Ageing Well | Kia eke kairangi ki te taikaumātuatanga

The Ageing Well National Science Challenge is researching how to sustain health and well-being as people age, enabling all New Zealanders to reach their full potential into the later years of life.

national science challenge ageing well

Launched: 4 March 2015

Funding: Up to $34.9 million over 10 years

Host: University of Otago

Summary

The Ageing Well National Science Challenge is researching how to sustain health and wellbeing as people age, enabling all New Zealanders to reach their full potential into the later years of life.

Research includes work to optimise brain and body health, as well as to reduce disability and moderate the impact of age-related illness such as dementia, stroke, depression and frailty.

The Challenge aims to enhance the independence and tino rangatiratanga of older individuals and their whānau, and encourage age-friendly physical environments. It is working to ensure older people continue to live a meaningful life through social integration and engagement, in a society that values their ongoing contributions of knowledge and experience.

Challenge objective

To harness science to sustain health and well-being into the later years of life.

Title translation

Kia eke - (verb) to attain, to achieve, to strive for
kairanga - (noun) anything held in high esteem
taikaumātua - (verb) to be elderly, middle aged

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Collaboration partners

  • University of Auckland
  • Auckland University of Technology
  • University of Waikato
  • Massey University
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • University of Canterbury
  • AgResearch Limited
  • Centre for Research Evaluation and Social Assessment.