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Transforming ways of living and ageing

Year:
2014
Duration:
12 months
Approved budget:
$149,303.02
Researchers:
Dr Ruth Teh
Health issue:
Nutrition
Proposal type:
Feasibility Study
Lay summary
Maintaining function and quality of life (QOL) are preferred over longevity. Combinations of healthy lifestyle behaviours benefit QOL and function, however, physical activity is low and nutrition risk high in older people. This study examines the feasibility of a large trial testing the effectiveness of nutrition and physical activity to improve QOL and function. This feasibility randomised trial facilitates participation for both Maori aged 60+ and non-Maori 75+ through primary care and community organisations. Those at high risk of losing independence will be enrolled. Change in food eaten and physical activity undertaken will be measured and compared between the intervention and control group over 2 months. If this study is successful, a large trial will test the sustainability and effectiveness in improving QOL and function, and thus impact on reducing health services and prolonging healthy life expectancy.