Our Spring newsletter is hot off the press! It includes a key dates and events of relevance to the ageing well community, including plans for our funding roadshows and engagement events. Hope you enjoy the read!
Author: Poonam Mehta
Ageing Well National Science Challenge Director, Professor David Baxter, addressed the National Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference 2018 and emphasised the need for holistic treatment of individual patients.
In a later interview with the Otago Daily Times, Professor Baxter also highlighted the need for better co-ordinated overall support from central and local government so that people in an ageing population could “age well”.
Read the complete article published in the ODT on 16th September 2018.
New research shows elderly people taking high-risk sleeping and pain medications are twice as likely to fall and break bones, with up to a third dying within a year of being injured.
The world-leading study from the University of Otago, based of out Christchurch, funded by Ageing Well National Science Challenge measured the impact of taking multiple medications on fractures in the elderly.
Read the full story here.
Elderly people taking high-risk sleeping and pain medications are twice as likely to fall and break bones, with up to a third dying within a year of being injured, new research shows. The world-leading study from the University of Otago, based of out Christchurch, measured the impact of taking multiple medications on fractures in the elderly.
“Modern life is making us lonely and it is something New Zealand needs to talk about”, says Ageing Well researcher Professor Merryn Gott.
University of Auckland professor of health sciences Merryn Gott has studied loneliness in the elderly as part of her research project funded by Ageing Well National Science Challenge.
Read the full story, which was recently featured in Stuff.
Minister and session chairs confirmed for He Ora Te Whakapiri conference
The Hon Dr Megan Woods, the Minister for Research, Science and Innovation will open He Ora te Whakapiri: Unleashing the potential of New Zealand’s life course research conference at Te Papa Tongarewa on 18 October this year.
Hosted by the three health and wellbeing national science challenges, A Better Start, Healthier Lives and Ageing Well, this major conference brings together leading thinkers about life course research from New Zealand and overseas.
The Minister has said that, in interconnected world, national science challenges are crucial to making our science system cutting edge and integrative. The Challenge hosts are delighted to announce the leading thinkers who will participate in two keynote sessions. Professor Juliet Gerrard, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Adviser, and Judge Andrew Becroft, the Children’s Commissioner, will each chair a keynote session.
The keynotes speakers are Professor Janeen Baxter, Director of the Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (University of Queensland) and Professor Richie Poulton, Director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research (University of Otago). Professor Baxter’s research focusses on the impact of intergenerational transfer of inequality, while Professor Poulton leads the Dunedin Study, New Zealand’s longest running longitudinal health and development study. He has been acknowledged as one of the ‘World’s Most Influential Scientific’ Minds by Thomson-Reuters.
There has been unprecedented interest in He Ora te Whakapiri. As a result the hosts have decided to add seats to the conference venue and open the conference to further registrations. However as places remain limited, please register early to secure your place.
Most Pacific Islanders in New Zealand spend the end of their lives being cared for by family members who aren’t getting all the help they’re entitled to, our “Tapinga ‘a Maama’: Pacific Life and Death in Advanced Age” study has revealed. This AWNSC research project is carried out by Dr Ofa Dewes in the School of Nursing at the University of Auckland.
This project was streamed online at 1 NEWS (23th July, 2018): Family members caring for elderly Pasifika at end of life not getting help – study.
For more information related to this project follow the link.
Ageing Well researcher Dr Sally Keeling was featured on a recent Radio New Zealand program, Insight: Facing down loneliness for NZ’s ageing population (15 July 2018).
Dr Keeling discusses that one in four New Zealanders will be over the age of 65 in twenty years time, with many living in their homes. The health risk of loneliness and social isolation of older people has been likened to smoking cigarettes 15 a day.
A paper written by Dr Kay Saville-Smith and Dr Bev James, as part of a consultation process about the ageing population, highlighted how New Zealand’s future older population will mostly live in rentals, as home ownership rates have continued to fall over the last 15 years.
To read the whole story, please click on https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/105506836/government-minister-says-elderly-housing-needs-cannot-be-overlooked
Check out the “5 digital stories” and “I’ll Care For You” music video, created as part of the “Tāpinga ‘a Maama*: Pacific life and death in advanced age” research project carried out by Dr Ofa Dewes in the School of Nursing at the University of Auckland.
To view the videos please click on (Tāpinga ‘a Maama project https://www.ageingwellchallenge.co.nz/research/tapinga-a-maama-pacific-life-and-death-in-advanced-age/)
Staying UPright and Eating well Research (SUPER) is an Ageing Well National Science Challenge funded project, which aims to test the impact and cost-effectiveness of physical activity and/or nutrition, and social group attendance, to reduce frailty and falls of older people. This project is one of the biggest studies into ageing happening across New Zealand and is led by Dr Ruth Teh at Auckland University. Recently this project has been fetching media attention and has been streamed online at multiple sites, as follows:
1 NEWS (18th June, 2018): Exercise, nutrition & socialising; Where do the biggest health benefits lie for Kiwi seniors?
NZ Herald (19th June, 2018): Older kiwis take part in nationwide study to learn how to improve their quality of life.
Stuff (19th June, 2018): Study to improve quality of life.
SUPER Trial is expected to finish by June 2019. Please follow this link to read more information about this project and the challenge itself.