Wednesday January 31, 2018
Less can be more – revising medication for older people Medical specialists are encouraging older people to talk to their doctor about taking fewer medicines. The Council of Medical Colleges (CMC) coordinates the Choosing Wisely campaign, which encourages patients to ask their health professional: Do I really need this test or procedure? What are the risks? Are there simpler, safer options? What happens if I don’t do anything? In the Capital & Coast DHB
region, 29 percent of people aged over 65 are taking five or more long-term medications. The all-of-New Zealand rate is 35 percent. CMC chair Derek Sherwood says it is important older people get their medicines reviewed regularly. “This helps make sure you are receiving the best treatment.” He says some medicines are more likely to cause side effects in older people.
“Side effects include feeling dizzy when standing up, feeling sick, not thinking clearly and having blurred eye sight,” Derek explains. These side effects can also make the person unsteady on their feet, increase the risk of falling, and can affect driving. “It is important that the benefits of taking such medicines outweigh the risks – that’s why it’s so important to review your medicines regularly with your doctor.”
Derek says stopping a medicine can seem daunting, especially if you’ve been taking it for a long time. “But for many older people, stopping a particular medicine may actually benefit their health. “Many older people successfully stop medicines without feeling worse. In fact, you may feel better and improve your quality of life – especially if your symptoms were being caused by your medicines.”
‘I believe Johnsonville will change’ By Julia Czerwonatis
It’s been 33 years since the Independent Herald reported about development plans for Johnsonville that saw a brandnew fast food store and service station being built. ‘Fast food hopes for fast track to Johnsonville’ reads the headline on February 25, 1985, reporting about “a buzz of interest” within the northern community stirred after the plans were confirmed. “I see the development as the future coming of age of Johnsonville as a commercial centre,” local businessman and property owner, Chris Kirk-Burnnand, was quoted back then. Chris acquired the parcel of land on the northern end of Johnsonville’s commercial triangle between Moorefield and Johnsonville Road from the New Zealand Railways in 1984. Next to the new Mobile service station which was badly needed in Johnsonville, Chris says, he built a large 150 seater McDonald’s with play facilities, and several offices – however, some green space had to make way for the new site. Today, looming over the
rooftops of the suburb, Johnsonville’s clock tower which was part of that development has become a landmark for the area. The idea of the clock tower as the dominant feature of the building complex was to bring “something different” into the suburb. “I love Johnsonville but the commercial space here is dated. We need more entertainment and more choices for food,” Chris says today. Consequently, the Kirk-Burnnand family plan to re-develop their entire corner in 2030. “Originally, we proposed the site for the new Johnsonville Library,” Chris says. “Now we’re looking into a design that aligns with the mall with retail stores, entertainment and community services.” Chris and his son Mark, who is also his business partner, are considering building an underground carpark as part of the development project. “I believe Johnsonville will change. It’s the people here who are the driving force behind change. “And I hope, Mark and I will be able to develop a beautiful site here.”
ABOVE: The front page image of the Independent Herald on February 25, 1985, announcing Chris Kirk-Burnnand’s development plans for Johnsonville. PHOTO: Wellington Suburban Newspapers Archives RIGHT: Chris has owned and operated businesses in Johnsonville since 1970, and has since purchased, developed, and maintained ownership of several properties. He is also chairman of the Johnsonville Youth Grants Trust. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
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