Center for Healthy Aging Enews- April 2016 Issue


April 2016

See what states accomplished for FPAD 2015

Read our summary of 2015 activities and get ideas for Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) 2016 on Sept. 22! In 2015, 48 states and DC observed FPAD through many creative and successful awareness, education, screening, and advocacy activities, as well as referrals to community-based falls prevention programs.

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Handling Common Objections to Community-Based DSMT

The Medicare Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) benefit presents an opportunity for community-based organizations to partner with health care systems to offer evidence-based diabetes self-management education (DSME) for older adults and adults with disabilities. While there is a great need for DSME due to the high prevalence of diabetes, it is not uncommon for health care systems to object to having a community-based organization provide the DSMT benefit. Learn how to handle these objections to increase access to and use of this important benefit.

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The Older Americans Act (OAA) is reauthorized

Capitol dome

The OAA funds critical services that keep older adults healthy and independent. In March, both houses of Congress passed the OAA Reauthorization Act of 2016; President Obama signed it into law in April. Several NCOA priorities are reflected in the final legislation, including language promoting chronic disease self-management and falls prevention activities, and the requirement that health promotion and disease prevention be evidence-based.

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CMS releases an independent review of evidence-based health promotion programs

As a part of the Affordable Care Act, Congress mandated that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid acquire an independent review of the use of wellness programs focused on physical activity, nutrition, and obesity; falls prevention; chronic disease management; and mental health. This report provides the findings of Medicare beneficiary participation in wellness programs.

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Promote healthy aging for National Public Health Week

Empower older adults and adults with disabilities to take charge of their health! Start by sharing HealthFinder.gov’s simple, online tool that provides evidence-based health recommendations personalized by age and gender. Follow-up by sharing the National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People.

Find personalized health recommendations | Get the Talk With Your Doctor Toolkit

Medication Safety Week: Resources for consumers and professionals

Older adults are at increased risk of side effects and adverse drug events that can lead to falls, depression, confusion, hallucinations, and malnutrition. The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Beers Criteria provides clinicians with guidance and tools for safe medication use among older adults. Older adults can find helpful medication management strategies through the AGS or the NIH SeniorHealth Managing Medications webpage.

See the Beers Criteria for safe medication use | View the Beers Criteria 101 infographic | Get Tips for older adults

Explore…

  • Executive Certificate in Home Modification Program: A series of online classes offered by the USC Davis School of Gerontology provides the latest on home modification research, products, funding strategies, policies, and community planning.
  • An Aging World: Read this report produced by the US Census Bureau for information on global aging trends and the implications of an aging society on health care systems, poverty, and employment.
  • 1 Billion Steps Challenge: Join the American Public Health Association’s campaign to form healthy walking habits by encouraging your community to collectively walk 1 billion steps by May 31.
  • Falls and Fractures AgePage: Share this fact sheet from the National Institute on Aging to educate older adults and caregivers about fall risk factors, prevention strategies, and resources.
  • Medications and the aging brain: View the Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) new resources to increase understanding of the impact some medications can have on an older person’s brain.
  • Walk, Jog, or Dance: It’s All Good for the Aging Brain: Read this New York Times article about the possible impact of physical activity on dementia prevention in older adults.
  • Why Senior Centers Have So Much to Offer: Read this US News and World Report article on the impact senior centers have in the community, including the provision of health-focused screenings and workshops.

May is…

  • Older Americans Month: Join ACL in Blazing a Trail for older adults to advocate for themselves, their peers, and their communities.
  • National Physical Fitness & Sports Month: Share the new, pocket-sized Go4Life Workout to Go e-book with strength, balance, and flexibility exercises to help older adults stay in shape.
  • Stroke Awareness Month: One out of six people will suffer a stroke in his or her lifetime. Visit the American Stroke Association’s website to learn what to do if you witness someone experience the signs of stroke.
  • Women’s Health Month: Whether you’re 40 or 85, this guide provides a list of factors that contribute to general women’s health and suggested questions to ask your doctor.

Coming up…

  • STEADI Implementation and Partnering with Health Care: Learn about how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries) Toolkit can be used for falls prevention screening, assessment, intervention, and education of older adults. April 27 @ 3-4:30 p.m. ET
  • World Tai Chi & Qigong Day: Join the annual international celebration to educate communities about Tai Chi practices. April 30
  • CDSME & Falls Prevention Annual Resource Centers Meeting: Register by April 25 to attend NCOA’s multi-disciplinary meeting focused on strategies for implementing, expanding, and sustaining evidence-based programs. May 24-26, Alexandria VA
  • Nominations for the Healthy People 2030 Advisory Committee: As the Department of Health and Human Services prepares to produce national public health objectives for the next decade, it seeks the assistance of a federal advisory committee to help ensure that those objectives are salient and science-based. Nominate a committee member by May 2.

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