Center for Healthy Aging Enews- January 2017 Issue


January 2017

Educate your representatives about the Prevention and Public Health Fund

Congress has taken the first steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and with it, the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). We’ve assembled background materials and ways for you to take action to help protect this funding.

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NCOA, national groups urge new leaders to protect senior programs

NCOA has joined with dozens of other national groups to call for the incoming Administration and Congress to protect and improve programs for older Americans. A letter from the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) outlines priorities in the areas of health care, community services, and retirement security. A letter from national aging and disability organizations to Congressional leaders urges them not to repeal the ACA without enacting a replacement plan at the same time.

Read the LCAO letter | Read the ACA letter

National Recreation and Park Association features Tai Chi falls prevention program

Men and women participating in a falls prevention program.

Parks and recreation departments are a great community partner to promote fitness and wellness programs. An Administration for Community Living falls prevention grantee, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, collaborated with local parks and recreation facilities to train Tai Chi program instructors and integrate the program into the repertoire of parks and recreation department classes. Read about the partnership in the National Recreation and Park Association monthly magazine.

Read the article | Learn about Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance

Learn the basics about building network hubs

Visit the Roadmap to Community Integrated Health Care to learn more about the benefits of developing a network hub to connect health care providers with programs in local communities. In the toolkit, read an interview with Jennifer Raymond about the Massachusetts Healthy Living Center of Excellence, a statewide hub for program recruitment, referrals, evaluation, and partnership development.

Visit the toolkit

Watch new evidence-based falls prevention program videos

You have the power to prevent a fall.

These brief videos showcase participants in four programs: A Matter of Balance, Otago, Tai Chi, and Stepping On. Listen to testimonials from program participants, and watch workshop demonstrations.

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Use the new BenefitsCheckUp® site to identify benefits for your participants

NCOA has launched a newly designed BenefitsCheckUp® website to make finding benefits for older adults even easier. Help your participants use this resource to find essential financial relief through over 2,500 available benefits.

Visit BenefitsCheckUp.org

CDC falls prevention brochure for caregivers

Every second of every day an older adult falls. Share this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) brochure for family caregivers to educate families and older adults about steps they can take to prevent falls.

Download or order

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness

Adults over 60, particularly those of African, Asian, and Hispanic descent, are at an increased risk to develop glaucoma. Without treatment, people with glaucoma slowly lose their vision. Visit the National Eye Institute for free tools to educate older adults about glaucoma prevention and treatment. Download a free educational Glaucoma booklet from the Glaucoma Research Foundation.

Glaucoma awareness tools for professionals | Glaucoma booklet

February is…

  • National Cancer Prevention Month: Visit the National Cancer Institute for an overview of factors that may increase your risk for cancer and actions you can take to prevent it.
  • Black History Month: Visit the CDC to learn more about strategies to advance health equity and prevent chronic disease in your community.
  • American Heart Month: Join the Alliance for Aging Research in learning more about atrial fibrillation and the ways that you can prevent a stroke while living with this condition.

Coming soon…

Explore…

  • Check out Straight Talk for Seniors®: Find information for older adults, their families, caregivers, and professionals on key issues involving the ACA, Medicaid, and Medicare.
  • Funding to reduce disparities in diabetes care: Apply for funding from Merck & Co. to build sustainable partnerships to increase access to high-quality health care. Letter of intent due Jan. 24.
  • New Year, new commitment to exercise!: The National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life program offers older adults free resources to make exercise a part of their routine, including an evidence-based exercise guide, DVD, activity log, and tip sheets. Download or order the resources today.
  • New report on US health care spending: Read this article for an analysis of how health care spending has increased over the past few decades, with the highest costs associated with diabetes, heart disease, and lower back and neck pain.
  • New blog post: Eating Well After 50: Visit the NCOA blog for 5 ways to make healthy food choices this year.
  • Canadian online falls prevention curriculum for professionals: This 5 week e-learning course educates professionals working with older adults in long-term, acute and home care about how to apply an evidence-based approach to the prevention of falls and fall-related injuries.
  • Keep your brain healthy as you age: The National Institute on Aging has developed a new webpage and series of resources to educate adults about how the brain changes with age and ways to maintain cognitive function.
  • Join the 1 Billion Steps Challenge: The American Public Health Association has challenged Americans to take 1 billion steps from January until April. Learn how to create a team and log your steps today.

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