With ageing can come friendship and fun

Lizbeth and George enjoy a friendly game of indoor bowls.

Whether young or old, all of us require love and support from others in order to truly thrive.

For residents of Enliven’s Reevedon Home and Village and nearby sister site, Levin Home for War Veterans, that support network that is large and robust. 

Elders from both Enliven homes regularly get together to enjoy a range of activities such as indoor bowls, arts and crafts and sight-seeing trips. 

Staff are always on hand to ensure everyone feels included. They also support residents to connect with the wider community through the home’s strong relationships with local groups, clubs, organisations and even nearby schools. 

Reevedon Home resident Lizbeth Spooner says the friendship and comradery she’s discovered at Reevedon has greatly improved her sense of happiness and wellbeing. 

“It’s opened my eyes as to what older people like myself have to look forward to. I’ve joined a lot of things here and met a lot of lovely people here. 

“I love playing indoor bowls each week with the other residents and the neighbours from Reevedon Village. We only play for chocolate fish, but it’s a lot of fun!”

Jenny Hodgen, manager of both Reevedon Home and Village and Levin Home for War Veterans says opportunities to enjoy companionship, and to both give and receive care, are vital to elders’ wellbeing.

“Knowing that there are people around you who are there to offer a helping hand, to listen and laugh with you or enjoy a bit of fun makes such a huge difference in elders’ lives, and I think that is probably true of everyone, regardless of age.” 

“We love seeing residents here grow in confidence with our support and even start helping each other out. For us, that’s a strong sign of a healthy, supportive environment.”

To learn more about Enliven’s homes and villages in the Horowhenua region, visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz. You can also call 06 368 7900 (Reevedon Home and Village) or 06 366 0052 (Levin Home for War Veterans).

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