Knitting group helps North Shore Hospital’s delirium patients

Source: Stuff.co.nz Crafty knitters are helping nurses at Auckland’s Waitemata District Health Board with a special project. North Shore Hospital’s gerontology nurse specialists Elaine Docherty and Catherine Mounsey are hoping to raise more awareness about delirium. The condition, also known as acute brain failure, is a state of altered consciousness that occurs suddenly as a […]

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On September 16, 2016, posted in: News by

Creating safe environments for older people

Source: Beehive.govt.nz Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says there is now easier access to the latest and best approaches for building safe, secure, and stimulating care homes for people with dementia. “Older people with dementia need close and continued contact with the real world. Things that enrich their lives such as plants and animals. […]

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Building bridges, breaking barriers – Integrated care for older people

Source: Care Quality Commission Building bridges, breaking barriers looks at how well care for older people is integrated across health and social care, as well as the impact on older people who use services and their families and carers. The review seeks to improve our understanding of how services work together to meet the needs […]

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On August 15, 2016, posted in: Home page feature by

Meeting the dietary needs of older adults – exploring the impact of the physical, social, and cultural environment 

Source: National Academies Press On October 28-29, 2015, the Food and Nutrition Board convened a workshop, Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults, in Washington, DC. Participants examined factors in the physical, social, and cultural environment that affect the ability of older adults to meet their daily dietary needs. This report summarizes the presentations and […]

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The characteristics and experiences of older New Zealand caregivers

Source: Massey University This research aimed to describe the experiences of older caregivers in New Zealand, to explore the impacts of caregiving, and determine whether coping differs according to demographic factors and health. Read more here >

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Retirement – A Transition to a Healthier Lifestyle? –  Evidence From a Large Australian Study

Source: American Journal of Preventative Medicine   Population aging is associated with a rising burden of non-communicable disease, profoundly impacting health policy and practice. Adopting and adhering to healthy lifestyles in middle or older age can protect against morbidity and mortality. Retirement brings opportunities to reconfigure habitual lifestyles and establish new routines. This study examines […]

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Staying UPright and Eating well Research (SUPER)

Source: Ageing Well Science Challenge   Life expectancy has increased in New Zealand and it is estimated 16.5% of the population will be aged over 65 by the mid-2020s. Staying UPright and Eating well Research (SUPER), aims to test the impact and cost-effectiveness of physical activity and/or nutrition, and social group attendance, to reduce frailty […]

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MOH: Health of Older People Strategy Consultation Draft

The Ministry of Health has released a document which sets out a draft strategy for the health and wellbeing of older people for the next 10 years. Its vision is that older people live well, age well, and have a respectful end of life in age-friendly communities. It sets out a direction for people-centred health […]

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On July 13, 2016, posted in: Home page feature, News by

Risk Factors for Malnutrition in Older Adults – A Systematic Review of the Literature Based on Longitudinal Data

Source: Advances in Nutrition Older adults (aged ≥65 y) tend to be more prone to nutritional deficiencies, because aging may come with an accumulation of diseases and impairments. These include cognitive and physical decline, depressive symptoms, emotional variations, and poor oral health, along with socioeconomic changes. All of these factors may directly influence the balance […]

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The acceptability of physical activity interventions to older adults – A systematic review and meta-synthesis

Source: Social Science and Medicine Physical activity can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, frailty and deterioration of cognitive function in older adults yet few older adults meet recommended levels of physical activity. To increase engagement in physical activity, there is a need to better understand acceptability of physical activity interventions for this population. Read […]

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