Health Promotion

30 June 2020

Steady As You Go©

Steady As You Go© is a fun and social, strength and balance exercise programme for older adults. The exercises are gentle but progressively increase muscle mass and balance so you can live a longer and healthier life.

Steady As You Go© can increase:

  • Independence
  • Balance and balance confidence
  • Leg strength
  • Flexibility
  • Spatial awareness
  • Wellbeing
  • General fitness
  • Social connections
  • Tasks in everyday life 


Steady As You Go© is an evidence-based programme, evaluated by University of Otago’ researchers. They found the classes improved physical function, reduced the risk of falls, were fun, improved sense of wellbeing and confidence and provided links with other people in the neighbourhood.

The classes are set up and led by a qualified Age Concern Steady As You Go© instructor for the first ten weeks and then classes continue with the help of trained peer leaders from within the group. 

Across the country we have over 230 Steady As You Go© groups and over 3500 participants. To join a Steady As You Go© class, contact your local Age Concern.

Staying Safe: Refresher Courses for Older Drivers

What we are doing to keep older people safe on the roads

We drive on our roads every day.  For many of us they are our lifeline – driving is a means of independence, social connection to family and friends and access to essential services.

Staying Safe: Refresher Courses for Older Drivers are run all over New Zealand by local Age Concerns to help keep them safe when using our roads.

The theory-based refresher course is an opportunity for participants to re-familiarise themselves with traffic rules and safe driving practices as well as increase their knowledge about other transport options available to help keep them mobile for as long as possible, whether behind the wheel or when they stop driving.

To see what impact we made we ask participants to tell us what they thought of the course and how well we did.  We ask them to tell us a little bit about themselves so we can see who came along and if we are reaching a wide range of people.  We also collect data on how many courses we delivered and where we delivered them to see if we are doing enough and covering all of New Zealand.

You can find the latest Staying Safe Driver Education Programme quarterly report here.

Past Reports

30 June 2020
31st March 2020
31st December 2019
30th September 2019

To join a Staying Safe: Refresher Course for Older Drivers, contact your local Age Concern to see if they have a class in your area.

   

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