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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OnJuly 13, 2016, posted in: News by

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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Ageing is everyone’s business: a report on isolation and loneliness among senior Victorians

Source: Department of Health and Human Services Victoria

A set of six ‘building blocks’ has been identified as the basis for an
integrated approach for action to address social isolation and loneliness among older people from state and local government, funded services, community-based organisations and community members. Consequently, an integrated and coordinated approach is proposed, in partnership with a broad range of key stakeholders including local government, businesses, peak bodies and community organisations. The aim is to enhance the benefits to the state of Victoria associated with our ageing population at the same time as reducing the risks and costs associated with premature decline in individual wellbeing and capacity caused by loneliness and isolation.

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Comprehensive clinical assessment of home-based older persons within New Zealand – An epidemiological profile of a national cross-section

Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

Since 2012, all community care recipients in New Zealand have undergone a standardised needs assessment using the Home Care International Residential Assessment Instrument (interRAI-HC). This study describes the national interRAI-HC population, assesses its data quality and evaluates its ability to be matched.

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First WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia

Source: WHO

This report follows the ‘First Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia’; organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) with support from the Department of Health of the United Kingdom and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The First WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia fostered awareness of the public health and economic challenges posed by dementia, a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Member States and stakeholders, and led to a “Call for Action” supported by the conference participants.

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