Music, singing and wellbeing: what works?

Source: What Works Wellbeing What music and singing interventions work to improve wellbeing of adults? This research looks at all the available evidence to support better decision-making. These summaries look at music and singing for healthy adults, and those living with diagnosed conditions and dementia. Read more here >

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Vitamin E for Alzheimer’s dementia and mild cognitive impairment (Cochrane review)

Source: Cochrane Library In this updated review, the authors assess the efficacy of vitamin E in the treatment of MCI and dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Four double-blind, randomised trials were included, but the authors could only extract outcome data in accordance with their protocol from two trials, one in an AD population (n = 304) […]

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Integrative review of older adult loneliness and social isolation in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Source: NCBI OBJECTIVE: To conduct an integrative review of empirical studies of loneliness for older people in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Loneliness is a risk factor for older people’s poor physical and cognitive health, serious illness and mortality. A national survey showed loneliness rates vary by gender and ethnicity. Read more here >

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How Kiwis feel about ageing in the workplace

Source: Scoop NZ  Bupa Press Release: Only 30% of New Zealanders believe that older people are valued by society, according to a survey by health and care provider Bupa 1 and around 55% of people believe our employers should do more to help older people remain in the workforce. Read more here >

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Families Caring for an Ageing America

Source: The National Academies Press Family caregiving affects millions of Americans every day, in all walks of life. At least 17.7 million individuals in the United States are caregivers of an older adult with a health or functional limitation. The nation’s family caregivers provide the lion’s share of long-term care for our older adult population. […]

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Hidden carers: the sixty-somethings looking after parents and grandchildren

Source: The Guardian Beverley works full-time. She does her grandchildren’s school run every morning, and spends one evening a week and every Saturday with her 85-year-old mother, who lives alone and is increasingly frail. “This isn’t how I pictured being 60. I do think, gosh, when will I be allowed to get old myself?” Beverley […]

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cycle BOOM: Design for Lifelong Health and Wellbeing

Source: cycle BOOM Cycling can contribute to physical and mental health and wellbeing among an ageing UK population. For example, by providing a means of engaging with the outdoor environment for recreation and relaxation, as well as a way of accomplishing everyday activities such as visiting friends or going to the shops. Read report here […]

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Breaking down the barriers: Older people and complaints about health care

Source: Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman A report providing a number of broad recommendations for healthcare policy makers and organisations to improve older peoples’ experiences of the complaints system. View report here >

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Dementia in Canada: A National Strategy for Dementia-Friendly Communities

Source: Senate of Canada A fully-funded National Dementia Strategy is urgently needed to support caregivers, research efforts and Canadians living with dementia. Members of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology made 29 recommendations to improve the quality of dementia care and research in Canada in an extensive report released late last […]

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Leaky homes saga: older homeowners hurting, research finds

Source: NZ Herald Older people stuck in leaky homes have been especially vulnerable to health problems and financial stress that has come with the saga, a new study finds. It’s estimated about 80,000 homes and apartments built between 1991 and 2005 used products and methods that have not proved weathertight, of which about 12,000 have been […]

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