Sir Peter Snell –Super Seniors Champion Patron
Sporting legend, academic, and life coach Sir Peter Snell has become the patron of New Zealand’s SuperSeniors Champions programme. Texas based, Sir Peter Snell has for many years has advocated for positive ageing, working on research projects and writing on the importance of exercise and ageing.
Use it or lose it
“My message to seniors is that it’s never too late to improve your muscle strength and aerobic fitness. Sometimes age related illness may prevent you from carrying on with your usual physical activities. But don’t let that stop you exercising – look for other alternatives."
"Severe osteoarthritis and a heart ailment prevented me from orienteering and playing energetic sports like squash. But I found I was able to play table tennis without getting breathless and damaging my knees. My wife and I regularly play in senior table tennis competitions and had great fun competing in the recent Master Games held in Auckland.”
An emerging risk factor for seniors is excessive sitting
Sir Peter says, “even octogenarians can benefit from healthy eating and doing 20-30 minutes of daily exercise. Research shows exercise benefits memory and other brain functions including a reduced risk of Alzheimer disease."
“Don’t sit or lie down for prolonged periods. Get up and do something on your feet for 5-10 minutes throughout the day. Get involved in programmes that offer outings and other social activities."
After retiring, Sir Peter took up art and craft activities.
“I discovered I enjoyed drawing, making objects with fused glass and creating iron sculptures. I even learnt to spin the fur from our long haired car and knit a scarf. For the last five years I have spent an hour each day learning to speak Spanish.”
On Elder Abuse
Sir Peter Snell says he feels privileged to be able to help raise awareness of senior’s issues such as elder abuse and neglect.
“No one should have to feel shame or fear – no matter who they are or where they live. If you think you are being abused, please ring the elder abuse helpline. They will talk you through your concerns and point you in the right direction for more support.“