People in advanced age are the fastest growing population group in New Zealand, projected to double in the next 30 years. This means moving from 711,000 in 2016 to 1,500,000 in 2046, or up to 23% of the population.
For our recent webinar around Healthy Ageing, we were joined by researchers of the University of Auckland and Chief Science Advisor Professor Ian Town from the Ministry of Health.
Professor Ngaire Kerse shared the key findings of the Eating, Sleeping, Socialising and Mobility Programme (AWESSoM) funded by the Ageing Well National Science Challenge that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of older people.
Associate Professor Marama Muru-Lanning and her team shared the work they do to help build strong homes and strong relationships for kaumatua.
Dr Jenny Kruger from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at the University of Auckland spoke about pelvic floor health and the stigma around incontinence. She also introduced the femfit® by JunoFem, a UniServices spin-out, which is a device that draws on a decade of research led by Dr Kruger.
Associate Professor Grant Searchfield shared the findings of his work around how addressing hearing loss might also address some of the contributing factors towards dementia.
Associate Professor Jennifer Craig talked about dry eye – a chronic, age related and degenerative disease that can greatly affect our quality of life.
Professor Vanessa Burholt shared the idea of establishing a Centre for Co-Created Ageing Research and its benefits.
Watch the full replay here or jump ahead to the speakers using the chapter links below.
4:30 Professor Ian Town
16:33 Professor Ngaire Kerse
34:25 Associate Professor Marama Muru-Lanning
50:53 Dr Jenny Kruger
1:09:35 Associate Professor Grant Searchfield
1:24:40 Associate Professor Jennifer Craig
1:43:57 Professor Vanessa Burholt