New report raises human rights concerns for elderly people held in secure dementia units

A report by the Human Rights Commission is raising eyebrows in the residential care sector after it uncovered legal and ethical issues around elderly care.

Psychogeriatric day hospitals not just ‘nice to have’, finds study

Psychogeriatric day hospitals should be more widespread than they currently are, say Canterbury District Health Board experts running the only hospital of its kind in the country.

Unannounced inspection discovers issues remain rife at St Kilda Care Home, Cambridge

More issues have been uncovered at a Waikato rest home, despite last year being fined for failing to provide proper care to a 92-year-old woman.

Hamilton rest home staff failed to deliver ‘best practice’ emergency care: Coroner

Hamilton rest-home staff have been rebuked for failing to deliver "best practice" emergency care to an unconscious woman.

Senior Auckland nurse reprimanded over millions taken by someone else on her watch

A senior nurse has been reprimanded for failing to inquire into the misappropriation of millions of dollars from an Auckland rest home. The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal said, following a hearing on charges against Sara...

All suggestions welcome for new positive ageing strategy

Plans are underway to implement a new positive ageing strategy.

Live well, stay well, get well… die well?

With the baby boomer generation ageing fast, it is projected that number of deaths in New Zealand’s will jump 50 per cent within two decades. Is our stretched, ‘death-denying’ health system ready for the steep upswing in demand for palliative and end-of-life care? Not yet, finds FIONA CASSIE.

Are rest homes becoming de facto hospices?

More New Zealanders than ever are dying in our rest homes, bringing demand for end-of-life care to an all-time high with no signs of slowing. But rest homes say that unless demand and expectations are accompanied by appropriate funding, the current situation is unsustainable. By JUDE BARBACK.

When will older people’s oral health be a priority?

New research about the poor state of older New Zealanders’ oral health raises questions about whether we are really taking this important health issue seriously. By Jude Barback.

“Napoleon in a mental hospital”: Generations project aims to reduce social isolation among older...

The release of a report compiled by the social innovation project ‘Generations’, aims to find solutions to an issue that looms large for an ever-expanding demographic – the social isolation and feeling of invisibility experienced by so many older New Zealanders.


Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Sugar questions answered

With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says it’s perfect timing to answer two commonly asked questions about sugar.


Sponsored: Empathy, culture and kindness – the quest for healthier communities

It’s going to take a groundswell of change to inject the empathy and values-based leadership that is so desperately needed in society. Jude Barback talks to Anah Aikman, the founder of Changing Lenses, about how we can achieve this change in our communities.