Ageing Well National Science Challenge

What is Ageing Well National Science Challenge trying to achieve?

The Ageing Well National Science Challenge—Kia eke kairangi ki te taikaumātuatanga—is about harnessing science to sustain health and wellbeing into the later years of life.

The vision of Ageing Well is to add life to years for all older New Zealanders.

This vision will be achieved by harnessing science to sustain health and wellbeing into the later years of life, in ways that:

  • Allow personal dignity to be preserved into old age by mitigating mental, cognitive, and physical disability
  • Support health, wellbeing and independence for all New Zealanders as they age
  • Recognise the resourcefulness of older people and their on-going social, economic, and cultural contributions to society
  • Enable Ageing Well through mutual respect, support, and reciprocity amongst people of different ages

The mission of Ageing Well is to push back disability thresholds to enable all New Zealanders to reach their full potential through the life course with particular reference to the latter years of life. 

Ageing Well National Science Challenge Research areas:

  Drug burden index
  Electrical stimulators for stroke recovery
  Neurodegeneration and individual interventions
  Independence and housing tenure
  Kaumātua mana motuhake
  Loneliness and social isolation
  Pacific island families
  Retirement villages
  Risk factors in reduced social engagement
  Social isolation
  Staying upright and eating well
  Stroke and cvd prevention
  Tapinga 'a Maama'
  Te whakahaumitanga
  Ngā Kaumātua, ō Mātou Taonga

The Ageing Well National Science Challenge website

What are the other National Science Challenges?

There are 11 National Science Challenges, which are designed to take a more strategic approach to the government’s science investment by targeting a series of goals, which if they are achieved, would have major and enduring benefits for New Zealand. The Challenges provide an opportunity to align and focus New Zealand’s research on large and complex issues by drawing scientists together from different institutions and across disciplines to achieve a common goal through collaboration.

More information about the National Science Challenges, what they are trying to achieve, and links to each is available from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). MBIE website

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