Designed specifically for older people, the complimentary Ryman Triple A (Ageless, Active, Aware) exercise programme is ACC approved and accredited and was introduced in 2007 to enhance and promote quality of life and wellbeing for village residents.
The programme is based on the belief that you are never too old to exercise – you’ve just got to choose the right way to do it. Catering for all ability levels, the aim is to improve strength, flexibility, balance and agility - helping to prevent falls and facilitating greater independence for longer.
The level of participation is optional, so you can be involved as much as you want to be. There are classes such as functional fitness and circuit, and for those who are less mobile, a sit and be fit class. There is certainly something for everyone.
The social aspect is also a large advantage, where residents come together with a sense of purpose and more often than not, having a good laugh and getting to know other residents.
It has exceeded all expectations and residents participate at least twice per week in Ryman villages nationwide. Residents have realised the tremendous benefits the programme has provided and notice significant gains in their overall health and wellbeing.
Resident Bruce Gray never misses his Triple A fix and says the move into a village has changed his lifestyle.
“I go three times a week – I’d go five but I’ve got golf on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I do Triple A for 40 minutes, and then go for a 30 minute swim in the pool. I’ve always loved the water, but I never would have gone to exercise classes before - I just couldn’t be bothered. Everything’s here for me – it takes me three minutes to walk to Triple A. I see all my neighbours on the way.’’
In 2018 the Triple A programme received ACC approval and accreditation. The New Zealand Government, the Ministry of Health and ACC developed the initiative ‘Live Stronger for Longer’. The aims are to prevent or reduce falls of older people by having them attend strength and balance classes. In order to refer people to these classes ACC decided to assess existing classes to accredit them. This way the public would know which classes are approved.
Activities and Lifestyle Coordinator Chelsea Richdale played the lead role in getting the Triple A programme ACC accredited.
“We knew that the programme was a success, but by becoming accredited with ACC this further proves it,” she said.
“Residents and relatives often ask how we know Triple A is improving mobility and health. By being associated with ACC we can now say that ACC approves what we do.”