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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On June 14, 2016, posted in: Home page feature, News by

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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On May 10, 2016, posted in: Home page feature, News by

Tomorrow’s World – The Future of Ageing in the UK

Source: International Longevity Centre – UK Using data featured in the expert testimony delivered at the 2015 Future of Ageing conference, this report describes the future challenges and opportunities posed by an ageing population. What might the future of ageing look like? Will we live longer, healthier and wealthier lives, or will there be too […]

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Active ageing and the built environment

Source: Housing Learning & Improvement Network This briefing explains how the built environment and well-designed outdoor spaces can enhance the long-term health and wellbeing and looks at the role that social housing providers, housing with care, and local authorities can play. It also outlines key national and local policies that support active ageing and the […]

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Health matters – Midlife approaches to reduce dementia risk

Source: Public Health England Dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing. This resource for health professionals and local authorities makes the case for action in midlife to promote healthy lifestyles that can reduce the risk of dementia. Read more here >

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Alcohol use across retirement – A qualitative study of drinking in later life

Source: Glasgow Centre for Population Health This report presents the results of a qualitative exploration of older people’s drinking and the factors which influence their use of alcohol. In doing so, it locates alcohol use within the broader patterns, networks and routines that make up older people’s lives and suggests new ways of approaching alcohol […]

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Late-life suicide – Insight on motives and contributors derived from suicide notes

Source: Journal of Affective Disorders The aims of this study were: (i) to investigate the proportion of older people writing suicide notes in New Zealand; (ii) to compare the socio-demographic and clinical variables of older suicide note writers and non-note writers; and (iii) to perform a thematic analysis of the content of suicide notes. Read […]

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On May 10, 2016, posted in: Home page feature, News by

Smart devices study could transform health care for over 65s

Source: Scoop.co.nz There’s good news for older New Zealanders worried about having to move out of their homes into residential care because of declining health. A new study funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) will investigate how different sources of information from a variety of digital devices could be integrated with […]

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Hospitalisation of older people before and after long-term care entry in Auckland, New Zealand

Source: Experimental Ageing Research Global population projections forecast large growth in demand for long-term care (LTC) and acute hospital services for older people. Few studies report changes in hospitalisation rates before and after entry into LTC. This study compares hospitalisation rates 1 year before and after LTC entry. Read more here >>

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On May 10, 2016, posted in: Home page feature, News by

Shifting towards Autonomy – A Continuing Care Model for Canada

Source: C. D. Howe Institute Canada’s provinces can learn important lessons from the debates and reforms in other developed countries. A number of them have faced the same challenges but have been much more proactive in establishing a framework for supporting greater independence among the elderly. In doing so, they have recognized that shifting more […]

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