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: www.geri.duke.edu/busse/busse.html 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

Visit www.leadingedgesymposium.nz

Enquiries to agefriendlynz@supa-nz.com

 

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ADCOSS Forum

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: http://www.who.int/ageing/events/world-report-2015-launch/en/)

This forum (one in an on-going series http://www.adcoss.org.nz/project/adcoss-forums/) has evolved from a partnership between ADCOSS, Auckland Council, & the Seniors Advisory Panel.

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Canada: An Evidence Informed National Seniors Strategy for Canada

Source: National Seniors Strategy Canada

Given that the life expectancy of Canadians has almost doubled over the last century, our coming of age should be recognized as triumph rather than a disease. Older Canadians are now the fastest growing segment of our population with their numbers expected to double over the next two decades so that by then, one in four Canadians will be older than 65 years of age. This unprecedented demographic shift will present both challenges and opportunities. Meeting the growing and evolving needs of our ageing population will require concerted coordination and effort between municipalities, provinces, with the federal government playing a key leadership role on this issue of significant national importance.

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Effect of Structured Physical Activity on Prevention of Serious Fall Injuries in Adults Aged 70-89: Randomized Clinical Trial (LIFE Study)

Source: British Medical Journal

Each year, 30% of community living older people fall, and 20-30% of those who fall experience moderate to severe injuries. Among those aged 70 and older, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries. In 2010, 2.3 million non-fatal fall injuries were treated in US emergency departments, and more than 662 000 of these patients were admitted to the hospital. Falls among older people cost $28.2b (£19.5b; €26b) each year in the USA, and most of this cost is incurred by injurious falls leading to hospital admission. Fall injuries are independently associated with subsequent disability in important activities, such as bathing and shopping, and with increased risk of long term admissions to nursing homes.

Despite the cost and morbidity associated with serious fall injuries, data on prevention of these events are lacking from randomized trials. Several exercise based interventions have shown a reduction in falls, but none had sufficient statistical power to show a reduction in serious fall injuries.

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Help Them Home – The Challenges Facing Families of Older Patients

Source: Royal Voluntary Service

The health and social care system in Britain is under severe pressure. For example, in England the latest data on delayed discharges shows that in September 2015, there were over 147,000 days of delay when patients who were clinically fit could have left hospital, over 30% higher than five years previously.

We know from our previous report, Going Home Alone, that hospitals and the wider system
are also under pressure to discharge prematurely, and this is associated with a five-fold risk of readmission within three months, compared to those who judged they were discharged appropriately.

Going Home Alone identified that the majority of patients did have some form of support at home from friends and family, professional carers and volunteers, and many were living with a partner or spouse at the time of readmission. However, it did not get under the skin of this support, how family, spouses and carers were coping, or their views on the support received and required for their loved ones on discharge. Examining this part of the process is critical if we are to improve outcomes and prevent the vicious cycle of readmission with all the human and health and care system costs that entails

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