Grants Available for Age-friendly Community Projects

Applications are now open for Community Connects grants. The Community Connects fund supports communities to become Age-friendly. We offer grants up to $15,000, from an annual budget of $100,000. There are up to two grant rounds each financial year. The fund supports projects to either: ·         start development of an Age-friendly Communities Plan, or ·         […]

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On August 16, 2019, posted in: Gerontology Projects, Home page feature by

Validation of the Nutrition Screening Tool ‘Seniors in the Community: Risk Evaluation for Eating and Nutrition, Version II” Among Octogenarians

Source: The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging Those aged 85 years-plus are the fastest growing age group within the 65-plus population in New Zealand and most live independently in the community. This group are the highest consumers of health and disability expenditure. Older people are known to be at disproportionate risk of malnutrition and have an increased risk of […]

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On July 25, 2019, posted in: News by

Caregiving, Ethnicity and Gender in Maori and Non-Maori New Zealanders of Advanced Age: Findings from LiLACS NZ Kaiawhina (Love and Support) Study

Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing Caregiving in home settings is a cornerstone of “ageing in place” policies in New Zealand and many other countries. Families and neighbours have long been the primary source of care for people in advanced age although, for social and demographic reasons, the pool of informal (usually unpaid) caregivers is diminishing even as need becomes greater. Ongoing […]

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On July 25, 2019, posted in: News by

Being Well and Wellbeing: Better Understanding of Patient Priorities in Primary Care

Source: The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners General practice in New Zealand (NZ) is facing increasing demands from funders, providers and users of its services. The dynamic environment is not unique internationally, but the NZ health system’s limited resources and challenges of our particular patient demographic, including Māori and Pacific peoples’ health-care access inequality, make consideration of how best to care […]

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On July 25, 2019, posted in: News by

The Dialogic Educational Pathway as a Strategy of Care with Elderly Women in Sexuality

Source: Esc Anna Nery Discussions around sexuality, although still fraught with prejudices and prohibitions, have long evoked power relations and denounced strategies of control of the individual and of the population, a characteristic of modern society. It turns out, however, that control and power are asymmetrical in gender relations and sexuality is a strong ally in the normalization of female conduct […]

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On June 28, 2019, posted in: News by

Risk Reduction of Cognitive Decline And Dementia – WHO Guidelines

Source: World Health Organisation These new WHO guidelines provide the knowledge base for health care providers, governments, policy-makers and other stakeholders to reduce the risks of cognitive decline and dementia through a public health approach. As many of the risk factors for dementia are 6 shared with those of non-communicable diseases, the key recommendations can […]

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On June 28, 2019, posted in: News by

Restrictive Practices in Residential Aged Care in Australia

Source: Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (Australia) The use of restrictive practices in residential aged care in Australia is contentious. There is significant public interest in the issue of restraint and ways to reduce or avoid it. Numerous media reports and inquiries have highlighted accounts of the misuse or overuse of physical […]

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On June 28, 2019, posted in: News by

Living into Death: a Case for an Iterative, Fortified and Cross-sector Approach to Advance Care Planning

Source: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group Advance care planning (ACP) has been framed as best practice for quality palliative care, yet a growing body of literature affirms the need for an early iterative ACP process to begin when people are young and healthy. A significant gap appears to exist in the literature regarding the utility of death conversations outside the […]

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On May 27, 2019, posted in: News by

Temporal Trends in the Utilisation of Preventive Medicines by Older People: A 9-year Population-based Study

Source: Elsevier Preventive medicines focus on preserving health, preventing diseases and managing the well-being of communities and defined populations (Miettinen, 2014). Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have demonstrated the benefits of prescribing preventive medicines in the general population; however older people are often under-represented in these trials, particularly those aged 65 years and older. Evidence-based guidelines for prescribing preventive medicines are formulated from […]

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On May 27, 2019, posted in: News by

Falls and Depression in Octogenarians – Life and Living in Advanced Age: a Cohort Study in New Zealand

Source: Journal of Primary Health Care New Zealand, like many countries, has an ageing population, with an increasing proportion of people in the older age groups and a declining proportion of children. The population aged 65 years and over has increased from 11% of the total population in 1991 to 13% in 2009 and is expected to reach 21% by 2031. […]

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