Apply for CDSME and falls prevention grants
The Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging released funding opportunity announcements for grants to support the implementation and sustainability of Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) and falls prevention programs.
House ACA bill delays Prevention Fund repeal
Legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is moving through the committee process and is expected to be voted on by the House next week. Repeal of the Prevention and Public Health Fund that invests in falls prevention and CDSME is delayed until the start of FY19 (October 2018). Review NCOA’s statement to learn more about the bill and the serious impacts in store for Medicaid and Medicare solvency.
Apply for 2017-18 Learning Collaboratives
We are pleased to announce the kick-off of two learning collaboratives in April 2017! The learning collaboratives will provide support to: 1) develop sustainable CDSME delivery systems through the Medicare benefits for Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) and/or Health Behavior and Assessment Intervention (HBAI) services and 2) develop network hubs with community-based organizations.
CBO on ACA repeal bill: 24 million lose coverage, Medicaid cut by $880 billion
The nonpartisan official scorekeeper Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its analysis of the House bill to repeal the ACA. The report concludes that Medicaid would be cut by $880 billion over 10 years and 24 million Americans would lose insurance coverage by 2026 — 14 million of them under Medicaid. CBO also estimates that nongroup market premiums for pre-Medicare policyholders would increase significantly due to changes allowing insurers to charge older adults five times more than younger adults.
New resource helps combat malnutrition among older adults
Up to 10% of all older Americans are malnourished, which can worsen chronic conditions and make it difficult for them to stay independent. NCOA and several partners have developed a new Community Malnutrition Resource Hub to help local organizations combat this issue. It includes practical resources, tools, and ideas for how to develop and implement a malnutrition plan in your community.
CDC issues data brief on emergency department (ED) visits by older adults
According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospital EDs receive an annual average of 5.2 million visits for injury by adults aged 65+. Older Americans comprised 15.9% of total ED visits, and their ED visits increased with age. Among seniors, ED visits for injury were more common among women than men.
Check out two calculators to estimate the costs and savings of CDSME
It’s essential to both accurately estimate the costs of implementing evidence-based programs and illustrate the value of workshops to potential partners. Learn about the cost calculators available to support you in determining these figures.
Tips to maintain oral health among older adults
Oral health problems like toothaches or bleeding gums are not an inevitable part of aging and can impact an older adult’s ability to manage other chronic conditions. Dr. Leonard Brennan shares three strategies that can help maintain healthy teeth and gums.
- Offering Online Better Choices, Better Health™: Join this webinar to learn more about the online disease management program, with a focus on its appeal to potential health care partners. March 23 @ 3-4 p.m. ET
- Reaching People with Arthritis: Strategies and Tools: Join this webinar for strategies to connect people with arthritis to evidence-based programs. March 28 @ 3-4:30 p.m. ET
- Fractures & Falls: Fracture Liaison Service Programs as Partners in Falls Prevention: Join NCOA for a presentation from the National Osteoporosis Foundation and National Bone Health Alliance. Save the date for April 5 @ 2p.m. ET.
- Strategies for Implementation of Evidence-Based Programs in Senior Centers: Attend this webinar for a description of common benefits and challenges to implementing evidence-based programs in senior centers. April 20 @ 1:30- 2:30 p.m. ET
- Register for Senior Centers 2017: Attend the only national conference for senior center professionals at the Hyatt Lodge in Oakbrook, IL on June 13-16.
- Matter of Balance training opportunities: Register for Master Trainer sessions in Portland, ME May 9-10 or Charlotte, NC June 20-21.
- AoA 2016 Profile of Older Americans: Explore the latest statistics about older Americans in 15 key topic areas.
- Local data on chronic disease measures: Visit the CDC’s 500 Cities project to explore city- and census tract-level data on risk factors, health outcomes, and prevention measures.
- CDSME for aging inmates: Read this Washington Post article highlighting the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services’ work to implement CDSME in correctional facilities.
- MMWR Arthritis: According to the CDC, the prevalence of arthritis-attributable activity limitations among older adults is high and increasing.
- n4a Report: Supporting America’s Aging Prisoner Population: Explore the results from a survey of Area Agencies on Aging about services provided to older adults in correctional facilities.
- Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) leaders with physical and intellectual disabilities: Learn about the successes of two leaders in Rhode Island trained to conduct CPSMP workshops.
- How seniors can stay heart healthy after 65: Share these tips from the American Heart Association to help older adults manage complications from untreated atrial fibrillation.
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