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Ageing Well at the Kaumātua Olympics, Hamilton

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posted by Research Admin 1 on 3 October 2019

Ageing Well Newsletter, September 2019

Earlier this month Ageing Well Co-Director, Māori Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie and Communications Manager, Dr Vanisha Mishra-Vakaoti attended the Kaumātua Olympics in Hamilton. Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust first ran the Kaumātua Olympics in 2005 and has continued to coordinate the event annually, with the support of community based organisations and grants. 

The event is open to all Kaumātua throughout the North Island. This year saw about 320 participants from the Waikato, Rotorua, Auckland, Manawatu-Whanganui, Taranaki and Gisborne regions. The games and activities for the day are prepared in partnership with Rototuna Senior High School. Kaumātua have the opportunity to participate in active and passive recreational activities, depending on their ability. 

Ageing Well took three elements of our Well Balanced Exhibit and were able to engage with around 200 people about who we are and what we do. The balance beam, hula hoop and nimble fingers unit proved popular with whole teams trying out the different elements. We were able to provide information on the importance of balance and coordination as we age, as well as suggesting simple exercises that Kaumātua can do at home to help strengthen balance and coordination. 

You can read more about the Well Balanced Exhibit here. Our goal is for as many groups as possible to use the exhibit and experience the benefits of this entertaining and educational resource. The exhibit is now fully transportable, either in part or in full. If you are interested in using the Well Balanced Exhibit, please contact us