Center for Healthy Aging Enews- July 2016 Issue

July 2016

ACL announces 2016 grantees

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has funded NCOA to continue to provide technical assistance as the National Falls Prevention Resource Center and the National Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) Resource Center. See ACL’s announcement to learn more about their 23 state and tribal grantees.

Learn more

Explore the new CDSME Best Practices Toolkit

View over 150 resources collected from organizations implementing CDSME programs across the U.S. Find resources focused on leadership, management, partnerships, capacity building, centralized and coordinated logistical processes, business planning, and evaluation.

View the toolkit

Enter now: Falls Free® photo & video contests

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NCOA’s Falls Free® Initiative is hosting photo and video contests! We’re looking for positive images of older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities, such as balance and exercise classes or fall risk screening events, as well as testimonials or interviews with older adults. The winners will be awarded prizes and their photos and videos will be used to increase awareness about falls prevention.

Submit photos by Aug. 26 | Submit videos by Nov. 4

Congress on pace to level-fund falls prevention and CDSME initiatives

Before leaving for a seven-week recess, Congressional appropriators approved bills that provide the same level of funding for falls prevention and CDSME initiatives as previous years. The Senate also proposed a $115,000 (or 0.6%) increase in Older Americans Act Title III-D Preventive Health funding. Learn more about the appropriations legislation, next steps in the process, and how you can help educate your Congressional delegation about healthy aging programs.

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Share our award-winning falls video

Our 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall video recently won a national award. The 90-second video offers easy tips to help older adults reduce their risk of a fall. It’s available in both English and Spanish.

Watch and share

Study shows Diabetes Self-Management Program improves health

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Stanford, HealthCore, Anthem, and NCOA partnered to examine the translation of the Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program, both in-person and online. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, shows the effectiveness of the program. Six months after completing the program, participants reported statistically significant improvements in 6 of 7 health indicators.

Read the study | Learn more about online diabetes self-management education

Updated falls prevention issue brief, fact sheet, and infographics

The National Falls Prevention Resource Center has updated our falls prevention resources with new statistics from the CDC. Share the 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall infographics to educate older adults about six easy steps they can take to reduce a fall. Share the Falls Prevention Fact Sheet and the Public Policy Falls Prevention Issue Brief to educate professionals and advocates about falls prevention initiatives and funding.

Share the infographics | Get the facts | Download the issue brief

Tell CDSME participants about the Healthier Living online community

The Healthier Living Alumni Community is an online space for people who have completed a self-management education program. Through the online community, program graduates can access tools, practice what they learned in the workshop, and get support from others.

Refer participants to the community

Aging well with a physical disability fact sheets

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center at the University of Washington has developed a series of fact sheets for aging well with a physical disability. Fact sheet topics include how to stay physically active, prevent falls, manage your energy, and get the most out of your health care visits.

Download and share the fact sheets

Develop custom reports with the new Healthy Aging Data Portal

The new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) portal provides a way to search data on the health and well-being of older adults nationally or by state. Use the portal to develop custom visualizations, data downloads, and much more.

View the portal

August is…

  • National Immunization Awareness Month: Visit NCOA’s Flu + You website for educational materials about the seriousness of influenza for older adults, the importance of prevention, and available vaccine options.

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