Healthy ageing and housing – trouble ahead?
HEALTHY AGEING comes from the foundations and building blocks we put in place during our life journey. Having a safe sound home is one of those essentials and is associated with better physical and mental health. The current older population is doing well in having high home ownership, high satisfaction with their homes and those who do rent are more likely to rent social housing which has a more secure tenure. What will the housing outlook for our next generations of older people be like?
The HOPE Foundation funds a wide range of research areas including biomedical, clinical, public health and wider psycho-social aspects of ageing. This grant has been awarded to Karen Mumme for a research project, Assessing diet quality in older New Zealand adults and its association with metabolic syndrome and cognitive health.
Hope Scholar Jessica Fitzjohn's work in the spotlight.
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.
Costs of inpatient hospitalisations in the last year of life in older New Zealanders: a cohort study
My 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.
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
What 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: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
One of our scholarship recipients Jess Fitzjohn came third in a recent Royal Society Te Aparangi Falling Walls NZ Lab competition.
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.
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.