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ISSN 2463-5367

Gerontology Matters
July 2016

In this issue:

A Message from the President


With the NZAG conference quickly approaching, I’ve been thinking about student involvement in the NZAG and research. Not only is our population ageing, but also the membership of NZAG is ageing. The NZAG has many older researchers whose vision, expertise and commitment has built this association. We would love for more students to get involved, to learn from this wealth of knowledge and experience, and to learn from you. It is important to have the student voice in NZAG to help shape the future of this organization. We are very pleased with the number of students who will be presenting at the NZAG this year and we hope we can arrange time for them to get together to meet one another.

We are also in a very exciting phase of research development in New Zealand. The Government created and funded the National Science Challenges, and more specifically, the Ageing Well Challenge. As part of the vision and mission of these challenges, the development and support of students and emerging researchers is key to their success.  There are many projects that have student involvement and I urge you to keep up to date with the latest developments by regularly checking the Ageing Well website and talking with more established researchers. In addition to the opportunities presented by the Ageing Well Challenge, the Government has nearly doubled research investment in the Health Research Council and there are great opportunities for PhD scholarships and summer scholarship projects ( We are also very fortunate that the Hope Foundation ( supports student summer studentships and scholarships.  So there are many opportunities for students to get involved with ageing research and to contribute to positive ageing for our communities.

Kind Regards,

Debra Waters,
Vice President

Information relevant to NZAG members

Ministry of Health: Health of Older People Strategy Consultation Draft

This document 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.

You can make a written submission by:
  • filling out our online submission form
  • downloading and completing our submission form
  • making a written submission in your preferred format. Written submissions should be either emailed to or posted to Health of Older People Strategy Consultation, Ministry of Health, PO Box 5013, Wellington.
The closing date for submissions is 7 September 2016

New Zealand: "Back on your feet in no time": measuring the mobility levels of older adults during acute medical hospital stay

Source: AUT University

The main aim of this study was to describe the mobility levels of older adults during acute medical hospitalisation at Wellington Regional Hospital, New Zealand. The secondary aims were to explore associations between mobility levels during acute hospital stay and patient specific characteristics that had been identified by previous studies.

Read more here >

New Zealand: Towards streetscapes promoting inclusive mobility, health and wellbeing for all

Source: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Can Auckland’s evolving streetscapes and ‘leading-edge’ transport designs enable older residents and people with disability to meaningfully participate in society and enjoy positive health? All too often, these groups are not involved in transport planning, including current initiatives promoting cycling and walking. Left out of the process, streets become alienating, confusing, unsafe and inaccessible. This community-based participatory research project involves four case studies across Auckland engaging older residents, people with disability and their support networks, alongside transport planners and policymakers.

Read more here >

New Zealand: Comprehensive clinical assessment of home-based older persons within New Zealand - an epidemiological profile of a national cross-section

Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

Since 2012, all community care recipients in New Zealand have undergone a standardised needs assessment using the Home Care International Residential Assessment Instrument (interRAI-HC). This study describes the national interRAI-HC population, assesses its data quality and evaluates its ability to be matched.

Read more here >

New Zealand: Office for Seniors Update

July 2016

The impacts of our ageing population were highlighted in June with the release of PWC’s Golden Age Index. One sound bite got a lot of air time: New Zealand is near the top when it comes to helping older workers keep working.

While New Zealand might have the right settings to encourage our seniors to keep working - we don’t have a retirement age and people aged 65+ are not penalised for working beyond retirement age - instances of age discrimination at work or while job-hunting for older New Zealanders are too high.

Read the full newsletter here >

NZAG Conference - Keynote Speaker 


We are delighted to announce that we have confirmed Martijn Huisman as a Keynote Speaker!

Martijn Huisman is scientific director of the Longitudinal Ageing Study Amsterdam (LASA). His main focus is the role of socioeconomic adversity on health in old age. Besides this, he is research coordinator of the Amsterdam Center on Aging (ACA).

For more information on Martijn and and outline of his session 'Ageing Well despite Adversity; Evidence from longitudinal data' check out the conference website here >

New Zealand: 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.

Read the rest of the interview here >

Australia: Starting the innovation age: baby boomers’ perspectives on what it takes to age well

Source: Australian Centre for Social Innovation

A great deal of research has already been carried out about what it means to ‘age well’. Much of this research outlines some big themes that are believed to help people to remain well and active into older age. [The authors] wanted to hear what these themes mean in the context of people’s lives. And we wanted to hear about what happens when people don’t have experiences of, or don’t have opportunities to ‘age well’.

Read more here >

United Kingdom: The experiences, needs and outcomes for carers of people with dementia - Literature Review 2016

Source: Royal Surgical Aid Society

This literature review provides an up-to-date review concerning the evidence on the experience of and the needs associated with living with dementia and caring for a person with dementia. Specifically, the review considers the implications that caregiving have for the person/family member involved in caregiving and the person with dementia; factors that protect or increase the risk of poor outcomes in caregiving; the evidence for interventions to support family caregiving and reduce the risk of poor outcomes and how this delivered in relation to information and education, multi-component, psycho-educational interventions, psychological interventions, peer support and other social interventions and assistive technology and new media. In addition, the review examines what form of service provision is required to support family caregivers, who are the recipients of the service and how family caregivers can be supported to engage with the service.

Read more here >

Busse Research Awards

To promote international research in gerontology, the Busse Research Awards again will be given at the 21th 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 biomedical 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.

Find out more here >

Grab a nomination form here >

United Kingdom: Dementia, Equity and Rights

Source: Race Equality Foundation

'Dementia, Equity, and Rights' flags up issues where the risk and prevalence of dementia may vary for different groups and how access and provision of services must take into account the needs of particular groups such as the oldest old, young onset, people with disabilities, black and minority ethnic people (BME), women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGB&T), and different socio-economic populations. The publication recommends readers to view dementia as a disability and to take a social/rights based approach to the way we respond to dementia.

Read more here >

United Kingdom: 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.

Read more here >

Did you know that New Zealand has guidelines for physical activity for older adults? Click here for more information.

United Kingdom: Evidencing the impact of and need for Acting Up

Source: Mental Health Foundation

Established in Northern Ireland in 2011 by the arts organisation, Kaleidoscope, Acting Up offers opportunities for older adults to get involved in creative activities, specifically the performing arts. A limited but emerging evidence base suggests that involvement in creative arts can lead to significant improvements in: memory, problem solving, and physical and mental wellbeing. It also provides an opportunity for meaningful social interaction. This report explores the impact of participation in Acting Up on the older adults involved and the need for the Acting Up project to be rolled out across the UK.

Read more here >

World Congress of Public Health - Call for Abstracts

As a key WCPH2017 partner, the Public Health Association of New Zealand would like to encourage public health workers and leaders everywhere in the Asia-Pacific region to engage with this World Congress – to submit an abstract and to attend if they can.

The call for abstracts is now open and closes 26 August, so you still have plenty of time to put an abstract together and to plan for your attendance in April next year.

For more information click here >

United Kingdom: The interface between dementia and mental health - An evidence review

Source: UK Mental Health Foundation

While there has been considerable and welcome attention in the area of dementia over recent years, the mental health of people in later life, and specifically the complex 2 relationship between dementia and mental health problems, is a neglected area in public discourse, policy and service provision. In this paper [the authors] explore the relationship between dementia, mental health and mental health problems.

Read more here >

Europe: The effect of aquatic exercise on physical functioning in the older adult: a systematic review with meta-analysis

Source: Age and Ageing

Ageing and sedentary behaviour cause negative changes in the neuromuscular systems of healthy older adults resulting in a decrease in physical functioning. Exercising in water (aquatic exercise, AE) has been shown to be effective at improving physical functioning in this population; however, no systematic review with meta-analysis has been published.

Read more here >

Belgium: 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.

Read more here >

New Zealand Newsletters of Interest

New Zealand Nutrition Foundation Healthy Ageing Bulletin

Issue 26
June 2016

The Committee for Healthy Ageing is a special interest group of the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation, which was initially established in 2004, to champion the cause for improving the quality of life of older New Zealanders, through nutrition and physical activity. Each quarter, this bulletin updates you on issues of importance or topical interest in relation to optimal nutrition and physical activity of older people.

In this issue we get back to the basics and remind seniors living independently of some of the nutritional issues facing them as they age.

Read the June Issue here >

Events: Workshops, Webinars and Conferences

New Zealand Conferences



Early Bird Rates extended until 29th July 2016
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More Details
See the Conference Website for more details including the Conference programme detailing the fabulous line up of speakers, presenters, workshops etc...

Leading Edge National Symposium

11 August 2016
Mills Reef Winery

An insights and opportunity dialogue among thought leaders, scientists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers, journalists, educators and the public.

View the flyer here >

Find out more here >

2016 Ageing Well Colloquium

14 September 2016

The Ageing Well Colloquium, following on from a successful debut, will be held on 14 September 2016 - the day before NZAG Conference! Consider taking an extra day to check out this interesting event.

Read the report on the 2015 Colloquium here >

2016 Home & Community Health Association Conference

28-29 September 2016
Te Papa, Wellington

Registrations are now open, with the early bird opportunity closing on 18 August.  Mark these dates in your calendar.

Find out more here >

Alzheimers New Zealand 2016 Conference

3-5 November 2016
TSB Bank Arena and Convention Centre

Top flight speakers from New Zealand and overseas will share the latest research, evidence, learnings and insights, and discuss how we can address this challenge.

With real life case studies, and an emphasis on what works, this conference has practical relevance to the real world of people affected by dementia, policy makers, service providers, health and care professionals, researchers and NGOs.

Find out more here >
International Conferences

2nd International Symposium: Biology of Aging - Paving the way for healthy ageing

19-20 October 2016
Hotel Bonaventure

The symposium will shed light on a variety of broad topics related to the biology of aging. Students, professors, researchers and health care professionals will be able to acquire more knowledge in this field. Speakers will be able to transmit their professional views on the current and future stakes in the field of aging, and to discuss their latest projects with those in attendance.

Find out more >

2016 AAG Conference: Re-imagining our Future

2-4 November 2016
National Convention Centre
Canberra, Australia

The theme for the 2016 Conference is “Capitalising on the Ageing Dividend: Reimagining Our Future”. In Canberra, the nation’s centre of government, this conference will provide an opportunity to explore the future of ageing, and how we can best capitalise on the social and economic potential of our ageing society.

The AAG Conference is truly multidisciplinary and brings together people with a wide range of professional interests. They include health and aged care practitioners, researchers, community care providers, policy makers and planners and anyone interested in current issues in ageing. This unique meeting of the minds offers delegates an exciting opportunity to make new connections with people and ideas.

Find out more >

IOF 6th Asia Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting

4-6 November 2016

The International Osteoporosis Foundation and the Endocrine and Metabolic Society of Singapore (EMSS) look forward to welcoming you to Singapore for the IOF Regionals 6th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting taking place at the Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre (Suntec) from November 4-6, 2016.

Download Programme

Find out more >

IV World Congress on Geriatrics & Gerontology - International Conference on Healthy Ageing in Changing World

23-25 November 2016
Indian Institute of Science, India

The International Congress, which is held every year, is an opportunity for many well-known gerontologists, geriatrics scholars, policy decision-makers, professional activists, related companies, and researchers to get together and share recent discoveries and study results.

Find out more >

15th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH2017)

3-7 April 2017
Melbourne, Australia

As a key WCPH2017 partner, the Public Health Association of New Zealand would like to encourage public health workers and leaders everywhere in the Asia-Pacific region to engage with this World Congress – to submit an abstract and to attend if they can.

The Congress serves as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on key public health issues, contributing towards protecting and promoting public health at a national and global level.

Find out more >

Global Disability, Ageing & Healthcare Conferences Online Guide 

See a comprehensive list of conferences on the Global Disability and Health Care Services website.
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