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Benefits are threefold with Triple A
By JUDITH LACY
Quality of life improved
Throw and grab: Maurice Moffat, left, and Keith Simpson at one of the Triple A exercise stations at Julia Wallace
Reaching for the stars: Nancy Dekker, left, and Valerie Donald stretch their arms.
Photos: FAITH SUTHERLAND
Triple A could be achy,
arthritic and ageing.
But at Julia Wallace Retire-
ment Village in Palmerston North it
stands for ageless, active and
Julia Wallace is one of 24 Ryman
Healthcare villages nationwide that
offers the Triple A exercise pro-
gramme to residents.
Triple A was the joint winner of
the community award in the 2011
Fitness Industry Awards.
The day The Tribune visited the
high-impact class, people were
doing circuits of different exercises --
seated row, lifting a medicine ball,
squats, stepping up and down, and
throwing and catching scarves.
Retired dairy farmer Peter Don-
ald said he and his wife, Valerie,
had always been active.
He loves Triple A.
It's a way of stopping the bones
from seizing up.''
Sipping water and eating a cock-
tail tomato after the class, Mr Don-
ald said he still played badminton,
but he had cut it back to the social
You have got to remember you
are ageing a little bit. I've given up
the competition side of it.''
Weekdays the 80-year-old tandem
cycles with a fellow resident, who is
When you are blind you are sit-
ting there with nothing to do, so it
gives him a change of activity for
For their 30-minute buzz
arounds'' the men have different
loops, including one to the airport.
Mrs Donald likes the challenge
Triple A provides to keep fit and
maintain her mobility.
What you don't use, you lose.''
Enjoying the class was Keith
Simpson, one of the Manawatu
Striders members who began the
Super Sevens series. The 78-year-
old said he still did a reasonable
amount'' of exercise, including the
7-kilometre Striders walks.
Maurice Moffat joined a gym at
the age of 83. Since moving into
Julia Wallace, the 87-year-old uses
the village's gym instead and
attends Triple A.
Julia Wallace manager Pam Scott
said Triple A was not just for inde-
pendent residents, but those in the
rest home, hospital and dementia
unit. Programmes are designed for
residents' needs and abilities.
That way no-one is put off
coming, everyone can do some-
thing,'' she said.
You should see them go for it up
in the dementia unit. They just love
it up there. They have really good
attendance up there.''
Ms Scott had noticed some
residents who had trouble getting
into the village's vans now have
enough muscle strength to step up,
an improvement she attributes to
It's given them the opportunity
to do more and be involved in other
activities and go outside, just to be
more involved in village life by
being that much fitter.''
Another benefit is older people
able to climb stairs when visiting
friends and family without feeling
vulnerable or being at risk of a fall.
Classes at the resthome are run
on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Each year residents take part in
the Triple A Challenge, setting
goals such as being able to walk
around the whole village or through
the gardens, which they are
supported to achieve.
Fitness Industry Award judges
said Triple A is a substantial and
commendable investment . . . into
the wellbeing of older adults . . . and
has paid dividends in terms of
enhancing their quality of life''.
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