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Expediting cataract surgery could help reduce the risk of falls

New research shows that older people with cataracts are at increased risk of falling, and therefore expediting cataract surgery could help reduce the risk of falls. In a study published in the New Zealand Medical...

Making rural New Zealand age-friendly

A study led by Professor Stephen Neville at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) looks at the impact of physical and social environments on a group of oldest-old people, aged 85 years and over, and...

In the face of death: hospices opening the door to wider communities

Hospices often have a reputation for being somewhere a person goes to die and that has caused many in society to be slightly wary of them. However, a hospice is not just a building but...

The $29 million question: Aged care sector questions Ombudsman’s monitoring role

The Office of the Ombudsman has been allocated $29 million over the next four years to fulfil the additional United Nations monitoring obligations identified by the Minister of Justice on 6 June 2018. This involves...

Healthy lifestyle may lower risk of dementia

Modifying health and lifestyle factors may lower the risk of dementia for individuals already genetically predisposed to low or intermediate dementia risk, according to a study published this week in Nature Medicine.  The exact causes of...

Ten questions with Tadhg: lessons from the Irish aged care sector

  Q: What led you into a career in the aged care industry? I am a people's person. Before my current role I worked with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. I am...

New tool to measure quality of life in aged care

The Caring Futures Institute at Flinders University is leading research into developing a new quality of life measure that aged care providers can use for quality assessments with their clients. Researchers from the College of...

Pets in rest homes – good idea or impractical?

Pets are often a popular feature in retirement villages around the country with many recognising the benefits for older people. Research has shown that pets are beneficial for the elderly as they can bring joy,...

Scared and underprepared – how New Zealanders feel about dementia

It’s one of the biggest challenges facing the country’s health system – one that will cost the economy $4.5 billion and affect more than 170,000 New Zealanders by 2050. It is dementia, and 91% of...

Low income retirement village residents get rates relief

Approximately $2.5 million has been paid to eligible retirement village residents following changes to the Rates Rebate Act. When the Act was passed in 1973 to help support people on low incomes to afford local...

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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“There for me every step of the way”

“Lucky” is not an adjective many people would choose after going through what Barbara Bew experienced.  Yet despite enduring a terrifying domestic assault after...
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