Judith Davey Blog: Faith-based or Commercial? Promoting social value in aged care

When older people and their families/whanau are looking for aged care they have choices – commercial or voluntary/community sector? If we need residential care would we go for Oceania/BUPA/Ryman or look at Presbyterian Support/Wesleycare/Anglican Living. And what would guide our choices? What makes the difference?

In 2015 the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) published Outcomes Plus.1 This examined the special contribution made by community and voluntary sector social service providers. What do they offer which is unique– their “added value” in other words?

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

Launch of books for people with cognitive impairment including dementia

Join Dovetale Press and Bupa at the launch of a set of books for people living with cognitive impairments including dementia.

Reading for many people is one of life’s pleasures – something they may have enjoyed for decades. So why should this stop because of a memory or language impairment? Specifically adapted by Dr Sally Rimkeit and Dr Gillian Claridge, and intended to continue and revive the pure joy of reading.

Date: Thursday 10 November 2016
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Remuera Room, Ellerslie Event Centre, 80 Ascot Ave, Ellerslie

RSVP to communications@bupa.co.nz by 3 November.

 

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OnOctober 31, 2016, posted in: Gerontology Events, Home page feature by

Physical and social environmental changes to promote walking among Dutch older adults in deprived neighbourhoods – the NEW.ROADS study

Source: BMC Public Health

Physical activity is important for healthy ageing, and daily walking is
seen as a feasible way to be active at older ages. Yet, many older persons, particularly in lower socioeconomic groups and residing in deprived neighbourhoods, are insufficiently active. Creating a physical and social neighbourhood environment that is more supportive for walking has the potential to improve walking behaviour. Current evidence of the impact of changes to the physical and/or social environmental on walking behaviour is scarce. The aim of the NEW.ROADS study is to design, implement and evaluate changes to the physical and social environment for the purpose of increasing walking behaviour among older residents of deprived neighbourhoods.

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OnOctober 21, 2016, posted in: News by

Mediterranean diet, cognitive function, and dementia – A systematic review of the evidence

Source: Advances in Nutrition

A growing body of evidence suggests that adherence to the Mediterranean diet (MD)
may protect against cognitive decline and dementia. Many epidemiologic studies and several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have found positive effects of the MD on cognitive function, but findings remain inconsistent. The aim of this systematic review was to provide an update on the current knowledge of the effects of the MD on cognitive function, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer disease (AD), and all-type dementia.

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OnOctober 21, 2016, posted in: News by

Motivators and barriers for older people participating in resistance training – A systematic review

Source: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity

Regular participation in resistance training is important for older people to maintain their health and independence, yet participation rates are low. The study aimed to identify motivators and barriers to older people participating in resistance training.

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

Older peoples’ unmet needs result in lower quality of life

Source: University of Auckland

Older New Zealanders with unmet needs have a lower quality of life, according to new research from the University of Auckland.

Research that examined socioeconomic and cultural profiles and correlates of quality of life in non-Māori New Zealanders of advanced age, found that despite these challenges, a higher proportion of women reported they can count on someone to help with daily tasks, (83 percent vs 77 percent in men).

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OnOctober 20, 2016, posted in: Home page feature, News by

NZ needs radical overhaul on dementia care

Source: NewsHub

A global report warns that countries like New Zealand are unprepared for a surge in dementia cases.

The latest World Alzheimer Report says half of dementia cases go undiagnosed and there’s not enough focus on services and support.

The report makes key recommendations, including:

  • Continuous, holistic and integrated healthcare for people with dementia;
  • Increasing the role of primary care services to increase diagnosis and continuing care;
  • Introducing care pathways to improve standards and tackle the lottery dementia patients and their carers experience in accessing care and support;
  • More investment into research on cost-effective care;
  • Prioritising the search for new treatments.

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OnOctober 20, 2016, posted in: Home page feature, News by

Talkin’ ’bout my generation

Source: INsite Magazine

Jude Barback looks at the benefits, challenges,
practicalities and limitations of intergenerational activities.

It was “Poppa Jim” Battersby who inspired the agreement between Metlifecare and the Auckland Kindergarten Association (AKA). Ninety-one-year-old Jim Battersby, a resident at Metlifecare’s Hillsborough Heights, has been a friend of nearby Roskill South Kindergarten for the past four years. He was walking past the kindergarten one day when he heard children laughing over the fence. He asked for an introduction and head teacher Karen Ramsey took him on for a ‘trial’ period. He has been visiting the kindy every Tuesday since then. He is such a special visitor that he even has his own special chair at the kindy, where he reads stories to the children.

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OnSeptember 21, 2016, posted in: News by

Events to celebrate International Day of Older Persons

1 October 2016 is International Day of Older Persons – a day to celebrate all older people, to highlight the value of all older people and to promote dignity and respect.

 

The 2016 international theme is ‘Stand against Ageism’ and WHO challenge everyone to identify and question internalised ageist attitudes, and to understand the serious impact that these attitudes have.

 

To find out more about International Day of Older Persons please visit the WHO website.

 

Events to celebrate International Day of Older Persons:

 

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OnSeptember 19, 2016, posted in: Gerontology Events, Home page feature by

2016 AAG Conference

The 2016 AAG Conference is less than 8 weeks away, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring together over 200 of the industry’s leading International and Australian experts, from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, at Australia’s largest evidence-based, multidisciplinary Conference on ageing.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

A diverse conference program featuring:

  • Pre-Conference Workshops, facilitated by experts from a wide range of backgrounds in ageing with a wealth of experience.
  • 20+ Internationally recognised gerontology thought leaders
  • 200+ presentations and discussions led by fellow gerontology leaders, practitioners, professionals, students and emerging stars of the field
  • 5 concurrent streams
  • 10+ Symposia
  • A variety of innovative and traditional presentation styles, including Tabletop Presentations and for the first time at the AAG Annual Conference, the program will feature Rapid Fire Poster Presentations
  • 400+ delegates
  • AAG Knowledge Hub and Trade Exhibition
  • Australasian Journal on Ageing 2016 Photography Competition

Plus much more…

 

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT

Calling all Nurses and Nursing Students: Help set future directions by contributing to the AAG Position Paper on the Ageing Research Agenda

AAG, in partnership with AAG’s Gerontological Nurses Special Interest Group and ACT Health, are pleased to announce the addition of a new pre-conference workshop to the program:

Re-Imagining the future of Nursing Gerontology in Australia: Contributions to the Ageing Research Agenda
With Associate Professor Christine Stirling (University of Tasmania), Dr Marguerite Bramble (School of Health Sciences) and Dr Danny Hills (Monash University)

 

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS – LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE

AAG’s Pre-Conference workshops provide attendees with the opportunity to learn new skills and enhance professional development, working directly with gerontology leaders to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of ageing.

 

Visit the conference page to find out more >

 

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OnSeptember 19, 2016, posted in: Gerontology Events, Home page feature by