NZ Association of Gerontology - Gerontology Matters

Welcome to the NZ Association of Gerontology Matters for November 2012

The New Zealand Association of Gerontology

The Executive Committee has, with regret, accepted Judy Blakey's resignation as Treasurer. Judy has taken on a new job that will be demanding of her time. The NZAG acknowledges her skill, enthusiasm and contribution in her time as Treasurer.

The Executive can appoint to the vacancy until the 2013 AGM. We are calling for two willing volunteers to support the NZAG by as Treasurer, or as an Executive Committee Member. If you, or someone you know, is interested:
Send nomination to by 7 December 2012

NZAG Conference Presentations now available

Please click here to view the presentations on our website, the password for the page is nzag2012conf

Please note that these presentations are to be used as reference material only and not to be distributed. We would like to thank our conference presenters for sharing their information with us.

New Zealand Association of Gerontology Association (NZAG) Survey 2012

We were delighted with the response to our first ever survey to find out what activities NZAG members and non-members would like us to organise. There were 77 responses from throughout New Zealand, most coming from Auckland ((28), Wellington (12), and Canterbury (12). Of these, 55 (78%) were members, the other respondents being NZAG conference attendees.

Here is a summary of the results. For the full report CLICK HERE

Activities ranked as most important at the NATIONAL level were (in order):
·         research
·         meetings and presentations with speakers
·         information about relevant events and conferences
·         electronic newsletters
·         submissions

Almost two thirds of respondents are willing to assist with national gatherings with weekends being the preferred time.

The following list gives just some of the activities respondents would like NZAG to carry out nationally:
·         build NZAG membership
·         provide access to speakers by video conference links to rural areas
·         fund research and disseminate findings
·         network with businesses in the “mature” market

Suggested topics include:
·         future housing for our ageing population/ageing in place
·         older adult and health promotion, physical activity and nutrition/mental health promotion
·         fall prevention
·         new models of care/innovative international research
·         the business of ageing, creative ageing and spirituality

Activities ranked as most important at the REGIONAL level were (in order):
·         meetings and presentations with speakers
·         information about relevant events and conferences

Over three-quarters of respondents indicated they would be interested in attending regular regionally-located gatherings for discussion, support and networking. A Wednesday breakfast gathering suited most people, followed by mid-morning Thursday, Monday lunchtime, or Monday or Tuesday evenings.

We were pleased to find out that almost 60% of respondents said that they are interested in supporting regional events and 40% are willing to assist by being a speaker.

The following list gives just some of the activities respondents would like NZAG to carry out regionally:
·         build vibrant regional hubs that grow the NZAG membership
·         have opportunities to talk with businesses about the implications of the “age wave”
·         research

The wide range of interests and occupations of people involved with older adults was made obvious by responses such as “I am interested in….”:
·       end of life care
·       elder law/prevention of elder abuse
·       supporting older people to access community services
·       nutrition in residential care
·       physiotherapy, mobility, exercise prescription for older people
·       people maintaining fitness and independence as they age
·       persons with dementia
·       policy development

Thank you to those who responded to this survey, it has given NZAG many good ideas for our future activities.

The lucky winner of the $150 voucher for a luxury spa was Vivien Rodgers of Manawatu. Congratulations Vivien.

Calling for nominations for New Zealand Association of Gerontology regional hub representatives

The New Zealand Association of Gerontology (NZAG) Executive Committee is pleased to invite nominations for regional hub representatives to join the newly formed Executive Committee for the 2012-13 year.
Roles and responsibilities of the Executive Committee
·         Sets strategic direction; responsible for operational goals/plans & budget.
·         Allocates tasks according to portfolios:
           -policy and strategic relations
           -marketing and communication
           -education and research
·         Communicates internally primarily by email & teleconference with two to four face-to-face meetings per year.
·         Operates under one Constitution for NZAG.
·         Allocates regional hub activity funding subject to budget approval.
The Committee is seeking representatives from the following regions:
·         Auckland/Northland
·         Waikato
·         Lower North Island
·         South Island
Role of regional hubs
·         Members within defined geographic areas form local networks to share knowledge, disseminate research findings, organise local meetings.
·         Local interests nurtured in line with NZAG objectives.
·         Link to NZAG Executive through hub representative.
·         Responsible for regional spending subject to approval of regional budget.
·         Funding and all accounting conducted by NZAG.
Nomination criteria are specified on the attached nomination form.
Ask someone to nominate you, or nominate someone you know would be right for the role.
Send nomination to by 30 November 2012

NZAG 2012-2013 Membership

Member subscriptions are still at the low rate of $35 plus GST. Joining NZAG has never been easier. The new membership year runs to 30 June 2013.
Just follow the link to join NZAG online. Click here to join now.

Pass on this newsletter to colleagues who are not members; anyone can now join NZAG online anytime. Click here to join now.

The International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG)

IAGG: Like to receive the IAGG Newsletter?

As an NZAG Member, you are invited to register for the International Association of Gerontology & Geriatrics (IAGG) newsletter and stay up to date with international news.

You can register here for the International Association of Gerontology & Geriatrics newsletter or by sending your email contacts to IAGG

Access the previous IAGG newsletters by clicking here

Member Opportunities 

Caring for Older People specialist event

Caring for Older People specialist event
Manchester Conference Centre - Tuesday, 16th April 2013
The event venue and date have now been confirmed, aimed at health and social care professionals this event will provide six specialist presentations delivered by elderly care clinical leads. To include:
i. Admission and discharge methods
ii. Assessment and care management
iii. Medication administration in care homes
iv. Clinical expertise in areas such as falls prevention, dementia, nutrition, hydration and mobility
The structure of the event will have 3 presentations before lunch and 3 after, each will have a 50 minute slot, in which we are hoping presenters to use a variety of delivery methods, not just presentation but perhaps video, workshop and Q&A session.
We are seeking an additional speakers.
If you are interested in being a speaker at this event please email  outlining:
1. A brief outline of the subject area you would like to present
2. Your experience in this field and of speaking at conferences
Essentially the idea is to provide colleagues attending from all over the UK the opportunity to learn of your work and be able to develop this further at their own place of work.
Please consider forwarding this message to appropriate clinical and academic colleagues.
To view our range of CPD options please visit the website
Mike Roberts
M&K Update Ltd
Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5AS

Links to Other Resources

Global Alzheimer's Model in Google Earth

NZAG member Hamish Robertson has sent us a link to recent modelling work he and colleague Nick Nicholas have been working on.

They took United Nations population projections to 2050 and applied the prevalence estimates developed by Alzheimer’s Disease International.

The result is a set of estimates for the global prevalence of AD projected out to the year 2050. These have been provided in a Google Earth™ format so that anyone with internet access can explore the data in a highly visual environment. The key idea was to produce something that would be available to a broad audience and which emphasised visual communication so that anyone could readily understand and explore the data. They have also included a directory of Alzheimer’s and dementia support organisations to help networking and cooperation.   

Currently, there is a very limited understanding of the total prevalence and variable national and regional prevalence rates for Alzheimer’s at the global level. ADI produced consensus rates back in 2008 in an effort to help fill this gap in our knowledge. Important research studies, such as the 10/66 project, are working to improve our understanding and knowledge is advancing rapidly in this field. 

Alzheimer’s is also a complex disease requiring significant skill and resources to diagnose and manage. Many countries lack the resources necessary and have a variety health problems competing for the available funds, workforce and resources. In this context, developmental models like this can help present the global scope of this condition and hopefully build connections within and between countries facing these problems.

As a follow on to this global project, Hamish and Nick have posted a pilot model they developed for New Zealand and presented at the NZ Alzheimer’s Conference in May 2012. This identifies projected AD prevalence in New Zealand from to 2031 at the district level. The data is based Statistics New Zealand projections and prevalence estimates from the Access Economics Report developed for Alzheimer’s New Zealand. As well as this they have included the contact details for Alzheimer’s New Zealand branch offices.

You can find this by clicking here

A resource for Māori Grandparents

Māori grandparents’ experiences are shared in a new publication released by the Families Commission.
Tūpuna - Ngā Kaitiaki Mokopuna: A resource for Māori grandparents
The Commission’s Chief Māori Advisor, Dr Kathie Irwin, says the report, Tūpuna - Ngā Kaitiaki Mokopuna: A resource for Māori grandparents, provides a special opportunity to hear the voices of Māori grandparents.  She says, “Our research conducted with grandparents has provided us with some valuable insights, from the perspective of Māori grandparents, in their own words.”
Dr Irwin says, “Māori grandparents almost all say they find it enjoyable and satisfying to spend time with their mokopuna.  They have unique roles within whānau, particularly in the transmission of language, culture, whānau, hapu and iwi histories.”
“They also raised some important considerations, which could be useful to wanānga, wharekura, marae and other organisations who work with Māori.”
“Some of the issues discussed were the barriers of distance and time, their desire to understand their grandchildren better, the distress some of them feel when relationships break down and the need to balance competing pressures.”
The Families Commission would like to see more recognition of the many roles that Māori grandparents can have and an acknowledgement of the support they may need in order to fulfil these roles.
The qualitative research was led by Dr Cherryl Waerea-i-te-rangi Smith, Ngati Apa, Kahungunu, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngai Tahu who is Co-Director of Te Atawhai o te Ao: Independent Maori Research Institute for Environment and Health, based in Whanganui.
If you have questions or comments about the resource, please contact:
Anne Kerslake Hendricks
Principal Analyst Families – Social Policy Evaluation and Research

Families Commission | Kōmihāna ā Whānau
Public Trust Building, Level 6
117-125 Lambton Quay
PO Box 2839

Reaping Hope Newsletter

This is the November issue of the monthly e-newsletter  produced by Reaping Hope. 
Click here  to view full e-newsletter.

With this newsletter we aim to raise our voice against the prevailing elder abuse in Nepal and all over the world. It is also a medium to put
forward the scenario of senior citizens in our country.

RH hopes this newsletter and all the information collected shall be effective learning medium to all our reader and successfully deliver the
message against elder abuse. We kindly request you to share this information as much as possible and join us in our mission to stand
against elder abuse all over the world.

For more details visit,
Reaping Hope Official website
The Official Blog of Reaping Hope for Senior Citizens.
Official Facebook Page of reaping hope

Conference Calendar

20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics

23-27 June 2013
Seoul, Korea

Call for abstracts has been extended - 31 December 2012

Topic Categories
Biological Science (BS)
Clinical Medicine (CM)
Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBS)
Research, Policy and Practice (RPP)

Email your Inquiries

Early Bird registrations are available before 31 January 2013 Register now
For more information, visit the website

AgeWISE Seminar

Friday 22 March 2013
Kingsgate Hotel Hamilton

NZAG invites all members to consider submitting an abstract for this seminar.  Detail about sub-themes and abstract instructions are on page 2 of the flyer attached.

Closing date for abstracts: 30 November 2012

This seminar is always innovative and well-attended; put the date in your diary now

Asia Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting 

13-16 December 2012 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

IOF is organising the IOF Regionals 3rd Asia Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting, where more than 1,000 healthcare professionals are expected to gather for an overview of Osteoporosis, fragility fractures and related musculoskeletal diseases delivered by a distinct panel of international and regional speakers. Please see the programme for more information.

5th Annual Elder Law Conference

18-19 February 2013 - Crowne Plaza, Auckland

Protecting the vulnerable ageing population

The 5th Annual Elder Law for the Health Sector Conference is one of NZ’s leading elder care events specifically designed for the health sector, covering all the important topics including:

  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Informed consent
  • Capacity assessment
  • The legality of admission agreements

With speakers from:

  • The Office of the Health & Disability Commissioner
  • Auckland DHB
  • The University of Auckland

And many others.
Plus a keynote address from Martin Taylor, CEO of NZ Aged Care Association.
Including two separately bookable workshops on the 20th February:

  • A better understanding of Advanced Care Planning
  • Managing difficult conversations in aged care

NZAG Members- Enter the promotional code 5STW33  when registering online and receive a 10% discount.
To find out more about the conference and workshop please click here.

8th European Congress of Biogerontolgy (ECB 2013)

10-13 March 2013 - Israel

Members are cordially invited to participate in the 8th European Congress of Biogerontology (ECB 2012), to be held on March 10-13, 2013 in Israel, starting at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheve, and continuing at the Dead Sea. Please click here for full details. Among the major questions that will be addressed are:

  • Is ageing a common mechanism of age-related diseases?
  • How can the breakthroughs in regenerative medicine help in promoting healthy lifespan?
  • What other ways can we achieve this goal?

The meeting will provide a unique arena for discussing these issues and will help to better understand - where we are and where to go. Developing recommendations for new strategies in health policy for middle aged and elderly people will be an important outcome of the meeting. The meeting will comprise invited talks, short oral presentations and poster sessions. There will also be enough time for personal communications, while enjoying great food and wine, authentic coffee and lovely trips with fantastic views.

Opportunities of Ageing Conference 2013

10-11 April 2013 - Hastings, New Zealand

Hastings District Council is proud to host the 2013 Opportunities of Ageing Conference on 10 & 11 of April 2013 at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House. The conference will focus on our older population and the outstanding value of wisdom, talent and economy our communities obtain from this important demographic.

For more information, see the flyer attached below or contact Nina Siers at or Claire Miller at or by phone on (06) 8715000.

Global Disability, Ageing & Healthcare Conferences Online Guide 

See a more comprehensive listing of conferences at our web site 
For more information click here.
Copyright © 2012 New Zealand Association of Gerontology, All rights reserved.
unsubscribe from this list   update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp