Tag Archives: Health

When did YOU last get down and Dirty?!!

In Crofton, on Vancouver Island, the owners of a retirement home have created a garden that has not only enriched the lives of its elderly residents, but has also created a sense of community within their neighborhood. Through a grant from Vancouver Foundation the home was able to build a …

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Liam Butler interviews NZ Brain Research Institute’s Kate Russell

Question One: How was the NZ Brain Research Institute founded? Living with Parkinson’s disease didn’t hamper local businessman, Cas van der Veer’s drive toward success and indeed his determination to live his life well with the condition allowed him to accumulate an estate that has enabled the NZBRI to carry …

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Your Extraordinary Brain

The new science of brain and memory health – Visit  The Memory Foundation to watch Dr. Allison Lamont & Gillian Eadie interviewed on the TV1 Good Morning Programme about improving memory.  You have a wonderful, complex, amazing brain – who you are, your personality, your astonishing abilities, your memory, are all seated in …

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Liam Butler interviews ergonomist Marion Edwin about ‘ageing workers’ and their employers.

How can older people continue to work at the jobs they enjoy and do well?  Marion Edwin, ergonomist at Optimise Ltd Motueka: By keeping on doing it, and keeping fit (but adjusting if you have to). As we age many changes occur in our physical and mental performance, and we …

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An Encounter with Traumatic Brain Injury – Dr Allison Lamont.

  I was delighted to be invited to address a group at Headway: the Brain Injury Association here in Auckland.  The morning turned out to be a wonderful time of sharing backwards and forwards.  I learnt so much about what it is like to live day-to-day with a traumatic brain injury.  …

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Liam Butler interviews PHARMAC Chief Executive Steffan Crausaz

Steffan Crausaz has been Chief Executive of PHARMAC since 2012, having previously led PHARMAC’s commercial and health technology assessment activities. Before joining PHARMAC in 2003, Steffan trained as a pharmacist in the UK. He also worked in the pharmaceutical industry (branded and generic) while undertaking his Masters in pharmacoeconomics and …

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From the desk of Philippa Cosgrove: Exercise and dementia

More and more evidence is coming to the fore on protective factors that may help to reduce our risk of developing dementia, an important component of which is exercise and physical activity.  The benefits of an active physical life however, are just as keenly felt for people living with dementia.  …

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From the desk of Catherine Hall, Executive Director, Alzheimers NZ

Late last year, we at Alzheimers NZ were very excited to host our biennial conference Dementia: The Future Is Now, and to welcome some prominent international speakers to the country to take part in the conference programme. International dementia advocate and activist Kate Swaffer (Australia), who herself has young onset …

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From the Desk of Dr. Allison Lamont at the Auckland Memory Clinic.

 How to be a Brain Fit Centenarian?   Centenarians are a growing sector of the population.  But just living to be 100 isn’t enough!  If we live to have our special birthday cards from the Queen and Prime Minister, we want to be enjoying a rich, interesting life – not …

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Liam Butler interviews Claire Austin Chief Executive of the Cancer Society.

The Cancer Society is the leading cancer patient advocate in New Zealand, providing a voice on all kinds of issues including cancer detection and treatment. The work of the Cancer Society includes the provision of Support Services, Research, Information and Health Promotion. Throughout her career Claire has held a number …

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