Health & Wellbeing

Age Concern Auckland and A Better Chance work together

Age Concerns specialised Asian Services team working in partnership with A Better Chance Charitable Trust have introduced some new activities. One of these involves, inviting older Chinese people living alone to come to a dumpling making class. While they are making dumplings, they deliver talks on Positive Ageing – during …

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National Bowel Screening Programme rolls out across NZ

The team from the Canterbury National Bowel Screening Programme have great resources and are happy to visit groups to get their important message out to the wider Canterbury community.  People in the 60-70 aged group will receive a FREE bowel screening test in the mail depending on where they live …

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RV survey sheds light on residents’ health needs

Retirement villages have expanded rapidly, now housing one in eight people aged 75 and over. Little is known though about residents, including their health status and needs. To remedy this, Dr Joanna Broad of the University of Auckland led a study of the residents of 33 villages in Auckland. The …

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Recipe: Gluten-free afghans

Chef Terence Austin is committed to ensuring older people get great food and the variety they deserve. His recipes are also sure to delight all ages – what grandchild can turn down a classic Kiwi afghan biscuit? This version of the home-baking staple has the added advantage of being gluten-free. …

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Q&A: Dr Matthew Croucher on dementia test

New Zealand has switched from one dementia screening test to another, from the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA©) to the Mini-Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination (Mini-ACE). The new cognitive screening test evaluates four main areas – orientation, memory, language and visuospatial function. It is now the recommended screening tool for use by primary …

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New patient hoist wins aged care tech challenge

A new patient hoist that enables a single helper to pick up and move someone with mobility issues has won the Best Aged Care Solution category at the inaugural HealthTech Supernode Challenge, sponsored by Ryman Healthcare. Christchurch company HT Systems developed the Kera Transfer Aid, as the device is called. …

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‘Tipple and topple’ videos tackle falls prevention

Most people are aware of the dangers of drinking too much, but alcohol’s ability to wreak havoc on the body is the subject of a new set of discussion videos called ‘tipple + topple’. The series of 10 videos, funded through a Ryman Healthcare grant of $20,000, are being used …

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