Celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day!
Join us for a Facebook Live event as we head outside to demonstrate how older adults can navigate fall hazards in their community. Like our Facebook page and visit today @ 3 p.m. ET to watch.
Senate adopts Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2017 resolution
By unanimous consent, the Senate passed S.Res.265 to designate Sept. 22, 2017 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day. For the past three years, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has continued the tradition of the leadership of the Senate Special Committee on Aging shepherding the resolution through the Senate, and this year she was joined by the Committee’s new Ranking Member, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA). The Senators reinforced their commitment to falls prevention in their joint statement.
Explore the ACL’s new briefing on CDSME Policy
The Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) new issue briefing describes the research behind the successful testing, implementation, and scaling-up of community-based programs that rely on peer leaders to educate small groups of participants about Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME).
Falls Free® photo and story contest winners
Congratulations to this year’s contest winners! Over 40 photos were entered, and competition was extremely tight. The winning photos and stories depict older adults participating in falls prevention programs around the country. Special thanks to the many contestants and judges.
Submit to the 2017 Falls Free® video and story contest
NCOA is looking for positive videos of older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities. Each video entry must be accompanied by a brief story that describes it’s falls prevention significance. Contest winners will be awarded prizes and their videos will be used to increase awareness about the impact of falls prevention.
Threats to Prevention Fund and Medicaid return
Efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) returned this week with legislation by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Similar to previous Republican proposals, this bill would fundamentally restructure Medicaid by imposing per capita caps, eliminate the Medicaid expansion and Prevention and Public Health Fund, and repeal the Community First Choice option. It would also cause millions of Americans to lose health insurance and increase costs for people age 50-64 in the individual market. Senators are expected to rush to vote on the bill next week, without adequate debate or understanding of how it will affect their constituents.
It’s Malnutrition Awareness Week™
Malnutrition is a tough subject to approach, but something that likely affects a senior you know. Take some time during Malnutrition Awareness Week™ to spread the word. Our new resources, including a video, offer information for older adults who want to be prepared and successful in preventing malnutrition. Share the facts| Visit the Community Malnutrition Resource Hub | Read our blog post about building community hubs to combat malnutrition
Check out resources from the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance
The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) is a coalition committed to elevating osteoarthritis (OA) as a national health priority. Explore the OAAAs extensive collection of resources for implementing, marketing, and evaluating evidence-based programs for individuals with OA. Explore resources| Watch a webinar on strategies to reach people with arthritis| Follow @oaactionallianc
Senior centers are masters of aging
National Senior Center Month is in full swing. Use NCOA’s Senior Center Month Program Guide to find great ideas for a memorable Senior Center Month celebration. You’ll find suggestions to help educate the community about the wide range of activities, services, and benefits senior centers offer.
2017 National Standards for DSMES released
The 2017 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) were recently released. The standards, which define quality DSMES services, must be met for Medicare reimbursement under Diabetes Self-Management Training. DSMES offered by an accredited or recognized program is an effective approach to improve quality of life and health outcomes for those living with diabetes, while saving health care costs.
- Alzheimer’s Foundation of America falls prevention webinar: Listen to this webinar for simple steps that individuals with cognitive impairments and their caregivers can take to prevent a fall. Sept. 22 @ 1-2 p.m. ET
- New funding for Diabetes Prevention Program demonstration projects: Apply for funding from the American College of Preventive Medicine to develop new models for screening, testing, and referral to CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs. Applications due by Oct. 10.
- RRF seeks next round of aging grant applicants: Learn more about the Retirement Research Foundation’s (RRF) responsive grants program to support advocacy, direct service, education for professionals working with elders, and research about the significant problems faced by older adults. Letter of inquiry due Dec. 1.
- Make exercise a priority for the seniors you serve: Join the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life® celebration this September and encourage older adults to be more active more often.
- Emergency preparedness for seniors, by seniors: Use this guide developed by seniors and the American Red Cross to help yourself and loved ones cope with disaster by planning ahead.
- Assess your readiness to partner with health care entities: Visit the n4a Aging and Disability Business Institute’s new readiness assessment to determine your capacity for engaging in contractual partnerships with health care payers and providers.
- The Joys of Grandparenthood: Read NCOA’s new blog post in honor of National Grandparents Day to discover what two of our own leaders value most about being grandparents.
- New report on rural communities, older adults, and the opioid crisis: Read this new report released by Grantmakers in Aging focused on the impact of the opioid crisis on older adults as well as program, partnership, and policy recommendations to address it.
- Upcoming FallsTalk Trainings: Register for a leader training Oct. 16 & 18 in Lynwood, Massachusetts.
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