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.
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.
Here’s the theme for the 2016 Falls Prevention Awareness Day!
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!
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.
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.
Do the seniors you serve struggle with debt?
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.
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.
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.
- Falls prevention fact sheet for adults with physical disabilities: Download this fact sheet from the Healthy Aging Rehabilitation Research Training Center to learn how to prevent falls among adults with long-term physical disabilities.
- CDSMP in a homeless population: Read this study to learn more about sheltered homeless participants’ demonstrated positive change in self-rated health, health distress, self-efficacy, exercise behaviors, and communication.
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury: Use this brochure to educate older adults about strategies for preventing falls that could lead to brain injuries.
- Using patient activation scores to assess risk: Read this issue brief about the usefulness of assessing patient self-management capability for assessing risks, managing costs, and addressing patients’ needs.
- The state of the aging network: Read this article from Altarum about factors influencing the aging network in the U.S., including the current underfunding of the network through the Older Americans Act.
- Falls Prevention among Adults Aging with Disabilities webinar: Download the PowerPoint slides or watch the recording to learn about prevention and management strategies and program examples.
- CMS funding opportunity: Apply for funding to test whether the Accountable Health Communities Model addresses the gap between clinical care and community services. Applications due May 18.
- Keep patients free from harm: Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 13-19. View the National Patient Safety Foundation’s new report with eight recommendations for achieving total systems safety.
- Advocacy Toolkit: Explore NCOA’s compilation of tools to help you advocate for older adults from your home state and when you visit Capitol Hill.
- 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
- Partnering with Quality Improvement Networks to Expand Access to Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs: Learn about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) efforts to expand access to Diabetes Self-Management Education programs through Quality Improvement Networks (QINs). April 19 @ 3- 4:30 p.m. ET
- STEADI Implementation and Partnering with Health Care: Save the date to learn about how the CDC’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
- CDSME & Falls Prevention Annual Resource Centers Meeting: Join us for workshops focused on strategies for implementing and sustaining CDSME and Falls Prevention programs, networking opportunities, and a chance to speak with program developers and experts. May 24-26, Alexandria, VA
- Exercise and Physical Activity in Aging Conference II: Join the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and other exercise professionals to learn about exercise and physical activity research, education, and clinical practice benefiting older adults. July 28-30
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