The National Council on Aging is warning that the financial hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic will be much worse for older adults living alone, and this could force nearly 3 million older Americans in single households into possible poverty and or greater health risks.
The Aging Mastery Program is an innovative, 10-part program that focuses on key aspects of aging well, including health, finances, relationships, personal growth, and community involvement. It has empowered more than 22,000 older adults to age well and is now being offered virtually at nonprofit organizations nationwide.
NCOA is deeply disappointed by the Senate Republican’s most recent attempt to address the grave and ever-growing COVID-19 pandemic affecting our country because it fails to support and protect older Americans
NCOA has announced partnerships with several leading local and national nonprofits to connect diverse older adults to benefits programs to help them pay for food, prescription drugs, and health services.
NCOA’s latest issue brief analyzes the systemic obstacles that keep nearly 3 million eligible older adults and people with disabilities from accessing programs designed to help pay for their health care and medicine.
NCOA is warning that the financial hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic will push between 1.4 and 2.1 million more older Americans into poverty, and older adults with the least wealth will be the hardest hit.
NCOA today launched a COVID-19 Community Response Fund to immediately begin raising and distributing funds to hard-hit community-based organizations that are directly serving older adults during the pandemic.
NCOA applauds Congress for a strong bipartisan reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, modernizing the legislation to address the shifting needs of millions of older adults, including the recent coronavirus outbreak.
In the United States, the first reported virus-related fatalities were Americans over age 50, and the data available from China and other countries mirrors those results. NCOA believes more significant investment now will save the lives of our parents, grandparents, older adult relatives, and neighbors and help contain the spread of this deadly virus in our communities.
The League of United Latin American Citizens today announced an unprecedented new partnership with NCOA to offer a wide range of life-changing benefits to the growing number of Latino seniors and adults with disabilities throughout the United States.
Seventy-one diverse national organizations representing millions of older adults, people with disabilities, patients, and providers are joining NCOA in urging Congress to take action this week to prevent scheduled Medicare prescription drug cost increases.
After 25 years with the NCOA, James Firman, president and CEO, today announced his plans to retire from NCOA to pursue new endeavors that continue his focus on transforming the lives of older Americans.
At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, NCOA offered several evidence-based solutions to stem the tide of older adult falls, which today account for four older adult deaths every hour.
On Monday, September 23—the first day of fall—NCOA is partnering with thousands of educators, caregivers, health and aging professionals, community-based organizations, and older adults across the country to focus on one goal: preventing falls.
Justice in Aging, Medicare Rights Center, Center for Medicare Advocacy, and NCOA sent a joint letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services urging the agency to address concerns regarding changes to the Medicare Plan Finder tool and the 2020 Medicare Communications and Marketing Guidance.
Almost sixty percent of Americans aged 60 and over are concerned that health care costs (56%) and 43 percent are concerned that prescription drug costs are outpacing retirement savings, according to a new NCOA/Ipsos survey.
Read our statement on the decision by the Federal District Court in Fort Worth, TX, that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate in last year’s Republican tax bill rendered the entire act unconstitutional.
Research published this week in the Journal of Medical Internet Research demonstrates that the digital self-management program Better Choices, Better Health–Diabetes can help health insurers save an average of $815 in health care costs per person with diabetes in the year after the program, realizing a ROI of $3 for every $1 spent on the workshop.
Twenty-five new organizations have joined the NCOA’s national network of Benefits Enrollment Centers, providing personalized assistance to low-income Medicare beneficiaries to access programs that help pay for health care, prescriptions, food, utilities, and more.
When it comes to making health care insurance decisions, older Americans are told they can depend on the Medicare Plan Finder (MPF) to get reliable and accessible information. In fact, a new report finds that the federal government’s online tool to help Medicare beneficiaries and others obtain information and make decisions about coverage options in fee-for-service and Medicare Parts C and D is not delivering on that promise.
Recently, NCOA added 20 new BECs, allowing low-income Medicare beneficiaries in 69 communities across 36 states to get personalized assistance enrolling in programs that pay for health care, prescriptions, food, utilities, and more.
Ten years ago, the NCOA and a coalition of organizations created Falls Prevention Awareness Day to encourage people to prevent falls. In the first decade, more than 14 million people have participated in events across the country.
The Social Security Administration is sending millions of letters to Medicare beneficiaries who may be eligible for savings programs. The letters are not a scam and the programs could provide needed assistance.
Programs that older adults rely on like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security could undergo changes this year that would affect their expected budgets. The recently updated BenefitsCheckUp.org is the go-to resource to see if an older adult qualifies for more than 2,500 Federal, state, and private programs.
Today’s boomers and older adults will live nearly a decade longer than their parents, with twice as many years in good health past age 65. NCOA developed AMP to engage boomers and older adults in this new phase of their lives.