Reducing Harm from Falls programme evaluation

Source: Health Quality and Safety Commission

The Reducing Harm from Falls Programme is a national programme led
by the Health Quality & Safety Commission. The programme was established in mid-2012 and was one of the first focus areas of the national patient safety campaign Open for better care. The New Zealand Triple Aim was one of the programme’s founding principles.

In November 2015, Synergia was commissioned to evaluate whether the programme was meeting its objectives and intended results; and to assist in determining what the sector needs from the Commission, to support a sustained focus on reducing harm from falls across care settings.

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Hearing the voices of older people in Wales -what helps and hinders us as we age?

Source: Social Services Improvement Agency

Drawing on interviews and focus groups with 135 older people living in urban and rural areas in Wales this report looks at what helps and what gets in the way of wellbeing for older people and those caring for them.

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Knitting group helps North Shore Hospital’s delirium patients

Source: Stuff.co.nz

Crafty knitters are helping nurses at Auckland’s Waitemata District Health Board with a special project.

North Shore Hospital’s gerontology nurse specialists Elaine Docherty and Catherine Mounsey are hoping to raise more awareness about delirium.

The condition, also known as acute brain failure, is a state of altered consciousness that occurs suddenly as a result of physical illness or in response to treatment.

It is different to dementia in that it is generally reversible and more likely affects older people or people who are physically frail, on multiple medications, or unwell.

Docherty and Mounsey have found a way to help ease anxiety and provide distractions for delirium patients by providing them with colourful knitted hand mitts.

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MOH: Health of Older People Strategy Consultation Draft

The Ministry of Health has released a document which sets out a draft strategy for the health and wellbeing of older people for the next 10 years. Its vision is that older people live well, age well, and have a respectful end of life in age-friendly communities.

It sets out a direction for people-centred health and social services, future policies, funding, planning and service delivery that:

 

  • prioritise healthy ageing and resilience throughout people’s older years
  • enable good acute care, effective rehabilitation, recovery and restoration after acute events
  • ensure people can live well with long-term conditions
  • better support people with high and complex needs
  • provide end of life care that respects personal, cultural and spiritual needs.

 

It proposes a set of actions for delivery in the first two years, and for the remainder of the 10-year period.

The draft Health of Older People Strategy is a consultation document, and the Ministry of Health is seeking your views on the direction and actions proposed for the health system and for other sectors.

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OnJuly 13, 2016, posted in: Home page feature, News by

Risk Factors for Malnutrition in Older Adults – A Systematic Review of the Literature Based on Longitudinal Data

Source: Advances in Nutrition

Older adults (aged ≥65 y) tend to be more prone to nutritional deficiencies, because aging may come with an accumulation of diseases and impairments. These include cognitive and physical decline, depressive symptoms, emotional variations, and poor oral health, along with socioeconomic changes. All of these factors may directly influence the balance between nutritional needs and intake. Even in cases of adequate nutrient and energy intake, the nutritional status of older adults can be challenged by a compromised nutrient metabolism (such as absorption, distribution, storage, utilization, and excretion), drug–nutrient interactions, or altered nutrient needs.

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The acceptability of physical activity interventions to older adults – A systematic review and meta-synthesis

Source: Social Science and Medicine

Physical activity can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, frailty and deterioration of cognitive function in older adults yet few older adults meet recommended levels of physical activity. To increase engagement in physical activity, there is a need to better understand acceptability of physical activity interventions for this population.

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Obesity and the Older Person

Source: INsite Magazine

INsite provides news, views, and in-depth features about the New Zealand aged care and retirement sector.

Liam Butler interviews Robyn Toomath author of Fat Science.

Liam Butler: How can the aged care and retirement sector help regain control over our food systems that are making us fat?

Robyn Toomath: The statistics show that being overweight isn’t harmful for those over 75. Obesity-related problems like diabetes, heart and liver disease mean that many won’t make that age.

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Towards streetscapes promoting inclusive mobility, health and wellbeing for all

Source: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Can Auckland’s evolving streetscapes and ‘leading-edge’ transport designs enable older residents and people with disability to meaningfully participate in society and enjoy positive health? All too often, these groups are not involved in transport planning, including current initiatives promoting cycling and walking. Left out of the process, streets become alienating, confusing, unsafe and inaccessible. This community-based participatory research project involves four case studies across Auckland engaging older residents, people with disability and their support networks, alongside transport planners and policymakers.

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Interventions to promote or maintain physical activity during and after the transition to retirement: an evidence synthesis

Source: Public Health Research

It has been argued that transition points in life,
such as the approach towards and early years of retirement, present key opportunities for interventions to improve the health of the population. Interventions that may change or preserve activity levels around the time of retirement have the potential to provide benefits in terms of increased health and well-being for people in later life. Research has highlighted health inequalities in health statuses in the retired population and in response to interventions.

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Housing disrepair & health impact in later life

Source: Care & Repair England

This report sets out the national picture with regard to the scale of poor housing conditions amongst older people, the resulting impact on the health and wellbeing of an ageing population, and the concentration of poor housing in the owner occupied sector. It quantifies the scale of action necessary to address housing disrepair amongst older households, identifying the benefits of targeted use of public funds for those in greatest need.

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