New Zealand Association of Gerontology - Gerontology Matters

Welcome to Gerontology Matters
for January 2013

The New Zealand Association of Gerontology

President's Welcome

As 2013 begins, the NZAG wishes that this New Year brings you, and those who matter to you, the warmth of love, the light of wisdom and unbounded happiness in life. Of course, the warm wishes are extended to those who are living out their advanced age in New Zealand. We hope you have all found time to relax, refresh and renew over the festive season.
Fishing at Mt Maunganui. Photo taken by Valerie Wright-St Clair.
The NZAG Executive will be working this year to consolidate the new Association structure and to develop what it can offer to members in the four regional hubs. One exciting development is how distance seminars can be offered to members throughout New Zealand; the first of which we hope to trial on 19 February to coincide with Norah Keating’s brief visit on her way back to Canada, from a visit to Australia. Norah is a family gerontologist at the University of Alberta, and interested in issues faced by families as they grow older.  Her research program is focused on family caregiving, seniors in rural Canada, social inclusion and ageing well. Norah is currently Director of the Global Social Initiative on Ageing, a project of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. You will receive an email from the NZAG as soon as we have details about the proposed seminar and your nearest venue for attendance. We hope it will be the first of many opportunities that will enable the membership to thrive and to add value to being an NZAG member.

The NZAG Executive is still wanting to attract nominations for Regional Hub representatives from the Waikato and Auckland/Northland regions. These are new roles under the new constitution, so a great time for an innovative person to join the team. Nominate someone, or get someone to nominate you using the attached form, or email NZAG if you would like more information. 

NZAG 2012-2013 Membership

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The International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG)

Global Social Initiative on Ageing (GSIA)

Under the Directorship of Norah Keating (Canada), the GSIA Strategic Planning Council Members include: Anita Liberalesso Neri (Brazil), Du Peng (China), Gyounghae Han (Korea), Hal Kendig (Australia), Monica Ferreira (Africa), Ar-iela Lowenstein (Israel), Judith Phillips (Wales), Sue Yeandle (UK), Heung Bong Cha (Korea), Xiaotian Feng (China) and Merril Silverstein (USA), Isabella Aboderin (Kenya) and Sebastiana Kalu-la (South Africa).
“The Global Social Initiative on Ageing: Activities 2011-2012” recently-released report makes compelling reading and will be of interest to all NZAG members. The following is an extract outlining the highest priority issues and challenges (pp. 10-11):
The three highest priority issues/challenges in the Families theme are: 
  • To understand diversity and complexity in later life families 
  • To understand diversity in generational transfers, support and strains in families 
  • To better understand how changing gender roles in families and across regions affect the nature of family relationships and resources 
The three highest priority issues/challenges in the Liveability theme are: 
  • To document across regions structural provision throughout the life course that enables adequate resources/income for later life and an adequate standard of living 
  • To assess supportiveness of living environments for older people and how to enable age supportive homes and communities 
  • To understand the social forces influencing liveability and which of these create risk at an individual level 
The three highest priority issues/challenges in the Care theme are: 
  • To understand the availability and capacity of families to care for older adults and how these vary across countries/regions 
  • To forecast demand for and availability of family care 
  • To document the impact of migration patterns on the availability of family care 

Message from IAGG President

IAGG is growing with a total membership of 44.000 professionals in the five regions of the world. Our Organization launched the bases for a new region in the Middle East and will stimulate more African countries to participate after the success of the 1st Africa Region Congress at Cape Town, South Africa. To date countries like Bolivia, Kazakstan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, San Marino, Sénégal have submitted membership application.

Next World Congress
Programmed in Seoul on 23-27 June 2013, the 20th World Congress is full of promises. To date, the Organizing Committee has received proposals for 1,005 oral communications, 1,001 posters, 8 round tables, 6 workshops. A total of 1,100 symposia abstracts have been submitted plus 140 for presidential symposia. In addition, the Korean Government and Samsung Life Insurance Company have accepted to bring their full support to this event, that will become a major milestone for a flourishing Asian region.

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

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Member Opportunities 

Journal of Aging Research and Clinical Practice

The New Zealand Association of Gerontology has received the following communication from the JARCP:

The J.A.R.C.P (Journal of Aging Research and Clinical Practice) aims  to bring to the worldwide  scientific and medical community first class research and clinical original findings to  be able to face as much as possible with the aging of our populations. We are especially interested by new finding that are worldwide acceptable and applicable. The J.A.R.C.P was published for the first time in 2012 and we were able to accept for publication more than 50 articles  from 20 countries including USA, UK, Germany, France, Brazil, China, Korea, Russia  Egypt , Japan, Taiwan, Singapore Australia. See contents and paper in the J.A.RC.P website
We are happy to invite you to be part of the J.A.R.C.P Editorial board. As part of the editorial board we will ask you to send to us the name and directory of 5 to 10 potential papers reviewers from your countries. You will be also involved in the journal editorial challenges.
We will increase in 2013 our journal with 4 issues by years aiming to go in 2014 or 2015 to six issues by years. We are particularly interested on paper applicable worldwide on how to implement clinical research and practice finding on age related diseases eg: vision, hearing, cognitive, nutritional, physical impairment to promote healthy aging and decrease disabilities. Sharing experiences from US, EU, Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East to save such problems worldwide. We hope to have the J.A.R.C.P indexed in Medline soon, we will submit it end of 2014, as well as for Impact Factor.
Hope to have you to be part of the team, if you agree please email Bruno Vellas.

Links to Other Resources

Radio NZ 'Outspoken' - 'Working beyond 65' featuring Charles Waldegrave

01/01/13 - Radio New Zealand

Charles Waldegrave is Coordinator of the Family Centre Pākehā (European) Section and leader of the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit.  
He co-leads the ‘New Zealand Poverty Measurement Project’ (NZPMP) which has provided the evidence base for considerable public policy debate and social and economic changes in New Zealand. He also co-leads the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZLSA) research programme. He is one of the founders of ‘Just Therapy’, an internationally recognised approach to addressing cultural, gender and socioeconomic contexts in therapy. He is regularly contracted to lead workshops in a range of areas of applied social policy internationally on every continent. He publishes regularly in all of the above areas.

Perceived Barriers, Benefits, and Motives for Physical Activity: Two Primary-Care Physical Activity Prescription Programs

2013 – Journal of Aging and Physical Activity

Asmita Patel, Grant M. Schofield, Gregory S. Kolt, and Justin W.L. Keogh
This study examined whether perceived barriers, benefits, and motives for physical activity differed based on allocation to 2 different types of primary-care activity prescription programs (pedometer-based vs. time-based Green Prescription). Eighty participants from the Healthy Steps study completed a questionnaire that assessed their perceived barriers, benefits, and motives for physical activity. Factor analysis was carried out to identify common themes of barriers, benefits, and motives for physical activity. 

Asmita Patel is the Secretary of NZAG.

AgePlus Charitable Trust

AgePlus offers a highly visible and accessible resource centre where elderly carers are able to access information and daily living aids. AgePlus provides specialist information for older persons ranging from social groups to health, home support and relevant legal matters, e.g. Power of Attorney. Many carers and next of kin value having this information in one area and staff at AgePlus guide them to the right information. Community education awareness weeks are held regularly featuring expert speakers and representatives. AgePlus also promotes positive ageing by selling affordable daily living aids from jar openers to wheelchairs, which assist older persons to live independently in their own homes. Bus trips and other social activities for the older person are also organised by AgePlus.

National Dementia Cooperative Update January 2013

January 2013 - National Dementia Cooperative
  • We invite you to comment on the newly drafted NDC vision, principles and goals, and the proposed key actions for 2013. One of the statements previously under principles seemed actually to express a vision, but there may be better ways to explain what we are about. Send your comments by 29 January so they can be considered at the February steering group meeting. The draft document for consultation is on the ndc website, click here. You can still find the old version on the home-page of the website.
  • Caregivers are invited to participate in an online survey, a partnership of Carers NZ and the University of Auckland. Please encourage any carers you know to complete the survey, so their experiences will be included. Details on our website, click here.
  • The second phase of the Alzheimers NZ National Dementia Awareness Campaign will run from February to June with TV and magazine advertising. There are many ways you can support the campaign, for example, by placing posters in your facilities, and signing the petition. The campaign resources can be downloaded from the wecanhelp website, click here.
  • The Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network now has a Dementia Knowledge Translation Learning Centre with resources and links to help dementia researchers with knowledge translation 

Radio waves to new digital age 

12 January 2013 - The Press

 We are the baby-boomers… Raised between 1946 and 1964, we are the product of pent-up parentage, the legacy of thousands of young men returning from service in the 1939-1945 World War. We are the generation that swelled hospitals, schools, new suburbs and social statistics to bursting point. We are sometimes reviled as lucky for growing up in the embrace of the welfare state and selfish that we are now starting to receive National Superannuation.

But who are we? What trends affected us through our first three decades? What events shaped us? What ethos formed us? How did we see the world we grew up in and became aware of from the early 1950s? 

Supporting older people in their homes 

17 Jan 2013 - Press Release: Waikato District Health Board
Waikato District Health Board (DHB) will increasingly encourage and support older people to stay in their own homes as part of a long-term strategy to address the needs of the region’s ageing population.  The aim will be to support older people retain their independence for as long as possible and: 
  • to ensure Waikato DHB’s allocation of aged residential care placements and home based support services provides appropriate and quality care. 
  • develop restorative home support services to better support older people with a range of needs to remain in their home. 
  • to provide sustainable and affordable aged residential care and home based support services to Waikato DHB’s older persons… 

Disability Allowance – Change in Prescription Costs 

From 1 January 2013, the Ministry of Health is increasing the amount people contribute towards the cost of their medication from $3 to $5 per subsidised prescription item – this cost is often referred to as a co-payment or prescription charge.  Clients may not have to pay this increase until they renew their prescription costs. If the medicine is not fully subsidised, there may be an additional cost to clients. 
The consumer and health sector web pages on the Ministry of Health’s  will be updated to reflect the change. 
What does this mean for Senior Services and Work and Income clients?
This may impact on clients receiving Disability Allowance that includes prescription costs. If clients are currently receiving a Disability Allowance for prescription costs, they will need to contact Work and Income (0800 559 009)  or Senior Services (0800 552 002)  when they are charged the increased amount. The client’s Disability Allowance will be reassessed to ensure they are receiving the correct amount. 
It is important to note that the change in costs does not take effect until 1 January 2013. Clients will not be able to claim for the increased costs until after that date. 
If a client is not currently receiving Disability Allowance and would like to apply they can request a Disability Allowance application. More information on the prescription charge changes is on the Ministry of Health website.

Conference Calendar

5th Annual Elder Law Conference

18-19 February 2013 - Crowne Plaza, Auckland

Protecting the vulnerable ageing population

The older people get, the more vulnerable they become. The law provides protection for many of the relevant issues affecting the older population but is there a thorough understanding amongst health professionals of how elder law works? The 5th Annual Elder Law for the Health Sector Conference aims to provide a comprehensive insight into the top legal issues affecting aged care practitioners and care givers, including:

  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Capacity assessment
  • Advance directives
  • Elder abuse
  • Health information privacy

And many more. Click here to view the programme.

This conference is also being held on the same dates and at the same location as the Emergency Departments and Intensive Care Settings Conference, meaning delegates from both conferences can attend sessions for either event.

Don’t forget: Register two people from your organisation at the same time, and the second person pays only $395 (conference only). See
Special Offer: Readers can use the discount code 1DBCH5 to get 10% off the full ticket price (applies only to the conference full price only).

View the full agenda and register here >

Symposium on Visual Research

19-20 February 2013 - Hamilton, New Zealand

This symposium about visual research will be a liberating experience and stimulate you to think about new possibilities within your research agenda. It will be of interest to people from all disciplines, the novice as well as the more experienced researcher. The programme embraces a range of topics including modes of inquiry with regards to theory and practice, representation and the richness of visual data, grappling with ethical practices, the pragmatics of ‘doing’ visual research and thoughts about dissemination. Over the two days you will have the chance to consider how to use visual research so that it does make a difference.

8th European Congress of Biogerontolgy (ECB 2013)

10-13 March 2013 - Israel

Early registration closes 25 January 2013

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

Early bird has been extended to 28 February 2013!

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.

Click here for more information or contact Claire Miller at or by phone on (06) 8715000.

20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics

23-27 June 2013 - Seoul, Korea

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.

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. 

Stroke Society of Australasia annual scientific meeting

31 July - 02 August 2013 - Darwin, Australia

Stroke Conference 2013

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

The three day Conference is targeted to all medical professions from all fields of medicine and will focus on innovative educational sessions in palliative care for non-palliative care specialists. The program will include presentations by speakers from Europe and the US, interactive workshops and present research at various levels of development.

Join us in the beautiful city of Sofia, Bulgaria. For further information please visit us at:

Global Disability, Ageing & Healthcare Conferences Online Guide 

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