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In the JAPA supplement (JAPA 24[Suppl.], June 2016), which contained the abstracts for the 9th World Congress on Active Ageing, an incorrect abstract appears on page S102. This abstract, “An Australian Unique Way of Addressing the Research—Selling Health and Wellness to the Over 60s with Active Life Weekends”, by B. Lord, was a duplicate of an earlier printed abstract. The correct abstract appears below. We apologize for this error. The online version has been corrected. Lifeball: A Ball Game for the Active Aged Lord, Brian L. Healthy Lifestyle Health Promotion Services; Introduction: Physical activity has been identified as being critical in maintaining wellbeing into our later years. Physical activity within a social context—with other people, in a group—has been shown to have benefits over and above that gained by activity partaken alone. Participation in team games can improve every aspect of physical fitness, and hence the quality of life for our older adults. Methods: Lifeball is a game based on netball and basketball, but its designer, Colleen Wilson-Lord OAM, has eliminated all their unsafe aspects. Lifeball is now played by over 2,000 people in over 70 centres throughout Australia. With no running, no body contact, no high passes, no bounce passes, and no walking backwards, it is a very safe game, yet it incorporates a great deal of tactical enterprise and is a most inclusive game. Everyone on the team must handle the ball, and certain skills must be performed before a goal can be attempted. Even the goal is novel—it is only eye-height, but is set back from the court by a couple of metres. Six players constitute a team and the playing court is divided into three zones with two players from each team in each zone. One player from each team has a “roving commission”, allowed in two zones (the defensive and centre zone). Another unique rule is that players must change positions at the end of each playing period; this ensures everyone plays in every position during the game. Results: Recent research in Western Australia showed that when people take up Lifeball, there is a positive shift in variables associated with social isolation and loneliness. Other research in New South Wales by the Department of Health showed similar outcomes in socialisation and health—both physical and mental. Conclusion: Despite Lifeball’s simplicity, players feel that it is a “main stream” sport. It looks and feels like a regular sport and so players regard themselves as being part of the recognised fabric of society. Lifeball is the game you play for Life.

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