Center for Healthy Aging Enews- December 2017 Issue

December 2017

Falls Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers

Share this guide with caregivers to facilitate a conversation about falls risk factors and empower caregivers to develop a falls prevention action plan.
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Healthy aging is key to improving 10 million lives by 2020

Tom is a 71-year-old veteran who took control of his health after being diagnosed with diabetes. He was impressed by a Diabetes Self-Management Program that gave him exactly what he needed. “It got me off the couch—I’m interacting with people, I’m learning all the time, and I’ve changed my daily life habits,” Tom said. In 2017, more than 55,000 seniors like Tom participated in evidence-based healthy aging programs supported by NCOA in communities across the country. You can make #SeniorHopes like Tom’s come true by donating today! Thank you for your generosity.
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Delivering CDSME in rural communities

A new descriptive study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health examined the geographical reach of Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) programs. Read the findings and strategies to reach remote areas and serve diverse communities as the aging population continues to grow.

Read the study | Get tips for reaching rural communities

Busy December for Congress likely to carry into January

Congress has several pieces of must-pass legislation to address this month. Key priorities for healthy aging programs include a deal to raise the budget caps to allow FY18 appropriations to finally be wrapped up and passage of health extenders including continued low-income Medicare outreach funding. Last week, Congress passed another Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government running through Dec. 22, with the expectation that many of these issues would be resolved in a massive legislative package passed on or shortly before that date. However, signs are now pointing to another delay that includes a third CR of the year, perhaps running through Jan. 21.

Review the latest on FY18 Healthy Aging

4 important vaccines for older adults covered by Medicare

Pharmacist giving man a vaccineThe immune system naturally weakens with age, which means winter can be even more dangerous. Encourage older adults to protect themselves from influenza, shingles, pneumococcal disease, and hepatitis B, all with vaccines covered by Medicare.

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Winterize to prevent falls

Winter weather can lead to devastating slips, trips, and falls. Consider these five “winterizing” steps to reduce falls among older adults and adults with disabilities in your community. Recommendations include winter adaptations to shoes, boots, and assistive devices, and a list of fall-proof holiday gifts.

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Provide support to LGBT older adults during the holiday season

Use this infographic developed by the Movement Advancement Project, SAGE, and the Diverse Elders Coalition to provide support to LGBT older adults during the holiday season. The infographic is designed to help isolated or lonely LGBT older adults know that they are not alone—and to give them options of where to go for help.

Download and customize | See 4 steps to combat loneliness in seniors

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