Stay active, well and independent

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Leila, Waiheke Island

When I was a young woman, I thought 70 was very old. Now I’m 72 it’s definitely not old at all.

Live Stronger for Longer is a national movement full of practical information and advice on how to stay active, well and independent for over 65s and those caring for over 65s.

Make the most of your retirement

Everybody is different when it comes to retirement. You can enjoy between 20 and 30 years of leisure time when you retire. The New Zealand Commission for Financial Capability states there are three distinct stages of retirement. 

Stage one is the ‘doing’ years, stage two is about consolidation, and stage three is about asking for and accepting help.

More about the three stages of retirement

Stay safe in your home

You can reduce your risk of a fall in your home. We’ve developed a home safety checklist to help you make a few changes to prevent a fall. This includes advice about rugs, lighting, different rooms in your home, outside your home, and personal safety.

Use the home safety checklist

Have a plan in case you have a fall

A fall happens when you least expect it. We have tips to help you be as prepared as possible in case a fall happens. This includes practising to get up by yourself, what to do if you fall, and tools available to get help faster.

Find out how to have a plan to keep safe

Are you at risk of falling?

You may be at risk of falling if:

  • you’ve slipped, tripped or fallen in the last year
  • you cannot get out of a chair without using your hands
  • you’ve avoided activities because you’re afraid you might lose your balance.

Check if you’re at risk of falling

Talk to your doctor

Talk to your doctor about any changes in your health as soon as you notice them. Have regular check-ups as some factors that contribute to falls can be treated easily. This includes dizziness, confusion, or memory loss.

If you’ve had a trip or fall or think you’re at risk of falling, talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

Use our suggestions to talk to your doctor

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