Alzheimer’s Nelson public forum - Prof Ngaire Kerse

21 September 2016

On the 21st of September, Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa and Alzheimer’s Nelson presented a public forum and Q & A session with one of our foremost experts in dementia and clinical care, Professor Ngaire Kerse. Her talk topic was “Falls and dementia: keeping upright with memory problems”.

Professor Ngaire Kerse, Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) Principal investigator and Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland
Professor Ngaire Kerse, Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) Principal investigator and Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland

Alzheimer’s Nelson visiting researcher Professor Ngaire Kerse

 

Professor Ngaire Kerse, Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) PI and expert in falls prevention for older people spoke at a public forum in Alzheimer’s Nelson on the 21st of September entitled “Keeping upright with memory problems.”

“Falls are the commonest cause of hospitalisations for people with dementia, and account for 26% of those hospitalisations.

“Some interesting aspects covered in the talk were the complex relationship between physical activity and falls.

“Greater habitual activity is good for everyone including people with dementia. With ageing opportunities to exercise can be limited.

“For instance housework can be seen as lifesaving for older women and housework and home maintenance activities make up a large portion of habitual activity.

“Without this opportunity, habitual activity can be very low and the risk of falls increases exponentially as activity decreases.

“I tried to sell the idea that housework can be lifesaving to my husband, and his comment was ‘well, when are you going to start!?”

“Falls prevention is tricky in people with dementia, as there are only a few trials that have shown positive results. Lower leg strengthening, balance retraining and interventions to increase response times are the focus. There is plenty of room for more work in this area.

“It was a fun day and the room was packed, and there was lively discussion afterwards.”

The Alzheimer’s Nelson public forum and Memory Walk on the 21st Sept
The Alzheimer’s Nelson public forum and Memory Walk on the 21st Sept

Bio: Professor Ngaire Kerse

 

Professor Ngaire Kerse is a BRNZ Principal Investigator, a GP at Auckland City Mission and Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care and Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland.

 

Following her training in primary care in New Zealand, Australia, and the USA, she completed a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. This was followed by a PhD at the University of Melbourne. Professor Kerse has built a programme of research throughout New Zealand over the last two decades.

 

Her research areas include promoting activity and function in residential care, residential care organisational culture and outcomes, promoting physical activity in community dwelling older people, activity for depression in the very old, staying upright (preventing falls and injury) in older people in all settings, improving prescribing in primary care, and a large cohort of Māori and non-Māori in advanced age.

 

Professor Kerse is a member of expert advisory and steering groups for the Health and Quality Safety Commission on preventing harm from falls, the Ministry of Health on comprehensive assessment techniques and roll out of the InterRAI, and the Integrated Performance and Incentives Framework development.

 

Read about the other Alzheimer's Awareness Month public forums and community talks around the country

Alzheimer's Northland - Lakshini Mendis and Helen Murray - community talk - Fri 16th Sept

Alzheimers Manawatu - Prof Louise Nicholson - Community talk Fri 16th Sept

Alzheimer's Wairarapa - Dr Jian Guan Community talk - 11 am Sat 17 Sept, 2016

Alzheimer's Taranaki/New Plymouth - Dr Phil Wood - Public forum on dementia and Alzheimer's - Tues 20th Sept

Alzheimer's Nelson - Prof Ngaire Kerse - Community talk - Wed 21st Sept

Alzheimer's Whakatane - Assoc Prof Maurice Curtis - Community talk -Thurs 22nd Sept

Alzheimer's Tauranga - Assoc Prof Maurice Curtis- Community talk - Fri 23 Sept 2016

Alzheimer's Napier - Dr Andrea Kwakowsky - Community talk – Tues 27th Sept

 

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