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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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

Community-based organisations (OPAs)

Source: HelpAge International

Community based organisations of older people are found throughout South East Asia. These are commonly called older people’s associations (OPAs) however may go by other names in different countries, for example intergenerational self-help groups in Vietnam, and older people’s organisations in the Philippines.

Older people’s associations aim to improve the living conditions for older people and for developing their communities. OPAs utilise the unique resources and skills older people have, to provide effective social support, to facilitate activities and deliver services.

They provide a valuable social protection mechanism which complements existing mechanism to improve the lives of older people.

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OnNovember 22, 2016, posted in: News by

Making a Difference in Dementia: Nursing Vision and Strategy

Source: Department of Health (UK)

The Making a Difference in Dementia: Nursing Vision and Strategy, published in March 2013, set out our vision of how nurses could maximise their unique contribution to high quality, compassionate care and support for people with dementia and their carers/families.

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OnNovember 22, 2016, posted in: News by

World Alzheimer Report 2016: Improving healthcare for people living with dementia

Source: Alzheimer’s Disease International 

This World Alzheimer Report 2016 reviews the state of healthcare for dementia around the world, and recommends ways that it can be improved. There is a clear and urgent need to improve the coverage of healthcare around the world, for people living with dementia now and those who will be in the future.

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OnNovember 22, 2016, posted in: Home page feature, News by

Creating Age-Friendly Cities

Source: Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (UK)

By 2050, 89% of the UK’s population will live in cities and 24% will be aged over 65.1,2,3 There is increasing recognition that cities should aim to meet the needs of older people and support them to live actively and participate fully in their communities. This POSTnote examines how housing, outdoor spaces and transport can be made more age-friendly. It also highlights challenges for designing and delivering agefriendly cities

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OnNovember 22, 2016, posted in: Home page feature, News by

Future of an ageing population

Source: UK Government Office for Science

This report brings together evidence about today’s older population, with future trends and projections, to identify the implications for the UK. This evidence will help government to develop the policies needed to adapt to an ageing population.

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OnNovember 22, 2016, posted in: Home page feature, News by

Aged care: A quick guide

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This quick guide provides a brief overview of aged care in Australia. It describes the types of care provided, arrangements for accessing subsidised care, statistics on aged care, the organisations that provide care, and the regulatory arrangements for ensuring quality care. The quick guide does not describe care that is provided outside of the formal aged care system, such as care provided by family members or accommodation in retirement villages

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Effect of a general practitioner management plan on health outcomes and hospitalisations in older patients with diabetes

Source: Internal Medicine Journal

Little is known about the impact of a general practitioner management plan (GPMP) on health outcomes of patients with diabetes.

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OnNovember 22, 2016, posted in: Home page feature, News by