Ageing Well National Science Challenge aims to be a voice for ageing issues in New Zealand. Ageing Well responds to opportunities to share information with decision makers and co-funders through strategic meetings, publications, conference presentations, media presence and increasingly through various multi-media platforms (such as videos and our interactive Well-Balanced Exhibit). We work towards constantly improving our science communication and dissemination to ensure our work and its resulting impact is easily accessible to our various audiences.
Connolly, M.J., Hikaka, J., Bloomfield, K., Broad, J., Wu, Z., Boyd, M., . . . Bramley, D. (2021). Research in the retirement village community -The problems of recruiting a representative cohort of residents in Auckland, New Zealand. Australasian Journal on Ageing. doi:10.1111/ajag.12898
Tai Kaumātuatanga Older Māori Wellbeing and Participation
Keelan, T. J., Stewart, K., Te Awekotuku, N., Nikora, L.W., Edge, K., McRae, O. (2021). The case of a change in meaning and its impact. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online. doi:10.1080/1177083X.2020.1810079
Reducing social isolation with big data
Risk Factors in Reduced Social Engagement
Abey-Nesbit, R. (2021). Exploration of loneliness and informal carer stress in older adults. Eldernet.
Frailty Trajectories, Resilience and Quality of life in the Retirement Village Community
Bloomfield, K., Wu, Z., Tatton, A., Calvert, C., Peel, N., Hubbard, R., Jamieson, H., Hikaka, J., Boyd, M., Bramley, D., Connolly, M. J. (2021). An interRAI-derived frailty index is associated with prior hospitalisations in older adults residing in retirement villages. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 40 (1), 66-71. doi:10.1111/ajag.12863.
Tai Kaumātuatanga Older Māori Wellbeing and Participation
Keelan, T. J., Te Awekotuku, N., Nikora, L. W., Edge, K., & McRae, K. O. (2021). The voices of Kaumātua during Coronavirus COVID-19. MAI Journal, 10 (2), 116-124. 10.20507/MAIJournal.2021.10.2.5
Gibson, R., & Gander, P. (2021). Factors associated with the sleep of carers: A survey of New Zealanders supporting a family member with cognitive impairment or dementia. Dementia (London), 20 (3), 919-935. doi:10.1177/1471301220915071
Lourida, I., Boer, J. M. A., Teh, R., Kerse, N., Mendonça, N., Rolleston, A., . . . Jagger, C. (2021). Association of daily physical activity and sedentary behaviour with protein intake patterns in older adults: A multi-study analysis across five countries. Nutrients, 13 (8), 2574. doi.org/10.3390/nu13082574
Mc Ardle, R., Sverdrup, K., Del Din, S., Lord, S., Kerse, N., Rochester, L., & Taylor, L. (2021). Quantifying physical activity in aged residential care facilities: A structured review. Ageing Res Rev, 67, 101298. doi:10.1016/j.arr.2021.101298
‘Mā mua ka kite a muri; mā muri ka ora a mua’
Ngā Kaumātua, ō Mātou Taonga
Muru-Lanning, M., Lapsley, H., & Dawes, T. (2021). Ko ngā kaumātua ngā poupou o tō rātou ao: Kaumātua and kuia, the pillars of our understanding. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 17 (2), 246-253. doi:10.1177/11771801211019396
Kaumātua Mana Motuhake
Kaumātua Mana Motuhake Pōi
Oetzel, J. G., Ruru, S., Zhang, Y., Simpson, M. L., Nock, S., Meha, P., . . . Hokowhitu, B. (2021). Enhancing well-being and social connectedness for Māori elders through a peer education (Tuakana-Teina) programme: A cross-sectional baseline study. Frontiers in Public Health, 9. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2021.775545
Robinson, T. E., Boyd, M. L., North, D., Wignall, J., Dawe, M., McQueen, J., . . . Kerse, N. (2021). Proactive primary care model for frail older people in New Zealand delays aged-residential care: A quasi-experiment. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 69 (6), 1617-1626. doi:10.1111/jgs.17064
Smith, M., Stroud, C., Low, M., Gibson, C., Ferguson, C. A., & Broadbent, J. (2021). Non-traumatic dental presentations at emergency departments in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134 (1544), 99-112.
Tay, E., Barnett, D., Leilua, E., Kerse, N., Rowland, M., Rolleston, A., . . . Teh, R. (2021). The diet quality and nutrition inadequacy of pre-frail older adults in New Zealand. Nutrients, 13(7), 2384. Retrieved from https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/13/7/2384
Teh, R., Mendonça, N., Muru-Lanning, M., MacDonell, S., Robinson, L., & Kerse, N. (2021). Dietary protein intake and transition between frailty states in octogenarians living in New Zealand. Nutrients, 13 (8), 2843. Retrieved from https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/13/8/2843
Thomson, W. M., Ferguson, C. A., Janssens, B. E., Kerse, N. M., Ting, G. S., & Smith, M. B. (2021). Xerostomia and polypharmacy among dependent older New Zealanders: A national survey. Age and Ageing, 50(1), 248-251. doi:10.1093/ageing/afaa099
Thomson, W. M., Smith, M. B., Ferguson, C. A., & Moses, G. (2021). The challenge of medication-induced dry mouth in residential aged care. Pharmacy (Basel), 9 (4). doi:10.3390/pharmacy9040162
van Kuijk, M., Smith, M. B., Ferguson, C. A., Kerse, N. M., Teh, R., Gribben, B., & Thomson, W. M. (2021). Dentition and nutritional status of aged New Zealanders living in aged residential care. Oral Diseases, 27(2), 370-377. doi:10.1111/odi.13536
Gibson, R. (2019). Sleep Disturbances Among Older Men and Women. Invited Symposia for Sleep Down Under, Sydney, Australia.
Gibson, R. (2019). The Sleep Experiences and Disruptions of People with Dementia and Their Family Care Partners. Facilitated Symposia for Sleep Down Under, Sydney, Australia.
Gibson, R., Helm, A., Breheny, M., Gander, P. (2019). “I’m only as good as the sleep I get”: sleep health among family carers. Oral presentation and poster to Sleep Down Under, Sydney, Australia.
Gibson, R., Gander, P. (2019). Factors Associated with the Sleep of Family Carers. Oral presentation to Sleep in Aotearoa Conference, Christchurch.
Gibson, R., Helm, A., Breheny, M., Gander, P. (2019). “I think I could have coped if I was sleeping better”: sleep across the trajectory of caring for a family member with dementia. Oral presentation to Sleep in Aotearoa Conference, Christchurch.
Independence and Housing Tenure
Saville-Smith, K. (28 February, 2018). Sustainability and Environment in an Ageing New Zealand Keeping Pace with Two National Science Challenges. Presentation for Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand.
Background & History
The Well Balanced exhibit was developed in collaboration with Professor Nancy Longnecker and students of the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago, and the Otago Museum.
The exhibit engages the public to learn how strength and balance changes throughout the life course by encouraging participants to test a range of physical functions such as balance, grip and muscle strength.
The exhibit also provided participants with information on their strength and balance compared to others of a similar age, and what they can do to improve those abilities.
It is estimated that over 7000 people went through the Otago Museum exhibit in 2017 and observations by Science Communication students and Museum Staff confirmed that it was a popular exhibit for all ages.
The exhibition has moved all over New Zealand. It has appeared at the following venues and events:
- ACC Live Stronger for Longer Launch, 2017/18
- University of Otago, Wellington, 2018
- Age Concern Everyone Conference, 2018
- Te Matatini, 2019
Utilising the Exhibit
If you are interested in using the Well Balanced exhibit, please feel free to contact us by email – email@example.com
Our goal is for as many groups as possible to use the exhibit and get the great benefits of this entertaining and educational resource.
The exhibit is now fully transportable, either in part or in full.
Elder Birdsong Short Animation Film: Professor Merryn Gott’s Social Isolation Project
I’ll Care For You – Music Video and Music Video Commentary: Dr Ofa Dewes Tapinga ‘a Maama’ project