Center for Healthy Aging Enews- September 2016 Issue


September 2016

Celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day!

Join NCOA in raising awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries and deaths among older adults. Plan events using our tips and tools!

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NCOA launches Roadmap to Community-Integrated Health Care

Woman speaking with a physician

The National Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) Resource Center invites you to explore its new online Roadmap to Community Integrated Health Care (CIHC). The Roadmap is designed to support state and community-based organizations in building partnerships with health care organizations and obtaining payment for CDSME programs. The Roadmap contains information on leadership, learning collaboratives, and public policy. Additionally, it houses an extensive online CIHC toolkit that you can navigate at your own pace to learn about partnership development, program delivery and evaluation, and payment models and reimbursement.

Navigate the roadmap

Falls Free® photo contest winners

Woman sitting in a chair during a falls prevention program

Congratulations to the 2016 winners! Over 70 photos were entered, and competition was extremely tight. The winning photos depict older adults participating in falls prevention programs around the country. Many thanks to everyone who submitted entries and to our judges.

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Meet the Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) CDSME Grantees

Twelve state, community, and tribal organizations have begun work on ACL grants to increase the number of older adults and adults with disabilities who participate in CDSME and to implement innovative funding arrangements that will lead to integrated, sustainable evidence-based program networks. Collectively, the grantees aim to engage over 20,000 participants and 15,000 program completers 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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NCOA submits Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) comments to CMS

On Sept. 6, NCOA submitted comments in response to the Physician Fee Schedule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The CMS release included a request for information about the barriers to participation in the DSMT benefit and raised concerns about underutilization of DSMT. Additionally, it proposed expansion of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) through Medicare payment. NCOA made recommendations to increase access to DSMT and expressed support for the MDPP benefit.

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Malnutrition Awareness Week: Sept. 26-30

Malnutrition is a serious issue that can put older adults at a higher risk of experiencing health problems, such as infections or muscle loss. This is especially true after a hospital stay. Visit our website to test your knowledge about malnutrition, discover 5 facts about this condition, and find 6 questions to ask your doctor about maintaining good nutrition and muscle health during and after a hospital visit.

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Help your community get ready for flu season

Visit our updated Flu + You resources for the latest information on the seriousness of influenza in individuals aged 65+, the importance of getting an annual flu vaccination, and available vaccine options.

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Direct costs of fatal and non-fatal falls among older Americans

A recent article in the Journal of Safety Research reports the estimated cost of falls for 2012. Costs for fatal and non-fatal fall injuries in hospitals, emergency departments, and out-patient settings among U.S. adults aged 65+ were over $31 billion. This is on par with cancer, which had Medicare costs of $36 billion that same year. Falls incidence and total cost increased with age and were higher among women.

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CDC Report: 31 million adults aged 50+ are inactive

A study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly 30% of older adults are physically inactive. Although physical activity has health benefits for people of all ages, including the prevention or management of chronic conditions and falls prevention, many older adults report no physical activity outside of work in the past month. Read this study for recommendations to encourage activity among older adults.

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Take our survey about the STEADI Falls Risk Assessment

The CDC’s STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries) toolkit can be used in any setting to identify older adults at risk for falls. Take our survey to share how you’re using the STEADI toolkit. We appreciate your input and encourage you to share the survey link with your networks.

Get the STEADI toolkit | Take the STEADI survey

October is…

  • Medicare Open Enrollment: Read this article for 5 key things you should consider when deciding if a Medicare plan is right for you.
  • Health Literacy Month: Visit the CDC website for resources to improve communication about health topics.
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Listen to this webinar recording to learn more about the Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Program, a resource for people with cancer, cancer survivors, or caregivers.
  • National Physical Therapy Month: Check out 9 tips from physical therapists to help you age well, overcome pain, and maintain movement.
  • World Mental Health Day: View the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging’s resource list to help older adults address mental health needs, including resources related to caregiving and elder abuse, among others.

Coming soon…

  • Webinar: “We Can Do Better Together”: Attend this federal interagency event to highlight success stories from two CDSME programs that serve affordable housing residents, in partnership with federally qualified health centers, transportation services, and social services. Sept. 20 @ 2-3:30 p.m. ET
  • Falls Prevention Awareness Day Facebook Live® event: The National Falls Prevention Resource Center is partnering with the American Occupational Therapy Association to give a live tour of home safety tips and modifications that can help prevent falls. Join us on Facebook Sept. 22 @ 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET
  • Senior Centers 2016 Conference: Join NCOA in Philadelphia Sept. 26-28 for the nation’s only conference dedicated to senior center professionals! Register by Sept. 16
  • Webinar: Suicide Prevention among Older Adults: Register for this event to learn more about the risk factors for suicide among older adults, new behavioral health resources, and how evidence-based programs can be used to treat depression. Sept. 29 @ 3:30- 5 p.m. ET
  • Webinar: Successful Practices for Cross-Promoting CDSME and Falls Prevention Programs: Attend this event to learn more about successful strategies that leverage statewide networks to cross-promote CDSME and falls prevention programs. Oct. 18 @ 3-4:30 p.m. ET
  • USC Aging in Place Summit: Register for the Morton Kesten Summit, Aging in Homes and Neighborhoods Today: The State of the Art on Research, Programs, and Future Directions. Oct. 20 in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Matter of Balance training opportunities: Register for trainer sessions in Charlotte, NC on Nov. 15-16 & in Portland, ME on Dec. 7-8.

Explore…

  • With Chronic Illness, You Are Your Own Best Friend: Read this article from Kaiser Health News about the necessity of investing in chronic disease self-management education.
  • 20 articles that shaped geriatrics: Explore this guide, from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, to view some of the most important studies influencing older adult care published from 2000-2015.
  • CMS funding opportunity: Apply for this opportunity to implement the Accountable Health Communities model to address the critical gap between clinical care and community services.
  • Long distance caregiving: 20 Questions & Answers: Developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), this booklet provides ideas and resources that can help make long-distance caregiving more manageable and satisfying.

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