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Positive effect of music and dance on dementia

Researchers from the University of Otago's Department of Dance and Department of Psychological Medicine used familiar, reminiscent music and the natural gestures of a group of 22 participants to create an original series of dance...

Rethinking palliative care in aged care facilities

Over one-third of New Zealanders (38%) are dying in residential aged care, bringing demand for end of life care in rest homes to an all-time high. Already one of the highest rates in the world,...

Book review: Grandpa’s Noises

St John Thomas’ book takes children on an adventure with their own grandfather in a way that allows the reader to take control. The main character is not featured in the book so any child...

Mind the gap: why aged care nurses are leaving for DHB jobs

The New Zealand Aged Care Association recently surveyed aged care providers about registered nurse (RN) wage costs and turnover, as part of the Association’s investigations into the cost pressures affecting providers. The survey found that...

Dementia Prevention Research Clinic launches in Christchurch

With the launch of the Christchurch Dementia Prevention Research Clinic (DPRC), led by Co-Directors Professor Tim Anderson of the University of Otago, Christchurch, and Professor John Dalrymple-Alford of the University of Canterbury (UC), a wide range of New...

What is most important to residents in aged care?

What is most important to residents in New Zealand's rest homes? This was the over-arching question guiding the Health Quality & Safety Commission's new report: Nau mai, haere mai ki tōku kainga hou | Welcome...

RVA Conference 2019: It’s all about the people

Retirement Villages Association members, associate members, exhibitors and partners filled flights across the Tasman at the end of June, heading for Brisbane and the 2019 RVA conference. This year the conference programme focused on...

Report lights the way for older people’s mental heath

Mental health and addiction issues among older New Zealanders are often under-recognised. Each year, 1 to 2 in every 6 older people may have serious problems with mental health or alcohol consumption. Prescribing rates...

Let’s eliminate ageism

“These days, most people know they should not discriminate or be prejudiced, but it seems we are still comfortable with ageism – and most of us are guilty of it, without realising it. In...

Aged care worker reveals brutal reality of the job in viral post

A young woman has described the brutal daily workload she and her colleagues face in the aged care system — and the way the gruelling job leaves them "exhausted" and "broken". Tahlia Stagg, from Coffs...

DR WELLNESS

More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.

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