You helped us improve 1.4 million lives!
That’s the total number of individuals NCOA and our partners, like you, helped last year. Of those, 834,400 individuals completed an evidence-based program to take control of their health. Check out our 2017 Impact Report to see how we’re making a difference—together.
Honoring black elders during Black History Month
Jenna McDavid from the Diverse Elders Coalition shares the lessons she learned at a recent Senate briefing about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Enjoy this reminder that it’s never too late to honor and support the elders who paved the way for younger generations.
Session proposals due by Feb. 16!
This week is your last chance to submit a proposal to present at the 2018 Annual Center for Healthy Aging Meeting in Arlington, VA. Through the theme, Paving the Way Towards Sustainable Healthy Communities, this conference provides an opportunity to share best practices around the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based programs.
n4a’s Aging & Disability Business Institute highlights positive health impacts of community-based organizations
A recent Health Affairs blog examined the progress of community-based organizations in partnering with health care entities to better integrate services. Research has found that counties where area agencies on aging have developed informal partnerships with many types of health care organizations have significantly lower health care costs than those with fewer partnerships.
The budget deal enacted on Feb. 9 provides some room for annual funding to grow over the next two years, but by Mar. 23, Congressional appropriators need to write the final bills to invest in falls prevention and Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) for the rest of FY18. On Feb. 12, the Administration released its budget request for FY19, which proposed to consolidate funding for Older Americans Act III-D Health Promotion and Disease Prevention with programs previously funded under the Prevention and Public Health Fund (falls prevention and CDSME) into a single Preventive Health Services account. No details are provided on how each of the individual programs would be funded under this consolidation, but the total cumulative funding would be $8 million less than current levels. Look for more details in the Feb. 20 NCOA Week and our CDSME and Falls Prevention Advocacy Toolkit.
New research on integrating community-based health promotion programs and primary care
This article, published in BMC Health Services Research, shares the results of a mixed methods study to identify barriers to integrating community-based programs and primary care. Interviews with primary care clinicians and non-clinician stakeholders revealed that these services are provided in disconnected worlds and need intentional intervention to support individual’s efforts lead healthy lives.
Disability-competent care webinar series
Individuals with disabilities enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid are at higher risk for poor health outcomes when compared to individuals without disabilities. This seven-part series from the Resources for Integrated Care is intended to aid providers and health care professionals in improving the delivery of care to persons with disabilities.
- CDC funding opportunity on approaches to address arthritis: Apply for funding to implement state-based approaches to increase self-management behaviors and improve the quality of life of adults with arthritis. Letter of intent due Feb. 19.
- Providing Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed (PCTI) Care to Family Caregivers of Older Adults Who are Victims of Trauma: Attend this webinar to develop a better understanding of the unique needs of family caregivers of older adults who are victims of trauma. Feb. 22 @ 2-3:15 p.m. ET
- Submit a nomination for the 2018 AARP Purpose Prize: The AARP Purpose Prize awards $60,000 to honor exceptional individuals who have created new and unique solutions to long-standing challenges. Apply by March 6.
- Using Motivational Interviewing to Improve Health Outcomes Among Older Adults: Attend this webinar to learn how motivational interviewing can be implemented to empower older adults to move towards adopting healthy behaviors. March 7 @ 3-4:30 p.m. ET
- Pet Policy Survey Webinar: Join us for a webinar that breaks down the results of our survey on pet policies in senior centers. Ways to include pets and pet therapy programs at your center will be highlighted. March 15 @ 1:30 p.m. ET
- Take the #MoveWithHeart pledge in honor of American Heart Month: Share this fact sheet and encourage older adults to pledge to be more physically active to benefit heart health.
- Reinventing Rural Health: A Case Study of Seven Upper Midwest States: Read this report about the current state of rural health care, including implications of existing federal policies, ongoing care challenges, and opportunities for improvement.
- Threats to bone health: Read this NYTimes article about the current factors affecting screening for and treatment of osteoporosis in the U.S.
- The secret to living longer may be your social life: Watch this Ted2017 talk by Susan Pinker about the importance of close personal relationships described by centenarians.
- New guides to manage behaviors associated with Dementia: Download the guides developed for professionals and caregivers, including recommended trainings, toolkits, fact sheets, and publications.
- Disaster preparedness for seniors and caregivers: Check out this guide for a description of different types of emergencies, tips for evacuation, and a checklist of items to have and bring with you in the event of an emergency.
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