Center for Healthy Aging Enews- October 2016 Issue


October 2016

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.

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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.

Learn more | Recess 2016 Advocacy Toolkit

Healthy aging with HIV

Cover of the HIV: The Long View Report

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.

Download the report

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.

Navigate the roadmap

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.

Submit a video by Nov. 4

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.

Read the study | Learn more about Tai Ji Quan

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.

Learn about CAPABLE | Read the article in Health Affairs

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.

Find resources | See 4 medication safety tips from the FDA

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