The Missing Million: A practical guide to identifying and talking about loneliness

Source: Campaign to End Loneliness

There are an estimated one million, one hundred thousand people aged 65 and over who are chronically lonely. They are difficult to find. A new practical guide,The Missing Million: A Practical Guide to Identifying and Talking About Loneliness, provides guidance on how to find the loneliest in our communities.

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OnMarch 20, 2017, posted in: Home page feature, News by

Development of a Communication Intervention for Older Adults With Limited Health Literacy: Photo Stories to Support Doctor–Patient Communication

Source: Journal of Health Communication
Successful doctor–patient communication relies on appropriate levels of communicative health literacy, the ability to deal with and communicate about health information. This article aims to describe the development of a narrative and picture-based health literacy intervention intended to support older patients with limited health literacy when communicating during their primary care consultations.

The authors conclude that narrative health communication may be an effective strategy for increasing the effectiveness of communicative health literacy interventions and decreasing resistance to messages.

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OnMarch 20, 2017, posted in: News by

Call for Abstracts – 2017 AAG Conference

AAG is hosting its 50th Conference in Perth, Western Australia from Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th November 2017.

The theme for the 2017 Conference is “Ageing: The Golden Opportunity”.

The Call for Abstracts is open until 21 April – do not miss this powerful opportunity to share and gain recognition of your expertise, research and projects among fellow gerontology peers and colleagues and be part of the premier multidisciplinary conference in Ageing in Australasia.

Click here to submit and to view the call for abstracts help sheet

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OnMarch 7, 2017, posted in: Gerontology Events, Home page feature, News by

Changing risk behaviours and promoting cognitive health in older adults

Source: Public Health England

This resource is intended for local authority and clinical commissioning groups to identify what types of interventions they should focus on to help the uptake and maintenance of healthy behaviours and promote cognitive health among older adults living in the community.

It is also intended for providers of lifestyle behaviour change programmes to support the development of evidence-informed prevention packages for older adults.

It is produced in a way that makes it accessible to public health managers and practitioners working in the public, private and third sector.

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OnFebruary 13, 2017, posted in: News by

Attitudes to dementia – Findings from the 2015 British Social Attitudes survey

Source: British Social Attitudes

Just 2% of people in Britain can identify all the health and lifestyle factors that can increase the risk of developing dementia.

28% of the British public is unable to correctly identify any potentially modifiable risk factor for developing dementia, according to the findings from the British Social Attitudes Survey commissioned by Public Health England.

The survey, carried out by the National Centre for Social Research, asked the public if they could identify the following risk factors: heavy drinking, smoking, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes as well as the protective factor of taking regular exercise.

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Smallest worthwhile effect of exercise programs to prevent falls among older people: Estimates from benefit–harm trade-off and discrete choice methods

Source: Oxford Journals

In this study, the authors estimate the smallest worthwhile effect (SWE) of exercise programmes designed to prevent falls among older people and compare estimates derived by two methodological approaches.

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OnFebruary 13, 2017, posted in: News by

Keeping older people active discussion paper

Source: beehive.govt.nz

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the release of a discussion document that focuses on supporting older people to stay active.

“If we want New Zealanders to remain active in their later years we have to ensure we’re offering them the right opportunities,” says Dr Coleman.

“Being physically active has many benefits for older people including enhanced social integration, reduced health and social care costs, prevention of injury such as falls, and also improved productivity.

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OnFebruary 13, 2017, posted in: Home page feature, News by

Decline in falls and broken hips a success story for New Zealand health care

Source: Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is celebrating the success of New Zealand public hospitals in reducing the number of in-hospital falls that result in a broken hip. New Zealand appears to be the first country to achieve this on a national scale.

A paper published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today highlights a sector-wide commitment to preventing harm and in reducing the number of falls resulting in serious harm in New Zealand.

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OnFebruary 13, 2017, posted in: Home page feature, News by

$3.25m in new projects for Ageing Well in Maori and Pacific Peoples

Source: Otago University

New funding of $3.25 million for four innovative research projects to be undertaken as part of the Ageing Well National Science Challenge (NSC) was announced last year by Acting Chair of the Challenge, Dr Di McCarthy CRSNZ CNZM.

In recognition of the specific challenges and opportunities faced by Māori and Pacific Peoples to age well, the focus of this Ageing Well NSC 2016 Contestable Funding Round was research that investigated aspects of ageing that are prevalent for these groups of people.

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OnFebruary 13, 2017, posted in: Home page feature, News by

Auckland Council Seniors Advisory Panel – Positions Now Open

Auckland Council is now offering a rare opportunity for passionate and motivated Aucklanders to play a key role in influencing council policies, plans and initiatives.

 

They are looking for passionate community people with a good understanding of plans, policies and strategies to offer your community’s views to the council on a broad range of issues.

 

Positions on the Seniors Advisory Panel are now open and you can find out more via the link below:

www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/advisorypanels

 

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OnDecember 21, 2016, posted in: Home page feature, News by