Moving Backwards, Moving Forward: The Experiences Of Older Filipino Migrants Adjusting To Life In New Zealand

Source: International Journal Of Qualitative Studies On Health And Well-being

Historically, global migration trends have shown a significantly lower proportion of older people migrating compared to younger age cohorts (United Nations [UN], 2016). However, more recently, the global migrant profile has no longer been dominated by the young working-age population and it now includes a large percentage of older adults (UN, 2016; Warnes & Williams, 2006). The increasing number of older migrants is illustrated by the higher percentage of migrants who are 60 years old and over in proportion to the total population of the same age group among major migrant destination countries (UN, 2016). This rise has been fuelled by an increased life expectancy and legal migrant pathways for reunification (Zaiceva, 2014).

In recent years, a considerable number of parents of New Zealand residents of different ethnicities have been granted residency status (Immigration New Zealand Statistics, 2013). In New Zealand, studies focusing on South Korean, Chinese, South African, and Indian migrants have been undertaken (Alpass et al., 2007; DeSouza, 2006; Park & Kim, 2013), revealing migration issues and processes affecting migrants’ psychological well-being and their experiences of growing old in New Zealand. Furthermore, there has been an increase in empirical work documenting the complex health and well-being needs of older migrants, who are culturally and linguistically diverse (Al Abed, Davidson, & Hickman, 2014; Radermacher, Feldman, & Browning, 2009). Ageing in general is accompanied by inevitable and complex co-morbidities, including physiological and psychosocial health-related issues. These health complexities are experienced by older migrants more acutely than by younger migrants (Khoo, 2012). Nikolova and Graham (2015) noted that migration to developed economies, while increasing subjective wellbeing for the younger population groups, often meant that older migrants experience an interrupted social connectedness, referred to as a “broken social convoy” (Park et al., 2015).

Read more here >

read more
OnSeptember 26, 2018, posted in: News by

Negativity Surrounds Aged Care Nursing

Source: Auckland University of Technology

Aged-care nursing remains the least popular career pathway for young nurses, despite huge efforts to showcase the opportunities and promote the value of working in this speciality.

Various studies have explored why new nurses are not choosing aged care.  Factors identified include preferring other fields of nursing, such as acute care; and feeling the need to learn certain clinical skills which aged-care bursing cannot offer. Another factor is new nurses having an impression of aged care that they do not openly admit to, nor discuss. This is the belief that aged-care nursing is not the dream job, is less stimulating than other specialities and only serves as the second – or even the last – option when no jobs are available in their preferred practice area.

Read more here >

read more
OnSeptember 26, 2018, posted in: News by

The FARSEEING Real-world Fall Repository: A Large-scale Collaborative Database To Collect And Share Senior Signals From Real-world Falls

Source: European Review of Aging and Physical Activity

Real-world fall events objectively measured by body-worn sensors can improve the understanding of fall events in older people. However, these events are rare and hence challenging to capture. Therefore, the FARSEEING (FAll Repository for the design of Smart and sElf-adaptive Environments prolonging Independent livinG) consortium and associated partners started to build up a meta-database of real-world falls.

Read more here >

read more
OnAugust 31, 2018, posted in: News by

Positive Ageing Strategy and a Constitution for Older New Zealanders: Informing the discussion in 2018

The purpose of this event is to facilitate informed discussion around the new Positive Ageing Strategy and contemplate the role of a Constitution for Older New Zealanders.

A number of excellent guest speakers and panelists have been lined up from around New Zealand.

 

15 August, 2018, 9:20- 2:30

CQ Hotel Wellington, 233 Cuba Street, Wellington

 

The event is FREE, but numbers are limited and registration is required.  Please email care@otago.ac.nz

 

Find out more here >

read more
OnAugust 2, 2018, posted in: Gerontology Events, Home page feature by

Life And Living In Advanced Age: A Cohort Study In New Zealand – Te Puawaitanga o Nga Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu, LiLACS NZ: Study Protocol

Source: University of Auckland

The number of people of advanced age (85 years and older) is increasing and health systems may be challenged by increasing health-related needs. Recent overseas evidence suggests relatively high levels of wellbeing in this group, however little is known about people of advanced age, particularly the indigenous Māori, in Aotearoa, New Zealand. This paper outlines the methods of the study Life and Living in Advanced Age: A Cohort Study in New Zealand.

Read more here >

read more
OnJuly 30, 2018, posted in: News by

How Family Caregivers Help Older Relatives Navigate Statutory Services At The End Of Life – A Descriptive Qualitative Study

Source: University of Auckland

A key challenge in meeting the palliative care needs of people in advanced age is the multiple healthcare and social service agencies typically involved in their care. The ‘patient navigator’ model, originally developed in cancer care, is the professional solution most often recommended to address this challenge. However, little attention has been paid, or is known, about the role that family carers play in enabling their dying relatives to negotiate service gaps.

Read more here >

read more
OnJuly 30, 2018, posted in: News by

Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence (HAPPI 4)

Source: Housing LIN

Following the Inquiry by the APPG for Housing and Care for Older People, this report makes a number of ‘rural proofing’ recommendations to increase the quality, supply and range of more appropriate age-friendly housing. It suggested an adaptation of the HAPPI principles when designing new homes for older people in rural areas, noting that new housing could preserve independence for older people and save NHS and social care funds.

Read more here >

read more
OnJuly 2, 2018, posted in: News by

Falls And Depression In Octogenarians – Life And Living In Advsnced Age: A Cohort Study In New Zealand

Source: Journal of Primary Health Care

Falls and injury have the most devastating consequences for very old people.  Depression may be a significant cause and consequence of falls. LiLACS NZ (Life and Living in Advanced Age: A Cohort Study in New Zealand), cohort study data of Māori (aged 80–90 years, 11-year age band) and non-Māori (aged 85 years, 1-year age band) followed for 3 years was used to describe the incidence and prevalence of falls and depression.

Read more here >

read more
OnJuly 2, 2018, posted in: News by

Effects of Functional-Task Training on Older Adults With Alzheimer’s Disease

Source: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity

The aim of this study was to verify the effects of functional-task training on cognitive function, activities of daily living performance, and functional fitness in community-dwelling older adults with diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Read more here >

read more
OnMay 31, 2018, posted in: News by

Exercise and Dementia in Nursing Homes: Views of Staff and Family Carers

Source: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity

This paper reports the qualitative component of a randomized controlled trial which evaluated the impact and feasibility of a physical exercise intervention on individuals living with dementia in nursing homes.

Read more here >

read more
OnMay 31, 2018, posted in: News by