection promotes wellbeing at Menora Gardens
Menora Gardens Retirement Village resident Helen Brennan says since making the move into the village nine months ago her days look very different – and it’s all about community.
Janet Gibb's 102nd birthday
15 November 2023
A birthday worth celebrating for Janet
Keeping active is the secret to a long and healthy life according to Allity Claremont Terrace resident Janet Gibbs, who celebrated her 102nd birthday this month.
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14 November 2023
Undetected hearing loss and dementia diagnosis
A Bolton Clarke Research Institute project focussed on removing undetected hearing loss as a barrier in assessing cognitive ability is investigating the potential of personal amplification devices in the assessment process.
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14 November 2023
Importance of appropriate and timely diabetes care
Support to manage her diabetes at home has helped Melbourne’s Maureen Carr regain her independence and stay active in the neighbourhood she’s lived in for more than half a century.
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13 November 2023
Sandra’s knitting up a festive Christmas storm
Riddell Gardens aged care resident Sandra has scooped the pool at the Sunbury show with her knitted creations – and given hope to budding amateur knitters.
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10 November 2023
Fred sailed the world with the Royal Navy
Allity Lexington Gardens aged care resident Frederick, 99, holds fond memories of his time in the Royal Navy as he reflects for Remembrance Day.
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07 November 2023
Banora Point veterans receive Quilts of Valour honour
In a moving ceremony eight Bolton Clarke Darlington residents were awarded a Quilt of Valour for their vast and varied military history ahead of Remembrance Day.
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03 November 2023
Racing history alive and well at Sunshine Coast
For Alexandra Headland residents Neil and Patricia Eiby, joining Melbourne Cup Day celebrations with their neighbours at Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village brings back fond memories.
Innovative initiatives
02 November 2023
Innovative initiatives earn Future of Ageing wins
Bolton Clarke’s innovation across at home support and retirement living has been awarded with wins in two categories in the 2023 Future of Ageing Awards, announced this week.
Centenarian George enjoying a cup of tea
01 November 2023
Life’s a laugh for Bribie Cove resident George
Bribie Cove resident George is a self-professed ‘sunworshipper’, so for him there is no better way to reflect on 100 years of life than sitting on beautiful Bribie Island reminiscing about all the places he has been – and enjoying a good laugh.
Lillian blowing out her 100th birthday candles
01 November 2023
Lillian’s big celebration
Cunningham Villas resident Lillian says she has never been one for big birthday celebrations - but she is willing to make an exception for her 100th birthday this month.
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31 October 2023
Baycrest residents celebrate being a senior
Bolton Clarke Baycrest residents celebrated the conclusion of Seniors Month in style last week, with 152 residents and visitors gathering to celebrate what it means to ‘love where you live’.
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24 October 2023
Community hungry for more ‘cook, eat, chat’ education sessions
Recently Bolton Clarke At Home Support held its first Cook, Eat and Chat session where clients and support workers gathered for an interactive lunch experience.
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24 October 2023
Out with the old and in with the sweet
Residents at Bowen’s Cunningham Villas have found new ways to upcycle and connect with their local community, opening their very own op-shop for business.
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24 October 2023
Easy living bags create easy access
A new initiative is helping At Home Support clients quickly access simple assistive devices to solve everyday problems.
Seaton Place resident with cuddly companion HUG
18 October 2023
Comfort in the form of a HUG
Thanks to innovative sensory technology, residents at Cleveland’s Seaton Place home are finding special comfort in a new cuddly companion, ‘HUG’.
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16 October 2023
Buderim artist Maureen still creating in her 90s
McKenzie Buderim Views resident Maureen is determined to keep her paintbrush in hand as she ticks off another art exhibition, but this time from her aged care home.
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13 October 2023
‘Tea, Cake and Family History’ paints a timeless portrait
Seabrook resident Zita came face to face with her own image when she visited the Brisbane Portrait Prize exhibition at the Powerhouse, including daughter Donna’s finalist portrait of Zita.
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13 October 2023
Home care nurses a vital palliative care resource
A study into the benefits of empowering generalist home care nurses with additional palliative care information and the support of a specialist clinical nurse practitioner aims to break down barriers to palliative care delivery in the home.
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13 October 2023
Caring Comes Full Circle at Galleon Gardens
This National Carers Week, Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens resident Doreen (Dawdie) and Activities Officer Mia are taking a trip down memory lane, exploring a 20-year-old caring connection.
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10 October 2023
Butterfly effect brings joy at Willandra
Spring has well and truly sprung at Willandra Residential Aged Care in Marrickville, with residents and team giving the green thumbs up to new sensory garden and butterfly hatching programs.
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06 October 2023
100 years of memories for Centenarian, Allen
Avonlea Grange resident Allen is the latest member to join Bolton Clarke’s Centenarian club, marking his 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family at his home in Mentone.
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03 October 2023
Seeder sows memories for Westhaven resident Roy
For Westhaven Retirement Village resident Roy, a community bus trip ended up being a trip down memory lane when he spotted part of his family history in a paddock outside Toowoomba.
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29 September 2023
Buddy App Awarded for Innovation
Bolton Clarke has made the 2023 Financial Review BOSS Most Innovative Companies Top 10 Innovations list with its Buddy social connection app.
From carpentry in rural NSW to travelling the world
29 September 2023
From carpentry in rural NSW to travelling the world
For McKenzie Sandbrook aged care resident Ron, an unexpected career change in his 50s led to making unforgettable memories from across the world.
Intergenerational program expands to Caboolture
25 September 2023
Intergenerational program expands to Caboolture
Caboolture seniors and school students will be connecting next term in a new intergenerational program that will see them working on joint activities from cooking to gardening and writing letters.
Gold Coast centenarian reflects on his time in the bush
22 September 2023
Gold Coast centenarian reflects on his time in the bush
When Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens resident Bob set sail for Australia with his family in 1928, he shared the ship with one of Australia’s most recognisable icons – the last arches for the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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14 September 2023
A nursing career spanning three generations
Bolton Clarke at home support nurses and mother and daughter, Karen and Alissa are keeping a family tradition of community nursing alive.
Retirement village residents fighting the cost of living
08 September 2023
Retirement village residents fighting the cost of living
Bolton Clarke Fairways retirement village residents have come together to help each other beat the rising cost of living in Bundaberg with their own community food bank.
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06 September 2023
Bolton Clarke named an Employer of Choice
Bolton Clarke is pleased to have been named an Employer of Choice in the Australian Business Awards 2023. The award recognises organisations and workplaces that maximise the full potential of their workforce through established policies and practices and effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention.
07 September 2023
Reaping the benefits of a healthy ageing population
Bolton Clarke's inaugural Ageing Well Report released today found nine in 10 Australians believe we can learn from the experiences and wisdom of older people - yet almost four in 10 (39%) admit we are currently failing to do so. The report surveyed more than 2000 Australians aged 25-75+ about their attitudes to ageing and priorities for ageing well.
Couple continues love story into aged care
01 September 2023
Couple continues love story into aged care
Being married for over five decades hasn’t hindered the love Bolton Clarke Carrington aged care residents Les and Myrtle have for one another.
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21 August 2023
Hillside resident reconnects with rhythmic roots
From playing on stage with the Little River Band to drumming for her fellow residents at Allity’s Hillside aged care home, Jacqueline (Jackie) has never lost her love of rhythm.
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21 August 2023
Aged care art competition renews resident’s passion
Artist Irena, 96, was reluctant to join the art class at Allity’s Greenwood home at Normanhurst, eventually being persuaded by a friend to take up a brush.
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18 August 2023
Aged care residents getting into the Ekka spirit
From dagwood dogs to show bags and live entertainment, Bolton Clarke Fairview, Pinjarra Hills residents kicked off Ekka celebrations early with all the fun of the show.
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17 August 2023
Veterans remember Victory in the Pacific Day
Bolton Clarke Milford Grange residents and World War II veterans Harry and Olive have very different recollections of the day they got the news the war was finally over.
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07 August 2023
Community connection just what the doctor ordered
Glen Eira’s John Gibson says he knew it was time to address his loneliness when he began going days without speaking to anybody or leaving his home.
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07 August 2023
Loneliness Awareness Week
Bolton Clarke is pleased to partner with Ending Loneliness Together to tackle loneliness and help people stay connected and healthy.
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07 August 2023
Storytelling helping inspire workforce of the future
Bolton Clarke is working with students across multiple disciplines at eight Australian universities to involve them in the Bolton Clarke Research Institute’s SHARE storytelling program, which has rolled out with clients and residents in Queensland and NSW.
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03 August 2023
An unexpected career change into aged care
Working as a fly in fly out worker in the mines, Hervey Bay man Grant says he’d never imagined he would find his calling in aged care.
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12 July 2023
Diabetes nurses provide 'life-changing' care
For Bolton Clarke client Shivani, 25, the support of specialist nurses in managing her diabetes has been life changing.
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11 July 2023
World record holder cheers on the Blues
Bolton Clarke Cabrini aged care resident and 2006 Guinness World Record holder, Dennis, will be cheering on the Blues for the second round of State of Origin.
Father and daughter, Col and Julie
10 July 2023
Family ties endure at Baycrest community
For Bolton Clarke Baycrest father and daughter residents, Col and Julie, family is important – which is one reason both made the decision to move into the Baycrest aged care community.
Steve celebrates his Indigenous family history for NAIDOC Week.
05 July 2023
Aged care resident celebrates indigenous heritage
For Allity Riddell Gardens aged care resident Steve, being Indigenous became a part of his identity much later in life.
Dorothy has celebrated her 100th birthday
16 June 2023
Baycrest resident’s 100 years of memorable moments
From mistakenly signing up to become a nurse and being caught in a rowboat in an ocean whirlpool to experiencing Cyclone Tracy in 1974 – it’s safe to say Bolton Clarke Baycrest resident Dorothy's century has been anything but dull.
Heather has now published four books during retirement
13 June 2023
Redlands author shining the light on meditation
The sunrises of Redlands are the inspiration for a new book of photography and meditations co-authored by Moreton Shores retirement village resident Heather.
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29 May 2023
Bolton Clarke named APAC Operator of the Year Residential Aged Care
Bolton Clarke has taken out two categories at the 11th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards, winning Operator of the Year – Residential Aged Care and Innovation of the Year – COVID-19 (loneliness).
Marg's late father was the first Mayor of the City of Thuringowa
22 May 2023
Former Mayor’s daughter holds Townsville history close
Born and bred in Townsville, Bolton Clarke Glendale aged care resident Margaret learnt a lot about her hometown through her father, the first Mayor of the former City of Thuringowa.
Sandra volunteers at Chelsea residential care home
16 May 2023
Volunteering gives Maryborough local purpose
For Maryborough local Sandra a history of caring attracted her to a volunteer role in aged care.
International Nurses Day
12 May 2023
Former Maryborough nurse keeps close ties to nursing community
From the outback to the operating table, Bolton Clarke Chelsea retirement village resident Olwen spent her nursing career giving back to the Maryborough community.
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11 May 2023
Retired nurses call for thanks for International Nurses Day
For Bernice (Nonie) and Margaret, their lifelong careers in nursing took them to places they never expected.
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09 May 2023
Improving health through social connection
A new program using an innovative social prescribing model to improve wellbeing is already making a difference for older people in Glen Eira, Victoria.
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03 May 2023
Bob, 89, feels the breeze under his kilt with bucket list skydive
Aged care resident Bob ticked skydiving off his bucket list with a jump from 15,000 feet with Yarra Valley Drop Zone this week – and he’s planning his next bucket list item!
Charles is a Navy veteran
24 April 2023
Bribie local pays homage to lost friends and family
ANZAC Day marks a very special time for Bolton Clarke Bongaree retirement village resident and veteran Charles.
Neil and Patricia give back to the veteran community
20 April 2023
A love story born out of the Australian Defence forces
For Bolton Clarke Tantula Rise retirement village residents Neil and Patricia Eiby, the defence forces have been entrenched in their lives from day one together.
Brian meets former South Korean prime minister
19 April 2023
Veteran’s lasting ties with Korean community
While Anzac Day brings back many memories for Bolton Clarke’s Darlington residential aged care resident Brian, it’s the special connection he has to Korea that he holds closest to his heart.
Cynthia was a Predictor Operator in the Army
18 April 2023
From secretary to WWII predictor operator
Determined to make her own contribution during World War II, Bolton Clarke Fairview aged care resident Cynthia put her career aside to join the forces.
Joan and residents are getting know students from the local school
06 April 2023
Easter making way for intergenerational friendships
The Easter bunny came early for local retirement village residents and school students after spending the first term of the school year together building intergenerational friendships.
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03 April 2023
Bolton Clarke a finalist in six categories for international awards
Bolton Clarke has been named a finalist in six categories at the 11th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards, with winners to be announced in May.
Lyn shaved her locks for a good cause
30 March 2023
Baycrest resident loses locks for a good cause
Bolton Clarke Baycrest Retirement Village resident Lyn Latham has said goodbye to her luscious locks all for a good cause.
Claudia and Rajna from Bolton Clarke Research Institute
21 March 2023
Tool helps social workers partner with older people
Working together with a team of aged care social workers, a collaboration between researchers from Bolton Clarke Research Institute and University of Melbourne have developed an innovative psycho-social assessment tool to guide social work assessments and help social workers build proactive partnerships with older people.
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13 March 2023
At home support client dancing his way to 102
Celebrating his 102nd birthday on the 28th of February, Bolton Clarke At Home Support Client Nicholas has spent the milestone reflecting on a life well-lived.
09 March 2023
New Bundoora community set to sparkle
An electric vehicle that will be shared by residents was among stars of the show at the launch of Bolton Clarke’s new retirement living development at Bundoora on Saturday.
Eileen connects to her local community through spinning
08 March 2023
Keeping the art of spinning wool alive at Inverpine
For Bolton Clarke Inverpine Retirement Village resident Eileen likes nothing better than to spin up a yarn - while spinning yarn.
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28 February 2023
Galleon Gardens retirement village says hello to a fresh community hall
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Galleon Gardens Retirement Village are wasting no time filling the calendar at their new community hall.
John and Dianne have been married for 49 years
27 February 2023
Glendale couples mark day of love together
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Glendale residential aged care home celebrated enduring love on Valentine’s Day, taking their spouses on a romantic date.
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17 February 2023
McKenzie Aged Care joins Bolton Clarke Group
McKenzie Aged Care has selected Bolton Clarke to become its new owner and operator.  Under the agreement, McKenzie Aged Care will transfer nine residential aged care homes and two retirement villages, together with the management rights for eight additional homes to Bolton Clarke.
Annette and Ross celebrated 65 years of marriage
13 February 2023
Banora Point couple say cheers to 64 years of marriage
After knowing one another for a lifetime, Bolton Clarke Darlington aged care couple Annette and Ross are enjoying their 65th year of wedded bliss.
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21 April 2023
Local retirement community keeping things fresh
Armed with fresh produce and cooking up a storm at Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village, a group of residents have taken over the community veggie garden to combat the rising cost of fruit and vegetables.
Brenda loves the lifestyle she now leads
14 April 2023
Living a life of luxury at Cazna Gardens
Born and raised in a small village of Yorkshire in England, Bolton Clarke Cazna Gardens retirement village resident Brenda loves the lifestyle she now leads.
Debbie and the craft group from Moreton Shores
07 April 2023
Village residents supporting the local community with handcrafts
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores Retirement Village have taken the challenge to pool their talents and put unused craft supplies to use to benefit people in need.
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31 March 2023
Man’s best friend has bred companionship in Mackay
A shared love of man’s best friend is helping forge new friendships and promote wellbeing among residents at Bolton Clarke’s Breezes Retirement Village.
Bongaree resident draws inspiration from surrounds
24 March 2023
Resident artist draws inspiration from natural surrounds
Bolton Clarke Bongaree Retirement Village resident Graham first studied art at school and took up a paintbrush again to challenge himself in retirement.
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17 March 2023
Retiree enjoys a healthy and active lifestyle at Baycrest
Bolton Clarke Baycrest Retirement Village resident Pamela, 81, often puts the pedal to the metal with a 10km bicycle ride as part of her regular exercise regime.
Verney downsized six years ago
10 March 2023
Staying connected in the Inverpine community
Maintaining strong connections and support is something that made Bolton Clarke’s Inverpine Retirement Village at Murrumba Downs an appealing option for Verney when she decided to downsize six years ago.
Malcolm uses his retirement to write
24 February 2023
Change of pace gave Malcolm time to write debut book
After living what Malcolm calls a “full-on” life moving regularly across regional Queensland, settling down at Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill Retirement Village 18 years ago was an easy decision.
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17 February 2023
Leonard strolls through life with his four-legged friend at Westhaven
After growing up on and later running the family dairy farm outside of Toowoomba, Bolton Clarke Westhaven Retirement Village resident Leonard says he was ready for the convenience and support of retirement living.
Christine instantly knew Tantula was the place
10 February 2023
Getting the family involved at Tantula Rise
Seeing Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise Retirement Village over a video call from Western Australia was all Christine needed to know she wanted to call it home.
Annette and Bob tied the knot at Baycrest
06 February 2023
Wedding bells are ringing at Baycrest retirement village
Over 50 years apart didn’t change the love Bolton Clarke Baycrest retirement village residents Bob and Annette have always had for one another.
Mae and Doug celebrating 70 years of marriage
19 January 2023
Celebrating 70 years of love at Fairview
After spending a lifetime together, Bolton Clarke Fairview residents, Doug and Mae are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.
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22 December 2022
Europa on Alma recognised for innovation in retirement living
Bolton Clarke’s Europa on Alma retirement village has been recognised for design quality and innovation at the Victorian Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Awards.
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21 December 2022
Aged care provider rallies support for local Victorian family
Over the weekend staff from Bolton Clarke and APM Group lent a helping hand for a great cause as they landscaped the display unit for the Callisto Place retirement village which will open next year.
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13 December 2022
Social connection a focus over the holiday period
The importance of social connection for older people continues to be a focus for Bolton Clarke’s corporate volunteering program in the approach to the festive season.
Grahame has been a chaplain for over 20 years
05 December 2022
Local retirement village resident devotes his time to Chaplaincy
Devoting your life to helping others is not a simple task but it’s exactly what Bolton Clarke Inverpine retirement village resident Grahame has done for over 20 years.
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30 November 2022
Centenarian shares memories from across the globe
At 101, Wantirna centenarian Maria has spent more than a century travelling around the world.
Rowes Bay's new BBQ area
25 November 2022
Tropical-themed opening brings Rowes Bay community together
A revamped entertainment area at Rowes Bay retirement village in Townsville has been brought to life thanks to a generous bequest from former resident Alice.
Selwyn is learning new skills with his support
20 November 2022
Cooking a new string to Selwyn’s bow at 86
Cairns resident Selwyn, 86, is learning new skills in the kitchen with a little help from his Bolton Clarke at home support team.
The CaT Pin is attempting to tackle the effects of loneliness
17 November 2022
Pinning down causes of loneliness: technology takes next steps
Older Melbourne residents who live alone are being invited to trial new technology that aims to measure how the amount of conversations people have in a day correlates with risk of loneliness.
Ian served in the Australian Army for more than 40 years
10 November 2022
Remembering four decades of service
After 41 years serving in the Australian Army, Bolton Clarke Inverpine resident Ian spent most of his life in the forces as that’s all he knew.
Don is a Long Tan veteran
10 November 2022
Farnorha Long Tan veterans honour Remembrance Day
For Bolton Clarke Farnorha residential aged care resident and Australian Army veteran Don, 87, Remembrance Day is the most important day of the year.
Celebrating International Day of Older Persons
15 November 2022
High Teas sweet enough for seniors Australia-wide
Seventy Allity and Bolton Clarke residential aged care communities dished out a delicious spread of Hors d’Oeuvres and cake on their finest China as part of International Day of Older Persons, Queensland Seniors Month and Victorian Seniors Festival celebrations in October.
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07 November 2022
Betty’s 100 years thanks to “pure luck”
After years apart due to Covid-19, there was a reason for Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens retirement village resident Betty and her family to come together and celebrate for a very special 100th birthday.
Margaret and her grandson
31 October 2022
Margaret marks Grandparents Day with a swim
Margaret, 78, loves her four grandchildren who live only streets away, considering her role as a grandma a vital support.
Celebrating 30 years of Centaur
04 November 2022
30 years of aged care to the Caloundra community
Bolton Clarke’s Centaur residential aged care home has celebrated its 30th anniversary on Friday, marking a major milestone for residents, staff and family members.
Marion and Desmond love spending time with their great-grandchild
30 October 2022
Banora Point great-grandparents are quite the catch
For Banora Point couple Marion and Desmond, happiness is casting a fishing line off the back jetty with great-grandchildren in tow.
Kathryn and her mother
24 October 2022
Nurses support family carer’s vital role
Kathryn has been her mother’s unsung hero as her principal carer for three years, with specialised support from Bolton Clarke.
Margaret is a full time carer
21 October 2022
Village community provides connection for carers
ONE quarter of residents at Bolton Clarke’s Fairview Retirement Village in Pinjarra Hills are caring for a partner or loved one.
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20 October 2022
Day respite an essential support for carer Leanne
A Caboolture day respite program is providing essential support for family carers and important social connections for people with dementia.
Clyde was surrounded by his family and friends for his 100th birthday
19 October 2022
Bill’s century of going with the flow
Joined by RSL and RAAF representatives, Bolton Clarke Westhaven residential aged care resident Clyde, better known as Bill, celebrated his 100th birthday in style this month.
Vassinee and Rose meeting for the first time
27 October 2022
Postcards project breaks down age and language barriers
A new pen pals program is helping aged care residents build connections while breaking down cultural barriers and strengthening English skills for migrant students.
Pam and Pat celebrating their 90th birthday together
17 October 2022
Port Macquarie identical twin says, “great minds think alike”
Port Macquarie sisters Patricia and Pamela have had friends and family seeing double for 90 years.
Celebrating their wedding anniversary together
10 October 2022
Caboolture couple celebrate platinum jubilee
It was love at first sight for Caboolture couple Ken and Joy who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill residential aged care community last month.
Mervyn and his wife celebrating his birthday together
12 October 2022
The icing is on the cake for Mervyn
Birthdays have come and gone for Mervyn, but the one constant for 70 years is the beautiful cake baked to celebrate the occasion by wife Helen.
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30 September 2022
Trailblazer Pamela says “travel far and wide”
Globetrotter Pamela’s thirst for adventure has taken her around the world.
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30 September 2022
Inverpine resident finds passion later in life
The move to Bolton Clarke’s Inverpine retirement village gave Pat the time she needed to build a new retirement career telling the stories of Korean War veterans.
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29 September 2022
Local hockey legend celebrates 105th birthday
Maryborough local Cecilia believes it’s important to live every day well, and after almost 105 years she continues to live by that advice.
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26 September 2022
Shirley recalls days as a long-haul trucking pioneer
For Bolton Clarke Pioneers resident and former long haul truck driver Shirley, 81, long roads were part and parcel of the job which often took her 2000km away from the family home.
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16 September 2022
Liaison nurses support transition from hospital to home
Regaining independence at home after a hospital stay can be difficult for older people, with the period after a hospital admission representing increased risk of falls and other health issues.
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24 September 2022
Spring has sprung for Toowoomba residents
Flower power and butterflies have beautified a maintenance ute decorated by the Bolton Clarke Westhaven retirement living community for the Grand Central Floral Parade last Saturday.
The Centenarian Club's newest member, Grace
15 September 2022
Grace still cooks up a storm at 101
Avid cook Grace, 101, says she is happy to share the recipe for a long life and reveal some of the secret ingredients.
Cilla worked as a nurse at the Gold coast for 40 years
14 September 2022
Nursing a career with heart, says Bongaree retiree
Cilla was a cornerstone of her community for 40 years working as a nurse and later as Director of Nursing at a private Gold Coast hospital.
The original residents cutting the cake for the Birthday Bash
06 September 2022
Moreton Shores celebrates 15 years of retirement living
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores retirement community came together last month to celebrate the village’s 15th birthday.
Men's health is a priority at Moreton Shores
04 September 2022
Healthy connections a Father’s Day priority at Moreton Shores
Healthy connections will be on the Father’s Day gift list when the men of Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores retirement village come together to launch their Men’s Group with a Father’s Day breakfast this week.
Bill and Coleen on their wedding day
21 September 2022
Love transcends words, with dementia in between
There may be no words to describe the love between Victoria Point couple Bill and Coleen, but stanzas and verses help Bill convey the things left unsaid.
Louise is a Clinical Nurse Consultant is in the frontline providing services for clients with dementia.
20 September 2022
Nurses support independence for clients with dementia
Dementia Action Week (September 19 - 25) is an awareness-raising initiative that focuses on supporting those living with dementia, their families and carers.
Sparkles with Cazna Gardens residents
06 October 2022
Furry friend brings sparkle to day at Cazna Gardens
A local support dog is bringing joy and a little sparkle to residents at the Bolton Clarke Cazna Gardens residential aged care community.
Marianne sharing her story
18 September 2022
Townsville students and aged care residents bond over life stories
Social work students from James Cook University are working with residents at Bolton Clarke’s Glendale residential aged care community through a new storytelling program aimed at sharing resident memories and creating strong connections.
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05 September 2022
Gift honours century-long connection with nursing work
For Ringwood East resident Marjory Turnham, her family connection with Bolton Clarke’s District Nurses started long before she was born.
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22 August 2022
Wound care helps Maureen get back to enjoying life
For Werribee resident Maureen, leg wounds made it harder to do the things she enjoys but specialist wound care at home has helped her get back on her feet.
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19 August 2022
Wound care helps Jim enjoy active St Kilda lifestyle
For St Kilda resident Jim Murphy, 84, a fall at the home was the catalyst for a lifestyle change that has helped him live the life he wants with extra support when he needs it.
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19 August 2022
Arthur swaps bus for scooter in veteran challenge
Maroochydore man Arthur Reeves, 77, is a familiar face for Bolton Clarke Tantula Rise aged care and retirement living residents, having volunteered behind the wheel of the community bus for the past seven years.
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18 August 2022
Ex-Sailor reflects on Vietnam 56 years on
Over 50 years have gone by since ex-Sailor and Bolton Clarke Fairview aged care resident John Oliver embarked for Vietnam.
15 August 2022
Taking steps to end loneliness together
Bolton Clarke has earned a special commendation at the Excellence in Age Services Awards for its research-based initiatives to build social connection as Bolton Clarke Head of Research Professor Judy Lowthian joined fellow Ending Loneliness Together partners to address Federal Parliamentarians.
12 August 2022
Bringing the EKKA to resident’s backyard
The best of the EKKA came to Bolton Clarke Inverpine residents this week, with community locals not needing to travel far to have the traditional show experience!
01 August 2022
Digital pendant drives freedom, independence
Jean has been living in Noosa for 17 years, and the Bolton Clarke InTouch Go! allows her to continue enjoying her independent, active and social lifestyle without thinking twice.
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02 August 2022
Mel loves making a difference in Melbourne’s West
The Latin adage “Carpe Diem,”- translating to seize the day - rings true for Bolton Clarke’s West Melbourne social worker Mel Walters, who loves making a difference for clients every day.
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29 July 2022
Tech training links Sarina with the world during pandemic
“HOME is where the heart is” rings true for Monee Ponds resident Sarina Roscioli, 98, who lives in Australia but communicates around the globe via new technologies.
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01 August 2022
Caring comes naturally for Melbourne nurse
For more than 20 years, Bolton Clarke Clinical Nurse Consultant Kylie Hall has been helping people with chronic health issues including dementia stay independent at home.
Westhaven resident John with his digital life story students
27 July 2022
Students and retirees bond over shared life experiences
Five dancers are chatting in a group. Their shared experiences easily span the more than 60-year age gap between them. Nearby, retiree John shares his love of the outdoors with a group of 12-year-old boys with similar interests.
Tom Barry and his book 'A Prodigious Leap'
27 July 2022
A Flying Launch for ‘A Prodigious Leap’
Between turning 100 and deteriorating eyesight, you’d be forgiven for not expecting Bolton Clarke Bicentennial resident Tom Barry to be joining a list of new authors. But Tom is out to prove you wrong!
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25 July 2022
Centenarian May says turning 106 is the icing on the cake
May Lowe may not officially be a supercentenarian – the term given to people over 110 – but living independently at 106 certainly qualifies her as super.
26 September 2022
Social atmosphere at Rowes Bay brings John out of his shell
For Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay Retirement Village resident, John, Townsville has always been the place he came back to. It was the place he joined the Royal Australian Air Force, it was where he was discharged after 22 years of service and it was where his two sons were born.
Frances leads fellow residents in art class.
19 September 2022
Local artist thrives at Moreton Shores
For Thornlands artist Frances and her husband David, the move into Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores retirement village has given them time to let their creativity shine. Frances says making the switch has alleviated the pressure of maintaining a house and been the best move they could have made.
John and Susan enjoying their life at Tantula Rise.
12 September 2022
It’s nice to be home at Tantula Rise
Bolton Clarke Tantula Rise Retirement Village residents Susan and John say that it’s nice to have found their home after a lifetime of moving around the world. John, who is originally from Liverpool in the United Kingdom, was in the Royal Air Force for 38 years to the day he joined. As a result, he and his family have moved frequently.
Mary enjoys gardening at her Cazna Gardens home.
05 September 2022
Downsizing gets the green thumbs up from Mary
When it came time for Bolton Clarke Cazna Gardens Retirement Village resident Mary to downsize, choosing where to go took no time at all. Before she moved to Cazna Gardens at the end of 2019, Mary had been living locally at Sunnybank Hills in a three-bedroom, two-storey house
Dorothy is thriving as part of the social committee at Breezes.
29 August 2022
There’s no place like home at Breezes
Despite travelling around Australia, Bolton Clarke Breezes Retirement Village resident Dorothy always wanted to come home to Mackay.
Neville has been a part of the Toowoomba Art Society for eight years.
22 August 2022
Retirement makes way for new hobbies at Westhaven!
Retirement living at Bolton Clarke’s Westhaven Village has given 88-year-old Neville Brown a whole new lease on life. Neville moved to Toowoomba 40 years ago, working as a house painter and wallpaper hanger.
Joan thriving at Inverpine Retirement Village
15 August 2022
Caring community is Joan’s key to happiness
It was Bolton Clarke’s veteran heritage that first drew Joan McAloney to Inverpine Retirement Village. After losing her husband in the Vietnam War, she wanted to be part of a community that honoured that history.
Wendy in her garden at Bongaree
03 October 2022
Settling by the seaside at Bongaree
For Bolton Clarke Bongaree resident Wendy, life has been full of adventure and lots of love from her family. Wendy lived in Papua New Guinea and Toowoomba before finally coming to retire in Bolton Clarke’s Bongaree community on the beautiful Bribie Island.
Carmen and Margaret at the Jacaranda Cafe
08 August 2022
Coming home to Fernhill
Margaret moved into Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill Retirement Village 19 years ago, but the community has been a part of her life since her mother worked in the laundry when she was a child.
Carrington residents John and Kirsten
01 August 2022
The next big adventure at Carrington
For Bolton Clarke Carrington Retirement Village residents John and Kirsten, the move to their new unit has been full of serendipitous links to their adventurous past.
Janice at her new Baycrest home
25 July 2022
Janice trades the country for the Bay
For Bolton Clarke Baycrest Retirement Village resident Janice, moving from her property in Jandowae, North-West of Dalby, to Hervey Bay was always going to be a big adjustment. But recent weather had her breathing a deep sigh of relief upon her arrival.
05 July 2022
Resource promotes diversity excellence in health and ageing
An Inclusive Health and Ageing website resource supporting best diversity practice for health and aged care providers has been launched by leading not-for-profit provider Bolton Clarke.
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30 June 2022
Volunteers all part of the family at Milford Grange
While different reasons brought Nita, Mary-Anne and Lyn to the community - whether a family connection, living close by, or the call to give back - there is one thing they all have in common. These volunteers make a world of difference to residents every day.
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27 June 2022
Life story work builds connections at Fernhill
Local University students and Bolton Clarke Fernhill residents have created new connections working together to create posters of residents’ memories as part of Bolton Clarke’s Life Stories Program.
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20 June 2022
Moreton Shores Seniors Expo a One-Stop-Shop
Thornlands seniors stepped through retirement living options and products and services to support independence and ageing well at the inaugural Bolton Clarke Moreton Shores Seniors Expo on 17 June.
17 June 2022
Volunteering purpose helps Mary tackle loneliness
Mary has been volunteering at Bolton Clarke’s Darlington residential aged care community for nearly two years, and says in some ways it’s almost like coming home.
13 June 2022
100 years of memories for Addie
Adeline (Addie) has lived in the Bolton Clarke Fairview Residential Aged Care community for five years. A country girl at heart, her 100th birthday is good reason for her and her family to take a trip down memory lane.
10 June 2022
Love match on the tennis court
A love match on the tennis court has stood the test of time, with Bolton Clarke Cabrini resident Ted and his wife Erica celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary recently.
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06 June 2022
Cuddly kittens create special memories at Westhaven
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Westhaven residential aged care community have been warming up in the cooler months, enjoying visits from four cuddly orphaned kittens.
06 June 2022
Local art steals the show at Bongaree
Move over the Archibalds, residents at Bolton Clarkes Bongaree Retirement Village recently hosted their inaugural wine and cheese Art Auction.
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03 June 2022
Outside the box care makes all the difference
Husband and wife Estelle and Ali have been clients of Bolton Clarke’s At Home Support program for three years. They started services after it became too difficult for Estelle to attend appointments for complex health issues without additional support.
03 June 2022
Market fare, home-made goods at Rowes Bay Market Day
Local craft, plants and goods will be on sale when Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay Retirement Village at Townsville opens its doors for its annual Market Day on Saturday, 11 June.
25 May 2022
Resident history front and centre at Fairview
On Tuesday 17th May 2022, residents from the Fairview Retirement Village came together to celebrate the launch of their Fairview History Booklet.
20 May 2022
Social Connection has big impact at Queensland Volunteering Awards
Bolton Clarke’s focus on social connection has been recognised with the Bolton Clarke Research Institute’s ‘HOW-R-U?’ volunteer telephone peer support program taking out the Volunteering Impact award at today’s 2022 Queensland Volunteering Awards.
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18 May 2022
Volunteering an unexpected joy for Holly
Bolton Clarke volunteer, Holly, started volunteering at Rowes Bay in July 2020. She was looking for a new opportunity and instead says she found ‘great and unexpected joy’!
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10 May 2022
Series focuses on food and nutrition
The Altura Learning team has worked with the Maggie Beer Foundation to develop and launch a world first online training resource for aged care chefs.
09 May 2022
New partnership to deliver evidence-based nursing in aged care
Bolton Clarke and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are finding new ways to strengthen evidence-based nursing practice in aged care with the announcement of an innovative conjoint research position.
10 May 2022
Nursing a lifetime passion for Christine
On International Nurses Day (12 May) Bolton Clarke teams will celebrate the work of our nurses and carers and the difference they make every day for clients and communities around Australia.
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03 May 2022
Children are the secret to longevity for Ellen, 105
Mother’s Day is always a cause for celebration for 105-year-old Bolton Point local Ellen Power. Known as her family’s ‘blessed matriarch’ – with nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren -Ellen says family is the most important thing to her, as it should be to everybody.
27 April 2022
Dancing on the tables at 100 years old!
“It’s my birthday! I’m 100, come and help me celebrate and we’ll dance on the tables,” - that’s what Peggy Guinea’s invitation to her 100th birthday celebration stated. The Milford Grange resident had a birthday to remember, with neighbours from the co-located retirement community where she lived for eight years coming to join her friends from the residential aged care, along with family, staff and volunteers.
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22 April 2022
Honouring the service of our Veterans
Anzac Day is widely known as a national day of remembrance for those who have served our country. At Bolton Clarke, we have a rich history steeped in honouring the service of our Veterans. We have the privilege to know many who now call one of our community’s home.
21 April 2022
Itchy Feet Lead Margaret to Neverland
Margaret Black and J.M Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, have one little thing in common. They were both born in Scotland, five miles from Dundee, in the ‘wee red toon’ called Kirriemuir. Coming from a long-living lineage, the Bolton Clarke At Home Support client truly embodies the spirit of never growing old, as she celebrated her 103rd birthday in April.
07 April 2022
Easter gifts that give back
Easter has come early for Bolton Clarke Cazna Gardens residents this month, with a special visit from year 12 students in the St Vincent de Paul group at St Thomas More College.
22 March 2022
100 reasons to celebrate for local Centenarian
She has travelled the world but Cairns has always been home for Bolton Clarke Farnorha residential aged care’s newest centenarian Audrey, who holds a lot of fond memories and treasured history in the Far North.
30 March 2022
There’s something in the air at Breezes
When Sharon and her husband Charlie decided to sell their family house and move to Bolton Clarke Breezes retirement village, they did not expect to feel at home so quickly.
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23 May 2022
A place to settle down at Carrington
Helen competed in the 1960 and 1964 Olympics representing Australia in long jump, high jump and pentathlon. Her Mum, the famous Ruth Frith, holds the title as the oldest active athlete, competing in the Australian Masters Games until she was 100.
02 May 2022
Sun, sand and long walks on the beach!
Trading in the suburbs for the sea means retirement has never looked so good for Rowes Bay Retirement Village resident Mel.
16 May 2022
Lynelle is the Angel of Baycrest
After flooding devastated their cattle property north of Bundaberg in 2013, Lynelle and her husband Noel were looking for a safe place to settle down.
05 May 2022
Lights, Camera, Cazna Gardens
Cazna Gardens Retirement Village resident Bob is no stranger to the limelight – as well as working for the Air Force and as a nurse he has worked for a band and in the movie industry.
18 April 2022
Friends are the family you choose at Inverpine
While it was family that first brought Elaine to the Inverpine Retirement Village at Murrumba Downs, it is the friends she has made that have made it home.
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11 April 2022
Village atmosphere brings John and Linda home
John and his wife Linda moved into Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores Retirement Village almost seven years ago. When they did, they were pleased to find the proper village atmosphere they were both used to.
04 April 2022
Carmen and Zorro give back to Fernhill
Looking for a place with a small town feel and a bustling main street, as well as somewhere with access to transport and health facilities, Carmen and her husband Peter found everything they needed at the Fernhill Retirement Village.
28 March 2022
An unexpected connection welcomes Janise home
When Janise moved to the Bolton Clarke Bongaree retirement village, she didn’t immediately recognise the connection that had brought her to her new home.
21 March 2022
Walking works wonders at Tantula Rise
Exploring is in Eric’s blood. So when he moved into Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village almost two years ago, one of the first things he did was strap on his walking shoes and set out to see the local community.
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16 March 2022
Cyndy’s unexpected feline lifeline
When Cyndy moved into Bolton Clarke’s Westhaven Retirement Village in Toowoomba she found an unexpected new friend.
08 March 2022
Lifestyle has never been better at Galleon Gardens
Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens Diversional Therapy team leader Gwen Bonney has earned national recognition, being named 2021 Lifestyle/Activities Individual of the Year in SoupedUp’s Hospitality & Lifestyle Aged Care Awards.
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07 March 2022
History Of Pioneering Queensland Nurse Unearthed
A photograph album belonging to New Farm WWI nurse and Queensland’s first female dentist Sister Martha Burns has been found among archival records at Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill residential aged care community at Caboolture.
01 March 2022
Face to face programs return
Members of the Springvale Indo-Chinese Mutual Assistance Association were overjoyed to welcome Bolton Clarke’s Be Healthy and Active program back for face-to-face sessions last month after a two-year hiatus.
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21 February 2022
Report helps retirees understand downsizing options
Retirees thinking about a move to a Bolton Clarke Village now have access to a free affordability report, created through software developed by Aged Care Gurus.
18 February 2022
Bolton Clarke joins national collaboration to end loneliness
Leading health and aged care provider Bolton Clarke is partnering with Ending Loneliness Together to tackle one of the nation’s biggest health challenges, loneliness.
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18 February 2022
Inverpine turns silver to mark quarter century
This week residents living at Bolton Clarke’s Inverpine Residential Aged Care community joined staff, volunteers and friends to celebrate 25 years since its grand opening.
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14 February 2022
Isolation no match for a love connection
After 69 years of marriage, even a pandemic can’t keep Bolton Clarke Cazna Gardens residents Jim and Mavis Laundon apart. When Mavis became unwell and needed to isolate in a separate room from Jim, the team at Cazna Gardens brought in a 21st century solution to keep the lovebirds together.
11 February 2022
Community a lifetime connection for local Centenarian
Community is key for Townsville local Minna Ede, who this week celebrated her 100th birthday at Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay. The Centenarian has lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression and now a pandemic. Despite the adversity, she says the secret to living a long life is to find happiness in the people around you.
31 January 2022
BCRI Symposium 2022: Social Connection
Research shows social connection is central to health and wellbeing – it’s a truth that has become even more evident as whole communities grapple with isolation the COVID-19 pandemic.
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14 December 2021
100-year-old enjoys fruits of his labour
It has been a life well lived for 100-year-old Bolton Clarke Darlington resident Bert Barker. As he celebrates his very special milestone, the Banora Point local is sharing his wisdom with the community.
09 December 2021
Aged care options expand in Willowdale community
Residents and dignitaries this week marked the commencement of work on the region’s newest residential aged care community, Bolton Clarke Willowdale, on land adjoining the Stockland Willowdale Retirement Village.
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06 December 2021
Good Samaritan Fund Changes Lives
For Bolton Clarke At Home Support client Norma, the kindness of community has been life-changing over the past year.
06 December 2021
Aged care cultural food wins international award
Bolton Clarke Cabrini’s A Taste of Home cultural food initiative has won Innovation of the Year – Food and Nutrition at the 9th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards, announced in Singapore on Friday (3 December).
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01 December 2021
Marking World AIDS Day
As we navigate into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic Bolton Clarke teams are marking the ongoing impact of another virus – HIV – this World AIDS Day (December 1).
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01 December 2021
Local Men’s Shed lend a hand
Membership of the Cleveland Uniting Church Men’s Shed is almost rite of passage for many residents living at Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores Retirement Village.
30 November 2021
Electric vehicle share service delivers retirement living first
Bolton Clarke has become the first retirement village operator to sign with electric vehicle start-up Ohmie GO to provide an e-mobility solution for residents.
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29 November 2021
Empowerment, connection underpin Volunteer’s work
Jason left the United Kingdom in October 2018, and after travelling through the Middle East and Asia had planned to spend a year in sunny Australia. Luckily for the Bolton Clarke community, he ended up staying a lot longer!
23 November 2021
Love is all you need
Bolton Clarke Chelsea Retirement Village resident Grace Alexander’s story is literally part of the fabric of the Wide Bay community.
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22 November 2021
Research Institute's 20 years of making a difference
Bolton Clarke Research Institute has marked its 20th year informing national and international policy and practice around health and ageing with the release of its 2021 Report.
10 November 2021
Ex-RAAF Reservists solve 40-year-old plane wreck mystery
Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay Retirement Village resident Bruce has always had a special interest in military aircrafts. As an ex-reservist in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and a Townsville local, he has spent a lifetime researching and studying crash sites in the local area.
08 November 2021
RAAF Veteran exchanges flying high for a seascape
RAAF Veteran Dennis Olsen OAM has an impressive 42-year career in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). He has been living at Bolton Clarke Tantula Rise since the retirement community opened 14 years ago.
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08 November 2021
Small conversation unearths history of service
Recently, Bolton Clarke’s Fairways retirement community in Bundaberg held a poignant celebration to honour Veterans. In attendance was Greg Johannesen who was presented with a moving tribute to his late Father.
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19 October 2021
Intergenerational storytelling increases social connections
Residents in Bolton Clarke’s aged care communities are sharing their stories in new ways through a research-based Life Stories program that is connecting residents with their memories and building bonds with their neighbours, carers and student volunteers.
15 October 2021
Carers co-design new dementia care approach
To find new ways of supporting family caregivers, Bolton Clarke Research Institute’s Mind the Gap! Project is working with people living with dementia and their carers to co-design a new approach to care.
11 October 2021
Marianne’s been spreading colour for 80 years
Bolton Clarke Glendale residential aged care resident Marianne Garland, has been spreading joy around the world with her colourful knitted creations for more than 80 years.
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08 October 2021
Program helps homeless navigate pandemic support
Throughout the pandemic Homeless Persons Program team has been working to find new ways of supporting people sleeping rough or in insecure housing and those experiencing physical, mental and psychological health issues.
07 October 2021
Dementia innovation given a nod at Future of Ageing Awards
The world first use of digital wallpaper in Bolton Clarke’s Galleon Gardens Memory Support Unit on Queensland’s Gold Coast has been shortlisted as a finalist in 2021 Future of Ageing Awards – Dementia Care category.
06 October 2021
Friendship that stands the test of time
Marie Brady and Olive Pugh first met in 1944, nearly 80 years ago. In the years since, they served during World War II, married their respective husbands, had children and still manage to meet up for a cup of tea every now and then!
23 September 2021
Tool supports choice for people with dementia
A new conversation tool designed to help people with dementia navigate risk and exercise greater choice will be rolled out across Bolton Clarke home care services over coming weeks.
23 September 2021
Robotic companions changing lives of dementia residents
Bolton Clarke Fernhill residents with dementia have welcomed some new family members with the arrival of 10 robotic companion pets funded under Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Local Community Support Grant.
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17 September 2021
75 Years of Fun, Adventure and Love
Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens residential aged care residents Harry and Helen Christian have been soulmates for three-quarters of a century. Recently, they celebrated 75 years of marriage amongst friends and family at their home in Currumbin Waters.
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20 September 2021
Residents flourish in Toowoomba’s Grand Central Floral Parade
For residents at Bolton Clarke’s Westhaven community, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has always been one of the most anticipated celebrations of the year.
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10 September 2021
Fairways a family in more ways than one for Marilyn
When family and friends arrive at Bolton Clarke’s Fairways community at Bundaberg, it’s no wonder the face that greets them at the door is familiar. Over the past 20 years Marilyn has become an integral part of the Fairways family.
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10 September 2021
Olive 'humbled' by Quilt of Valour presentation
Bolton Clarke Milford Grange residential aged care resident Olive Pugh has always treasured warm memories of her time in the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAF) during World War II. Now those memories have been transformed into a Quilt of Valour.
01 September 2021
Creating better outcomes for veterans with dementia
Bolton Clarke Research Institute’s Weaving Evidence into Action for Veterans with dementia (WEAVE) project – underway at Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens, Currumbin Waters - has now earned international recognition, named as a finalist in the 9th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards Best Dementia Research category.
27 August 2021
Farm day brings joy at Fernhill
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill community enjoyed a close encounter with farm animals including pigs, goats and chickens at the community’s Farm Day this week.
11 August 2021
Simple steps can reduce risk of chronic wounds
Caring for your skin as it gets older can help reduce the risk of chronic wounds that cause physical, emotional and financial burdens.
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09 August 2021
Bolton Clarke retirement villages earn full ARVAS accreditation
Bolton Clarke’s 24 retirement villages are among the first in Australia to be awarded Australian Retirement Village Accreditation Scheme (ARVAS) accreditation.
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27 September 2021
Teaching takes Sally from fashion to ‘Frise
Former fashion teacher and Bolton Clarke Breezes retirement village resident Sally James has taken on a new student in her retirement - a nine-month-old Bichon Frise puppy, Keisha – and the pair are teaching each other some new tricks.
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20 September 2021
Rowes Bay sisters heed adventure’s call
For sisters and Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay retirement village residents Margie Scorse and Lynne Clancy there’s no place like home – but that hasn’t stopped them answering the call of adventure to explore Australia in style.
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13 September 2021
Downsizing creates connections for Jan
When Jan Tilley decided to downsize to Bolton Clarke’s Carrington retirement village at Parkinson, she didn’t expect to uncover so many connections to community and creativity.
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06 September 2021
Baycrest a perfect fit for family retirement
Finding family retiring under one roof might be unusual, but for Baycrest retirement village residents Liz and Craig Winnington and Liz’s brother Lindsay Clarke, it’s the perfect fit.
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30 August 2021
Lynda comes home to Fernhill
When Lynda McKewan moved to Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill retirement village at Caboolture, she didn’t first appreciate what a homecoming it would be.
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23 August 2021
At Inverpine, new friends are just around the corner
Jan Dale and Christine Magee are proving that at any age, new friendships can be just around the corner.
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16 August 2021
World traveller finds new community at Cazna Gardens
Frank Flynn has lived his life in pursuit of his two passions, travel and languages.  Now he’s discovering a passion for staying home in his new community at Bolton Clarke’s Cazna Gardens retirement village.
22 July 2021
Partnering with carers for better dementia outcomes
Bolton Clarke Research Institute is working with Flinders Caring Futures Institute on a new program to improve quality of life and health for informal carers and people living with dementia by equipping them with skills, knowledge and access to support.
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26 July 2021
Moreton Shores magical music winds back clock
Brian and Kathy Thomas say the move to Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores retirement village at Thornlands has helped them wind back the clock.
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02 August 2021
From mountain home to garden village, Dorothy shares her love of community
Community has been an important focus of life for Dorothy Sherratt since her years lived in rugged and icy conditions in the Snowy Mountains during the construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme.
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09 August 2021
School friends become neighbours at Tantula Rise
When Carmel McLellan and her husband Ken moved into Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village at Alexandra Headlands in May, the last thing Carmel expected was to run into her old school chum
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19 July 2021
Downsizing’s the new lease on life for Lynette
When Lynette Phillips moved from Victoria to Bolton Clarke’s Bongaree retirement village on Bribie Island, she wasn’t expecting to be quite so elated with her choice.
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16 July 2021
Farnorha residents relive trackside memories
Spending the day at the races is always full of fun, but for Bolton Clarke Farnorha aged care residents Ray Anderson and Lola Nolan, being back at the Cairns track this week brought back happy memories – as well as providing an opportunity to make new ones.
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15 July 2021
A home for happy ever after
Bob Crothers and Annette Young have a lot they’re thankful for. In the past two years they’ve rekindled their romance after 54 years apart and found their forever home to spend time in together at Bolton Clarke’s Baycrest retirement village in Hervey Bay.
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12 July 2021
Rowes Bay residents explore indigenous art and food
Residents at Rowes Bay residential aged care community have celebrated Australia’s indigenous heritage last week as part of NAIDOC Week commemorations.
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08 July 2021
Painting helps Bernard colour his world
For local indigenous artist Bernard Boyter, NAIDOC Week is an important time to celebrate his aboriginal heritage, educate others and share his passion for painting and culture.
07 July 2021
Imaging offers early alert for chronic wound care
New research from Bolton Clarke and RMIT shows thermal imaging techniques can predict whether a wound needs extra management, offering an early alert system to improve chronic wound care.
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05 July 2021
Rowes Bay says ‘cheers’ to 30 years
Residents living at Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village have gathered to say cheers to 30 years of Rowes Bay with a special luncheon and a market day for the whole community.
16 June 2021
Social prescribing pilot tackles loneliness epidemic
Bolton Clarke Research Institute will lead a four-year pilot project aimed at reducing social isolation, loneliness and depressive symptoms and preventing unnecessary hospitalisation in older people in Melbourne after receiving funding through The Ian Potter Foundation.
15 June 2021
HIV/AIDS nursing honoured
Bolton Clarke HIV Clinical Nurse Practitioner Dr Liz Crock has been made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
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31 May 2021
Joy for Fairview residents is child’s play
For the residents of Bolton Clarke Fairview aged care community, hearing the laughter of children in the hallways is music to their ears.
11 May 2021
Nursing care gives Gertie hope
For home nursing client Gertie, a visit from Bolton Clarke’s wound care nurses changed her life. This International Nurses Day we celebrate the difference our nurses make for people like Gertie every day.
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23 April 2021
Father of the fleet recalls his time in Montebello, and eating breakfast with Prince Philip
Seventy years after he was given 12 months to live after being exposed to nuclear fall-out from atomic tests, Lieutenant Commander Gordon James is proud he will be walking to lay an ANZAC wreath at his Bolton Clarke, Pinjarra Hills community this week.
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12 April 2021
Publishing powerhouse: retirees Jack and Elaine pen their memoirs
Jack and Elaine Walter know the value of a good book, and the importance of preserving memories for generations to come. The husband-and-wife retirees have just closed the latest chapter of their own personal publishing journey – their memoirs.
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09 April 2021
Community garden gets the (green) thumbs up
The community garden at Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village has been transformed over recent months courtesy of village resident and green thumb Neil Jensen.
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06 April 2021
Flexibility and friendliness a winning combination
Since moving to Bolton Clarke’s Westhaven retirement village in Toowoomba six months ago, Rex and Desley have taken to their new lifestyle like ducks to water.
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01 April 2021
Seniors get active ahead of No Falls Month
Seniors from Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village in Alexandra Headlands have been getting active in a weekly exercise class designed to support balance, agility, and overall fitness.
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29 March 2021
Downsizing’s the ‘goldilocks’ move for Robert and Dianne
Downsizing from their family home on a large block was the ‘goldilocks’ move for Robert and Dianne Fraser, who moved to Bolton Clarke’s Inverpine retirement village one year ago.
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26 March 2021
‘HOW-R-U?’ calls keep Alma connected on Neighbour Day
For Alma, living by herself can make it challenging to stay in touch with the world but this Neighbour Day, 28 March, she’ll be looking forward to her next phone call.
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26 March 2021
Dot's birthday worth a century’s wait
Dorothy ‘Dot’ Burgess couldn’t wait to turn 100. In fact, she’s been waiting with such anticipation that she couldn’t believe the day had finally arrived.
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22 March 2021
Extreme weather update
With the current extreme weather conditions in NSW and parts of south-east Queensland our at home support teams will continue delivering essential services only in flood-affected areas.
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22 March 2021
New year, new home for Ian and Sandra
What better way to start the new year than with a new home? That’s what Ian and Sandra Heslehurst did when they made the move to downsize from their quarter acre at Sunnybank to Bolton Clarke’s Carrington retirement village in Parkinson in January.
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19 March 2021
Judy’s got peace of mind
For Bolton Clarke Cazna Gardens, Sunnybank Hills resident Judy Jones, the decision to move from her Runcorn home to her village unit was made the minute she walked through the door.
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15 March 2021
Village life a haven for Ellen
Ellen Campbell knows well the value of having a haven to call home. Growing up in Germany during WWII, it was her mother who shielded her and her siblings and kept them safe. For the past eight years, her home and haven has been Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill retirement village in Caboolture.
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12 March 2021
World traveller salutes her 100th birthday with a cup of gin
Dandenong woman Irene Lyall will celebrate 100 years of travelling the world this week – and she’ll be marking the occasion with a teacup filled with gin.
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12 March 2021
Aged care gardening joy grows to entrepreneurship
The residents of Bolton Clarke’s Fairways residential aged care community know well the joy of tending to a garden. Their twice-monthly Green Thumb Gardening Club has drawn a wonderful crowd of plant enthusiast - and it’s not just the garden that’s growing, but the friendships among club members.
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08 March 2021
Village life’s the cup of tea for Helen and Pauline
It’s clear that mother and daughter Pauline Pavlich and Helen Howarth share a close bond. But not only are they close at heart, but close to hand too, both living in their own units at Bolton Clarke’s Breezes retirement village in Mackay.
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03 March 2021
Camille harnesses art’s healing power
Camille Christensen knows all about the healing power of art. After two strokes, the Roma born 81-year-old says her painting has helped her through many tough times, including the past year.
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01 March 2021
The best of both worlds for Margaret and John
For Margaret and John Hetherington, moving to Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village has given them a lifestyle with the best of both worlds.
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22 February 2021
Marriage harmony: aged care couple renew their vows in Valentine’s ceremony
Clifford and Shirlie Canhan know what it takes to make a marriage last a lifetime. The happy pair said their secret – and advice to others, is about keeping the peace and harmony.
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11 February 2021
17 again: love renews this Valentine’s Day
Bob Crothers and Annette Young have plenty of reasons to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. Two years ago, the high school sweethearts reunited after 54 years apart. Last year, they bought a home together at Bolton Clarke’s Baycrest retirement village in Hervey Bay. This year, they plan to get married.
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05 February 2021
Mildred’s marvellous centenary of surprises
For Mildred Goldsmith, who celebrated her 100th birthday on 16 January, life has been marvellous – and full of surprises.
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05 February 2021
Free health and wellbeing sessions help Sunshine Coast seniors stay active and independent
Sunshine Coast seniors are getting healthy and active with the commencement of a new wellbeing program at Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village in Alexandra Headlands.
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13 January 2021
Compassionate Heather shares marathon memoirs
Bolton Clarke Moreton Shores retirement village’s newest author, Heather Coombes, possesses a remarkable resilience, generous spirit and a compassionate heart. They are qualities that shine through in her 2016 book, Marathon Wheeler - a memoir of her life born with cerebral palsy, finding her purpose and pursuing her passions of writing, librarianship and ministry.
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11 January 2021
The right move at the right time
David and Elaine Sollars are grateful to have found their haven when they moved to Bolton Clarke’s Baycrest retirement village in February of last year.
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08 January 2021
Moments decision brings marvellous life
For Kathy and Gene Rosenblatt, a whirlwind decision five years ago led to new friendships and the comfort of safety and security in their home at Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill retirement village in Caboolture.
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06 January 2021
Home sweet home, sweet home, sweet home
Bribie Island locals David and Pamela Aitchison, Roy Sycamore and Margaret Lambert each live at Bolton Clarke’s Bongaree retirement village – but this is not the first time they’ve shared a home, each having lived in the same house around the corner on Norman Street.
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04 January 2021
Water aerobics keeps retirees moving
The ladies of Bolton Clarke’s Westhaven retirement village in Harristown know how to keep fit – and have plenty of fun while doing so. During the warmer months, resident Edith Oxenham leads a group of eight regular attendees in twice-weekly water aerobics.
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30 December 2020
Desley’s lifelong blue crush
Desley Williams has lived her life in the water swimming rivers, channels and beaches all over the world. Her life-long blue crush has taken her from her hometown of Mackay to the Gold Coast, Victoria and overseas to England and Italy between 1967 to 1982.
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28 December 2020
Retirees beat the heat with water aerobics
With the arrival of summer, residents living at Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village at Alexandra Headlands have found a way to beat the heat – and keep fit at the same time with weekly water aerobics classes.
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18 December 2020
Dennis trades trains for toys becoming Santa’s latest elf
The art of hand chiseling wooden toys isn’t very common nowadays, but Bolton Clarke Westhaven, Toowoomba retirement village resident Dennis Law is doing his bit to keep craftsmanship alive this Christmas.
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16 December 2020
Santa’s Christmas Alf(ie)
When Bolton Clarke Centaur Memorial, Caloundra aged care resident Bert Kennelly dressed as “Santa Senior” at his 101st birthday celebrations this month, he didn’t know he would be accompanied by his own Christmas Alf(ie).
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14 December 2020
Crosby a sweet Christmas memory for Irene
Bing Crosby’s White Christmas may be one of the most popular songs of all time – particularly at this time of year – Bolton Clarke at home support client Irene Gates it has special significance.
14 December 2020
Mobility aid training important for people with dementia
The role of health care professionals such as physiotherapists in prescribing mobility aids for people with dementia and training them in their use should be strengthened, a Canadian-Australian study has found.
09 December 2020
New artwork to link site with vibrant local heritage
A new public artwork reflecting the indigenous and European history of the Port Phillip region will be a feature of the Europa on Alma vertical retirement village development now under construction at Alma Rd, St Kilda.
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07 December 2020
Helen celebrates her 101st birthday with sweetheart Harry
Helen Christians’ exact birthdate is a mystery. She was born at home in Belfast, Ireland at the end of 1919 but by the time her father went down to register the birth a few days had passed, and the real date has been lost over time.
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03 December 2020
Jason's achieving goals
For New Zealand client Jason, who has a brain injury, staying in touch with his Community Facilitator Seb has helped him stay connected this year, even during COVID-19 lockdowns. December3 is International Day of People with Disability.
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02 December 2020
Cabrini aged care residents celebrate festival of lights
Aged care residents at Bolton Clarke’s Cabrini aged care community at Westmead recently celebrated Diwali, the five-day festival of lights.
01 December 2020
World AIDS Day: Now more than ever
For people living with HIV, World AIDS Day on 1 December will mark the end of a particularly difficult year. This year’s theme, “Now more than ever”, rings true for Bolton Clarke HIV team Nurse Practitioner Liz Crock.
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30 November 2020
Digital solution awarded for enabling independence
Bolton Clarke’s InTouch digital independence solution has won Best Solution to Support Ageing in Place at the 8th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards, announced in Singapore this week.
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09 November 2020
The sisterhood of the time-travelling purse
When Jean Rea purchased a silver purse ahead of attending the 1982 Commonwealth Games State Reception, she had no idea the item would still be bringing her joy 38 years later. But joy it delivered when the vintage purse was used by Jean’s great-granddaughter Joanna for her high school formal earlier this year.
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06 November 2020
Tough cookie celebrates centenary
One week after moving into Bolton Clarke’s brand new state-of-the-art residential aged care building at Fernhill community in Caboolture, Edna Anna Curr celebrated another significant milestone - her 100th birthday.
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05 November 2020
The queen in lime green: Thelma celebrates 100 years
When seated near to Thelma Young at her 100th birthday party at Bolton Clarke’s Milford Grange aged care community, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had been seated next to the Queen herself.
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03 November 2020
Spring carnival revives memories for ex-jockey Brian
Bolton Clarke at home support client Brian Gilders won the 1970 Caulfield Cup and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the four-year old stallion Beer Street, even meeting Her Majesty after the latter.
20 October 2020
Fishing to flying - Doreen's extraordinary life story
19 Oct 2020 She may have been Queen of Brunswick Heads and the youngest licensed female pilot in NSW, but the 3.6kg flathead she caught when she was nine years old is still one of Doreen McDonald’s enduring memories.
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14 October 2020
Puppy-power: aged care residents judge fur-tastic talent
The pup-arazzi were out in force at Bolton Clarke’s Glendale residential aged care community in Mt Louisa as residents, their families and employees came together to celebrate man’s best friend at Glendale’s first dog show.
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14 October 2020
Wholesome food the spice of life
A love of food and country atmosphere are two things Cynthia Press shares with many of her fellow residents at Bolton Clarke’s Westhaven retirement village.
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12 October 2020
Tai chi the key to health and happiness for Bill
While meditation practice and yoga have become trendy among the younger generation, Bill Sanders and the seniors he instructs in tai chi twice weekly are living proof that you don’t need to be a young social media influencer to take up the practice and reap the mindful benefits.
01 January 2021
Water smart smiles for retirement village residents
Residents of Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village in Townsville have been the happy recipients of some water smart products from Townsville City Council. The roll out has been a great success, putting smiles on residents’ faces and encouraging physical activity in the gardens, proving that sometimes the grass is greener on the other side.
29 September 2020
Project supports veterans with dementia
29 September 2020: A new project at Bolton Clarke’s Galleon Gardens residential aged care community is set to introduce a program of new interventions supporting veterans with dementia.
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18 September 2020
Crafting clay creations brings content for retirement village residents
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Inverpine retirement village at Murrumba Downs have been keeping busy and taking the lead from their grandchildren to produce some extraordinary clay modelling artworks during the coronavirus pandemic.
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17 September 2020
Fernhill’s nursing history lives on through tribute to the ‘angel of aged care’
When Bolton Clarke Fernhill opens in just a few weeks’ time, visitors and residents may recognise some of the names given to key areas of the new state-of-the-art residential aged care community building. Among them, the name of Matron Gwenda Shaw, who was an aged care nurse for 30 years, spending 18 of them working at Fernhill. She was often referred to as ‘Caboolture’s Florence Nightingale,’ the ‘angel of aged care.’
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11 September 2020
Collaborative effort brings masks to Melbourne’s homeless
At first glimpse it might be hard to see what a retirement village resident from Queensland’s central coast has in common with someone living rough in Melbourne. The clue is in the face mask.
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11 September 2020
Disney dreams come true for aged care residents
Overseas travel restrictions have been no barrier to fun for residents at Bolton Clarke’s Galleon Gardens aged care community in Currumbin Waters, who recently enjoyed a magical trip to Disneyland from the comfort of home.
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10 September 2020
Terrific trolley delivers Father’s Day fun for aged care residents
The residents at Bolton Clarke’s Fairview aged care community at Pinjarra Hills enjoyed a special cart on Father’s Day, designed to deliver a trolley full of memories for dads and their families spending the special occasion apart due to the coronavirus.
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04 September 2020
Keys to the kingdom: new Fernhill opening soon
The keys to Bolton Clarke’s new Fernhill residential aged care building have been handed over in an exciting milestone marking the one-month countdown to the building’s opening in October.
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04 September 2020
Cathartic bonfires brought joy at war’s end
On the anniversary of the 75th Commemoration of the end of WWII, Bolton Clarke At Home Support client and Nerang local Rex Gillham, 90 can still clearly recall the celebrations that occurred in 1945 - from VE Day in May through to the signing of formal surrender documents on 2 September.
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28 August 2020
Double century celebrations for Townsville couple
Reaching a century is always cause for celebration but husband and wife centenarians Max and Lorna have double the reason to celebrate in coming weeks. Max turned 100 on 28 August, with Lorna’s birthday close behind on 21 September.
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19 August 2020
One hundred reasons to smile at Centaur’s Seniors Week celebration
Four Sunshine Coast centenarians have been honoured today at Bolton Clarke’s Centaur Memorial residential aged care community in Caloundra with a special morning tea to celebrate their life achievements this Seniors Week.
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19 August 2020
Research to help treatment of venous leg wounds
New research being undertaken by Bolton Clarke and RMIT University seeks to improve outcomes for people with venous leg ulcers, a major source of pain and disability in Australia.
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13 August 2020
Full circle: aged care residents and students join together for mango-nificent planting
For the residents at Fernhill aged care community, the mango tree that once stood at the front of their community garden was a joy to look at and to pick fruit from its branches. That’s why, when the opportunity arose to plant a new mango tree with students from St Columban’s College, Fernhill residents were tree-mendously excited.
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13 August 2020
‘Let’s Dig In’ aged care gardening team takes State gong
Bolton Clarke’s ‘Lets Dig In’ therapeutic gardening team are celebrating their win of Leading Aged Services Australia Awards for Excellence (Queensland Team category) announced on Aged Care Employee Day, Friday 7 August.
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13 August 2020
Excellence in Rowes Bay: aged care worker receives State award
Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay Diversional Therapist Chezz Thompson has been named best in the state, winning the Leading Aged Services Australia (QLD) Awards for Excellence for an Individual working in aged care.
31 July 2020
Update on Fairview, Pinjarra Hills
We are pleased to share that all residents and staff tested at Fairview yesterday returned negative results for COVID-19.
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30 July 2020
Jacaranda colouring competition brings students and seniors together
The jacaranda at Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill community in Caboolture is not only a treasured tree for residents but will feature in a colouring in competition for local primary schools in celebration of National Tree Day, 2nd August.
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16 July 2020
‘Add to cart’: Inverpine aged care residents enjoy their mini mart
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Inverpine aged care community in Murrumba Downs have been enjoying all the perks of a supermarket at their front door, thanks to an ingenious solution from Bolton Clarke Diversional Therapist Rekha Singh. The mini mart, which has been open for business since 2016, has increased in popularity and frequency while residents are socially distancing.
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30 June 2020
Fresh produce brings Sunset Ridge retirees together
Fresh produce from a bountiful vege patch has been a focus of friendship and community for residents at Bolton Clarke’s Sunset Ridge retirement village at Emu Park. Keen gardeners Geoff and Jenny Marquardt started the project and have now got other residents involved with new gardens underway, produce being shared and a herb patch in the offing.
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08 July 2020
Search is on for Fernhill’s ‘Old and Bold’ descendants
It may sound like a daytime soap opera, but the Old and the Bold radio broadcast, featuring some of the Fernhill aged care community’s first residents, was something far more unique. The 1947 live fundraising broadcast from a plane circling above Brisbane was quite a feat for the time and shows the community spirit that has been a constant throughout Fernhill’s history.
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07 July 2020
Café becomes retirees favourite watering ‘hole in the wall’
The “Hole in the Wall” café at Bolton Clarke’s Broadwater Gardens retirement village in Port Macquarie has become the caffeine-fueled antidote to social distancing challenges for resident retirees.
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04 July 2020
Macquarie View residents brewing up friendship
For residents at Bolton Clarke’s Macquarie View residential aged care community at lakeside Bolton Point, the ‘Bolton Old Boys Brewery’ provides exactly that opportunity - and their first brewing foray, non-alcoholic ginger beer, is proving to be a hit.
22 June 2020
Forging a different path
Bolton Clarke CEO Stephen Muggleton spoke with The Source last week about the future of aged care and the need for a national conversation around ageing in Australia.
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18 June 2020
All in the family at Moreton Shores
Pam Elder never envisioned that when it came time for her to retire, she would end up living in the same retirement village as her parents. But despite it seeming strange at first, Pam has called Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores retirement village in Thornlands her home for the past nine years, living alongside parents Don and Joan Campbell, who made the move three years earlier.
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05 June 2020
‘Hello Nan and Pop’ activity pack keeps grandparents and grandkids connected
At times like this, the importance of keeping in touch with family and loved ones cannot be understated – particularly for older people. With social distancing, border closures and other protective measures preventing face-to-face contact, Bolton Clarke retirement village residents have turned to technology to keep the connections alive.
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05 June 2020
Retiree and ‘Mr Fix It’ Peter lends a helping hand
If ever there was a time to have a ‘Mr Fix It’ in your neighbourhood, now is that time. For residents at Bolton Clarke’s Carrington retirement village in Parkinson, that man is resident Peter Halstead. English-born retiree Peter, 76, is the village’s local good Samaritan, and has been providing an extra helping hand to support his neighbours while social distancing is in place.
05 June 2020
Water tower used for parachute practice in 1942 to be painted to honour ANZACS
The community votes are in, and the water tower out front of Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill community on King St, Caboolture - once used for Secret Intelligence Operatives to practice parachute jumping - is to be painted in honour of our ANZACS.
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02 June 2020
Mackay’s ‘happiness queen’ celebrates 100th birthday
You’d be forgiven for thinking Almira Argent is too good to be true, such is the level of joy, happiness and positivity she radiates ahead of her 100th birthday on Sunday 31 May. “It’s absolutely wonderful,” she says. “It’s lovely – I’m overexcited.”
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27 May 2020
Village residents travel the world through takeaway
With travel restrictions putting a temporary hold on physical travel, residents at Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise community at Alexandra Headlands are giving their taste buds a weekly trip exploring world cuisine. Self-confessed nomad Therese Willey usually splits her time between her two homes. The first is Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village at Alexandra Headlands and the second – the open road.
25 May 2020
Project supports palliative care at home
Bolton Clarke is working with Eastern Melbourne PHN in a project to provide community-based support to enable people with life-limiting illnesses to remain at home and prevent unnecessary hospitalisation.. May 24-30, 2020 is National Palliative Care Week.
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21 May 2020
Retirees grow food and friendships in community garden
If empty shelves at gardening centres throughout South-East Queensland are anything to go by, the current social distancing conditions have created a surge of novice ‘green thumbs.’ But for residents at Bolton Clarke’s Westhaven retirement village at Toowoomba gardening is - and always has been - a way of life.
11 May 2020
Marking 100+ years of pandemic nursing
When the Spanish flu arrived in Melbourne after WWI the Melbourne District Nursing Service’s (now Bolton Clarke) 12 nurses were delivering services by bicycle as they cared for sick patients in the city’s poorest areas. On International Nurses Day this week, Bolton Clarke Executive General Manager At Home Support Deidre McGill said the organisation was still drawing on lessons learned 100 years ago in the current pandemic. Then as now, innovation was born from necessity.
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24 April 2020
ANZAC candles create community connections at Baycrest
For veterans and residents at Bolton Clarke Baycrest retirement village, ANZAC Day is an important time for reflection and community connection.  This year, residents will be Lighting Up the Dawn as they ‘stand to’ on their driveways with support from Hervey Bay RSL sub-branch and Paisley Park Childcare Centre staff, who have provided the residents with handmade candles to mark the commemoration.
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22 April 2020
Veteran Ralph Edwards shares 101 years of memories
For Bolton Clarke Milford Grange resident Ralph Edwards, ANZAC Day has added significance every year. Born in Roma, in central western Queensland, on 21 April 1919 during the final months of World War I, Ralph served Australia in World War II in the Citizens Military Forces and then the Australian Imperial Force, spending time in Labuan, Borneo working on 40,000-gallon prefabricated steel fuel tanks.
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02 April 2020
Checking the fence “post” - Fernhill residents and students go old school to keep in touch
It’s not the way most primary school students would post an update, but students at Caboolture State School have been sharing messages with residents at the neighbouring Bolton Clarke Fernhill residential aged care community by fence post.
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09 March 2020
Aged care residents just Poppin out to the Fraser Coast
Residents from Bolton Clarke’s Centaur Memorial residential aged care community in Caloundra know that a little adventure is the spoonful of sugar for a vibrant, healthy life. Recently they took their 21st overnight holiday, this time to coastal Hervey Bay and historic Maryborough.
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29 February 2020
Beryl’s birthday brings leap year longevity
As Beryl Drew will tell you, she’s much younger than you may think. In fact, this year will mark only the 24th time her birthday has rolled around since was born in Sydney on 29 February 1928. Of course, that hasn’t stopped her celebrating every year for the past 92 years. In non-leap years she celebrates on the 1st March.
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28 February 2020
Understanding individual experience key to care
New Bolton Clarke Research Institute research on older people’s experience of diversity in aged care shows the best care for older clients involves them being treated as individuals.
25 February 2020
Moreton Shores in running for international award
Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores residential aged care community at Thornlands has won international recognition after last week being named a finalist for Facility of the Year - Ageing in Place at the 8th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards.
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11 February 2020
Carers to co-design new dementia respite approach
A new project funded under the Dementia Australia Research Foundation will work with people living with dementia and their carers to co-design a new approach to short-term residential respite care and transition into permanent care.
07 February 2020
Residents make their mark on Future Fernhill
Retirement village residents joined Bolton Clarke Chairman Pat McIntosh for a sneak preview of the view from the roof at the new Fernhill residential aged care building at a topping out ceremony marking laying of the final slab this week.
03 February 2020
HOW-R-U? project targets post-discharge social isolation
Bolton Clarke Research Institute (BCRI) will work with Melbourne’s Northern Hospital and volunteer organisation Friends for Good to roll out a peer support program aimed at reducing social isolation and loneliness for older people discharged from hospital.
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31 January 2020
Milestone project marks first step into senior living in Victoria
Bolton Clarke has marked an important new milestone with the official start of work on its first Victorian retirement living community, Europa on Alma at St Kilda.
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24 January 2020
From sowing to stir fry – aged care residents dig in to gardening project
One of life’s great pleasures is enjoying a meal made from food you’ve grown in your own garden. It’s a pleasure keen gardeners at Bolton Clarke Inverpine residential aged care community celebrated this week after a bumper vegetable harvest from their raised community gardens.
26 January 2020
Residents enjoy Bolton Clarke’s Australia Day ‘big bash’ community cricket
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Milford Grange community at Ipswich were on a good wicket this Australia Day long weekend when the inaugural Bolton Clarke ‘big bash’ was hosted in their backyard.
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22 January 2020
Home care clients to co-design frailty interventions
A Melbourne research collaboration is bringing together frail hospital and home care clients and clinicians to improve health outcomes, overcome resistance to treatment and help build resilience.
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22 January 2020
New resource supports TGD elders
Bolton Clarke has contributed to a new resource developed as part of the Kinfolk Project supporting dignity and choice for trans and gender diverse elders in aged care.
10 December 2019
Customers partner to design, improve services
Bolton Clarke’s Melbourne-based community partnership group has celebrated its first anniversary, with a second group set to hold its first meeting on the Gold Coast this month.
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06 December 2019
QUT Living Lab to trial new technologies at Fernhill community
Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill residential aged care community at Caboolture will be the site for one of two Queensland-based “living labs” testing early commercial technologies to enhance energy efficiency and enable renewable solutions.
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07 December 2019
Centenarian Helen celebrates a life filled with love
Helen Christians was born in Ireland in December 1919 on a date that has remained a mystery - but that didn't stop celebrations for her 100th birthday at Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens.
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02 December 2019
Digital independence offering wins national award
Bolton Clarke has been named the inaugural Future of Ageing Awards winner in the Technology – Health and Wellbeing category for its digital independence offering.
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29 November 2019
Social butterfly Thelma sparkles at 103
The secret to a long and happy life? Gratitude, according to Inverpine resident Thelma Sprott, 103.
29 November 2019
U=U message central to addressing HIV stigma
More work still needs to be done to educate health care workers and families that when it comes to HIV, undetectable equals untransmissible (U=U), clinical experts say. U=U is a central message for World AIDS Day on 1 December.
18 November 2019
Rowes Bay community steps into the future
A 30-bed dementia wing built to best practice design will be part of a major redevelopment at Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay residential aged care community in Townsville.
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13 November 2019
Plastic poppies pay recycled respects
Bolton Clarke Inverpine residential aged care community and retirement village has commemorated Remembrance Day with a special service including poppies handmade by residents from recycled materials.
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06 November 2019
Elvis returns to resident delight
The King has returned, delighting residents with a special concert at Bolton Clarke Macquarie View aged care community in Bolton Point.
31 October 2019
Changing needs mean older women need more complex care at home
Women using home nursing services are older, less likely to have been born in Australia and have more complex medical needs than 10 years ago, a Melbourne research study has found.
31 October 2019
Promoting mental wellbeing for veterans and families
Supporting mental wellbeing for veterans and their families is the focus of the Veteran Family Mental Wellbeing Series, a free resource created by Bolton Clarke Group including Altura Learning that gives voice to the experience of veterans and their families, as well as researchers and clinical professionals.
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11 November 2019
Army carpenter Max builds his legacy from Sydney to Singapore
A career as an army tradesman sent Max Rostron across the world, from contributing to military base builds and humanitarian support in Singapore and Vietnam to helping construct Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House.
24 October 2019
Be Healthy and Active hits a milestone
Bolton Clarke’s Be Healthy and Active program welcomed its 20,000th participant at this week’s Healthy Brain Healthy Body session at Eltham Living and Learning Centre, Melbourne.
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23 October 2019
’56 pitcher Jack welcomes Olympic baseball’s return
News of baseball’s return to the Olympics in time for next year’s Tokyo Games has Banora Point resident Jack Knight remembering the day he took the pitch for Australia during the 1956 Olympic demonstration game in Melbourne.
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23 October 2019
Aged care residents can’t contain Carnival buzz
The sound of trumpets and big brass bands echoed over the lawn at Bolton Clarke’s Sunset Ridge, Zilzie aged care community when it hosted all the fun of the carnival.
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21 October 2019
Inverpine residents dig in to fresh produce
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Inverpine residential aged care community at Murrumba Downs are getting their hands dirty planting gardens with edible produce in a new therapeutic gardening program.
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18 October 2019
Encyclopedia Mary shares 100 years of memories
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Mary Schultz is far younger than her 100 years. With a memory many would envy, a quick wit and broad knowledge of local history those who know her call her the walking encyclopedia.
18 October 2019
All the world's a stage for Winders resident Doug
For Bolton Clarke Winders retirement living resident Doug Williams, all the world’s a stage. Doug first trod the boards in Canberra in 1963 and more than 50 years later is still actively involved in local theatre.
15 October 2019
Co-design work will support better carer outcomes
Bolton Clarke is working with carers to co-design services and accommodation options that will allow people to age well and in place while ensuring carers have the support they need.
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14 October 2019
From Big Prawn to Byron Bay – aged care residents take a holiday
For residents at Bolton Clarke’s Centaur Memorial community at Caloundra, living in residential aged care doesn’t mean giving up on holidays. Residents set out on their second annual road trip last month, heading south to take in the sights, experiences and tastes of the Gold Coast, Ballina and Byron Bay.
04 October 2019
Bolton Clarke to partner on Shanghai projects
Bolton Clarke, one of Australia's most experienced not-for-profit aged care and senior living providers, has formalised a key joint venture agreement in China that will see the organisation partner on eight continuing care retirement communities serving one of the country’s largest population centres.
04 October 2019
Creative flair keeps Rod busy at Fairways
Born under the stairs during an air raid in Devon, Torquay was quite a way to enter the world and since then Bolton Clarke Fairways, Bundaberg resident Rod Hingston has had a few close calls.
04 October 2019
Local goods, live music at Breezes Market Day
Local craft, plants and produce will be on sale at 40 stalls when Bolton Clarke’s Breezes Retirement Village at Mackay opens its doors for its fourth annual Market Day and Open House on Saturday, 12 October.
03 October 2019
Enjoy a Tea and Tour at Rowes Bay
Find out more about beachside retirement living in Townsville, join us for a friendly cuppa and meet some of our residents every Thursday from 10am-12pm. No booking required.
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03 October 2019
Community feeling a joy for Rowes Bay retirees
Making the move to retirement living was a practical decision for Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay residents Leigh and Penny Douglas, but it’s the community lifestyle they have grown to love.
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26 September 2019
Toowoomba retirees remember parades past
Every Carnival of Flowers is memorable. But for Bolton Clarke Westhaven retirement village residents, who turned the village bus into a float for Saturday’s grand parade through Toowoomba, sharing the memories of carnivals past was just as important as creating new ones.
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23 September 2019
Aged care community rallies for drought support
Residents and team members at Bolton Clarke’s Baycrest community at Hervey Bay have sent 120 slabs of bottled water to support families and aged care communities doing it tough in Stanthorpe.
20 September 2019
Kiribati High Commissioner visits Pioneers
I-Kiribati team members from Bolton Clarke’s Pioneers residential aged care community at Longreach have welcomed a visit from Australian High Commissioner in Kiribati Bruce Cowled.
09 September 2019
Retirement living residents cook up a storm
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Macquarie View retirement community have been cooking up a storm every week as part of the Recipes for Life program.
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30 August 2019
Furry friends keep Ekka fever alive at Inverpine
The sights, sounds and tastes of the Ekka came to Bolton Clarke Inverpine at Murrumba Downs in August when residents, relatives and Bolton Clarke team members enjoyed the annual “Royal Inverpine Show.”
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30 August 2019
Rock and roll at the Fernhill show!
The Ekka may be over for another year, but all the fun of the show lives on at Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill retirement village and aged care community, where residents, day therapy clients and Bolton Clarke team members have enjoyed the annual “Fernhill Community Show.”
20 August 2019
Celebrating bayside lifestyle at Moreton Shores
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores retirement living community came together this month for the community's 12th birthday celebrations and an over-90s afternoon tea in the community’s lakeside Bay Club.
13 August 2019
Long Tan memories still vivid for Farnorha resident Don
Bolton Clarke Farnorha resident Don ‘Jack’ Thomson, 84, was a special guest when the new movie Danger Close, about the Battle of Long Tan, opened in Cairns last week. But Don doesn’t need a movie to remember the events of that day – he was there, serving alongside Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith, played in the movie by actor Travis Fimmel.
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01 August 2019
Homelessness can make you sick
Homelessness is enough to make you sick. Finding successful ways to engage with clients is the key to successful outreach, Bolton Clarke Homeless Persons Program’s Mary-Anne Rushford told the Social Justice in Nursing and Healthcare Conference in Melbourne on 30 July.
25 July 2019
Baycrest residents receive star ‘tweetment’
Residents from Bolton Clarke’s Baycrest residential aged care community at Hervey Bay have been receiving the star ‘tweetment’ with monthly visits from some high-flying friends from Hervey Bay Animal Refuge.
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24 July 2019
Bringing latest aged care design to Lake Macquarie
A state-of-the art residential aged care development will go ahead at Bolton Clarke’s Macquarie View site at Bolton Point following Lake Macquarie City Council approval this week.
15 July 2019
Diabetes care trial supports optimum wellbeing at home
A first-of-its-kind research collaboration between Bolton Clarke Group and Austin Health is evaluating a new model of diabetes care to optimise diabetes management in the home and improve quality of life for older people.
12 July 2019
Research leading the way in wound care
Bolton Clarke is taking the lead in prevention and early identification of evidence-based wound care with new research using narrow band imaging to detect problems early.
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10 July 2019
Welcoming our newest Centenarian Club members in Brisbane
Nine Brisbane centenarians were honoured when Bolton Clarke hosted its second annual Centenarian Club morning tea at Brisbane City Hall on Tuesday, 2 October.
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10 July 2019
Victorian centenarians kick up their heels
Five Melbourne centenarians joined in Bolton Clarke’s first Victorian Centenarian Club  celebration on 12 October, coinciding with the Victorian Seniors Festival.
10 July 2019
He’s been everywhere – Caloundra’s centenarian doctor recalls the path that led him to Australia
From a childhood in India to study in Edinburgh, Scotland and wartime service in south-east Asia and Africa, it’s taken 100 years for Bolton Clarke Centaur Memorial resident Michael Innis to make his way to Caloundra.
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08 July 2019
For centenarian May, Beatles tour still seems like Yesterday
Last month, shortly after celebrating her 103rd birthday in May, Bolton Clarke at home support client May Lowe was recalling a very different anniversary.
17 June 2019
Care discussions need to take place sooner, research shows
PROVIDING greater opportunity for patients to have discussions around long-term health management before an acute event occurs could support better goals of care conversations in hospital, new research says.
17 June 2019
Share a laugh during World Continence Week
Bolton Clarke clients and residents will be encouraged to enjoy a good laugh during World Continence Week from 17-23 June.
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12 June 2019
Joy of play bridges the generation gap
An age gap of more than a century didn’t stop Bolton Clarke Fairview, Pinjarra Hills resident Kittie, 103, and 15-month old Harrison Kremmer from having lots of fun putting a puzzle together at the first meeting of the residential aged care community’s new intergenerational playgroup.
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05 June 2019
Wilma the robotic cat wows Winders residents
A realistic robotic therapy cat is the latest member of Bolton Clarke’s Winders Lodge residential aged care family at Banora Point.
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03 June 2019
Research ranks Bolton Clarke a design leader
Bolton Clarke has become the first Australian aged care provider to undergo benchmarking using a new Design Maturity Index which provides a basis for measuring the link between use of design and organisational success.
29 May 2019
Good wife, long life says centenarian Charles, 102
At 102, Bolton Clarke Baycrest, Hervey Bay resident Charles Roberts credits his long life to “a good woman”.
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27 May 2019
Paro has seal of approval from residents with dementia
Paro the robotic seal is making a real difference to improve quality of life for residents with dementia at Bolton Clarke’s Farnorha residential aged care community.
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27 May 2019
From coast to coast - aged care residents take a holiday
Age is no barrier to having fun - that’s the message that rang out loud and clear when residents from Bolton Clarke’s Centaur Memorial community at Caloundra, on the Sunshine Coast, hit the road for a holiday to the Gold Coast this week.
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27 May 2019
Virtual reality in aged care: the future is now
Bolton Clarke is expanding its work in the application of virtual reality technology into Residential Aged Care with a pilot that aims to improve resident experience and provide training opportunities for staff working with residents with dementia.
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27 May 2019
Library of Aged Care Things changing lives
An online platform that shares cleaned and safety-checked aged care equipment with people who need it is fighting the war on waste and changing the life of Bolton Clarke At Home Support clients.
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21 May 2019
Sue shines at LASA Qld awards
Sue Branchett from the Bolton Clarke Townsville At Home Support Services team has been recognised for her inspiring work in community nursing at the Queensland LASA Excellence in Age Services Awards.
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20 March 2019
Inverpine volunteer receives community honour
Bolton Clarke Inverpine volunteer Margaret Crosby has been awarded the Dickson Local Legend Award on Australia Day for her many years of community service as a volunteer with a number of charities and organisations.
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27 February 2019
Bolton Clarke awarded for wellness, reablement and innovation
Bolton Clarke has received recognition for its work in Wellness, Reablement and Innovation at the LASA Excellence in Age Services Awards presented at the 2019 Tri-State Conference in Albury last night.
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20 May 2019
Innovation culture bears fruit
The latest in a series of innovations grounded in the relationships between frontline team members and customers were recognised this week with Bolton Clarke taking out the Innovation of the Year – Product and Innovation of the Year – Social Engagement Program categories at Ageing Asia’s 7th APAC Eldercare Innovation Awards.
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09 May 2019
Music, family and friendship still a joy for former teacher
For Margaret Upham, the recommendations of friends made it a very easy choice to move into our Fairview retirement community at Pinjarra Hills.
08 May 2019
Age no barrier for volunteer
Bolton Clarke volunteer Yvonne is a familiar face at our Tantula Rise residential community on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
08 March 2019
Creating Community Connections
Coretta Scott King once said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” By that measure Bolton Clarke’s Cazna Gardens, at Sunnybank Hills in Brisbane, is on the path to greatness, as measured by the actions of residents like Patricia Toohey.
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22 March 2019
Creating compassionate communities a focus for social connection
Older people are meaningful members of society, and they want to be treated that way.
07 May 2019
Veteran Family Toolkit launched for Veteran Health Week
Bolton Clarke has a long history of supporting veterans and we have launched our Veteran Family Toolkit to align with Veteran’s Health Week 2018.
07 May 2019
Dorothy Receives Logan Citizen of the Year Award
Bolton Clarke At Home Support client Dorothy Murphy the founder of Palliative Aids for Logan Services has been named Logan’s Citizen of the Year 2019 for her dedication to volunteer work in community services.
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07 May 2019
Gold Coast seniors get active
Bolton Clarke residents and at home support clients on the Gold Coast  have come together again to celebrate fun, fitness and healthy competition at the annual HiJinx Games.