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Gerontology Matters
November 2015

The New Zealand Association of Gerontology

In this issue:


A message from the President

I have just attended the 10th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics  â€“ Asia/Oceania (IAGGR) 2015 Congress in Chiang Mai, Thailand and what a fantastic conference it was. The congress ran from the 19th to the 22nd October with pre-conference workshops held on the 18th October. Overall there were approximately 1000 delegates in total, including six delegates from New Zealand, five of whom are current members of NZAG.
NZAG is a member of IAGG and as such have a designated position on the IAGGR Council. As the current President of NZAG I represent our organisation on the Council. The Council meeting was held on the afternoon of Sunday 18th October. A key agenda item was determining where the 2019 IAGGR Congress would be held. Bids were received from India and Taiwan. Following presentations from each country, deliberations and voting, it was announced that Taiwan will host the next congress.
Here is a list of the contributions NZAG members made at the congress (the names highlighted in bold font identify the members present at the congress):

F. Alpass, C. Stephens, S. Keeling, B. Stevenson. “The health impacts of reconciling work and care over time” – oral presentation.
F. Alpass, C. Stephens. “The contribution of purpose in life to wellbeing – poster presentation.
B. Findsen. “Learning in later life in Aotearoa New Zealand: A bi-cultural perspective” – oral presentation.
S. Neville, J. Adams. “Living at home at 95 years and beyond” – oral presentation.
L. Parkinson, S. Neville, E. Leung. “Writing for scholarly journals: Views from ageing journals in Oceania” - Preconference workshop.
C. Wham, R. Teh, L. Dyall, A. Rolleston, M. Kepa, S. Moyes, A. Adamson, N. Kerse. “Nutrient intake in life and living in advanced age: A cohort study in New Zealand (LILACS NZ) – oral presentation.
V. Wright-St Clair. “Aging ‘just is’ in the everyday lives of older people” – oral presentation.
V. Wright-St Clair, J. Kent, P. Kerston. “Measuring older adults’ community integration following traumatic brain injury” – poster presentation.
V. Wright-St Clair, S. Nayar. “Older asian immigrants optimizing healthfulness through community integration” – poster presentation.
V. Wright-St Clair, A. Holland, C. Hocking. “Experiences of living-well beyond the frontier of life-limiting illness” – poster presentation.
Dr Stephen Neville
New Zealand Association of Gerontology

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IAGG Video: Beware of frailty!

This short 40 seconds film was realized to promote autonomy of old people. It was funded by the CNSA (Caisse Nationale de Solidarité pour l'Autonomie), a French state organization. 
Beware of frailty!

The Australian Journal of Ageing content updates

The Australasian Journal of Ageing (AJA) is a comprehensive publication which provides a balance of academic papers, industry perspectives and practice reports. An invaluable source of current information and research, it covers a range of topics including social gerontology, home and community care services, geriatric medicine, health services research and the biology of ageing

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Information relevant to NZAG members

NZ: Calcium supplements not needed for elderly bone health?

Source: NZ Herald

An exhaustive scientific review, 
released recently, has concluded that upping calcium intake through food or supplements is unlikely to improve bone health or prevent fractures in older people.
Two papers, published in the British Medical Journal, should be the "final word" on what has been a debated subject over previous years, one of the New Zealand co-authors told the Herald.

The studies find that increasing calcium intake through food or supplements should not be recommended for fracture or osteoporosis prevention.

Read more here >

Focus on Falls: Toolkit for Clinicians 

Focus on falls is a quarterly publication for everyone interested in understanding and preventing falls in older people. Reducing harm from falls is the name and the broad aim of the programme.

Click the link for everything you need in falls prevention > 

NZ: Does our ageing population put pressure on health system? Read both sides of the story.

Source: Taranaki Daily News

Think the health system isn't working like it should? Maybe that's because you're wanting more than it can deliver. Helen Harvey looks at what sort of healthcare we can expect in an ageing society.

Faith Richards hit a national nerve when she said you needed to lie to get elective surgery in New Zealand.

The 70-year-old New Plymouth woman recently disclosed she had spent her $20,000 life savings to get her hip operated on, after being refused surgery through the public health system largely because she wouldn't lie about how much pain she was in. 

Read more here >

NZ: Measuring Elder Abuse in New Zealand: Findings from the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZLSA)

Source: Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit

Elder abuse is pervasive in New Zealand, even though the vast majority of elderly people don’t experience it. Furthermore it further marginalises people who are already marginalised. The damage to people of elder abuse is consistently negative and costly to health and welfare services as a consequence.

Read full report here >

NZ/International: Kiwis living longer, but at a cost 

Source: 3 News

While global life expectancy has increased dramatically over the last two-and-a-half decades, so have the number of years the average person will spend in ill-health.

A large study looking at birth and mortality in 188 countries has found life expectancy at birth has risen by 6.2 years, from 65.3 in 1990 to 71.5 in 2013 reports The Lancet.

Read more here >

Australia: Positive disruption: healthcare, aging and participation in the age of technology

Source: The McKell Institute

Australia is on the cusp of two of the greatest disruptive transformations in history: the ageing of the population and a technological revolution. How the nation manages with both of these prospects will determine its fortune. These two phenomena will cause a ripple effect across the Australian economy and society, but Australia is now at the point where it can choose how it will react and rectify the exposed problems and inefficiencies caused. This report proposes a series of recommendations to address the various inefficiencies within our current systems, and the emerging conditions caused by an ageing nation and our greater dependency on technology.

Read the full report here >

UK: A safer and more dignified transfer of care for older people

Source: The Health Foundation

Facilitating early and well managed discharge from acute care is very important, as is supporting older people to live well at home, preventing early admissions to long-term care. NHS Providers has launched a Commission to capture good practice with regard to transfers of care in all settings across acute, community, mental health and ambulance services.

The three Health Foundation funded projects below were highlighted in the submission to the Commission. They all aimed to improve the transfer of care process for older patients moving from acute to community settings. They show how introducing more person-centred approaches to care can improve patient experience while also helping to bring down repeat admissions to hospital.

Read more here >

UK: Mobile robots could help the elderly live fuller lives, experts say

Source: Science Daily

Mobile service robots developed by
computer scientists at the University of Lincoln, UK, could soon be helping elderly people stay independent and active for longer.

A new international project will test the ability of robots to support our aging populations by assisting residents of care homes in three European countries.

Read more here >

UK: Establishing and implementing best practice to reduce unplanned admissions in those aged 85 years and over through system change [Establishing System Change for Admissions of People 85+ (ESCAPE 85+)]: a mixed-methods case study approach

Source: National Institute for Health Research

Sites that had been successful in reducing admissions had done so by providing alternatives to short-stay admissions, including better-developed community services which worked closely with each other, the hospital and general practitioner services. These sites had fewer problems with access to general practitioner services and less pressure on emergency departments. They had also been more successful in developing strategies to include a full range of health- and social care organisations and, most importantly, had consistent, strong leadership and shared values.

Read the full study here >

UK: How can we make our cities dementia friendly?

Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Dementia friendly communities (DFCs) aim to be accessible, inclusive, welcoming and supportive to those affected by dementia, enabling them to contribute to, and participate in, mainstream society. More than 80 places across the UK are now working towards becoming more dementia friendly, with similar movements gaining ground overseas. York and Bradford – two very different Yorkshire cities – are among those leading the field. This paper contributes to the emerging evidence base by drawing out the key messages from independent evaluations of their DFC programmes.

Read more here >

UK: On the journey to becoming a dementia friendly organisation - Sharing the learning for employers and organisations

Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

A lack of understanding or confidence can prevent organisations and employers from responding positively to people affected by dementia. Organisations that are dementia friendly recognise and address the impact of dementia on staff and their families.

Read more here >

UK: Developing a national user movement of people with dementia

Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Although the voices of people with dementia are increasingly heard, the user movement is still in its infancy. By connecting local groups and individual activists through a national network (DEEP) that engages and empowers people with dementia, people are beginning to work together to set priorities about dementia and to shape political agendas. 

Read more here >

UK: Opportunity Knocks: Designing solutions for an ageing society

Source: International Longevity Centre UK

Opportunity Knocks: Designing solutions for an ageing society sets out the changes needed in current approaches to ensure we harness the full benefits of design and technology.  This report also highlights a range of ideas for new technology which emerged from a workshop organised in May 2015.

Read full report here >

UK: Peer Support for People with Dementia: A social return on investment study

Source: Health Innovation Network South London

The Health Innovation Network has published a report proving the social value of peer support groups for people with dementia is greater than the investment: for every pound (£) of investment the social value created by the three groups evaluated ranged from £1.17 to £5.18.

Read full study here >

UK: Home care: delivering personal care and practical support to older people living in their own homes

Source: NICE

This guideline covers the planning and delivery of person-centred care for older people living in their own homes (known as home care or domiciliary care). It aims to promote older people's independence and to ensure safe and consistently high quality home care services.

Read guideline here >

International: World Alzheimer Report 2015: the global impact of dementia

Source: Alzheimer's Disease International

The 2015 World Alzheimer Report updates data on the prevalence, incidence, cost and trends of dementia worldwide. It also estimates how these numbers will increase in the future, leaving us with no doubt that dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and other causes, is one of the biggest global public health and social care challenges facing people today and in the future.

Read the full report here >

International: A 20-minute walk each day adds seven years to your life 

Source: NZ Herald

Going for a brisk 20-minute walk every day could add seven years to your life, scientists say.

In the first trial of its kind, researchers discovered that modest exercise in middle age has an anti-ageing effect on the body's cells which could extend life expectancy.

Even couch potatoes who have spent a lifetime avoiding the gym can benefit.
The study found that walking at a brisk speed where you can still speak, but not so slow that you can sing, was most beneficial to life expectancy.

Read more here>

International Opinion: Do the ravages of age create a case for UN protection?

Source: The Conversation

Following the adoption of Resolution 65/182 in 2010, the United Nations formed an Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing. The working group continues to meet and debate whether or not a convention is required to protect ageing people in society.

Old age is often associated with a reduction in abilities and the denial of human rights. One problem that advocates for a proposed Convention on Older Persons have encountered is the overlap between loss of abilities associated with old age and disability. How this debate has played out speaks volumes about how many in the community perceive disability.

Read more here >

Other New Zealand Newsletters of interest

50s Forward News & Views eNewsletter

From: Friday, 23rd October 2015.

Keeping you updated on events, news and trends, both local and overseas, that are relevant to an ageing population.

Included in this issue:
  • Connecting with elderly vital, quake survey shows
  • Retirement on hold for extra cash
  • Family should know when elderly sign up for funeral insurance
  • Older people missing electricity deals
  • Linda Hall: Fashion's age-old conspiracy
  • Seniors in the news: New website to help senior citizens access services
  • Key to senior health: Do what young people do
View eNewsletter here >

Ageing Well National Science Challenge

Newsletter #1

Welcome to the first of our regular update Newsletters from the Ageing Well National Science Challenge (NSC).

The Challenge is at an important juncture, with our research about to get underway and as we look to recruit a new Science Leadership Team to help provide expert advice and guidance to the future direction of the Challenge.

Included in this issue:

  • Launch of Research Projects
  • Contestable Round Plans
  • Recruiting a Science Leadership Team
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • MBIE Catalyst: Strategic fund
  • Keeping in touch
View eNewsletter here >

Member-Only Resources 

Did you know: As a member of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology you have access to the member-only section of our website, giving you access to exclusive member-only news articles and blog posts. This section now newly includes webinar summaries and resources from the Australian Association of Gerontology.

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Events: Workshops, Webinars and Conferences

NZAG Auckland Hub Meeting

Thursday 3rd December 2015, 5pm - 7pm
The Blind Foundation Hall, 4 Maunsell Road, Parnell.

You are invited to a Pre-Christmas Celebration and Presentation by:

Dementia and Transitions to Palliative Care
Dr Tony Ryan 
Senior lecturer; School of Nursing; The University of Sheffield.

Find out more here >

2016 NZAG Conference. Watch this space!

15-17 September 2016

8th Annual Elder Law for the Health Sector Conference

22-23 February 2016
Crowne Plaza, Auckland

Bringing you the latest legal updates and prominent case law, as well as key discussions on how to achieve greater collaboration.

10% discount for NZAG members. Simply enter the discount code MCO4OK when you register.

 Find out more here >

World Congress on Active Aging 2016

28 June - 1 July 2016
Melbourne, Australia

Call for abstracts

The World Congress on Active Ageing (WCAA 2016) invites the submission of abstracts on original work for consideration within the Congress Program. Abstracts must be submitted under one of the three categories outlined below. Presentations should embody the conference theme of "People, Policy & Practice". Multi- and inter-disciplinary participation is encouraged.

Find out more here >

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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