New Zealand Association of Gerontology - Gerontology Matters April 2013

Welcome to Gerontology Matters
for April 2013

The New Zealand Association of Gerontology

In this issue:

President's Welcome

Participating in activities that are meaningful, individually or collectively, seems to contribute positively to ageing well. However, knowing what types of activities are health-promoting in advanced age is, to a great extent, uncertain. But one thing seems certain, doing some kind of leisure time physical activity is positively associated with health and wellbeing in people’s latter years. I am not sure what you plan to be doing when you are 80 plus, but one octogenarian lined up in Auckland recently to compete in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) age group sprint triathlon (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run), 6-7 April 2013, finishing in a very respectable time. In the same race were 1 man aged 75-79 and 4 aged 65-69 years. No women featured in any of the 65 years and older age categories for the sprint distance. But two women aged 65-69 did race the Olympic distance race (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run), along with two men in the same age group, and one aged 70-74 years. Auckland is the first race on the ITU circuit for the next 4 years, at least. Next April, I hope a good portion of New Zealanders, and particularly NZAG members, get in behind our inspirational ‘age group’ triathlon competitors in the older age categories and celebrate them in their chosen leisure time physical activity.
Photo credit: Valerie Wright St-Clair
On a seemingly more mundane, yet socially important issue, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (March 2013, Bulletin 114) recently released its report on ‘The desire to age in place for older Australians: Reasons for staying or moving’ (Vol 1). The results may have strong parallels for older New Zealanders. Not surprisingly, older Australians, and particularly those living in mortgage-free dwellings, mostly reported wanting to stay in their home, or ‘age in place’. Interestingly, “while Australia’s overall population is estimated to increase by 39% between 2006 and 2031, the number of lone-person households is likely to increase by 73%, which is nearly double the general population growth” (p. 6). Not only are more dwellings going to be required, but as people’s needs change with the ageing population, the housing stock needs to keep pace with accessible design features. This means that “growth in demand for housing that caters specifically to older people will also need to increase rapidly” (p. 6). The report is worth reading.
Kind Regards,
Valerie Wright-St Clair

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Member Opportunities 

Health Quality & Safety Commission launch April Falls quiz

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is launching the inaugural April Falls quiz as part of ongoing activity for April Falls 2013.
The quiz is an engaging way for people to test their knowledge about falls, while measuring sector knowledge of falls risks and prevention. The quiz is open to anyone interested in falls prevention and reducing harm from falls, and can be entered online or by post.
All quiz entries qualify for a prize of professional development to the value of $1000, for example, conference registration for the 2013 Asia Pacific (APAC) Forum in Auckland or the 2014 Australia New Zealand Falls Prevention Society conference in Sydney. 

PHA Call for Abstracts

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

The Public Health Association (PHA) is holding its annual conference in New Plymouth (Devon Hotel) from 17-19 September 2013. The conference is being hosted by the Maori Caucus, and the organising committee is now calling for abstracts.
The theme of the conference is “Partnership or Collaboration: is there a difference?”
In an ever changing political and social environment, policies and priorities are constantly changing the way we think and respond to meeting the needs of whanau and communities. The focus of the conference is to ask us to think about the way we work, the way we prioritise and the way we engage.
There are a lot of exciting things currently happening in public health, and we encourage you to submit an abstract to share your passion and the learnings and advances you and your organisations are making.
Given the theme of the conference, the planning committee is eager to share the important knowledge and experience of all public health professionals with others interested in understanding and innovating partnership and collaboration in public health.

IMFPC Call for Abstracts

The International Multidisciplinary Forum on Palliative Care is calling for submissions for their October forum in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The deadline for submissions is 09 May 2013

Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research is welcoming submissions

Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research is an Open Access, peer-reviewed journal which aims to provide the most rapid and reliable source of information on current developments in the field of
  • Aging Population: Society Biogerontology
  • Cancer Prevention & Care Ethical and medico-legal issues
  • Aging and Immunization Geriatric anesthesia
  • Geriatric Pharmacology Dementia pathophysiology
  • Social gerontology Geriatric intensive-care unit 
  • Physical & Psychological Changes in old people
  • Geriatric nursing and Acute Care
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy Fall prevention 
  • Integrative Medicine Geriatric Occupational Therapy
Research, Review papers & Special issue articles are welcome for possible publication in this issue. You may submit your paper by E-mail or you can also submit if you click here.
For further details please visit Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research and for archive page, click here.

Population Association of NZ 2013: Final call for papers

The Population Association of New Zealand (PANZ) invites you to its biennial conference. The theme of the conference is Population and Policy: Exploring the Connections.
PANZ are seeking contributions on a range of topics related to the conference theme, but also to other population-related issues and analyses on such topics as population change, migration, health, education, labour market, identity and community change.
This is an opportunity to present your own research or policy-related work, and also to network with a range of professionals who work on population issues, in academia, national and regional/local government, consultancy and other institutions.

Links to Other Resources

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren provide valuable advice

10 April 2013 - Scoop

The following is a media release from the Minister of Social Development:

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is working with Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) to discuss support for their members.
Minister Bennett has confirmed an extra $10 million will go to grandparents raising grandchildren and other carers in similar circumstances, as part of the White Paper for Vulnerable Children.
“I was delighted to invite the organisation to work with us providing advice on how best to allocate the extra funds through a Ministerial Reference Group.”
“Thousands of New Zealand’s grandparents and families have stepped in to pick up the pieces; providing love, care and a home for children who have often been removed from their own home following abuse and neglect.”

Top 10 tips to reduce the health effects of social isolation 

02 April 2013 - Community Scoop

The following is a media release from Age Concern New Zealand:

“Knowledge about the links between social isolation, loneliness, physical health, mental health, and mortality in older people is being added to all the time” says Ann Martin of Age Concern. The study highlighted in yesterday’s Dominion Post, which links social isolation to dying earlier is just one example. A US study showing that loneliness is a bad for health as smoking is another.”
“New Zealand research has shown that 8% of older New Zealanders are likely to be severely and chronically lonely” adds Ms Martin. “That equates to around 50,000 of older people at risk of avoidable health problems, and early death.”

Funding for research on what helps us live longer lives 

03 April 2013 - Scoop

The following is a media release from Hon Tariana Turia, Associate Minister of Health

Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia announced allocation of research funding today of $1.8million for a study of over three years that follows more than 900 elderly New Zealanders to find out what helps them live longer lives.
'The study called ‘Life and Living in Advanced Age: a cohort study (LiLACS NZ)’ which enrolled more than 900 people in their 80s and 90s, half of them Maori, has already been running for two years. The study is led by Professor Ngaire Kerse and Dr Lorna Dyall.
“As the New Zealand population ages, it is vital that we understand the elderly and their needs. People over 85 is the fastest growing population group in New Zealand. Knowing more about what keeps people healthy and independent as they age is important now and will be even more important in future,” says Minister Turia.

Public Consultation on Enduring Powers of Attorney 

From 26 September 2008 new laws regarding enduring powers of attorney were put in place to provide greater protection for the rights and interests of people unable to manage their own affairs. 
The Minister for Senior Citizens has begun a review to see how well the changes to enduring powers of attorney have been working and if any more improvements are needed. 
Between1 March 2013 and 30 June 2013 the Ministry of Social Development is seeking public input through an online questionnaire and regional meetings. 
The new enduring power of attorney provisions are in the 2007 Amendment to the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988.  An enduring power of attorney is a legal instrument that allows an individual to choose someone they trust to act on their behalf and in their best interest should they lose the capacity to manage their own affairs. 
The 2007 amendments were made to increase protections for people who can no longer manage their personal and property affairs. This included strengthening witnessing requirements for those setting up an enduring power of attorney and ensuring that those acting on behalf of someone else are not able to benefit themselves or anyone other than the person they are acting for. 
MSD is particularly keen to hear from you if you: 
  • have set up an enduring power of attorney after September 2008 
  • are acting for someone who is unable to act for themselves (under an enduring power of attorney) 
  • re thinking about setting up an enduring power of attorney 
  • have experience with matters relating to enduring powers of attorney (e.g. you might be a health or legal professional). 
Information on the review, including a link to the online questionnaire and details of regional public meetings, are available on the Ministry of Social Development website Hard copies of the questionnaire are available by calling 0800 273 674. The public consultation will run from 1 March to 30 June 2013.   

Ageing population tipped to hit manufacturing hardest 

26 March 2013 - NZ Herald

Manufacturing is the sector most likely to be challenged by an ageing population, a new report by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research says.  In a report on the implications - positive and negative - for firms as the population ages, the institute says manufacturing firms would tend to be harder hit than firms in the services sector, as a result of being comparatively labour intensive and exposed to international competition, and because demand for their output tends to be more sensitive to price… 

Conference Calendar

20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics

23-27 June 2013 - Seoul, Korea

The following is a message from IAGG:

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.

Sarcopenia 2013: Where are we now? An update on aetiology, diagnosis and management

09 July 2013 - London, UK

The following is a message from Medineo:
This one day accredited conference will provide a clinical and research update on the important new geriatric syndrome of sarcopenia. 
Sarcopenia is the loss of skeletal muscle mass and function with advancing age and there is increasing recognition that it is central to frailty, disability, morbidity and mortality in older people as well as increasing use of health and social care.
It is the focus of intense research activity both in terms of understanding aetiology and developing interventions and there has been considerable recent progress in how sarcopenia should be defined. Yet to date, it is clear that recognition of sarcopenia in the clinical setting lags behind. 
This conference aims to provide clinicians and researchers with an update on recent developments in understanding the aetiology of sarcopenia together with practical approaches for its diagnosis and management in clinical practice. 

Stroke Society of Australasia annual scientific meeting

31 July - 02 August 2013 - Darwin, Australia

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

Palliative care is an important part of the treatment of every patient with a life threatening illness. It is provided from the moment of diagnosis throughout the trajectory of the illness in order to improve symptom control and quality of life of the patients and their families. In certain countries palliative care has received accreditation as a specific specialty. However, each nurse and physician needs to acquire basic knowledge and skills in palliative care whether they specialize in family medicine, geriatrics, oncology, neurology, internal medicine, pediatrics or surgery. 
The IMFPC 2013 Conference will focus on innovative educational sessions in palliative care for non-palliative care specialists , as well as including presentations, interactive workshops, and research at various levels of development. 

12th National Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference

25-26 November 2013 - Sydney, Australia

The Ageing, Work & Health Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, is pleased to host the 12th National Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference in 2013. The ERA conference presents a unique opportunity for research higher degree students in the diverse fields relating to ageing to present their developing research.
Each year the conference draws an audience of students, academic researchers, practitioners and policy makers and ERA 2013 promises to be an exciting opportunity to network, exchange ideas and discuss the latest in ageing-related research.
The major theme of the conference, “Enabling Active Ageing”, focuses on the policy and practice implications of research. It emphasises the impact that the work of emerging researchers has on the field of ageing and the potential their research holds for influencing change.
Registration will open in June.

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