Shifting towards Autonomy – A Continuing Care Model for Canada

Source: C. D. Howe Institute

Canada’s provinces can learn important lessons from the debates and reforms in other developed countries. A number of them have faced the same challenges but have been much more proactive in establishing a framework for supporting greater independence among the elderly. In doing so, they have recognized that shifting more services to the home and community is a key goal.

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New campaign launched as dementia tops the list of health worries in Wales

Source: Change4Life Wales

Change4Life Wales and the Minister for Health and Social Services have launched a new campaign designed to help everyone in Wales take simple steps including getting active to reduce their risks of developing dementia.

The campaign calls on Welsh residents to ACT NOW and take the six steps outlined by the campaign to reduce their risk of developing dementia:


  • Active (physically and socially)
  • Check your health regularly
  • Try new things
  • No to smoking
  • Occasional alcohol in moderation
  • Watch your weight


The campaign was launched following a survey which revealed that 76% of people in Wales are worried about developing dementia later in life. Forget-me-not flowers are the symbol of the campaign and will be projected onto landmark buildings in North and South Wales to encourage residents to take the six steps.

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Growing old together – Sharing new ways to support old people

Source: NHS Confederation

The aim of the Commission was to produce guidance for people involved in designing care for older people. As well as the experience of those involved with the Commission, it was informed by over 60 evidence submissions, a series of site visits to areas and organisations using innovative ways to deliver care, conversations with NHS Confederation members and patient and carer groups, and by a literature review, including other reports and guidance on older people’s care.

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Drink Wise Age Well – Alcohol and the Over 50s in the UK

Source: National Longevity Centre (UK)

Drink Wise, Age Well is a major new programme of work which will address the challenges of alcohol-related harm in older adults. Based in five demonstration areas across the UK, but with learnings shared across the nation, we will look to raise awareness of the issue of alcohol-related harm among people over 50, change attitudes, combat stigmatisation, convey harm reduction messages and influence community norms about the use of alcohol. The programme will develop a body of evidence on how to prevent and reduce alcoholrelated harm in people over 50 which will inform future practice in the UK.

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General Practitioners insight into deprescribing for the multimorbid older individual – a qualitative study

Source: International Journal of Clinical Practice

The majority of older people with chronic diseases are prescribed
multiple medicines resulting in polypharmacy. The extrapolation of the ‘single disease model’ represented by disease-specific guidelines is a major driver for polypharmacy. Polypharmacy is associated with negative health outcomes. Safely reducing or discontinuing harmful medicines, commonly referred to as deprescribing, has been shown to reduce adverse health outcomes, healthcare costs and mortality. However, there are barriers to deprescribing such as time constraints, limited appropriate clinical resources and the influence of multiple prescribers.

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Factors affecting optimal nutrition and hydration for people living in specialised dementia care units – A qualitative study of staff caregivers’ perceptions

Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing

Dementia is a public health priority with the number of people
affected worldwide expected to double by 2030 and triple by 2050. Approximately 50 000 New Zealanders are currently living with some form of dementia. For many people living in age-related residential care (ARRC) achieving and maintaining adequate nutrition and hydration is a challenge. Furthermore, people with dementia are more likely to be underweight and dehydrated than those without dementia. Poor nutritional status reduces quality of life, causes illness and can lead to premature death. The reasons for unwanted weight loss in people with dementia are multi-factorial and vary depending on the type and stage of dementia, as well as the environment in which the individual lives.

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HOPE/NZAG Summer Studentship Presentations

Earlier this month the HOPE/NZAG Summer Students presented their research. See copies of their presentations below:


Gisele Foster, Auckland University: Predictors of repeated self-harm in older New Zealanders

Brittany Williams, Auckland University: Research Villages – Survey Tools and Development (Presentation coming soon)


Find out more the 2015/2016 Summer Students here.

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2017 Busse Research Awards – Call for nominations

To promote international research in gerontology, the Busse Research Awards again will be given at
the 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in San Francisco, CA July 23-27, 2017.

Two gerontologists (late junior to mid-career) will be selected. One award will recognize a scientist
from the social/behavioral sciences; the other from the bio medical sciences. Awards are $8,000 (USD)
each, plus up to $4,000 (USD) for travel/living expenses.

Awardees must present a lecture based on their research at the conference.


Deadline for receipt of nominations: November 1, 2016.

For information and application forms, visit WEBSITE: or download below.

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Save the date – Leading Edge National Symposium

Mills Reef Winery, Tauranga
August 11th 2016

Registration details to be posted soon.

For more information:

Download flyer here


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ADCOSS invites YOU to our fabulous free forum:
‘Towards an Age-friendly Auckland: The missing links’

Date & Time: 17th March 9:30am – 3:30pm
Venue: Western Springs Hall 956 Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland

You are invited to participate and name what needs improving in your local area, then identify some priority actions to help our city become more age-friendly. (This WHO report may offer some ideas:

This forum (one in an on-going series has evolved from a partnership between ADCOSS, Auckland Council, & the Seniors Advisory Panel.

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