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The truth about transition: helping older Kiwis make the right decisions

Last week, INsite looked at an Australian initiative to help people navigate the aged care and home care systems. Here, we explore two new innovative programmes that are helping people do the same here in New Zealand, but with a greater emphasis on what’s best for the person. By Jude Barback.

Fitness and fun in the community

Dr Beatrice Hale with Margaret Dando QSM, of Age Concern Otago, reviews the history and effectiveness of SAYGO and Tai Chi, two community groups with a focus on wellbeing.

A model for older people’s health, fitness and sociability

Dr Beatrice Hale reports on Assoc. Professor Linda Robertson's Otago Polytechnic Professorial Lecture, which discussed a model for initiating and maintaining programmes to encourage social connections for older people.

Don’t underestimate the benefits of singing on mental health

An INsite reader is calling for more community singing groups to benefit people's mental health and wellbeing.

New grant will help researchers investigate sleep and ageing

With the help of a HRC grant, researchers will investigate the impact of sleep on ageing and dementia.

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.

The Fitbit and the older person

New research shows fitness trackers benefit older people.

Palliative care specialists slam End of Life Choice Bill

Leading palliative care specialists say the focus should be on strengthening end of life care rather than introducing euthanasia legislation.

Alzheimer’s drug reduces risk of stroke in dementia patients

New research has found potential additional benefits for people with dementia who were dispensed acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs), including reduced risk of stroke.

Live Stronger for Longer programme aims to prevent more falls

The Live Stronger for Longer movement is gaining strength in communities throughout New Zealand.
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