Ageing Well National Science Challenge aims to be a voice for ageing issues in New Zealand. Ageing Well responds to opportunities to share information with decision makers and co-funders through strategic meetings, publications, conference presentations, media presence and increasingly through various multi-media platforms (such as videos and our interactive Well-Balanced Exhibit). We work towards constantly improving our science communication and dissemination to ensure our work and its resulting impact is easily accessible to our various audiences.
Gibson, R. (2019). Sleep Disturbances Among Older Men and Women. Invited Symposia for Sleep Down Under, Sydney, Australia.
Gibson, R. (2019). The Sleep Experiences and Disruptions of People with Dementia and Their Family Care Partners. Facilitated Symposia for Sleep Down Under, Sydney, Australia.
Gibson, R., Helm, A., Breheny, M., Gander, P. (2019). “I’m only as good as the sleep I get”: sleep health among family carers. Oral presentation and poster to Sleep Down Under, Sydney, Australia.
Gibson, R., Gander, P. (2019). Factors Associated with the Sleep of Family Carers. Oral presentation to Sleep in Aotearoa Conference, Christchurch.
Gibson, R., Helm, A., Breheny, M., Gander, P. (2019). “I think I could have coped if I was sleeping better”: sleep across the trajectory of caring for a family member with dementia. Oral presentation to Sleep in Aotearoa Conference, Christchurch.
Independence and Housing Tenure
Saville-Smith, K. (28 February, 2018). Sustainability and Environment in an Ageing New Zealand Keeping Pace with Two National Science Challenges. Presentation for Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand.
Background & History
The Well Balanced exhibit was developed in collaboration with Professor Nancy Longnecker and students of the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago, and the Otago Museum.
The exhibit engages the public to learn how strength and balance changes throughout the life course by encouraging participants to test a range of physical functions such as balance, grip and muscle strength.
The exhibit also provided participants with information on their strength and balance compared to others of a similar age, and what they can do to improve those abilities.
It is estimated that over 7000 people went through the Otago Museum exhibit in 2017 and observations by Science Communication students and Museum Staff confirmed that it was a popular exhibit for all ages.
The exhibition has moved all over New Zealand. It has appeared at the following venues and events:
- ACC Live Stronger for Longer Launch, 2017/18
- University of Otago, Wellington, 2018
- Age Concern Everyone Conference, 2018
- Te Matatini, 2019
Utilising the Exhibit
If you are interested in using the Well Balanced exhibit, please feel free to contact us by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Our goal is for as many groups as possible to use the exhibit and get the great benefits of this entertaining and educational resource.
The exhibit is now fully transportable, either in part or in full.
Elder Birdsong Short Animation Film: Professor Merryn Gott’s Social Isolation Project
I’ll Care For You – Music Video and Music Video Commentary: Dr Ofa Dewes Tapinga ‘a Maama’ project