HOPE Foundation Newsletter December 2021

Posted by on 22 December 2021

It’s time to look forward positively after a year of upset and disruption

SEASON’S GREETINGS, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to everyone.

It has been another uncertain and unsettling year with the ever- present news and threat from Covid in the background. This time of the year is a time to look forward and recognise some of the positive things we have achieved. The overall vaccination rate against Covid is truly remarkable and while we want every last person to have been vaccinated, NZ has one of the highest rates in the world. Many are now eligible for the third booster shot, so get this done without delay.

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Summer Student Research Report - Oliver Scott

Posted by on 22 December 2021

Costs of inpatient hospitalisations in the last year of life in older New Zealanders: a cohort study

Oliver ScottMy research is part of the Life and Living in Advanced Age cohort study in New Zealand. Due to an ageing population globally and in New Zealand, health systems may be challenged by increasing health related needs in this group. Despite this, little is known about Māori and non-Māori of advanced age in New Zealand, even though population predictors estimate a trebling of the number of Māori, and a doubling of the number of non-Māori in the next 10 years.

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Summer Students 2021-22

Posted by on 16 December 2021

These scholarships are awarded to support high achieving University students to do an ageing focused research project over the 10 week summer break. The aim is not only to achieve high quality worthwhile research, but also to enable these students to gain valuable skills, by working with experienced researchers, who supervise these projects. Due to the generosity of our sponsors, we have been able to award four Summer Scholarships

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Call for research advisory group participants

Posted by on 15 November 2021

massey logoWhat influences allied health practitioner’s decision-making when asking older adults about alcohol use? Exploring older adults' views to improve understanding and practice.

My name is Lee Henley. I am a student in my 50s at Massey University undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy degree. I am researching what influences allied health care workers to ask some older adults about their alcohol use.

Lee is seeking to recruit two groups of older people aged 65 and over to participate in a series of three focus group discussions. If you have lived experience of using alcohol support services or allied health services (e.g., social workers, occupational therapist, dietician…etc) for health and wellbeing issues or have supported a significant other who uses these services, Lee would be interested to hear from you. All discussions will take place online. If you are interested in knowing more about this opportunity, please email Lee at: for further information.

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Jessica Fitzjohn - Presentation - Breaking the wall of breast screening inequity

Posted by on 28 September 2021

One of our scholarship recipients Jess Fitzjohn came third in a recent Royal Society Te Aparangi Falling Walls NZ Lab competition.

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Hope Foundation Newsletter June 2021

Posted by on 7 July 2021

Older Kiwis are resilient – but we all need to support the vaccine

Welcome to the HOPE Foundation newsletter. I hope you enjoy reading about our Scholars’ work.

While they are all passionate and enthusiastic about their re- search, I particularly like the work of Camille Prigent, who has found a positive aspect to the Covid Pandemic – see below. Older people are resilient and adaptable, often using technology to keep in touch.

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2021 Hope Foundation Scholarships Announced

Posted by on 19 March 2021

We are fortunate this year, due to the generosity of our sponsors and the Friends’ of HOPE, to once again be able to offer 12 University scholarships for research into ageing related study.

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Choir Online is Better than No Choir At All!

Posted by on 17 March 2021

Responses of Adults with Neurological Conditions to an E-Choir Initiative during Covid-19 Lockdown in New Zealand.

Presentation to Brain Cognition Emotion Music Conference UK by Auckland Univerisity Centre for Brain Research

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Hope Foundation Newsletter January 2021

Posted by on 9 January 2021

Covid has shown us the real value of collaborative research

MERRY CHRISTMAS, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays.

What a year 2020 has been! Covid 19 has had an impact   on everyone. There has been a massive escalation in our knowledge about this virus and I think it is pertinent to stop and think about how well trained researchers and scientists have worked together to make the progress to date.

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Don't be a stranger on your street

Posted by on 5 April 2020

Auckland gerontologist Professor Ngaire Kerse is the Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. Here, she shares her thoughts on how to help our older relatives and neighbours feel less isolated during the Covid-19 crisis.

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