The annual Retirement Living Summit attracted a record 600 delegates to the Gold Coast from 21st to 23rd June, including 13 senior Living Choice team members. Titled `The Future is Now’, the conference included top speakers from both Australia and overseas.
Many of the speakers focused on the need for healthy ageing, wellness programs, combatting ageism, integrating care, technology, innovation and how the baby boomers are influencing the design of new communities.
Demographics, the latest Retirement Living Census data, workforce security and how COVID-19 has accelerated the digital transformation also came under the spotlight.
There was also discussion on how retirement living marketers can convince older Australians that they will be healthier, happier and more independent for longer if they “right-size” into a retirement living community.
Several state representatives of the Australian Retirement Village Residents’ Association attended and contributed to a session on the Code of Conduct, an initiative started by the retirement living sector to respond to residents’ concerns about standards and the need for greater transparency. All reported that the collaborative approach to solving problems was working.
Other highlights of the conference included an entertaining presentation by Futurist, Chris Riddell and site tours to Esperance Hope Island and Vision by Halcyon.
It was not all work, however. Delegates had the opportunity to kick up their heels at the Awards Gala Dinner, with many Living Choice staff members showing off their dance moves.