New Zealand Association of Gerontology - Gerontology Matters

Welcome to Gerontology Matters
for March 2013

The New Zealand Association of Gerontology

President's Welcome

In 2021 I hope many NZAG members will be attending and presenting at the 22nd IAGG World Congress very close to home. In breaking news, the NZAG is a collaborative partner with the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) in a bid to host the 22nd IAGG World Congress. Print copy of the joint bid was submitted to the IAGG President early March 2012. Debra Waters, South Island Regional Hub Representative, and I will be at the 20th IAGG World Congress in Seoul, Korea, in June this year (see conferences) and will partner with AAG representatives in a presenting our bid in person to the IAGG Council. If the AAG/NZAG bid gets the Council vote, Sydney, Australia, will be the host city in 2021. With registrations for the international congresses typically exceeding 5000 registrants, Sydney is the right choice. It is the closest Australian city to New Zealand and is, therefore, the ideal venue for collaborative hosting of a World Congress. As an association, NZAG has extensive experience in designing and running quality, research-led conferences for its members and we demonstrated our capacity to work effectively in a collaborative partnership in designing and planning the 2011 Asia/Oceania Regional Congress in Melbourne, Australia.
The NZAG welcomes the opportunity to co-offer a world-class congress that, in agreement with AAG, will have a strong focus on ageing Indigenous peoples’ health and well being  and will offer opportunities for partnering with our neighbours in the Pacific. These partnerships will aim to grow research capacity across the Asia/Oceania region. NZAG believes it can bring a unique focus on gerontology at an international level by honouring New Zealand’s distinctive bi-cultural nature with the Indigenous Māori population. The Association has a strong relationship with Māori gerontology researchers and kaumatua (respected Māori elders) to guide culturally-sound practices, and will build on this by establishing a jointly agreed protocol underpinned by the Treaty of Waitangi. Collaboration between New Zealand Māori, Australian Aboriginal and other international indigenous gerontologists will be sought to ensure the programme has relevance to the world’s indigenous peoples ageing well. NZAG welcomes the opportunity to create an international event while building local capacities.
Closer in time and space is the 2014 NZAG conference to be hosted in Dunedin. Information will be circulated as the conference planning takes shape.
Kind Regards,
Valerie Wright-St Clair

Meet the NZAG Executive: Debra Waters

Dr. Debra Waters is a Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine (PSM) at the University of Otago.  Her broad research area is gerontology with a special emphasis on frailty.  Her studies focus on community-based falls prevention, self-management of chronic conditions, and life-style interventions for obese, frail older adults.  She also holds research appointments at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine and Veterans Administration Health Systems Center, both in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also collaborates with colleagues at the Institute of Aging in Toulouse, France.  In addition to research, she is actively involved with Age Concern Otago and Otago Partners for Elder Needs.

Meet the NZAG Executive: Diana O'Neill

Diana’s interest in older people started when she established physical activity programmes (Fifties Forward) across New Zealand while working for the Hillary Commission for Recreation and Sport. This led to an MA (Applied) in  Recreation and Leisure through VUW. It was during this time that she joined NZAG and was President of the Wellington’s branch until the restructure.

Diana now works in the primary health care team of the Ministry of Health in Wellington where she has national oversight of the Green Prescription exercise referral initiative. She also works closely with the Ministry’s Health of Older Person’s team.

NZAG 2012-2013 Membership

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The International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG)

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Member Opportunities 

Call for Abstracts

The New Zealand Association of Gerontology has received the following communication from The Gerontological Society of America:

Present at this year’s GSA Annual Scientific Meeting – Wednesday, November 20 to Sunday, November 24 in New Orleans – to an engaged audience of professional peers, to gain exposure of your work, and to advance your career. GSA is now accepting abstract submissions

Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research is welcoming submissions

Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research is an Open Access, peer-reviewed journal which aims to provide the most rapid and reliable source of information on current developments in the field of
  • Aging Population: Society Biogerontology
  • Cancer Prevention & Care Ethical and medico-legal issues
  • Aging and Immunization Geriatric anesthesia
  • Geriatric Pharmacology Dementia pathophysiology
  • Social gerontology Geriatric intensive-care unit 
  • Physical & Psychological Changes in old people
  • Geriatric nursing and Acute Care
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy Fall prevention 
  • Integrative Medicine Geriatric Occupational Therapy
Research, Review papers & Special issue articles are welcomes for possible publication in this issue. You may submit your paper by E-mail or you can also submit if you click here.
For further details please visit Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research and for archive page, click here.

Links to Other Resources

NHS writes off elderly patients who 'don't want to make a fuss'

04 March 2013 - The Times (UK)

This is what Professor David Oliver, former National Clinical Director for Older People thinks about attitudes towards health care of older people. NZAG would be interested in any NZ research that confirms his opinion or presents a different picture. Is there any evidence to back up his opinion? 

Older patients are often denied proper treatment because they are said to have “acopia”, a condition that does not exist, according to the former Goverment elderly care czar. All it means is “failure to cope”.
Professor David Oliver said that subconscious ageism in the NHS often meant the elderly missed out on a correct diagnosis. With “British fatalism” the wartime generation do not like to “make a fuss” and demand better care, he said.
Professor Oliver, who recently quit as National Clinical Director for Older People, said that the ageist values of society at large affected NHS care.

Older People – valuable contributors in families

05 March 2013 - ACNZONRESEARCH

We hear a lot about families caring (or not caring) for their older members. What should their responsibilities be? Do some cultures do it better than others? This is an important topic and important questions, but they concern only one aspect of the part which older people play in families. They are not just “receivers”; they are major “givers”.
Older people provide care too. They are the main carers of their husbands and wives as they become frail. They care for their adult children with disabilities. And they provide care for their grandchildren, ranging from casual baby-sitting to full-time care (the topic of later blogs).

Webpage for retirees goes up

21 March 2013 - Wanganui Chronicle

Whanganui is the first district health board in the central region to make available an online resource for its elderly residents.
And the health board's manager of older people services, Andrea Bunn, said the resource was being well used by elderly people and their families.
Titled "Older People Health Services", the resource includes pages on ageing well, how to access local services including specialist services for older people, advanced care planning, and links to other relevant information.
Mrs Bunn said Wanganui has a large population of people over 65, and she hoped even more people would use the resource.
She said that as well as being useful for older people who need practical advice and support now, it offered a page titled "What every older person should consider" for those who are planning for their final years.
"The WDHB is very clear about wanting to encourage people to think hard about how they want to be cared for at a time when they may not be able to make decisions about this. It's a conversation we need to have with ourselves, those who care about us and, ultimately, those who may be responsible for our welfare," Mrs Bunn said.
The pages would be updated regularly, she said.

Conference Calendar

Opportunities of Ageing Conference 2013

10-11 April 2013 - Hastings, New Zealand

The Opportunities of Ageing Conference will be held in April 2013 at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House in Hastings. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend this ground breaking conference and learn more about the opportunities with this important demographic group.
Why attend?
The ageing of the population is an opportunity. Today’s older people (65+) are different from past generations. They are in better health, are better educated, and live full lives for longer.

Consumer and spending habits will be different in the future, and the ageing population will be one of the largest growth markets. Volunteerism, community participation and the impact of the ageing population on our community will also change in years to come.
We want to celebrate this and offer you the chance to seek out business opportunities which will draw on the enormous talent that the ageing population has to offer.

We're delighted to announce a new keynote speaker to the Opportunities of Ageing Conference programme - Geoff Pearman of Partners in Change. Geoff is also running an additional practical and interactive workshop on the 9th of April to compliment the conference. 

Register now for the conference and receive 50% off the cost of the workshop with Geoff.  

Caring for Older People Conference

16 April 2013 - Manchester, UK

The provision of quality, dignified care is the aim of all health and social care providers. This event highlights best practice, evidence based research and examples of work in caring for older people from around the UK that can be taken back and developed at your own place of work. 

20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics

23-27 June 2013 - Seoul, Korea

The following is a message from IAGG:

The ageing society is now a global challenge faced by not only advanced countries, but by the entire world. Notably, Korea is experiencing one of the fastest ageing trends in the world with its aged population ratio exceeding 11 percent in 2010. We anticipate this ratio will rise to over 14% by 2018, making Korea a truly aged society. The sense of urgency among people about this development is leading to diverse policy discussions. In the year 2013, when we plan on holding the 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in Seoul, the Korean society will be at a critical juncture regarding ageing.
The 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics will be hosted by the Federation of Korean Gerontological Societies, which is an alliance of the most representative Korean institutions in Gerontology. With the full support of the Korean government, I am confident that the Congress will be a successful global academic festivity of exchanging relevant research findings from all 5 continents and 6 oceanic regions of the world.
The Seoul Congress will make especially great use of Korea’s advanced information technologies of the 21st century for discussing the various research, implementation, and policy initiatives necessary for enhancing the quality of life for the older people. I look forward to having valuable exchanges on the much talked about issue of ‘ageing’ with the great minds of the world here in Korea, which is a country known for its distinct history and tradition.

Stroke Society of Australasia annual scientific meeting

31 July - 02 August 2013 - Darwin, Australia

The SSA ASM 2013 Organising Committee warmly invite you to join us in Darwin, Northern Territory from 31 July to 2 August 2013 for our 24th Annual Scientific Meeting. This event is shaping up to be one of our best ever meetings in a truly amazing setting. The SSA annual scientific meeting has the theme "Top End Stroke: excellent care for ALL our patients" and is intended for health professionals, researchers and academics interested in ensuring that people with stroke receive the best available care.

2nd International Multidisciplinary Forum on Palliative Care

03-06 October 2013 - Sofia, Bulgaria

Palliative care is an important part of the treatment of every patient with a life threatening illness. It is provided from the moment of diagnosis throughout the trajectory of the illness in order to improve symptom control and quality of life of the patients and their families. In certain countries palliative care has received accreditation as a specific specialty. However, each nurse and physician needs to acquire basic knowledge and skills in palliative care whether they specialize in family medicine, geriatrics, oncology, neurology, internal medicine, pediatrics or surgery. 
The IMFPC 2013 Conference will focus on innovative educational sessions in palliative care for non-palliative care specialists , as well as including presentations, interactive workshops, and research at various levels of development. 

Global Disability, Ageing & Healthcare Conferences Online Guide 

See a more comprehensive listing of conferences at our web site 
For more information click here.
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