ACL announces 2017 CDSME and falls prevention grantees
Over the next 3 years, 15 new grantees will pilot innovative strategies to reach 38,000 older adults and adults with disabilities with Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) programs and more than 24,000 with falls prevention programs.
2017 Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD): 10 Years Standing Together to Prevent Falls
Use these materials to help educate your community, market your events, and engage local policy makers as you prepare for FPAD on Sept. 22. In addition, check out the recording from our FPAD webinar for ideas as you plan.
There’s still time to educate your policymakers
Last month, we shared where things stand with FY18 funding for falls prevention and CDSME, and updated our resources for educating policymakers about these important programs. Members of Congress return to the Capitol after Labor Day, and action is expected on the House floor and in the Senate Appropriations Committee on the Labor-HHS-Education bill that funds healthy aging programs in September. There’s still time to tell Congress your story about why falls prevention and chronic disease self-management are crucial to seniors in your communities.
Read about two organizations working to receive Medicare reimbursement for CDSME
Visit the “Medicare Opportunities” section of the Roadmap to Community Integrated Health Care to read success stories from efforts in North Carolina and Virginia to receive Medicare reimbursement for CDSME through the Diabetes Self-Management Training and Health and Behavior Assessment and Intervention benefits, respectively.
Learn more about the 2017 Medicare Reimbursement Learning Collaborative participants
Participants are actively sharing best practices and lessons learned as they take steps towards obtaining reimbursement for CDSME programs through the Diabetes Self-Management Training, Health and Behavior Assessment and Intervention, and Medical Nutrition Therapy benefits through the NCOA-led Medicare Reimbursement Learning Collaborative. Read profiles about each participating organization, their partners, and the work they’re doing to accomplish their goals.
Apply now for the evidence-based program review
Apply for inclusion on the ACL-approved list of evidence-based health promotion/disease prevention programs. Approved programs satisfy criteria for Older Americans Act Title III-D support and funding opportunities through ACL.
2017 Falls Free® Photo and Video Contests
Check out two opportunities to submit positive photos or videos of older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities, such as evidence-based falls prevention workshops. Each photo or video entry must be accompanied by a brief story that describes it’s falls prevention significance. Contest winners will be awarded prizes and their photos and videos will be used to increase awareness about the impact of falls prevention.
Submit comments on the proposed Healthy People 2030 goals
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is soliciting comments on the proposed framework for Healthy People 2030. This framework includes the Healthy People 2030 vision, mission, foundational principles, plan of action, and overarching goals — and it will guide the selection and prioritization of objectives for Healthy People 2030.
- Tools and Resources to Combat Older Adult Malnutrition: Attend this webinar to learn more about the impact of malnutrition on health care and quality of life. Presenters will share details about the Community Malnutrition Resource Hub, a compilation of resources to help address malnutrition. Aug. 29 @ 2-3 p.m. ET
- 2017 Malnutrition Awareness Week™ (Sept. 18-22): Join NCOA and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) in raising awareness among health care professionals about malnutrition. Follow @NCOAging on Sept. 19 @ 1 p.m. ET to participate in a twitter chat with ASPEN.
- From sick care to well care: Listen to this TEDx Talk from Dr. Aaron Leppin from the Mayo Clinic on the importance of building a system, including CDSME, to support individuals in managing their journey to wellness.
- 4 strategies to conduct outreach to older adults: Check out tips for using earned media, Facebook advertising, radio PSAs, and telephone town halls to reach older adults.
- New report finds opioid use has increased among older adults: Read the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s report on the increase in opioid use among older adults in 2014 compared to each year from 2002-2011.
- Keeping yourself, and your grandkids, healthy through immunizations: Read this blog post to learn more about 6 common communicable diseases that can put young and old at risk, plus steps you can take to protect you and your family.
- Lance Robertson confirmed as head of ACL: ACL has a new Administrator from Oklahoma, Lance Robertson. He will also serve as Assistant Secretary for Aging, and he brings significant relevant experience to both positions.
- New review finds Tai Chi helps prevent falls: A review of 10 randomized trials published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that tai chi reduced the incidence of falls by 43% for individuals who participated for less than a year.
- Intervention to prevent falls at community-based clinics: Read this article from the Journal of Applied Gerontology which found that evidence-based assessments, risk-reducing recommendations, and referrals to exercise opportunities may reduce falls and utilization of health care services.
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