Cross-Country Validation of the Association Between Oral Health and General Health in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Source: JAMDA International scientific literature shows that oral health is associated with general health outcomes, functional performance, and wellbeing.  Several studies identify poor oral health as a major risk factor of aspiration pneumonia. Reduction in saliva flow, which is often a side effect from medication use, leads to a higher risk of oral infections such as caries or periodontitis, which in […]

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On September 27, 2019, posted in: News by

“Not on the Radar”: Dentists’ Perspectives on the Oral Health Care of Dependent Older People

Source: Wiley Online Library The New Zealand population is steadily ageing: about 5% of the 580,000 New Zealanders aged 65 or more are currently in long-term care, and another 9.5% receive publicly-funded, home-based support for housework and personal care assistance. It has been estimated that almost half of our older population will end up in residential aged-care at some stage during their […]

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On September 27, 2019, posted in: News by

Notice of NZAG Annual General Meeting & Agenda

All NZAG Life Members, Officers and members are invited to attend Tuesday 1 October 20193.30 pm to 4.30 pm Room AE114A, AUT Akoranga Campus90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland View Notice of Meeting and Agenda here > Download Proxy Voting Form here >

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On September 9, 2019, posted in: Gerontology Events, Home page feature by

New Zealand – Facilitating Equitable Prevention and Management of Gout for Māori in Northland, New Zealand, through a Collaborative Primary Care Approach

Source: The Royal New Zealand College of General PractitionersGout, a common type of inflammatory arthritis, is a chronic disease that occurs with elevation of serum urate, causing the formation and deposition of monosodium urate crystals within joints. Although a chronic condition, patients often present with recurrent flares, which are acute and extremely painful events. Metabolic syndrome, renal impairment, hereditary factors and diuretics are […]

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On August 30, 2019, posted in: News by

International – Variation in GP Decisions on Antihypertensive Treatment in Oldest-old and Frail Individuals Across 29 Countries

Source: BMC GeriatricsHypertension is the most important preventable cause of poor cardiovascular outcome and is responsible for disability and deaths from stroke, myocardial infarction and other diseases. Treating hypertension is beneficial and (since the 1990s) it is known that treatment also reduces stroke rates and myocardial infarction in patients aged >60 years. As life expectancy has increased worldwide, a new term was […]

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On August 30, 2019, posted in: News by

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