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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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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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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New campaign launched as dementia tops the list of health worries in Wales

Source: Change4Life Wales Change4Life Wales and the Minister for Health and Social Services have launched a new campaign designed to help everyone in Wales take simple steps including getting active to reduce their risks of developing dementia. The campaign calls on Welsh residents to ACT NOW and take the six steps outlined by the campaign […]

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Growing old together – Sharing new ways to support old people

Source: NHS Confederation The aim of the Commission was to produce guidance for people involved in designing care for older people. As well as the experience of those involved with the Commission, it was informed by over 60 evidence submissions, a series of site visits to areas and organisations using innovative ways to deliver care, […]

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Drink Wise Age Well – Alcohol and the Over 50s in the UK

Source: National Longevity Centre (UK) Drink Wise, Age Well is a major new programme of work which will address the challenges of alcohol-related harm in older adults. Based in five demonstration areas across the UK, but with learnings shared across the nation, we will look to raise awareness of the issue of alcohol-related harm among […]

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General Practitioners insight into deprescribing for the multimorbid older individual – a qualitative study

Source: International Journal of Clinical Practice The majority of older people with chronic diseases are prescribed multiple medicines resulting in polypharmacy. The extrapolation of the ‘single disease model’ represented by disease-specific guidelines is a major driver for polypharmacy. Polypharmacy is associated with negative health outcomes. Safely reducing or discontinuing harmful medicines, commonly referred to as […]

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Factors affecting optimal nutrition and hydration for people living in specialised dementia care units – A qualitative study of staff caregivers’ perceptions

Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing Dementia is a public health priority with the number of people affected worldwide expected to double by 2030 and triple by 2050. Approximately 50 000 New Zealanders are currently living with some form of dementia. For many people living in age-related residential care (ARRC) achieving and maintaining adequate nutrition and hydration […]

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