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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Obesity and the Older Person

Source: INsite Magazine INsite provides news, views, and in-depth features about the New Zealand aged care and retirement sector. Liam Butler interviews Robyn Toomath author of Fat Science. Liam Butler: How can the aged care and retirement sector help regain control over our food systems that are making us fat? Robyn Toomath: The statistics show that being overweight isn’t harmful for […]

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Towards streetscapes promoting inclusive mobility, health and wellbeing for all

Source: Health Research Council of New Zealand Can Auckland’s evolving streetscapes and ‘leading-edge’ transport designs enable older residents and people with disability to meaningfully participate in society and enjoy positive health? All too often, these groups are not involved in transport planning, including current initiatives promoting cycling and walking. Left out of the process, streets […]

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Interventions to promote or maintain physical activity during and after the transition to retirement: an evidence synthesis

Source: Public Health Research It has been argued that transition points in life, such as the approach towards and early years of retirement, present key opportunities for interventions to improve the health of the population. Interventions that may change or preserve activity levels around the time of retirement have the potential to provide benefits in […]

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On June 14, 2016, posted in: News by

Housing disrepair & health impact in later life

Source: Care & Repair England This report sets out the national picture with regard to the scale of poor housing conditions amongst older people, the resulting impact on the health and wellbeing of an ageing population, and the concentration of poor housing in the owner occupied sector. It quantifies the scale of action necessary to […]

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Ageing is everyone’s business: a report on isolation and loneliness among senior Victorians

Source: Department of Health and Human Services Victoria A set of six ‘building blocks’ has been identified as the basis for an integrated approach for action to address social isolation and loneliness among older people from state and local government, funded services, community-based organisations and community members. Consequently, an integrated and coordinated approach is proposed, […]

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Comprehensive clinical assessment of home-based older persons within New Zealand – An epidemiological profile of a national cross-section

Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health Since 2012, all community care recipients in New Zealand have undergone a standardised needs assessment using the Home Care International Residential Assessment Instrument (interRAI-HC). This study describes the national interRAI-HC population, assesses its data quality and evaluates its ability to be matched. Read more here >

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First WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia

Source: WHO This report follows the ‘First Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia’; organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) with support from the Department of Health of the United Kingdom and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The First WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia fostered awareness of the […]

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