Poi in Aged Care

Poi in Aged Care: It's Never Too Late to Play!

Poi, a ball on a cord spun in circular patterns around the body, is a fun, affordable, accessible way to keep the body and mind fit. Scroll down to read more about the health benefits of poi, see how aged care facilities around the world are using poi as a therapeutic intervention, and check out our resources for starting your very own poi program.

Scientific research showed significant improvements in grip strength, balance, and attention for older adults after playing poi for just one month.

Scientific research showed significant improvements in grip strength, balance, and attention for older adults after playing poi for just one month.

Poi could potentially be one of the most affordable, simple and effective interventions globally to alleviate the growing amount of depression, loneliness and isolation in older adults. We have seen our older residents smile or laugh out loud, socialize and develop new friendships, and engage both their minds and their bodies despite their age and physical or cognitive abilities.

Orquidea, Registerer Diversional Therapist, President of the New Zealand Society of Diversional and Recreational Therapists

Our residents are loving our SpinPoi sessions. We do get a good laugh along the way and feedback from residents is very positive. What I have noticed particularly is how they follow instructions (something that they usually have difficulties with - and the concentration!!!). I even have one resident telling others how good it is and recruiting new members.

Elaine, Activities Coordinator, Southlands Residential Home Limited

Residents are excited to attend the sessions, they really enjoy doing poi and find it to be a fun exercise. During the sessions residents have progressed well in coordination and after feel quite good in themselves.

Chantelle, Manager, Bruce McLaren Retirement Village

See poi in aged care in action!

Watch Dr. Kate Riegle van West, founder of SpinPoi, working with poi in a retirement village in New Zealand.

See poi in aged care in action!

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Want to know more about starting a poi/health program in aged care? Kate is available for in person and virtual consultation. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any inquiries: kate@spinpoi.com

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