Looking ahead at healthy aging
Much is uncertain as Washington D.C. prepares to host a new Administration and Congress in 2017. Get our take on what to expect and read a statement from our President & CEO Jim Firman, reaffirming support for evidence-based programs that empower adults to take control of their health.
Meet the 2016 ACL falls prevention grantees
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) awarded 11 grants to state, community, and tribal organizations to support the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based falls prevention programs, and to increase the number of older adults and adults with disabilities participating in falls prevention programs. Collectively, the grantees aim to engage over 15,000 participants during the two-year grant period. Read the profiles for a summary of each grantee’s activities, goals, partnerships, and anticipated outcomes.
November is National Family Caregivers Month
Join NCOA and other national organizations as we celebrate the contributions of the 44 million volunteer friends and family members who support a loved one with their health or managing a disability. Check out resources for caregivers below.
Healthy aging in winter and beyond: 4 important vaccines for seniors covered by Medicare
Fall’s cooler temperatures mean a respite from summer heat, but they also mean a greater chance of getting sick. Learn about four vaccines that could help prevent illness and infection in older adults and how Medicare covers the costs.
CDC releases new estimates on falls among older adults
On Falls Prevention Awareness Day, the CDC released new estimates of the numbers, percentages, and rates of falls and fall injuries among older adults by selected characteristics (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, health status) and state. In 2014, 29% of older adults reported falling at least once in the past 12 months, resulting in an estimated 29 million falls. Of those who fell, 38% reported at least one fall that required medical treatment or restricted their activity for at least 1 day, resulting in an estimated 7 million fall injuries.
Tip sheet: Maximizing complete and accurate data
Having complete and accurate data is the best way to paint a true picture of program performance in the field. Good data helps us learn how different programs impact people from a variety of backgrounds and across multiple settings. Explore this tip sheet for strategies to improve data collection.
Wisconsin launches Stepping On sensory impairment toolkit
The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging recently launched a toolkit for program leaders to adapt their Stepping On (SO) workshops for people with low vision or who are hard of hearing. Toolkit topics include outreach, etiquette, and room accommodations, as well as group process and facilitation. An audio recording provides a detailed explanation of each SO exercise for participants with vision impairments.
New quality assurance and fidelity resources from the field
Visit NCOA’s Best Practices Toolkit: Resources from the Field to check out new resources from Florida, Maryland, and more, including fidelity monitoring toolkits for CDSMP and DSMP and sample interagency agreements.
- World AIDS Day (Dec. 1): Explore HIV: The Long View, a new report that outlines action steps to support the long-term health and well-being of people living with and at risk for HIV.
- National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 4-10): Visit our updated Flu + You resources for the latest information on the seriousness of influenza in individuals aged 65+ and available vaccine options.
- Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (Dec. 5-9): Join the American Occupational Therapy Association in highlighting important steps to maintaining older adult’s mobility, with special features focused on screening and evaluation, conversations with family, and strategies to stay active in the community.
- Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Conference: Attend presentations from NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging and Aging Mastery Program® staff. Nov. 16-20
- Assessing CBO Capacity to Partner with Health Care Entities: Register for the American Society on Aging’s webinar to learn whether your organization is ready to partner with a health care organization. Dec. 13 @ 1-2 p.m. ET
- Matter of Balance training opportunities: Register for Master Trainer sessions in Phoenix, AZ in February. Register by Jan. 9.
- FallsTalk leader trainings: Attend FallsTalk trainings in Washington in December and Connecticut in January. Click ‘Learn more about offering FallsTalk & FallScape’ on their website to register.
- New video on the impact of CDSMP: Watch Shawn Smith’s powerful story about participating in a CDSMP workshop and then becoming a leader to share this positive experience with others.
- Implementing the Otago falls prevention exercise program in the U.S.: Read an evaluation of the Otago program, which found significant improvements in older adults’ objective functional mobility, balance measures, and self-reported ability after participating in the program.
- Learn to Navigate the New Roadmap to Community-Integrated Health Care: Watch this webinar recording for a guided tour of a new tool that can help community organizations connect to health care partners.
- 18 Steps to Fall Proofing Your Home: Read and share practical steps explained by Scott Trudeau, an occupational therapist.
- Relationship between oral health and disease: Read ACL’s report on the importance of preventing oral health problems and options to expand access to oral health care.
- Healthy Aging in Action: Learn more about the National Prevention Council’s strategy to promote health, prevent injury, and manage chronic conditions.
- Successful Practices for Cross-Promoting CDSME and Falls Prevention Programs: Watch this recording to learn more about successful strategies.
- Tribal Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention: Best Practices Guide 2016: View the CDC’s new guide for strategies to address the high burden of motor vehicle crash injury and death in American Indian/Alaska Native communities.
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