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Improving Health in Senior Centers

Use NCOA's resources to improve the health of your participants

Six ways to promote healthy aging at your senior center

NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging provides technical assistance and support to community-based organizations on implementing evidence-based health promotion programs and educating older adults on important health topics. For up-to-date news on healthy aging, sign up for the Center for Healthy Aging monthly e-newsletter or join an online community to connect with peers. Contact us for individualized support.

  1. Learn more about evidence-based programs (EBPs)
    EBPs offer proven ways to promote health and prevent disease among older adults. They are based on research and provide documented health benefits, so you can be confident they work.
    Learn more about evidence-based programs:
    Falls prevention
    Chronic Disease Self-Management Education
    Physical activity and senior fitness
    Behavioral Health (depression and/or substance abuse management)
  2. Host an EBP at your senior center or locate workshops in your area
    Use the NCOA map and Evidence-Based Leadership Council map to identify and connect with licensed sites and organizations in your state that are implementing evidence-based falls prevention programs or Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME). Don’t see an organization in your state? Contact us!
  3. Bring the Aging Mastery Program® (AMP) to your senior center
    AMP is a fun, innovative, and person-centered education program that empowers participants to build their own playbook for aging well. The goal of the program is to help older adults successfully face the challenges associated with aging and to offer support in mastering new skills that will give their lives meaning and purpose. Learn about opportunities for hosting AMP at your center.
  4. Participate in Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD)
    FPAD was started in 2008 to raise national awareness about ways to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia participated in 2015. Find ideas for celebrating FPAD at your senior center.
  5. Share facts about the flu and the flu vaccine
    The immune system weakens with age, which makes it harder to fight disease. As a result, adults 65 years of age and older are more likely to catch the flu and experience complications. Share educational materials about the flu and the flu vaccine from the Flu + You website.
  6. Implement the “Next Steps to Better Nutrition” program
    The “Next Steps to Better Nutrition” program was developed by the National Council on Aging and the American Heart Association to teach older adults how they can afford, purchase, and cook more nutritious foods. Download the complete set of nutrition education modules to implement at your senior center.