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14Jun/12

International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress 2013

**  Call for submissions now open  ** Important dates to remember for the 2013 IAGG World Congress are: Call for Submitted Symposia: September 1, 2011 – May 31, 2012 Call for Oral & Poster Abstracts: January 1, 2012 – October 31, 2012 Registration & Accommodation: October 1, 2012 – May 31, 2013 Early Registration: October 1, 2012 – DecemberRead More…

13Jun/12

Gerontology Matters – May 2012 Newsletter

Tēnā koutou katoa. Greetings all. Thank you to all members and colleagues who submitted abstracts for the NZAG Ageing and Diversity conference in September. The Conference Committee has been hard at work reviewing abstracts and will meet at the end of May to make the final decision on accepted abstracts and the sequence of papersRead More…

19Mar/12

NZAG is its members

Tena koutou katoa. Greetings all, and welcome to the first New Zealand Association of Gerontology newsletter for 2012. One of NZAG’s objects is the dissemination of quality gerontological research. One way we do this is by hosting a major conference every two years and sharing cutting edge research by way of invited keynote speakers andRead More…

19Mar/12

How are we drinking?

There is some concern that older people in many Western countries are drinking alcohol at very high rates. Public health advice is that older people should drink fewer drinks as they age because of lowered ability to process alcohol and the use of many medications. Older people who continue to use alcohol regularly are inRead More…

19Mar/12

Volunteering is an activity that makes us happier

There is now quite a bit of international research which shows that volunteering has very positive effects on health and wellbeing. That is, those who take part in activities to help others without pay (often older retired people) report more happiness and better health. Of course questions remain about whether it is only those withRead More…

19Mar/12

Support from friends and family affects mental and physical health

We know that having supportive friends and family means that, in general, older people will be healthier, less likely to develop cognitive problems, and more likely to live longer. On the other hand, loneliness and isolation are the precursors of worse mental and physical health. We were able to use the responses to the firstRead More…

19Mar/12

How can older people contribute to their own happiness and health?

Thanks to international research, we know that people who are happier are also healthier in many ways. Economists are particularly interested in happiness as a measure of national wellbeing. However, there has been little research conducted on how people can make themselves happier. Some people are just born happier and so there seems to beRead More…

19Mar/12

Do men and women still differ in retirement planning?

Previous research has largely viewed retirement and retirement planning as a masculine activity and women have been portrayed as unconcerned and therefore ill-prepared for retirement. However, women’s increasing representation in the workforce means that we must keep examining women’s retirement plans, and the aspects of daily life that support them. Dr Jack Noone looked atRead More…

19Mar/12

Who is afraid of driving?

Supplied by: Christine Stephens PhD, Associate Professor; School of Psychology/Te Kura Hinengaro Tangata, Massey University, Palmerston North Driving is an important aspect of independence, but as we age driving anxiety may lead to some people giving up driving. Driving anxiety may be part of a number of anxiety disorders, including fear of driving itself, panicRead More…

19Mar/12

New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZLSA)

The Health Work and Retirement Study (HWR) is a longitudinal study of ageing, funded by Health Research Council. In 2008 the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology funded the establishment of the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZLSA) as a nationally representative longitudinal study of health and ageing. It aims to identify the factorsRead More…