Center for Healthy Aging Enews- June 2016 Issue

June 2016

7 strategies to increase participant retention in CDSME workshops

Retaining participants in Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) workshops can be challenging! View this tip sheet for a list of strategies used to increase participant retention across the U.S.


2016 NCOA falls prevention fact sheet and issue brief

Falls threaten older adults’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. Share NCOA’s updated falls prevention fact sheet and issue brief, with new statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The public policy and advocacy issue brief details rationale for FY 2017 funding for falls prevention.

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Senate approves funding bill for CDSME and falls prevention

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an appropriations bill for FY 2017. The proposed funding allocated for CDSME and falls prevention is the same as previous years, at $8 million, and $7.1 million, respectively. Unfortunately, two critical programs were targeted for significant cuts, the Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program and the Senior Community Service Employment Program.

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Canary Health develops strategic partnership to increase distribution of online CDSME

Canary Health, one of NCOA’s social enterprise partners and a leading provider of research-proven digital health self-management programs, announced a partnership with Medtronic. The relationship will allow Medtronic to resell and distribute Canary Health’s suite of digital programs, including Stanford’s CDSME programs and the CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program. The partnership will scale online self-management education and support programs to reach more people who are at risk for developing diabetes, as well as those who are living with a chronic health condition, to address the growing epidemic of chronic diseases in the U.S.

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View resources from the 2016 CDSME and Falls Prevention National Resource Centers Meeting

Over 120 professionals attended our annual meeting in May, including representatives from the CDC, U.S. Administration for Community Living, and state and community-based organizations implementing evidence-based CDSME and Falls Prevention programs. Even if you couldn’t be there, you can view slides and resources from the sessions.

View meeting resources

Falls Free® photo and video contest 2016

NCOA’s Falls Free® Initiative is sponsoring a photo and video contest! We’re looking for positive images of older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities. The winners will receive prizes, and their photos and videos will be used in NCOA national media and falls prevention materials. Submit photos by Aug. 19 and videos by Nov. 4.

Enter the photo contest | Enter the video contest

New report: Healthy Aging Begins at Home

The Bipartisan Policy Center released a new report that outlines policy recommendations to help older adults stay healthy and independent in their own homes. NCOA was instrumental in shaping several recommendations on home equity, long-term services and supports, and falls prevention.


America’s Health Rankings 2016 Senior Report

Twenty-five states will see a 50% increase in the senior population by 2030. The United Health Foundation compared health measures for the middle-aged population in 1999 to the same population in 2014. The analysis found a 54% increase in the prevalence of diabetes and 25% increase in the prevalence of obesity.

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Malnutrition: A Hidden Epidemic in the U.S.

View this video, created by the Alliance for Aging Research, for facts about malnutrition among older Americans. Malnutrition can weaken the immune system, increase the risk for falls, and complicate existing chronic conditions.

View the video | NCOA’s Facts on Older Adult Malnutrition and Chronic Diseases

July is…

  • 51st Anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA): Since July 1965, the OAA has supported the development of a national aging services network. Learn more about the 2016 reauthorization of the OAA, including an emphasis on the promotion of CDSME and falls prevention.

Coming soon…

  • Call for Applications! Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health: Apply for the Practice Change Leaders program, a 15-month opportunity focused on the development of leadership skills and content expertise to positively influence the care of older adults. Applications due Aug. 30.
  • Webinar: Engaging HIV+ Older Adults in CDSME: Attend this webinar to learn about the prevalence of HIV in older adults, gain an overview of the Positive Self-Management Program (PSMP), and hear examples of PSMP implementation from the field. July 19 @ 3-4:30 p.m. ET
  • Go4Life & NCOA webinar: Hold the date for the National Falls Prevention Resource Center’s presentation on the importance of physical activity to prevent falls. Registration coming soon. July 20 @ 1-2 p.m. ET


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