December 2016

Tips to engage tribal communities in CDSME

View this tip sheet for strategies to increase access to Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) programs in tribal communities.

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Straight Talk on upcoming policy debates

Woman with a megaphone

NCOA is using Straight Talk for Seniors® to provide the facts on why the Affordable Care Act (ACA) matters for seniors. An ACA repeal would eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) and with it, funding for healthy aging programs like evidence-based falls prevention programs and CDSME. Review our materials to learn more about the services at stake.

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Explore and share our new brochure: Osteoarthritis and Falls

Osteoarthritis can increase an individual’s risk for falls and injuries. This consumer brochure provides steps that people with osteoarthritis can take to stay active and reduce their falls risk, including choosing the right type of physical activity, reviewing medications, engaging in healthful behaviors, and avoiding unhealthful ones.


Falls Free® video contest winners announced

Older adults exercising to prevent falls.

Congratulations to this year’s contest winners! Over 25 video entries were received in which partners across the country showcased their enthusiasm for falls prevention. This year’s winning videos include positive depictions of older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities. Special thanks to the many contestants and judges.

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Congress delays final FY17 funding decisions until April

On Dec. 9, Congress passed a second Continuing Resolution (CR) that level-funds most federal programs through April 28. This includes healthy aging programs at the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Similar to the first CR, a minimal across-the-board cut keeps overall funding under the current budget caps but with a significant investment in veterans’ health services. This means FY17 funding won’t be finalized until 7 months into the fiscal year, when Congress should be starting the FY18 budget.

Learn more about the latest CR | Review the pending FY17 figures

Tribal Tai Chi for Arthritis training was a great success!

Photo of participants in a Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention leader training.

The National Falls Prevention Resource Center, with support from ACL, hosted a Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention leader training in Albuquerque, NM for 18 tribal members representing 9 tribes in the Four Corners area.

Read about Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention | Learn more about Tai Chi for Health

Enhanced Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) reduces symptoms

Learn more about this cluster-randomized trial to administer the 10-week AFEP in combination with the “10 Keys”™ to Healthy Aging. The study found that participants experienced significant improvement in arthritis symptoms and physical performance six months following the program.

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Cost of fall-related injuries among older Medicare beneficiaries

A study published in Health Services Research estimated costs associated with fall-related injuries (FRIs). Expenditures for FRIs initially treated in inpatient/ED/ outpatient settings were $21,424/$6,142/$8,622. Out-of-pocket costs were $1,363 per FRI. The study found that FRIs are associated with substantial, persistent Medicare expenditures.

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CDC seeks insights from primary care providers for falls prevention

The CDC and Altarum Institute are seeking input from health care providers to help inform and improve falls prevention services as part of the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) initiative. Schedule a 30-minute interview to share your experience by calling 1-877-828-5101 or emailing with your name, phone number, and the best time to reach you. Interviews will be held Dec. 2016-Jan. 2017 and participants will receive a $25 Amazon card.

Learn more about STEADI

Funding opportunities…

  • Walk With Ease mini grants: Apply for mini grants from the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance to strengthen the delivery and expansion of this arthritis-appropriate program. Letter of intent due Dec. 16.
  • Grants to support instructor training: Apply for funding to participate in instructor trainings to implement Walk With Ease and/or Active Living Every Day through the National Recreation and Park Association. Applications due Dec. 22.
  • Funding to reduce disparities in diabetes care: Apply for funding from Merck & Co. to build sustainable partnerships to address social determinants of health, redesign health care systems, increase access to high-quality health care, and improve health outcomes. Letter of intent due Jan. 24.

Coming soon…


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