24 May 2010

Maori age range widened for study

10:11 pm on 24 May 2010

A major study into aging in New Zealand has changed the age requirements for Maori subjects because it can't find enough Maori in the older age group.

Professor Ngaire Kerse from the school of population health at Auckland University says the initial aim was to interview 1200 people aged 85 years in the Bay of Plenty, about what life is like for the elderly.

She told Waatea News that 600 Maori aged 85, were needed, but the age range has now been widened from 80 to 90 to find them across the Bay of Plenty.

Professor Kerse said the study will be used by Government and non-government agencies to plan future care for the elderly.