Vitamin E for Alzheimer’s dementia and mild cognitive impairment (Cochrane review)

Source: Cochrane Library

In this updated review, the authors assess the efficacy of vitamin E in the treatment of MCI and dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Four double-blind, randomised trials were included, but the authors could only extract outcome data in accordance with their protocol from two trials, one in an AD population (n = 304) and one in a mild cognitive impairment (MCI) population (n = 516). Both trials had an overall low to unclear risk of bias. It was not possible to pool data across studies owing to a lack of comparable outcome measures.

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Integrative review of older adult loneliness and social isolation in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Source: NCBI

OBJECTIVE: To conduct an integrative review of empirical studies of loneliness for older people in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Loneliness is a risk factor for older people’s poor physical and cognitive health, serious illness and mortality. A national survey showed loneliness rates vary by gender and ethnicity.

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How Kiwis feel about ageing in the workplace

Source: Scoop NZ 

Bupa Press Release: Only 30% of New Zealanders believe that older people are valued by society, according to a survey by health and care provider Bupa 1 and around 55% of people believe our employers should do more to help older people remain in the workforce.

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Families Caring for an Ageing America

Source: The National Academies Press

Family caregiving affects millions of Americans every day, in all walks of life. At least 17.7 million individuals in the United States are caregivers of an older adult with a health or functional limitation. The nation’s family caregivers provide the lion’s share of long-term care for our older adult population. They are also central to older adults’ access to and receipt of health care and community-based social services. Yet the need to recognize and support caregivers is among the least appreciated challenges facing the aging U.S. population.

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Hidden carers: the sixty-somethings looking after parents and grandchildren

Source: The Guardian

Beverley works full-time. She does her grandchildren’s school run every morning, and spends one evening a week and every Saturday with her 85-year-old mother, who lives alone and is increasingly frail.

“This isn’t how I pictured being 60. I do think, gosh, when will I be allowed to get old myself?” Beverley said. “I thought I’d be slowing down now and shedding my responsibilities, but I’m going to be juggling work and caring for many years to come – with the caring lasting well past retirement age.”

Beverley is part of the sandwich generation – people who care for ageing parents while supporting their children.

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cycle BOOM: Design for Lifelong Health and Wellbeing

Source: cycle BOOM

Cycling can contribute to physical and mental health and wellbeing among an ageing UK population. For example, by providing a means of engaging with the outdoor environment for recreation and relaxation, as well as a way of accomplishing everyday activities such as visiting friends or going to the shops.

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Breaking down the barriers: Older people and complaints about health care

Source: Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

A report providing a number of broad recommendations for healthcare policy makers and organisations to improve older peoples’ experiences of the complaints system.

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Dementia in Canada: A National Strategy for Dementia-Friendly Communities

Source: Senate of Canada

A fully-funded National Dementia Strategy is urgently needed to support caregivers, research efforts and Canadians living with dementia.

Members of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology made 29 recommendations to improve the quality of dementia care and research in Canada in an extensive report released late last year called Dementia in Canada: A National Strategy for Dementia-Friendly Communities.

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Leaky homes saga: older homeowners hurting, research finds

Source: NZ Herald

Older people stuck in leaky homes have been especially vulnerable to health problems and financial stress that has come with the saga, a new study finds.

It’s estimated about 80,000 homes and apartments built between 1991 and 2005 used products and methods that have not proved weathertight, of which about 12,000 have been repaired privately or with the help of government assistance.

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Dementia cases to surge to 170,000: new report

Source: NZ Herald

The number of New Zealanders living with dementia will increase by close to 300 per cent to 170,000 by 2050, a new report estimates.

The Economic Impact of Dementia report, carried out by Deloitte and commissioned by Alzheimers New Zealand, was launched at Parliament recently by Seniors Minister Maggie Barry.

Catherine Hall, Alzheimers NZ chief executive, said new models of care were urgently needed as dementia cases in New Zealand triple over the next 30 years.

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