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Aged care industry in Australia taking a role in the future

As part of the New Zealand Aged Care Association Conference in Wellington last month, Kerri Lanchester, General Manager Member Relations of peak aged care industry body Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) shared insights into where the industry is...

Otago scientists’ discovery leads to greater understanding of Alzheimer’s disease

Otago scientists have made an important discovery in understanding the role a particular protein plays to impair memory in Alzheimer’s disease, which could lead to more effective treatment in future. Professor Cliff Abraham and Dr...

Tackling hearing loss and its consequences

With over 200 New Zealand adults currently on the waiting list for a cochlear implant, on Saturday 2nd of November the Pindrop Foundation Cochlear Implant Forum is bringing together global and national experts on...

Political leaders quizzed on aged care funding

Is the aged residential care sector underfunded? And will it see an increase in funding? Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa, who opened the three-day New Zealand Aged Care Association Conference attended by more than...

The implications of demographic transition for aged care and New Zealand

Like many countries, New Zealand is ageing – and ageing fast – and in the next years we will transition into a very different demographic profile. But it is a transition we are not prepared...

‘No One Dies Alone’ a winner in aged care

A volunteer programme that has provided more than 400 hours of time for dying residents at an aged care facility in Auckland has won the New Zealand Aged Care Association/EBOS Healthcare Excellence in Care...

Healthy older adults sought for swallowing study

University of Auckland doctoral candidate Marie Jardine is investigating age-related swallowing changes, particularly in adults 80-years-old and over.  Jardine says prior research has mostly focused on the 60-80 years bracket, however with the world's ageing...

Medical interventions aren’t always the best option for older people

Choosing Wisely clinical lead Dr Derek Sherwood says just because medical interventions are available doesn’t mean we should always use them. Choosing Wisely, coordinated by the Council of Medical Colleges, supports reducing unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures...

New Zealand’s first Dementia Action Plan drafted

The Director-General of the World Health Organisation said, “we do not have a comprehensive and affordable plan for coping with the tidal wave of dementia that is coming our way…we cannot wait to take action. The job...

Memory Walk to Parliament to deliver global dementia report

The report, “Attitudes to Dementia”, tracks the world’s largest survey to date on people’s attitudes and stigma around dementia. Seventy thousand people across 155 countries participated, including 1,088 New Zealanders. One of those New Zealanders...

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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