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NCOA sponsored several sessions at the 2011 Aging in America conference on hot topics in the field. Download presentations and handouts here. 

Center for Healthy Aging

Achieving Greater Impact from Evidence-Based Programming and Health Reform

As the nation moves to implementation of health reform, leaders from practice, policy, and research must assure that vulnerable older people reap the health benefits from increased attention to prevention, self-management, and person-centered/family-centered care. Achieving these benefits will require a holistic and coordinated approach around self-management, falls prevention, mental health, physical activity, and medications, which connects with people in their homes, in community and clinical settings, and through the web. Drawing from our collective experiences with evidence-based healthy aging programming, national experts, NCOA staff, and attendees consider what we have learned, where we have succeeded, and what needs to be done.

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  • Overview of Evidence-Based Programs
    Falls Prevention
    Mental Health
    Physical Activity
    Managing Chronic Conditions
    Medication Management
  • Drivers for Improvement
    Implementing Multiple Evidence-Based Programs
    Engaging Diverse Populations
    Engaging Community-Based Organizations
    Community Education Campaigns and Media
    Using the Internet to Achieve Greater Impact from Evidence-Based Programming
    Public Policy Opportunities to Promote Evidenced-Based Programs

Other Healthy Aging Sessions

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Economic Security Initiative

Achieving Economic Security: How Do Seniors Fare?

Economic insecurity is at its highest point on record. In 2009, 1 in 5 Americans saw their available household resources decline by 25% or more and had no financial safety net. Struggling to pay for housing, food, and rapidly increasing health care costs, seniors have been particularly hard hit by the current economic downturn, with seniors of color disproportionately affected. Discover the latest research and efforts by government and nonprofit agencies to address this critical issue. Learn the latest data on seniors in poverty, including seniors of color, and discover strategies being used by communities to help older adults achieve economic security.

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Holistic Person-Centered Approaches: Evidence-Based Strategies to Improve Consumer Outcomes

While older adults grapple for assistance in these tough economic times, many service providers struggle to find cost-effective methods to streamline, yet maximize, access to public and private community services and supports. Learn about evidence-based strategies aimed at improving consumer outcomes through a person-centered approach to bundling services, providing warm referrals, and benchmarking outcomes. Learn what it means to use a person-centered approach for economic security and benefits access and discover tips and tools for implementing such an approach at your own agency.

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Building Community Networks to Support Elder Economic Security

In this current economic climate, building economic security among older adults can involve a complex set of services, including assistance with credit counseling, foreclosure mediation, and assistance with public benefits applications. Because of the complexity of these issues, strong community networks are vital to providing all of the assistance that your clients may need. Discover advice and lessons learned with regard to developing community networks to address all of a person’s needs, and supporting those partner networks. Learn how to build effective partner networks to support the economic security of seniors in your community and discover how to best support partner networks.

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National Institute of Senior Centers

Connecting Your Organization with the Older Americans Act

Learn how to identify community services, from the Aging and Disability Resource Centers to senior centers, impacted by the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, and access tools and resources to spur discussion about competing services with limited resources and how to build stakeholder involvement on the local level.

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Twitter Me This—Social Media Toolkit for Your Senior Center

Discover current social networking tools, learn how senior centers are utilizing these tools, and find out the marketing aspects of social networking.

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Sign Chi Do Exercise for Adaptation to Aging

Hear from the winner of the 2011 NISC Research Award about a project that studied the impact of a health promotion program on older adults at a senior center in Arizona.

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Public Policy & Advocacy

112th Congress Public Policy Priorities

Learn about NCOA’s federal public policy priorities for the 112th Congress—and help advocate to improve the economic security and health of older adults.

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Advocacy 101

Understand the definition of advocacy as it applies to each organization’s activities and issue priorities, discover best practices to convey messages and mobilize advocates, and get tools and resources to begin and/or grow an organizational advocacy base.

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Nonprofit Advocacy Rules and Regulations

Want to create an advocacy program but unsure if nonprofit and foundation status allows for public policy influencing activities? Learn nonprofit advocacy rules and regulations that define the technical do’s and don’ts when mobilizing advocates and developing advocacy activities. Hear from colleagues how building relationships with legislators, lobbying on behalf of an issue, and being a voice in the election process allows local nonprofits to leverage and build support for a cause.

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Putting a Face on the Issue: Video Advocacy

Learn how NCOA spearheaded a highly successful video advocacy campaign that led to the passage of the Elder Justice Act. Learn video advocacy campaign strategies, lessons learned, and best practices from local organizations that have utilized video advocacy methods to define and build a successful campaign.

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Giving Voice to Elder Economic Security

Learn about key policy outcomes targeted by NCOA’s One Away campaign for elder economic security and advocacy strategies to be employed throughout 2011. Strategies include partnering with community organizations and utilizing video advocacy to give voice to older adults to secure policy changes that can help them achieve economic security. Explore the public policy objectives of NCOA’s One Away advocacy campaign, listen to the efforts of local advocacy partners to give voice to older adults and engage their communities in advocacy, and discover ways in which individuals, organizations, and community partners can contribute to the success of the campaign.

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Putting Ideas into Action for Older Americans Act Reauthorization

Learn the details and status of various proposals to reauthorize, strengthen, and improve the Older Americans Act, set to expire in 2011. Hear from NCOA, Wider Opportunities for Women, and the Age4Action Network about the development of their OAA proposals and how you can help join their advocacy efforts.

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The Challenges of Educating Seniors on Health Reform: NCOA’s Straight Talk Campaign

On July 26, 2010, NCOA launched its Straight Talk for Seniors on Health Reform campaign. In part, it was based on polling, focus groups, and senior center events that showed seniors were confused and concerned about the impact health reform would have on them and their families. Learn about the campaign, challenges, lessons learned, and next steps, as NCOA and the aging network continue to educate seniors on health care and other policy issues that affect their lives. 

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Collaborating on the New Challenges & Opportunities on Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services

State programs to help seniors and people with disabilities stay in their homes and communities are facing their greatest challenges in history. Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) programs face not only serious state budget cuts, but new opportunities in the form of provisions included in health reform that provide new options with increased federal funding and flexibility. Protecting and strengthening Medicaid HCBS is a priority for NCOA, which is working with an array of national groups representing seniors and people with disabilities, as well as state advocates on these issues. Find out what’s happening in the states and the challenges they’re facing, how we can work together along with new tools for protecting and strengthening Medicaid HCBS, and the new provisions in health reform that can help frail seniors and people with disabilities in need of long-term services and supports have greater choice and independence.

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Strengthening Community Organizations

Strategic Collaboration for Greater Social Impact: Key Barriers and Strategies for Overcoming Them

Many people believe that collaborating with other organizations is one of the keys to achieving greater social impact. NCOA’s President & CEO Jim Firman shared some of the latest thinking about what greater social impact looks like and how to achieve it—and how you can apply this thinking to your organization. Learn key barriers and promising strategies for identifying high-value opportunities for strategic collaboration between and among organizations that want to improve the lives of older adults.

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Going from Good to Great: Key Concepts, Lessons Learned, and Practical Advice for Your Organization

NCOA is on a journey of organizational transformation from “good to great.” Our goals are to have a much greater (exponential) social impact and become a stronger, more enduring organization. A core part of NCOA’s strategy has been to embrace and implement the best practices identified by Jim Collins, author of Good to Great. NCOA President & CEO Jim Firman and others shared lessons learned and provided tips, tools, and practical advice about how your organization can use this approach to achieve powerful, transformational change.

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