On Tuesday 1 October, 2019, we celebrated how staying active helps our seniors live long and healthy lives at the first ever Senior Regional Games in Lower Hutt.
More than 100 seniors from Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Porirua and Wellington competed and had fun playing sports and games at the special event, held to celebrate the International Day of the Older Person.
The event was an extension of ACC’s Live Stronger for Longer movement, that supports older people to stay active, well and independent in their own homes and communities.
Senior Recreation Programmer Sam Dickie said the event played an important role in promoting active living to the Hutt Valley’s seniors.
“At Hutt City Council we have a host of classes designed to help older people stay fit, healthy and moving.
“From our Ready Steady Balance class, designed to improve stability, balance and coordination, to Steady as You Go, designed to improve flexibility and strength to stop falls, we offer something for everybody.”
Sam said that not all of the Hutt’s seniors currently came along to these classes, meaning some might be missing out on the health benefits that exercise could offer.
“We hope this event introduced our seniors to a host of non-strenuous, low impact sports, activities and exercise they may never have previously taken part in, and might encourage them to do so in the future,” she said.
Sam said the event, which was held in partnership with Sport Wellington, Upper Hutt City Council and Age Concern, was also a great example of how organisations across the Wellington Region could collaborate to provide exercises and activities.