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2018 Finished in style - 2019 coming along nicely!

What a year! New villas, commemorations, celebrations, inspirational guest speakers, outings and events across the MiLife villages - Levin, New Plymouth and Palmerston North. To read about it all, including plans for the rest of 2019 Click Here Read More

MiLife 2018 Mid-year newsletter

From milestone birthdays to guest visits from international journalists, there are lots happening across the MiLife villages - Levin, New Plymouth and Palmerston North MiLife, to help forget about the cold. Click here. Read More

Find out what's happening in the villages this summer!

From a busy spring to a frolicking summer. Lots of resident events and activities across MiLife's growing Levin, New Plymouth and Palmerston North villages. Click here Read More

MiLife 2017 Midyear Newsletter

Lots of activities to keep the folks at the Levin, New Plymouth and Palmerston North MiLife villages too busy to think about the cold. Click here. Read More

Want to brush up on your driving skills?

Age Concern, Horizons and MiLife invite you to join them for a driver refresher course (and light lunch) on 29 May 2107 from 10-2.30p. The workshop focuses on helping you maintain and improve safe driving practices and increase the knowledge of other transport options available to help senior road users remain safely mobile. Read More

"Read all about it!" in the summer 2017 newsletter

From a busy spring to a frolicking summer - lots of resident events and activities across MiLife's growing Levin, New Plymouth and Palmerston North villages! Click here Read More

MiLife's 'Green Prescription' for Residents' Health

The success in Manawatu with Green Prescription, doctor referral and government initiative is what prompted Kelvin Grove MiLife retirement village manager, Sue Blewitt, to contact Sport Manawatu.  Read More

What's Happening Across MiLife So Far in 2016?

MiLife villages and the residents have been quite busy so far in 2016 across Levin, New Plymouth and Palmerston North. Click here Read More

See what's happening at the village in MiLife's latest newsletter

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Children celebrate Christmas with residents at MiLife

With Christmas right around the corner, some of the youngest members of the Manawatu community met with some of the eldest to practise their Christmas carols at the MiLife retirement village in Kelvin Grove, Palmerston North. Read More Read More

MiLife's 'Green Prescription' for Residents' Health

MiLife . - Friday, July 29, 2016

The success in Manawatu with Green Prescription, doctor referral and government initiative is what prompted Kelvin Grove MiLife retirement village manager, Sue Blewitt, to contact Sport Manawatu.

Sue wanted to start up a programme for eligible residents who were interested in learning more about how to become healthier and using prevention and management practices to do so.

Over each of the 2-3 week terms, residents have been attending weekly discussions on topics ranging from preventing and managing diabetes, arthritis, issues with renal and heart.  They’re also taught about healthy eating and understanding food labels, good versus bad fats and what are the important indicator numbers.  Importantly they also learned where to find and how to share healthy eating resources.

But it definitely wasn’t all sitting in a classroom. Residents were busy enjoying the physical activities designed to help with balance, agility and aerobic conditioning.  Some did aqua aerobics, walking groups, gym with a one on one instructor and resistance band workouts.  Even learning to swim for the first time was an option!

What do the residents think of the programme? Aqua-aerobics seemed to be a favourite.   “I really feel that it improved my fitness.” Says Margaret.

Trevor, who is challenged with diabetes, has taken up cooking classes so that he can eat healthier. This has made a positive difference to his weight along with a new variety of meal options.

Following their completion of the programme, the residents received a certificate and a water bottle that they can use for their ongoing fitness regimes.

Of course, the real value of the work lies in continuing with what has been learned.  For this reason, the village has introduced resistance bands on a weekly basis in the community lounge. This particular exercise helps to keep the strength up which is important as a preventative to falls that can occur. Some residents have also decided to continue with Aqua Aerobics as they can feel the benefits. 

Thanks Katrina and the team at Sport Manawatu and Green Prescription.