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Ministry of Health funding doesn’t cover rest home care costs

The Ministry of Health has two options according to Switzer Residential Care general manager Jackie Simkins.

People with dementia calling for acceptance and respect

People with dementia in New Zealand have come together to release a declaration calling for acceptance and respect. By Ruby Harfield.

Dementia research key to supporting vulnerable Kiwis

Important research is being launched today based on experiences of people living with dementia in an effort to support some of the country's most vulnerable residents. By Ruby Harfield.

Rest homes: “We cannot continue to absorb these rising costs”

New Zealand rest homes are struggling with rising costs and current funding shortfalls are creating an unsustainable sector.

Ryman voted Most Trusted Brand for fifth time

Ryman Healthcare has been named the most trusted brand in the retirement industry for the fifth time in the Reader’s Digest 2019 Most Trusted Brands awards.

Singapore’s “kampong spirit” compared to whanaungatanga

Dementia-friendly communities, “kampong spirit”, and “befriending” programmes for older people were among initiatives outlined by Singapore health officials when they visited New Zealand in March.

Health researchers urged to mine interRAI data about older people

Big Data now exists in New Zealand about the health of older people and researchers are being urged to use it.

A mobile phone game that can detect Alzheimer’s risk

A specially designed mobile phone game can detect people at risk of Alzheimer’s – according to new research.

Mushrooms and memory: the new research

Researchers from the National University of Singapore have discovered that eating mushrooms two or more times a week lowers the chances of mild cognitive impairment, for the people participating in a recent study.

From no computers to valid assessments

CHT chief executive Max Robins says that after a shaky start, interRAI has now been implemented effectively and has emerged as a reliable assessment tool for building a better understanding of residents' needs.

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