Center for Healthy Aging Enews- November 2016 Issue


November 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

Read our blog | Watch an NCOA video | Visit the National Alliance for Caregiving | Visit the Caregiver Action Network

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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December is…

  • 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.

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