New! You Have the Power to Prevent a Fall video
Watch and share our new video showcasing four evidence-based falls prevention programs: Tai Chi, Stepping On, A Matter of Balance, and Otago.
Election 2016: Where the candidates stand on aging issues
There are only 19 days left until America chooses its next president— Where do the two major party candidates stand on issues of concern to older adults and the aging network? NCOA did the research for you.
Healthy aging with HIV
Healthy aging with HIV is possible, and it starts with education. That’s why NCOA has partnered with other national organizations on HIV: The Long View, a new report that outlines action steps that support long-term health and well-being for people living with and at risk for HIV.
Learn more about partnering with health care organizations
Visit NCOA’s Roadmap to Community-Integrated Health Care, a new resource designed to support state and community-based organizations in building partnerships with health care organizations. Find information on establishing, nurturing, and sustaining partnerships with federally qualified health centers, state Medicaid agencies, and patient centered medical homes, as well as success stories from the field.
Enter now: Falls Free® video contest
NCOA is looking for positive images of older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities. Video clips may include footage from Falls Prevention Awareness Day activities, balance and exercise classes, as well as testimonials or interviews with older adults. Video contest winners will be awarded prizes ranging from $400-$600, and their videos will be used to increase awareness about falls prevention.
Tai Ji Quan in senior centers
The American Journal of Public Health recently published a study on the impact of implementing Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance, an evidence-based falls prevention program, in 36 community senior centers. The falls prevention program resulted in a 49% reduction in the total number of falls and improved physical performance. The average cost-effectiveness ratio for the 48-week program implementation was $917 per fall prevented and $676 per fall prevented for multiple falls.
Home-based program reduces disability and promotes aging in place
The Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) program, funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, aims to reduce the impact of disability among low-income older adults by addressing individual capacities and the home environment. The program uses an interprofessional team (an occupational therapist, registered nurse, and handyman) to achieve individualized goals. Participants may also receive assistive devices and home modifications. A three-year CAPABLE demonstration project found that 75% of participants improved their activities of daily living.
Talk About Your Medicines Month
Talk About Your Medicines Month (TAYMM) is an annual opportunity to encourage provider-patient communication about the role medication management plays in promoting safe medicine use and improved health outcomes. The TAYMM website offers resources to stimulate conversations about managing multiple medications, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and dietary supplements.
- American Diabetes Month: Listen to this webinar on partnering with Quality Improvement Networks to expand access to diabetes self-management programs.
- National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness & Family Caregivers Month: Learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Notebook, an 8-chapter resource with information about the disease, tips for caring for yourself and your loved one, and guidance on planning for the future.
- Great American Smokeout (Nov. 17): Share tools from SmokeFree60+ to support older adults in thinking, preparing, and taking action to quit smoking.
- World Osteoporosis Day (Oct. 20): Prepare for #WorldOsteoporosisDay by downloading and sharing materials to help promote better bone health.
- Webinar: Learn to Navigate the New Roadmap to Community-Integrated Health Care: Join us for a guided tour of this online resource, highlighting information on developing new partners, program delivery and evaluation, and payment models. Nov. 15 @ 3-4 p.m. ET
- Matter of Balance training opportunities: Register for trainer sessions in Charlotte, NC on Nov. 15-16 and in Portland, ME on Dec. 7-8.
- Falls prevention home safety video tour: Visit NCOA’s Facebook page to watch a video demonstration of simple ways you can prevent falls in your home.
- Aging in place readiness checklist: Explore the Bipartisan Policy Center’s checklist of helpful resources to help older adults age in their home or community.
- Oral health tips for healthy teeth and gums: Share this National Institute on Aging AgePage about oral hygiene, dentures, and finding low-cost dental care.
- Get ready for flu season: Visit our updated Flu + You resources for the latest information on the seriousness of influenza in individuals aged 65+ and available vaccine options.
- Medicare Open Enrollment: Find resources for older adults to navigate open enrollment, including a list of actions that can be taken from Oct. 15-Dec. 7.
- Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention Tribal training application: Scholarships are available for representatives from Tribal organizations in the Four Corners region (AZ, NM, CO, UT) to attend a two-day Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention training Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Albuquerque, NM. Apply online by Nov. 4.
- Older adult mental health and suicide prevention video: Watch the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s new video on the importance of suicide prevention and mental health care among older adults.
- Survey about the STEADI Falls Risk Assessment: Take our survey to share how you’re using the CDC’s STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries) toolkit to identify older adults at risk for falls. Complete the survey by Oct. 31.
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