Talkin’ ’bout my generation

Source: INsite Magazine

Jude Barback looks at the benefits, challenges,
practicalities and limitations of intergenerational activities.

It was “Poppa Jim” Battersby who inspired the agreement between Metlifecare and the Auckland Kindergarten Association (AKA). Ninety-one-year-old Jim Battersby, a resident at Metlifecare’s Hillsborough Heights, has been a friend of nearby Roskill South Kindergarten for the past four years. He was walking past the kindergarten one day when he heard children laughing over the fence. He asked for an introduction and head teacher Karen Ramsey took him on for a ‘trial’ period. He has been visiting the kindy every Tuesday since then. He is such a special visitor that he even has his own special chair at the kindy, where he reads stories to the children.

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OnSeptember 21, 2016, posted in: News by

Events to celebrate International Day of Older Persons

1 October 2016 is International Day of Older Persons – a day to celebrate all older people, to highlight the value of all older people and to promote dignity and respect.


The 2016 international theme is ‘Stand against Ageism’ and WHO challenge everyone to identify and question internalised ageist attitudes, and to understand the serious impact that these attitudes have.


To find out more about International Day of Older Persons please visit the WHO website.


Events to celebrate International Day of Older Persons:


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OnSeptember 19, 2016, posted in: Gerontology Events, Home page feature by

2016 AAG Conference

The 2016 AAG Conference is less than 8 weeks away, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring together over 200 of the industry’s leading International and Australian experts, from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, at Australia’s largest evidence-based, multidisciplinary Conference on ageing.


A diverse conference program featuring:

  • Pre-Conference Workshops, facilitated by experts from a wide range of backgrounds in ageing with a wealth of experience.
  • 20+ Internationally recognised gerontology thought leaders
  • 200+ presentations and discussions led by fellow gerontology leaders, practitioners, professionals, students and emerging stars of the field
  • 5 concurrent streams
  • 10+ Symposia
  • A variety of innovative and traditional presentation styles, including Tabletop Presentations and for the first time at the AAG Annual Conference, the program will feature Rapid Fire Poster Presentations
  • 400+ delegates
  • AAG Knowledge Hub and Trade Exhibition
  • Australasian Journal on Ageing 2016 Photography Competition

Plus much more…



Calling all Nurses and Nursing Students: Help set future directions by contributing to the AAG Position Paper on the Ageing Research Agenda

AAG, in partnership with AAG’s Gerontological Nurses Special Interest Group and ACT Health, are pleased to announce the addition of a new pre-conference workshop to the program:

Re-Imagining the future of Nursing Gerontology in Australia: Contributions to the Ageing Research Agenda
With Associate Professor Christine Stirling (University of Tasmania), Dr Marguerite Bramble (School of Health Sciences) and Dr Danny Hills (Monash University)



AAG’s Pre-Conference workshops provide attendees with the opportunity to learn new skills and enhance professional development, working directly with gerontology leaders to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of ageing.


Visit the conference page to find out more >



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OnSeptember 19, 2016, posted in: Gerontology Events, Home page feature by

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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OnSeptember 16, 2016, posted in: News by

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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OnSeptember 16, 2016, posted in: News by

Knitting group helps North Shore Hospital’s delirium patients


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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OnSeptember 16, 2016, posted in: News by

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.

To find out more click here >


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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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