Falls prevention evidence-based program review
Apply for inclusion on the Administration for Community Living (ACL) list of highest-tier evidence-based falls prevention programs. Approved programs meet the criteria for Older Americans Act Title III-D support and possible discretionary funding from ACL.
New threat to prevention funding
Congress is currently working on extending funding for a number of key health programs, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Community Health Centers, and the National Health Service Corps. The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently approved a bill that would cut over $6 billion (57%) from the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) to pay for these extensions. PPHF allocations support both falls prevention and Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) grants that have been awarded by ACL over the past several years.
Explore tips for engaging Veterans
Interested in reaching Veterans in your community? In our new tip sheet, community-based organizations across the country shared their strategies for establishing partnerships, conducting outreach, and planning programs to engage Veterans in evidence-based programs.
See it in action: Developing a partnership with an accountable care organization
Visit the Roadmap to Community Integrated Health Care to learn more about partnering with accountable care organizations (ACO) to implement and sustain evidence-based programs. The ACO section features an interview with the Southern Maine Agency on Aging and MaineHealth, an ACO, detailing how they have implemented, nurtured, and sustained their partnership to address the social determinants of health.
Check out new falls prevention home safety resources
View these resources, compiled by the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology in partnership with NCOA, to learn about home modification programs and best practices, obtain assessments to examine homes and make changes to increase safety and support, and learn about funding sources from a range of agencies and organizations to support home modification activities.
New guidance for importing data to the National CDSME Database
Do you use the National CDSME Database managed by NCOA? Or, are you interested in importing data to the database? The database is open to any organization that wants to track information about their evidence-based health promotion programs. Our new guidance provides an overview on the process, considerations for working with and choosing a vendor, as well as tips for preparing the data for import.
Falls prevention in the community: Navigating your neighborhood
People often think that only frail older adults need to be concerned about preventing falls. However, most older adults who fall outdoors are healthier, more physically active, and take fewer medications than those who fall indoors. Share this simple checklist to help older adults identify falls risks in their day-to-day activities and take steps to overcome them.
Watch our TEDx Talk: No More Grandmas Eating Cat Food
Being prepared for retirement means we can live the life we want to the very end. Anna Chavez and Sue Getman present a strategy for aging with financial security, dispelling the myth that getting older inevitably leads to impoverishment and fading away.
AHRQ training program helps hospitals prevent falls
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed the Falls Prevention in Hospitals Training Program for hospital quality improvement staff, patient safety officers, and others who seek to reduce falls. Data from 10 hospitals that used the program showed a 14% decrease in the average number of falls and a 20% decrease in falls with injury during the one-year period post implementation.
- Submit to the 2017 Falls Free® video and story contest: NCOA is looking for videos of older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities. Each video entry must be accompanied by a brief story that describes its falls prevention significance. Submit by Oct. 31.
- Apply to become a Benefits Enrollment Center (BEC): BECs use person-centered strategies to find and enroll Medicare beneficiaries who have limited income and resources into benefits. Proposals due Nov. 1 @ 12 p.m.
- Apply for funding to end elder abuse: The Office on Violence Against Women is accepting applications for the Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program. Applications due Nov. 8.
- Medical costs and earnings losses among adults with arthritis: Read this research article on the estimated economic impact of arthritis based on the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.
- Getting smart with your Facebook page: Listen to this webinar for tips on building and boosting your organization’s Facebook profile, as well as an intro to the new Benefits Outreach Toolkit.
- Tips for staying physically active with Alzheimer’s: Share these tips for helping adults with Alzheimer’s exercise, stay active and healthy, prevent certain diseases, and have better sleep habits.
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