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Read about the wonderful people living, working and volunteering in our villages. They each bring life and energy to our thriving village communities.

Whenever Meryl Van Donkelaar has spare time, she inevitably reaches for her knitting needles or crochet hook to create something.

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OCAV residents at Leith Park and Rushall Park will have the opportunity to take part in a study exploring whether the heavily plant-based Mediterranean diet and daily exercise can slow the development of dementia in older people.

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A study into the impact of dairy intake on reducing fractures and falls in older adults has shown that the risk is lowered considerably.

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Sustainability Victoria has awarded a grant to Braeside Park to undertake an energy audit on the assisted living and communal areas of the village.

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Catrine Berlatier is not one to waste time. Life is too short, and there is far too much to do as far as the Leith Park resident is concerned.

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Dr Anne Thompson is having the time of her life. She is a volunteer gardener at Rushall Park, and is loving every minute.

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It takes a crisis to unlock opportunity, as the Chinese saying goes. For Lynn Edwards, it was the public health crisis of COVID-19 that helped her discover a love of writing.

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From the CEO

November 14, 2021

All I want for Christmas this year is a safe and happy time for everyone. One where we are surrounded by family and loved ones, and without having an endless conversation about COVID-19. I am sure that I speak for all of us.

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Aged care was not Marija Mckenzie’s first choice of work but since starting at Liscombe House six years ago, she says she has landed in a place and job she loves.

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Vivienne Saunders is true to her life motto: life is full of ups and downs; treat everyone as you like to be treated and enjoy every day.

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“Our home has always been a place where family and friends are welcome.  Our cottage at Rushall Park is no different and the community of friends here is important to us and that’s why their work is part of my art box,” Jennifer Barden said.

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