New Zealand Association of Gerontology - Gerontology Matters

Welcome to Gerontology Matters
for February 2013

The New Zealand Association of Gerontology

President's Welcome

A new way of bringing benefits to NZAG members unfolded on 19 February when 26 people across three cities, Dunedin, Palmerston North and Auckland, joined an online seminar with visiting Professor Norah Keating from University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (for more information about Norah Keating  click here). Norah is also Director of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Global Social Initiative on Ageing which has recently reported on IAGGs international activities for this project, and the 3 priority directions for research; liveability, caring, and families, click here to view the report. Norah opened the online seminar with the IAGG awareness that we are not doing as good a job as we might in interacting around the globe on the big questions related to how older people are doing amidst family, social and environmental changes. She presented images and research stories from two communities in rural Canada, and an urban region in South Africa, as a way of showing the importance of the fit between the needs and resources of older persons and of their communities. She offered a re-conceptualisation of the notion of age-friendly communities. Rather than being about features which make communities inclusive and accessible for older people, age-friendliness of communities is dynamic; it is about addressing changes over time for people and places. It is about ongoing changes to promote good fit for persons in places that are always amidst change. We thank Professor Keating for her willingness and generosity in sharing current wisdom with NZAG and its members.
NZAG is committed to using technology capacities across New Zealand to develop an exciting calendar of member events and to maximise access to visiting experts.
Judith Davey, Wellington, is using technology to communicate about research on her innovative blog. Check out her latest comment on “examining ageing over time” in which she profiles longitudinal studies here.

Let’s also celebrate New Zealand fashion designer Karen Walker’s inclusion of older women in her advertising campaign for KW sunglasses. The New Zealand Herald ran two articles in February that are worth taking a look if you missed them:
How refreshing to see age and ageing presented in such a beautiful way within a domain typically the preserve of young models. It is a great example of becoming an ‘age friendly’ business.

Introducing the NZAG Executive

The new NZAG Executive gathered together for its first face-to-face meeting in Auckland on Saturday 9 February 2013. Taking advantage of Norah Keating’s visit to New Zealand (a stop-over on her way to and from Perth, Australia), the Executive members came together to deliberate its potential contribution to international research collaborations as an IAGG member and to start shaping a responsible business plan for the Association.
Front L – R: Judith Davey (Lower North Island RHR), Nicole Gaudet* (Norah’s postgraduate student), Norah Keating*(Canada), Valerie Wright-St Clair (President),

Back L – R: Asmita Patel (Secretary), Debra Waters (South Island RHR), Diana O’Neill (Member), Dianne Rogers (Member), Kathy Peri (Auckland/Northland RHR), Sally Keeling* (past Executive Member)

Missing: Stephen Neville (Vice President)

RHR=Regional Hub Representative; *visitor to the meeting

NZAG Executive members will be introduced to you over the next few e-bulletins. This issue we begin by introducing two new regional hub representatives, Judith Davey (Lower North Island) and Kathy Peri (Auckland/Northland), and Member, Dianne Rogers.

Dianne Rogers

Dianne is the Director of Maturity Matters Ltd, a consultancy advising on the baby boomer market’s needs and aspirations.  For over 30 years she has designed solutions to improve seniors’ lifestyles in Australia and New Zealand.

As General Manager, Older People’s and International Policy at the Ministry of Social Development 2009-2012, Dianne advised on New Zealand’s ageing population.  She inspired ‘The Business of Ageing’ research which highlighted the economic value of older people’s contribution to New Zealand. . Her work on the SuperGold Card and Australian Seniors Cards trans-Tasman reciprocal arrangement is assisting New Zealand’s tourism sector, to gain a bigger share of the 4.5 million Australian Seniors Card travel market.

In Australia, Dianne was Chief Executive of the Western Australian Government's Office of Seniors Interests and Founding Chief Executive of the ‘Positive Ageing Foundation of Australia’. Key achievements were leading Western Australia's Strategy on Ageing: ‘Time on Our Side’, developing Australia’s Age Friendly Guidelines Project and was hosting the 6th Global Conference on Ageing in Perth in 2002 which generated $75 million for the Western Australian economy.

Dianne’s latest ventures include an associate role with PartnersinChange, delivering the ‘Staying on Programme’ in New Zealand to manage ageing workforce risks. She is a member of an international collaboration focused on age-friendly product/service innovation.

Kathy Peri

Kathy Peri is a registered nurse, senior lecturer and Research Fellow at the School of Nursing, University of Auckland, New Zealand.  She completed her doctorate last year evaluating the effectiveness of physical activity intervention to promote independence for older people living in aged care. Her research interests are centred around improving health outcomes for older people and she is currently involved in a number of studies including improving medication compliance using health robots, dementia pathways in primary care and how organisational culture impacts on care delivery in aged care. Kathy was the Director of Nursing in Christchurch, New Zealand during the earthquakes and was recently awarded a grant to study the impact of the Canterbury earthquakes on the quality of life in community dwelling older people over the age of 75 years. Kathy has a passion to improve the health and well-being of older people and is on a number of service committees including trustee member of Aged Concern, quality improvement consultant for aged residential sector. Kathy will be a provide not only her expertise but also her drive and energy. 

Judith A. Davey

Dr. Judith Davey is a graduate of London University and did her PhD at Durham University. Before coming to New Zealand, she was also a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge.
Judith was Director of NZiRA from 2002 to early 2007 and is now a Senior Research Associate of the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University. Prior to 1991 she was the Deputy Director of the New Zealand Planning Council and a consultant on social policy and social research.
Judith’s personal focus for research is the ageing of the population and its policy implications. She has researched income, transport and housing issues for older people and has published several papers and reports on home equity release and intergenerational issues. She has an extensive publication record, including academic papers, books and book chapters and commissioned reports and has provided advice to numerous policy-making bodies in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Being now in “the stage of life formerly known as retirement”, Judith is a strong advocate of Positive Ageing. “What used to be called retirement should be a time of opportunity – to create a portfolio of activities, which may include unpaid and paid work, caring, travel, leisure and hobbies, not forgetting quiet reflection and reminiscence.”

When the NZAG Executive was in Wellington, Judith was National and Wellington Secretary. She is also a voluntary policy advisor for Age Concern New Zealand.

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The International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG)

REMINDER! UN's resolution n°50/141 dated 1995

During its General Assembly in 1995 in New York, the United Nations decided that the term "older persons" should be substituted for the term "the elderly", in conformity with the United Nations Principles for Older Persons. UN authorities considered that the word “elderly” showed lack of respect for “the older person". So verify that your publications comply with this resolution.

IAGG's NEWSLETTER - January 2013

We are happy to share the latest news about our Organization and hope that you will enjoy reading information on IAGG's contribution in the fields of research, networking, congresses, rights of older people, education etc. 

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Member Opportunities 

GSA Call for Abstracts

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. 

IMFPC Call for Abstracts

International Multidisciplinary Forum on Palliative Care

The 2nd International Multidisciplinary Forum on Palliative Care is targeted at 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 invited lectures, Oral and Poster presentations, interactive workshops and present research at various levels of development

Do not miss the opportunity and submit your abstract today, deadline for submissions is May 9 2013.

M&K Courses in March and April (UK)

For Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, Doctors, Dentists and Healthcare Support Workers. All courses and tailored packages can be run inhouse for groups of people. 

Links to Other Resources

New Zealand Ministry of Health Guidelines on Physical Activity for Older People

30/01/13 - Ministry of Health

The New Zealand Ministry of Health has published the Guidelines on Physical Activity for Older People (aged 65 years and over) along with a media release today. The guidelines are available online to download now and are accompanied by a questions and answers sheet and a fact sheet for older people and their family/whānau.  

I would like to thank everyone that contributed to the development of the Guidelines on Physical Activity for Older People through your submissions. In particular, a massive thank you to those people who had specialist input into the shaping and development of the guidelines - including Dr Ihirangi Heke, Callie Corrigan and Michelle Mako of the Health Promotion Agency's Kaitiaki Roopu Nutrition and Physical Activity Group; Vishal Rishi of The Asian Network Incorporated; Manu Foto of Vaka Tautua; and Professor Bevan Grant of Waikato University.

Care assessments improving rest home care

11/02/13 - Release: Ministry of Health

Health Minister Tony Ryall visited Malyon House in Mount Maunganui today to see first-hand a government initiative to help nurses provide better care for older people in rest homes.  "The Comprehensive Clinical Assessment (CCA), which is currently being rolled out nationally, helps nurses identify potential risks for residents sooner, such as weight loss, incontinence and depression," says Mr Ryall. "From the moment they first move into a rest home, every resident is assessed across 22 key aspects of their health, such as nutrition, cognition, skin condition and falls. The assessment is repeated at least every six months, and the resident's care plan is modified when their needs change. "The information from the assessment is recorded on a secure nationwide system so GPs or hospital clinicians have the resident's most up to date health information when treating them…” 

Exercise more and live longer, elderly urged

31/01/13 -

Elderly Kiwis should exercise more if they want to live longer and ensure they are not a burden on the already stretched public health system, the Ministry of Health says.
New guidelines on physical activity for older people recommend pensioners do aerobic activity five times a week for at least 30 minutes, such as aqua jogging, housework and kapa haka.

Building an age-friendly city

27/01/13 - SunLive

The Western Bay’s older residents are being encouraged to have their say on helping make Tauranga New Zealand’s first official age-friendly city. 
The multi-agency project, led by the Tauranga Council, aims to make the city an easy place for older residents (officially deemed as 65+). 
Project manager Rochelle Friend says the initiative, based on a World Health Organisation push, would build on the positive aging strategy introduced 10 years ago.  “It’s about making things as accessible for the older people as everyone else, and with Tauranga’s high older population it’s important to ensure the city is as age-friendly as possible. It’s all about older people’s wellbeing.”  Rochelle says the focus is on enabling people to ’age actively’ by enjoying good health, continuing to participate fully in society and live in security and independently in their own home as long as possible… 

CARDI funded research: an overview

13/02/13 - Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland

CARDI recently published an overview of all completed research projects and networks funded under its grants programme. The supported research projects deal with a range of themes of concern to older people and policy makers: Care, Social inclusion, Health and Illness, Poverty, Physical Activity and Dementia. What they all had in common was the desire to better understand the issues and challenges facing us all as we age.

Aged Residential Care Health Utilisation Study (ARCHUS): A randomised controlled trial to reduce acute hospitalisations from residential aged care

07/02/13 - Health Improvement & Innovation Resource Centre

For residents of long term care, hospitalisations can cause distress and disruption, and often result in further medical complications. Multi-disciplinary team interventions have been shown to improve the health of Residential Aged Care residents, decreasing the need for acute hospitalisation, yet there are few randomised controlled trials of these complex interventions. This study protocol describes a randomised controlled trial of a structured multi-disciplinary team and gerontology nurse specialist intervention aiming to reduce residents’ avoidable hospitalisations.

Newsflash: Health and Ageing Research Team (HART) wins research award

(reproduced from the Health and Ageing Research Team 2013 newsletter)

The 2012 Massey University Research Medal has been awarded to the Health and Ageing Research Team.

HART was also recognised in 2011 by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) as a Centre of Excellence in research in social gerontology and is now a member of the IAGG‟s Global Ageing Research Network (GARN).

This network seeks to: exchange information about all types of topics related to ageing; set up contacts between professionals, specialists, academics, industry, health authorities, and other scientific net-works; and build collaborative research programmes.
The current members of the HART team are; School of Psychology - Dr Jo Taylor, Dr Rachel Pond, Mr Brendan Stevenson and Ms Vicki Beagley. School of Health and Social Services – Dr Steve La Grow, Dr Mary Breheny, Dr Andy Towers, and Dr Polly Yeung, Otago University, Dr Sally Keeling  and School of People, Environment and Planning, Juliana Mansvelt. 

Conference Calendar

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:

GSA's 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting

20-24 November 2013 - New Orleans, LA, USA

The theme, “Optimal Aging Through Research,” embodies GSA’s interdisciplinary core values. While attendees have differing perspectives based on their areas of research, these perspectives provide complementary insights on how aging can be optimized. “Optimal aging” provides an all-encompassing spin that should include all of our efforts to optimize life as we age. 

International Conference on Aging

17-19 January 2014 - Kerala, India

I am Dr. Radha Thevannoor,  Director of SCMS Group, a premier educational group from Kerala, India, welcoming you to an International Conference on Aging in January 2014.

This conference on Geronto - Management  is the first of its kind in my part of the country. An exchange of ideas on this inter-disciplinary area is how we would perceive the outcome of the Conference to be, since we feel there is some aspect of management in anything that we do. The insurance companies, FMCG companies, marketers, bankers etc to mention a few find a huge market among the elderly. Policy makers need inputs from researchers like us for nation building. As such a confluence of many eminent people like you will directly and indirectly help each other.
We have framed two themes for the Conference:
  1. Social Challenges of Aging 
  2. Managerial issues of Aging
We also have case study presentations and discussions in these areas.
We humbly request you to please click on the following link for our e-brochure on the Conference.

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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