Center for Healthy Aging Enews- March 2016 Issue

March 2016

Lessons learned from the 2012 CDSME Grantees

The Prevention and Public Health Fund Grantee Capping Report describes outcomes from 22 organizations funded by ACL to implement CDSME. Over 3 years, grantees increased program participation, reached underserved populations, and developed sustainability strategies.

Read the report

Apply for a falls prevention scholarship to attend the NCOA Resource Centers meeting

The National Falls Prevention Resource Center has allocated funds to support six individuals to attend the CDSME & Falls Prevention National Resource Centers Meeting on May 24-26 in Alexandria, VA. Individuals from nonprofit organizations and state and local agencies are eligible to apply. Applications and resumes are due March 25.

View the preliminary agenda | Apply for the scholarship

Here’s the theme for the 2016 Falls Prevention Awareness Day!

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NCOA is excited to announce that the 2016 Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) theme is Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016. FPAD is Sept. 22, the first day of fall. Use our FPAD tools and resources to start planning now!

Get FPAD 2016 resources

Help us celebrate— and plan for the future of aging services

Help NCOA celebrate our 65th birthday at the Aging in America Conference on March 20-24 in Washington, DC. In between sessions, stop by our booth (#514) to pick up a gift of appreciation and in the evening, attend our birthday bash for champagne and cupcakes. Not attending the conference? Take our 5-question online survey to share your vision of how we can meet the needs of tomorrow’s older adults.

Learn more | Take the survey | View all CDSME & falls prevention sessions

Better Choices, Better Health Online Arthritis Program offers consumer choice

Online programs offer a choice to consumers, as well as an opportunity for community-based organizations to scale and sustain CDSME programs. Canary Health, the sole organization licensed to offer the Stanford online programs, is collaborating with the Arthritis Foundation to implement the online arthritis self-management program through health plans and providers across the U.S. Other CDSME and health promotion programs are also available online.

Learn more | About Canary Health

Do the seniors you serve struggle with debt?

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A newly released NCOA survey of aging network professionals has found that medical debt is the most significant barrier to economic well-being for their clients. The survey also found that 23% of respondents regularly encounter seniors forgoing needed home or vehicle repairs, increasing the risk of accidents and falls.

Learn more

It’s National Nutrition Month

Older adults with chronic conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, or osteoporosis, are at a higher risk of developing poor nutrition due to loss of appetite or decreased access to healthy foods. It is essential to maintain healthy eating habits in order to prevent serious health problems, such as infections, malnutrition, decreased strength, and falls. Learn how to identify signs of malnutrition and request a nutrition assessment from your physician.

Learn more | NCOA’s Next Steps to Better Nutrition Program

New report: The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States

One in two Americans 65+ have a form of arthritis, which is one of the most common chronic diseases and the leading cause of disability in the nation. Arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases increase older adults’ risk for falls and hip fractures and can limit their mobility and function. The U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative’s new report presents data demonstrating the prevalence and impact of musculoskeletal diseases and what can be done to address and reverse these trends.

View the press release summary | Read the full report


April is…

  • Medication Safety Week: Visit the Women’s Heart Foundation website for seven steps to decrease the risk of developing medication-related illness. April 1-7
  • World Health Day: Beat Diabetes: Join the World Health Organization in this year’s campaign to scale up diabetes prevention, identify affordable care options, increase self-management education, and enhance surveillance. April 7
  • National Public Health Week: Support the American Public Health Association in taking steps to make the U.S. the healthiest nation by 2030, including advocating for increased public health capacity and infrastructure. April 4-10
  • World Tai Chi & Qigong Day: Participate in a worldwide Tai Chi demonstration (10 a.m. local time) and educate adults about the benefits of Tai Chi balance and strength training exercises. April 30
  • Alcohol Awareness Month: Download the National Institute on Aging’s resource on alcohol use in older people. This resource provides information on interactions between medication and alcohol, signs that alcohol consumption may be a problem, and tips for getting help.
  • National Minority Health Month: Celebrate this year’s theme of “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation,” by participating in the CDC’s 2016 Public Health Ethics Forum. April 2
  • National Volunteer Week: The Corporation for National and Community Services compiled a review of research on the health benefits of volunteering for older adults. Research found that individuals who volunteer often live longer and report less disability. April 10-16

Coming up…

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