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NCOA 2013 Sessions


NCOA experts will be presenting at the following sessions during the 2013 Aging in America Conference March 12-16 in Chicago. All sessions are included in the regular registration fee.

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Healthy Aging

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: 100,000 Served ... and Counting!

Tuesday, March 12, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

This session will highlight the incredible growth of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) throughout the national aging services network. Presenters will share various data-driven studies from this prominent, federally-funded initiative, including: (1) characteristics of program participants and delivery sites; (2) factors related to CDSMP workshop attendance; and (3) outcomes from a national study showing the effectiveness of CDSMP to improve health-related indicators.

Presenters: Kristie Kulinski, NCOA; Marcia Ory, Texas A&M University; and Matthew Smith, University of Georgia

Implementing Effective Fall Prevention in Your Community: The Role of Creative Partnerships

Wednesday, March 13, 8-9:30 a.m.

Every 15 seconds, an older adult is seen in an Emergency Department (ED) for a fall injury. The Healthy People 2020 goal to achieve a 10% reduction in ED fall-related visits can only be achieved by extending the reach of our fall prevention efforts through creative partnerships. Presenters representing state fall prevention coalitions, health care, public health, and academia will discuss new resources and programs, present practical integrated models, and share strategies for success.

Presenters: Bonita Beattie, NCOA; Judy Stevens; Ellen Schneider, University of North Carolina; Mindy Renfro; Margaret Haynes; Elizabeth Peterson

Secrets to Success: A National Review of Models that Sustain Evidence-Based Healthy Aging Programs

Wednesday, March 13, 8-9:30 a.m.

This session will highlight key elements comprising a framework for evidence-based program scaling and sustainability. These criteria include shared aging/public health leadership, key partnerships, infrastructure development, coordinated processes for program referral and registration, business planning, and continuous quality improvement. Panelists will engage participants in an interactive discussion specific to their best practices and challenges in achieving program sustainability.

Presenters: Kristie Kulinski, NCOA; Sue Lachenmayr, NCOA; Michele Boutaugh, Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging; Howard Bedlin, NCOA; Marc Molea, Ohio Department of Aging

Impacting Falls Among Older Adults Through Integrated Multi-Level Models

Wednesday, March 13, 10-11 a.m.

Emphasizing fall prevention from local, state, and national perspectives, this symposium focuses on: 1) national policy efforts to reduce falls; 2) new outcomes of evidence-based fall prevention programs (e.g., reduced emergency medical transport for fall-related injuries); 3) successes in developing a training infrastructure necessary for widespread programmatic dissemination; and 4) synergies derived from combining evidence-based programs for maximum effect through the aging services network.

Presenters: Matthew Smith; Bonita Beattie, NCOA; Cindy Quinn; Marcia Ory, Texas A&M University; Patti League

Economic Security

SNAP Comes of Age: Finding Solutions to Senior Hunger

Tuesday, March 12, 12:30-2 p.m.

Leaders from the Food and Nutrition Service and aging network discuss innovative solutions to address senior hunger and raise awareness about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Presenters: Nora Eisenhower, JD, Vice President and Director, Benefits Access Group, NCOA; Audrey Rowe, Administrator Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Addressing the Needs of Older Workers: Multiple Approaches

Wednesday, March 13, 8-9:30 a.m.

This workshop will describe cutting-edge initiatives that are being used to help aging workers find and keep good jobs and to help employers hire, retain, and develop the potential of older workers. Presenters will describe several different approaches.

Presenters: Deborah Kogan, Social Policy Research Associates; Anthony Sarmiento, Senior Service America, Inc.; Jean Setzfand, AARP; Phyllis Snyder, CAEL; Ramsey Alwin, NCOA

Turning 65: Beyond Rite of Passage

Wednesday, March 13, 1-2:30 p.m.

America is the midst of an unprecedented demographic change that will result in over 10,000 (and growing) new Medicare beneficiaries each day over the next 10 years and beyond. This population brings a unique set of challenges and opportunities to make a lasting impact in the economic security of older adults and improve benefits access among this population. Join us in a discussion about the future of those turning 65 in 2013.

Presenters: Marianne Brackney, Social Security Administration; Nora Eisenhower, NCOA; Hector Ortiz, NCOA

Building Community Networks to Support the Economic Security of Older Adults

Friday, March 15, 4-5:30 p.m.

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. In this session, panelists will share advice and lessons learned with regard to developing community networks to address all of a person’s needs, and supporting those partner networks. In addition, the panel of AAA directors will share how their work on economic security has informed planning and contracting efforts.

Presenters: Jonathan Lavin, AgeOptions; Paul Bridgewater, Detroit Area Agency on Aging; Ron Hill, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging; Ramsey Alwin, NCOA

Public Policy & Advocacy

Federal Budget Challenges Facing Senior Programs

Tuesday, March 12, 12:30-2 p.m.

Congress is currently under enormous pressure to cut programs for older adults, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Older Americans Act, and possibly Social Security. This session will bring together leading advocates from national senior groups to share insights and advice on what might happen and what we can do about it.

Presenters: Robert Blancato, MPA, President, Matz, Blancato & Associates; Howard Bedlin, Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy, NCOA; Max Richtman, President and CEO, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Dual Eligible Policy Across the States: Why Aging Professionals Must be Engaged

Wednesday, March 13, 1-2:30 p.m.

Improving health care, while lowering costs, is a priority of policymakers. Twenty-six state demonstrations programs will test integrating Medicare and Medicaid services and financing for dual eligibles (beneficiaries of both programs). Because millions of seniors and people with disabilities will be enrolled in the demonstrations, aging professionals need to be involved in the process to ensure that vulnerable individuals are protected. Session participants will learn about the demonstrations, strategies for engaging stakeholders, and resources for advocacy efforts.

Presenters: Paul Nathanson, National Senior Citizens Law Center; Brenda Sulick, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; Howard Bedlin, NCOA; Joe Caldwell, NCOA; Kevin Prindiville, National Senior Citizen Law Center

The Policy and Politics of Medicare Reform

Thursday, March 14, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

As Congress and the President work to reduce the federal deficit, rising health care costs are a major target for reductions, and the Medicare program is on the front burner. Get the inside view from expert advocates regarding the major proposals under consideration, and learn strategies for how you can help influence the outcome of the political process.

Presenters: Brenda Sulick, Senior Policy Advisor, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; Howard Bedlin, Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy, NCOA

Senior Centers

Building Excellence: Standards to Which All Senior Centers Should Aspire

Friday, March 15, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

The National Institute of Senior Centers has established standards of excellence for senior centers that are achievable by all centers and serve to strengthen their capacity and enhance their community image. This workshop will provide an overview of the standards with an emphasis on the most challenging including evaluations, strategic planning, and marketing.

Presenters: Sandi Johnson, University of Chicago; Jean Williams


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