Congratulations to the Falls Free® Video & Story Contest winners!
This year’s winning videos include positive depictions of older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities to showcase the benefits of participating in evidence-based programs.
CDSME and falls prevention funding forecasts from ACL
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has posted two new funding forecasts for Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) and falls prevention programs with two funding options: (1) capacity-building grants and (2) sustainable systems grants. The full funding opportunity announcements are anticipated to be posted on Feb. 28.
NCOA and n4a partner to support linkages between community-based and health care organizations
Visit n4a’s Aging and Disability Business Institute website to read our new blog post about resources and learning collaboratives developed through NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging to support business acumen among community-based organizations.
Attend the U.S. Senate’s hearing on healthy aging
The U.S. Senate’s Special Committee on Aging is hosting a hearing on Jan. 24, Turning 65: Navigating Critical Decisions to Age Well.
Healthiest — and least healthy — places in America
The United Health Foundation has released their annual America’s Health Rankings report. Massachusetts is this year’s healthiest state, while Mississippi was at the bottom of the rankings. Findings also reveal that there are wide variations in vaccination rates, and mental health providers flock to certain states.
New falls prevention funding opportunity from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new funding opportunity, “Research to Evaluate Medication Management of Opioids and Benzodiazepines to Reduce Older Adult Falls.” The research will advance knowledge about how health professionals can improve medication prescribing practices to reduce falls, overdose, and other injuries in community dwelling older adults.
- High-Risk Alcohol and Opioid Use Among Adults Ages 55 and Older: Join this SAMHSA webinar about high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorders among adults ages 55 and older. Jan. 23 @ 2:30-3:20 p.m. ET
- Quarterly Otago Exercise Program webinar: Join this recurring webinar to learn more about the Otago evidence-based falls prevention program. Jan. 24 @ 12-1 p.m. ET
- Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB), Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance Elders Program: Join this webinar to learn how LTBB adapted an evidence-based practice for a Native community. Jan. 24 @ 2-3 p.m. ET
- Submit a theme for the 2018 National Senior Health & Fitness Day: Enter your theme for the largest annual health and fitness event for older adults by Jan. 26.
- YMCA of the USA Community Integrated Health Conference: Save the date for this meeting focused on exploring connections between community-based and health care organizations. Dec. 10-12, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
- Implementing STEADI in Academic Primary Care Clinic: Read this article about how primary care providers at Oregon Health & Science University used the core elements of STEADI to address their patients’ falls risk.
- Report: Drug Interactions – How to Avoid Them: Explore the results of this poll, which found that although most older Americans take multiple medications every day, they don’t get – or seek – enough help to make sure those medications mix safely.
- Online Database for Assistive Technology Products and Resources: Search this database, funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, for unbiased information on products, solutions and resources to improve productivity and ease life’s tasks.
- How to Prevent Falls, New York Times: Read this article for tips on preventing falls during winter weather and how to fall safely.
- Trouble sleeping is not a normal part of aging: Learn more about older adults and sleep. 1 in 3 older adults take something to help them sleep, but many aren’t consulting with their doctors about this challenge.
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