Staying Upright and Eating Well

19 Feb 2016

Life expectancy has increased in New Zealand and it is estimated 16.5% of the population will be aged over 65 by the mid-2020s.

Frailty is a multidimensional geriatric syndrome involving several inter-related physiological systems.  It is a precursor to functional loss and results in considerably increased risk for health care needs.

600 pre-frail older people to participate have been invited, including Māori aged 60+ and non-Māori aged 75+, living in Whangarei, Howick, Tauranga, and Invercargill.

Participants will enroll in weekly group sessions, over 10 weeks.

The groups are:

  • Strength and balancing exercise (Steady As You Go—SAYGO)
  • Nutrition and cooking class (Senior Chef)
  • A combination of SAYGO and Senior Chef (Combo)
  • Social activities (Social—groups gather for company and crafts, games, music or reading).

The SUPER project aligns with the Ageing Well National Science Challenge mission by forestalling the development of frailty. This enables maintenance of independence. Preventing falls reduces disability and the related adverse impacts of poor health outcomes for older people.