It’s never too late to play!
Poi is a simple, affordable, fun tool that engages both the body and the mind. It’s no wonder why aged care facilities across the globe are working with poi to improve quality of life, one orbit at a time.
What People Are Saying
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
SpinPoi inspired me to incorporate poi into my dance classes for the 50yrs+, and made the process of adding poi to an existing group fitness class very straight forward. While the thinky brain benefits are clear, the humour, creativity and sheer joy from participants has meant we now have another element to our dance routines.Hilary, Founder of Move Good Now
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
5 Science-Backed Ways Playing Poi Improves Quality of Life for Seniors
Let’s dive into the top 5 science-backed ways that spinning poi can improve quality of life.
Focus, Fun and a Good Laugh: Poi in Residential Care
Activity Coordinator Elaine shares her experience playing poi in a Residential Care Home in the UK.
Poi Health Benefits Equal Tai Chi
Radio New Zealand interviews Dr. Kate Riegle van West about the scientific research behind the health benefits of poi spinning.
Early Research on Poi and Parkinson’s Shows Promise for Improving Quality of Life
Poi may be the next Parkinson’s physical therapy treatment.
The Scientifically Proven Benefits of Poi Spinning
We conducted a clinical trial to measure the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function for older adults. Results showed significant improvements in grip strength, balance, and attention after playing poi for just one month. These results are very exciting, especially when thinking about maintaining quality of life as we age.
Grip strength is an important predictor of overall health, bone mineral density, likelihood of falls, general disability, and overall mortality in older adults.
Maintaining balance helps stabilize our core muscles, makes us feel steadier on our feet, and helps prevent falls. This is especially important as we age, as falls and fear of falling are major health concerns.
Our ability to concentrate on certain stimuli is a fundamental cognitive ability. It plays an important role in everyday functioning, from driving to studying to succeeding at work.
Get your Poi for Seniors program started with our comprehensive resources.
We have resources to support individuals and organizations in implementing poi programs across all levels of care. This includes digital and print guides, a full poi fundamentals course, and routines that will have everyone grooving to the beat. Visit the SpinPoi shop to find out more or email us to find out more: info @spinpoi.com
See It In Action!
Watch Dr. Kate Riegle van West, Founder and CEO of SpinPoi, working with poi at an aged care facility in New Zealand as featured on TV3.
See how Karanjot is teaching poi to seniors in a local park in her hometown of Chandigarh, India.