Lawrence-Tuapeka area residents (from front) Betty
Fitzgerald, Kip Herring, Esmae Paul and Irene McNoe get
active in the Lawrence Rural Health Centre rest-home
lounge. Photo supplied.
Lawrence senior citizens are keeping fit and healthy with
the help of a programme run by the local branch of Rural Women
The Age Concern ''Steady As You Go'' programme, which is held
at the Lawrence Rural Health Centre rest-home, both for
residents and the wider community, introduces fitness,
balance and mobility to seniors and gives them an opportunity
to socialise with their peers.
Beaumont Tuapeka Rural Women member Kim Murtagh said the
group spent time training in Dunedin before starting the
programme for residents at the local rest-home in Lawrence.
The first class began last year, and classes are due to
resume later this month.
Ms Murtagh said the programme was ''relatively open'' as far
as age goes with participants taking an initial fitness level
check, then another after 10 weeks to record improvements.
''No matter what your age, a bit of fun exercise with a group
of friends can bring a sparkle to the eyes and laughter to
The participants exercise without realising it using special
balls and other donated equipment in a mood-lifting
environment that even the oldest resident can enjoy, she
''There are gently spectacular improvements in the mobility
of all the participants,'' district nurse Kirsty Garner said.
Beaumont Tuapeka Rural Women members Margaret Healy, Raewyn
Brae, Margaret Stevenson and Bev Lawrence attended training
in Dunedin and began the programme last June.