Tips to engage tribal communities in CDSME
View this tip sheet for strategies to increase access to Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) programs in tribal communities.
Straight Talk on upcoming policy debates
NCOA is using Straight Talk for Seniors® to provide the facts on why the Affordable Care Act (ACA) matters for seniors. An ACA repeal would eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) and with it, funding for healthy aging programs like evidence-based falls prevention programs and CDSME. Review our materials to learn more about the services at stake.
Explore and share our new brochure: Osteoarthritis and Falls
Osteoarthritis can increase an individual’s risk for falls and injuries. This consumer brochure provides steps that people with osteoarthritis can take to stay active and reduce their falls risk, including choosing the right type of physical activity, reviewing medications, engaging in healthful behaviors, and avoiding unhealthful ones.
Falls Free® video contest winners announced
Congratulations to this year’s contest winners! Over 25 video entries were received in which partners across the country showcased their enthusiasm for falls prevention. This year’s winning videos include positive depictions of older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities. Special thanks to the many contestants and judges.
Congress delays final FY17 funding decisions until April
On Dec. 9, Congress passed a second Continuing Resolution (CR) that level-funds most federal programs through April 28. This includes healthy aging programs at the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Similar to the first CR, a minimal across-the-board cut keeps overall funding under the current budget caps but with a significant investment in veterans’ health services. This means FY17 funding won’t be finalized until 7 months into the fiscal year, when Congress should be starting the FY18 budget.
Tribal Tai Chi for Arthritis training was a great success!
The National Falls Prevention Resource Center, with support from ACL, hosted a Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention leader training in Albuquerque, NM for 18 tribal members representing 9 tribes in the Four Corners area.
Enhanced Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) reduces symptoms
Learn more about this cluster-randomized trial to administer the 10-week AFEP in combination with the “10 Keys”™ to Healthy Aging. The study found that participants experienced significant improvement in arthritis symptoms and physical performance six months following the program.
Cost of fall-related injuries among older Medicare beneficiaries
A study published in Health Services Research estimated costs associated with fall-related injuries (FRIs). Expenditures for FRIs initially treated in inpatient/ED/ outpatient settings were $21,424/$6,142/$8,622. Out-of-pocket costs were $1,363 per FRI. The study found that FRIs are associated with substantial, persistent Medicare expenditures.
CDC seeks insights from primary care providers for falls prevention
The CDC and Altarum Institute are seeking input from health care providers to help inform and improve falls prevention services as part of the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) initiative. Schedule a 30-minute interview to share your experience by calling 1-877-828-5101 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, and the best time to reach you. Interviews will be held Dec. 2016-Jan. 2017 and participants will receive a $25 Amazon card.
- Walk With Ease mini grants: Apply for mini grants from the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance to strengthen the delivery and expansion of this arthritis-appropriate program. Letter of intent due Dec. 16.
- Grants to support instructor training: Apply for funding to participate in instructor trainings to implement Walk With Ease and/or Active Living Every Day through the National Recreation and Park Association. Applications due Dec. 22.
- Funding to reduce disparities in diabetes care: Apply for funding from Merck & Co. to build sustainable partnerships to address social determinants of health, redesign health care systems, increase access to high-quality health care, and improve health outcomes. Letter of intent due Jan. 24.
- Policy Discussion: What’s Next for Seniors’ Health Care?: Join this call to learn more about the upcoming debate on the ACA and help us craft messages to convey the importance of CDSME and Falls Prevention to Congress. Jan. 5 @ 2-3 p.m. ET (Session 2: Jan. 6 @ 2-3 p.m. ET)
- Facilitating Transportation to Evidence-Based Programs: Register for this webinar to learn more about the resources available from the National Center for Mobility Management and the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center to help individuals in your community stay active. Jan. 24 @ 3-4:30 PM ET
- Matter of Balance training opportunities: Register for a Master Trainer session in Phoenix, AZ Feb. 7 -8 or in Portland, ME May 9-10.
- President-Elect Trump Announces Nominees for HHS and CMS: NCOA shares what we know about Trump’s nominees to lead the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
- Caregiver perspectives on complex medical tasks: Hear directly from caregivers about their experiences with managing medications, wound care, and other tasks for their loved ones at home.
- The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health: Explore this report for a summary of what we know about prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance abuse and misuse.
- Regional behavioral health profiles: Learn more about older adults’ behavioral health issues in your state, including information on suicide, substance abuse, and mental distress.
- Life expectancy in the U.S. declines slightly: Learn more about the average U.S. life expectancy in 2015, which decreased slightly due to an increase in death rates from chronic conditions, Alzheimer’s, unintentional injuries, and suicide.
- Start a family health history dialogue over the holidays: Create a written family health history with information about medical conditions, lifestyle habits, and where and how family members grew up to share with your health care provider.
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