Celebrate Older Americans Month!
Join the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in Blazing a Trail to wellness this month. During May, share these facts with the seniors you serve.
Osteoporosis, falls, and broken bones
1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men aged 50+ will break a bone due to osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become thin, weak, and more prone to falls and serious injuries. Download this fact sheet from NCOA and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to learn how to prevent osteoporosis and falls. Spread the word by joining the National Osteoporosis Month campaign this month.
New! Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2016 badge
Show your community that you are part of this year’s falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) on Sept. 22 by downloading and using our new 2016 FPAD badge. The badge is available in several formats and can be used on printed materials, websites, email, and social media.
Explore linkages between mental health and aging services during Mental Health Month
Older adults with untreated mental illness can have physical consequences, including slower recovery from hip fractures and a higher risk for developing chronic conditions. View the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging’s list of helpful resources for addressing common mental health issues that affect older adults.
Take action to manage arthritis and prevent falls
Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the U.S. It affects almost half of older adults and often occurs with other serious diseases. People with arthritis commonly experience pain, struggle to complete daily activities, and are 30% more likely to fall. During National Arthritis Awareness Month, learn more about resources and programs to help manage the pain and limitations caused by arthritis, prevent falls, and stay healthy!
Learn about using HEDIS® measures to support the delivery of CDSME
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) uses the Health Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) measures to evaluate the quality and performance of health insurance plans. Knowing how a plan performed on a specific HEDIS® measure, such as comprehensive diabetes care, can provide a direct opportunity to propose an evidence-based intervention. Use this tip sheet to access health insurance plan ratings for 2015-2016.
Over 1 million seniors with severely impaired vision report falling in 2014
Poor vision significantly increases the risk for falls. The CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report estimated that in 2014, 47% of persons with and 28% of older adults without a self-reported severe vision impairment reported having fallen during the previous year. Encourage older adults to get an annual vision exam to reduce their risk of falls and injuries.
- Head Trauma from Falling Increases Subsequent Emergency Department Visits in Older Adults: Read this study on the consequences of falls. More than one-third of older adults with minor head trauma caused by a fall will need to return to the emergency room within 90 days of discharge.
- Funding Opportunity: Business Acumen for Disability Organizations: Learn more about this ACL grant opportunity to provide targeted technical assistance to state coalitions of community-based disability organizations that seek to build their business capacity to contract with health care entities.
- Funding Opportunity: Learning Collaboratives for Advanced Business Acumen Skills: Learn more about this ACL grant opportunity to expand the readiness of community-based aging and disability organizations to contract with integrated care entities and develop integrated care systems.
- Mental Illness is not a “Normal” Part of Aging: Read this article from NCOA’s My Medicare Matters® to learn more about the negative stereotype that it is normal for older adults to become lonelier or unhappier as they age.
- Learn more about Community Health Worker (CHW) Models in Your State: View this summary of the efforts by 38 states and DC to integrate CHWs into health care systems, including information on financing, education, training, and certification.
- STEADI Falls Prevention Toolkit and Partnering with Health Care: Learn about how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s STEADI Toolkit can be used for falls prevention screening, assessment, intervention, and education of older adults.
- Educate seniors about their Annual Wellness Visit: Download this fact sheet to learn more about what’s covered by Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit (AWV). Last year, only 17.7% of beneficiaries took advantage of the AWV.
- Exercising With Osteoarthritis: Learn more about flexibility, strengthening, and endurance exercises that can help relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
- Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month: In 2015, 15.9 million family and friends provided unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Watch this webinar to learn how CDSME can benefit people with dementia and their caregivers.
- World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Millions of older adults are abused, neglected, and exploited. Learn more about the warning signs of elder abuse and steps that you can take to prevent it. June 15
- Recommendations for Healthy Aging: Integrating Health Care & Housing: Join the Bipartisan Policy Center for the release of the Senior Health and Housing Task Force’s new actionable report, “Healthy Aging Begins at Home.” May 23 @ 2 p.m., Washington, D.C.
- Participate in the Older Americans Month Twitter Chat: Join the #WeAreOAA Twitter chat and share why CDSME and Falls Prevention are important components of the Older Americans Act. May 24 @ 1-2 p.m. ET
- NCOA’s CDSME & Falls Prevention National Resource Centers Annual Meeting: Over 120 partners from national, state, and community-based organizations will be gathering to discuss the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based programs across the US. Check out resources from the meeting on our website. May 24-26, Alexandria, VA
- Submit a proposal for Senior Centers 2016: Submit a proposal to present at the only national conference solely for senior center professionals. The National Institute of Senior Centers and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging are hosting the event on Sept. 26-28 in Philadelphia. Proposals due May 31.
- Sticky Scenarios: Help Your Clients with Common (But Challenging) Medicare Issues: Join our Center for Benefits Access to explore common situations that people with Medicare may encounter. June 2 @ 2 p.m. ET
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