Center for Healthy Aging Enews- May 2016 Issue

May 2016

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.

View NCOA’s Healthy Aging Facts

Osteoporosis, falls, and broken bones

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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.

Download the osteoporosis & falls fact sheet | View National Osteoporosis Month resources

New! Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2016 badge

People doing Tai Chi in the park.

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.

Download the new FPAD badge

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.

Download the resource list | View a webinar on Mental Health and Aging Coalitions

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!

Explore resources for living with Arthritis | Learn more about the Online Arthritis Self-Management Program | Learn more about Tai Chi for Arthritis

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.

Download ACL’s Tip Sheet: Assessing Health Plans’ NCQA HEDIS® Performance

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.

Read the CDC Vision Impairment & Falls Report


June is…

  • 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

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