New Zealand Association of Gerontology - Gerontology Matters May 2013

Welcome to Gerontology Matters
for May 2013

The New Zealand Association of Gerontology

In this issue:

President's Welcome

My World, Your World, Our World…….Free of Elder Abuse
Wear something purple on Saturday 15th June
It’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Since the 2006 launch of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, wearing purple on June 15th is the universal ‘language’ for showing the world, and those in your community, that you care about older people’s rights. It shows others you are serious about putting an end to older people’s neglect and abuse. The World Health Organization (2002) estimates about 4-6% of older people experience abuse at home, in some form. However, good population-based research information is limited. The numbers may be much greater. “Elder Abuse is a universal problem. It is prevalent everywhere. Abuse can occur anywhere, by anyone, but frequently it is familial, institutional and social. Raising awareness and prevention of elder abuse requires the involvement of everyone. Elder abuse will be successfully prevented only if we develop a global culture that fosters intergenerational solidarity” (World Health Organisation, 2002, p. 5).
NZAG’s parent organization, the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG), is a collaborative partner to the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA). INPEA is a voluntary organization dedicated to world-wide dissemination of information and resources as part of its commitment to the global prevention of elder abuse. You will find a wealth of information on the INPEA website to help profile, or to develop a local action plan for, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The website resources include the INPEA's authentic WEAAD logos (click here for logos), the Elder Abuse Awareness Community Guide Kit which has templates for many activities including press releases and community notices, and a link to the World Health Organisation (2002) Elder Abuse Fact Sheet.
Another place to go for excellent information and resources for preventing elder abuse and neglect is Age Concern New Zealand. Learn more from the website
“World Elder Abuse Awareness Day involves activities to bring greater recognition of mistreatment of older adults wherever they live throughout the world, and to highlight the need for appropriate action. It is intended to give abuse and neglect of older adults a global relevance that will sustain and move prevention efforts for-ward throughout the whole year and years to come” (World Health Organisation, 2002, p. 6).
Wear purple on 15th June 2013 and help raise awareness on
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Kind Regards,
Valerie Wright-St Clair

Susskind, S., Spencer, C., Podnieks, E., & Shaw, G. (n.d.).  Elder abuse awareness community guide tool kit. International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
World Health Organisation. (2002). Elder abuse fact sheet. WHO. 

The International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG)

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Member Opportunities 

IOF Call of Abstracts

The International Osteoporosis Foundation is inviting abstracts to the 4th Asia Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting, Hong Kong, December 12-15, 2013.
Some 1,500-2,000 healthcare professionals and key opinion leaders to gather for a clinical overview of osteoporosis and its management, as well as current topics of specific relevance to the region. Click here for details of the Meeting.
  • Accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement issue of ‘Osteoporosis International’     
  • Top ranking abstracts will be selected for oral presentations at the Meeting
  • Young Investigator Award valued at 1,000 USD, to 5 top ranked abstracts by authors 40 years of age or under. 
  • Young Investigator Mentoring Programme, December 12, 2013  
  • Top ranking abstracts by young scientists (40 years of age or under) will be selected to attend the one day hands-on workshop. Young scientists from outside Hong Kong will be offered hotel accommodation and a small travel grant. 
The faculty consists of highly experienced international researchers with a vast experience in the course topics - How to write good abstracts, How to read papers critically, publishing papers – the what, where & how? and more.
Submit your abstracts here by August 9, 2013.

Course: Health of older people: key issues and clinical update

The following is from the School of Population Health, University of Auckland:
Outlining the “epidemiology and biology of ageing” and “falls prevention and medication management” in all settings, at home and in residential care, this day forms the basis for understanding key clinical issues for frail older people. Improvement in quality of care in residential care and falls prevention, how to overcome challenges and obstacles to improving care, how to make progress towards good quality of care and nutrition in ageing will be discussed. Format, discussion and case-based learning with workshop style group discussions of cases using evidence-based materials.

Who should attend?
Anyone interested in health of older people, particularly those involved in the clinical care of frail older people in the community and in residential care. This session will contribute to professional development hours.

Venue: University of Auckland
Presenter: Professor Ngaire Kerse & Dr Kathy Peri
Cost: $250 / fulltime students $100

Public Health Association Conference 2013 – Call for abstracts extended to 4 June

Due to the high number of abstracts we received prior to the abstract submissions closing, as well as the technical difficulties many experienced while trying to submit an abstract, we have extended the call for abstracts to Tuesday 4th June 2013.

You can submit your abstracts online using the abstract submission tool. Submitters can expect to be notified by Thursday 13th June 2013 of whether their presentation has been selected.

Aging and Society: An Interdisciplinary Conference – Call for abstracts

Deadline: 11 June 2013

The following message is from Advisory Board, Aging and Society: 

Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters or colloquia are invited for the Aging and Society Conference. We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives that will contribute to the conference discourse. We also encourage faculty and research students to submit joint proposals for paper presentations or colloquia.
The International Advisory Board is also pleased to announce the Call For Submissions to the peer-reviewed The International Journal of Aging and Society. Proposals are invited that address one of the following categories:
Theme 1: Economic and Demographic Perspectives on Aging
Theme 2: Public Policy and Public Perspectives on Aging
Theme 3: Medical Perspectives on Aging, Health, Wellness
Theme 4: Social and Cultural Perspectives on Aging

Information relevant to NZAG members

Five-step plan to reduce falls among patients

16 April 2013 - Health Improvement & Innovation Resource Centre

The following is an article from HIIRC:

A new plan focusing on preventing patient falls has been welcomed by Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew during the month-long April Falls promotion.
Canterbury District Health Board’s five-step plan involves developing falls prevention strategies for patients both while they’re in hospital and when they’re back in the community. Involving patients and their families in the strategies is an important part of the plan.
“Each week, there are about 40 falls-related visits to the Christchurch emergency department by people over the age of 75. Older people who are admitted to hospital are at risk of having another fall, which may mean they have to go into aged residential care rather than return to their own homes. The five-step plan aims to prevent subsequent falls for this group of people,” says Mrs Goodhew.
“This plan is just one example of the great work DHBs are doing throughout the year to focus efforts on reducing falls and harm from falls.”
DHBs around the country are raising awareness about preventing falls and reducing harm from falls as part of this month’s April Falls promotion, with support from the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

Video games are good for your brain - research 

02 May 2013 - NZ Herald

The following is an article from the New Zealand Herald:

Playing video games can prevent and even reverse deteriorating brain functions such as memory, reasoning and visual processing, a study says.
The University of Iowa study of hundreds of people aged 50 and older found that those who played a video game were able to improve a range of cognitive skills, and reverse up to seven years of age-related declines.

"We know that we can stop this decline and actually restore cognitive processing speed to people," said Fredric Wolinsky, a University of Iowa professor of public health and lead author of the paper published in the journal PLOS One.

Too much technology linked to dementia

14 May 2013 - NZ Herald

The following is an article from the NZ Herald:

Modern life is causing dementia to develop earlier than ever, according to new research.
Experts have found that more people are developing the symptoms of mental decline of dementia and scientists have blamed PCs, mobile phones, chemicals and electronic devices for the shift.
The study, carried out by Bournemouth University, found that deaths as a result of neurological illness rose in all 16 countries covered by the research.

Men's Shed aims to spread

09 May 2013 - Rodney Times

The following is an article from the Rodney Times:

You've heard of man cave. So what about Men's Shed?
The first purpose-built Men's Shed in Auckland was opened in April at Elliott Reserve in Glenfield and is run by the Men's Shed Shore Trust.
Its chairman, Orewa resident Ross McEwan, hopes to see another established closer to home.
The shed is a place to potter, chat, share knowledge and learn new skills.
The fully insulated 300-square-metre Glenfield shed provides a comfortable work environment and is set up for engineering, woodwork, model making and electronics, Mr McEwan says.

Conference Calendar

Inaugural Care Association New Zealand (CANZ) conference

12 June - Auckland, New Zealand

The following is from INsite Magazine:

Carrying the theme “A toolbox for Aged Care”, the conference will look to address some of the main issues confronting the sector, including tighter controls on those wanting to access long term residential care, the mandated introduction of interRAI, severe auditing practices, and poor funding streams.
“The reason for the conference is to attempt to establish a baseline – a line in the sand if you will – from which the sector can go forward with knowledge of what the Government and the Ministry intend for the sector in the next few years. This knowledge could lay the foundation for any future decisions that providers make in the development of their business,” says CANZ executive Jessica Buddendijk.
CANZ has invited the Ministry of Health, the Auditor General, and Grant Thornton to describe where the sector is and what the future direction is probably going to be, as well as providers to share their experience and knowledge.

Population Association of New Zealand 2013 Conference

27-28 June 2013 - Wellington, NZ
‘Population and Policy: Exploring the Connections’ 

Confirmed key note speakers include Professor Tim Dyson from the London School of Economics, Professor John Taylor from the Australian National University, Dr Yvonne Underhill-Sem from the University of Auckland, and Dr Tahu Kukutai from the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis.

Public Health Association Conference 2013

17-19 September 2013 - New Plymouth, NZ
Partnership or Collaboration; is there a difference?

A number of high-profile speakers have already been confirmed, including:
  • Hon Tariana Turia, Associate Minister of Health
  • Metiria Turei, Green Party Co-leader and Spokesperson on Social Equity, Maori Affairs and Education
  • Professor Jane Kelsey, Professor of Law, University of Auckland
  • Moana Jackson, lawyer specialising in the Treaty of Waitangi.
The conference will feature the usual high standard and wide variety of presentations and workshops around partnership and collaboration and other important public health themes. 
Very early bird registrations open Monday 17 June.

Overseas Conferences

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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