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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Tomorrow’s World – The Future of Ageing in the UK

Source: International Longevity Centre – UK

Using data featured in the expert testimony delivered at the 2015 Future of Ageing conference, this report describes the future challenges and opportunities posed by an ageing population. What might the future of ageing look like? Will we live longer, healthier and wealthier lives, or will there be too little for too many?

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Active ageing and the built environment

Source: Housing Learning & Improvement Network

This briefing explains how the built environment and well-designed outdoor spaces can enhance the long-term health and wellbeing and looks at the role that social housing providers, housing with care, and local authorities can play. It also outlines key national and local policies that support active ageing and the build environment.

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Health matters – Midlife approaches to reduce dementia risk

Source: Public Health England

Dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing. This resource for health professionals and local authorities makes the case for action in midlife to promote healthy lifestyles that can reduce the risk of dementia.

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Alcohol use across retirement – A qualitative study of drinking in later life

Source: Glasgow Centre for Population Health

This report presents the results of a qualitative exploration of older people’s drinking and the factors which influence their use of alcohol. In doing so, it locates alcohol use within the broader patterns, networks and routines that make up older people’s lives and suggests new ways of approaching alcohol use amongst older people.

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Late-life suicide – Insight on motives and contributors derived from suicide notes

Source: Journal of Affective Disorders

The aims of this study were: (i) to investigate the proportion of older people writing suicide notes in New Zealand; (ii) to compare the socio-demographic and clinical variables of older suicide note writers and non-note writers; and (iii) to perform a thematic analysis of the content of suicide notes.

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Smart devices study could transform health care for over 65s

Source: Scoop.co.nz

There’s good news for older New Zealanders worried about having to move out of their homes into residential care because of declining health.

A new study funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) will investigate how different sources of information from a variety of digital devices could be integrated with information from sensors located in the home, or on a person (e.g., fitness devices), and distributed via social media networks to help monitor and manage the health of older people so that they can live in their homes for longer.

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Hospitalisation of older people before and after long-term care entry in Auckland, New Zealand

Source: Experimental Ageing Research

Global population projections forecast large growth in demand for long-term care (LTC) and acute hospital services for older people. Few studies report changes in hospitalisation rates before and after entry into LTC. This study compares hospitalisation rates 1 year before and after LTC entry.

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