May 2017

Help seniors maintain healthy nutrition

Find resources to support older adults in accessing and planning healthy meals, preventing malnutrition, and advocating for policies to prevent hunger.

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Award-winning leader joins NCOA staff

Nationally known business and thought leader Anna Maria Chávez recently joined NCOA as Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President for External Affairs. As a key member of NCOA’s executive leadership team, she will oversee policy and advocacy, marketing and communications, fund development and strategic partnership development, and community networks. Most recently, Chávez served as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA.

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FY18 federal budget details emerging

Final FY17 appropriations were signed into law late last month, providing level funding for falls prevention and Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME). In the coming month, two significant FY18 budget proposals are scheduled to be released. The Administration’s detailed budget request is expected on May 23, and the House of Representatives is planning to consider its budget blueprint in June. Check the NCOA blog to find analyses of how these proposals may affect healthy aging programs and other services for seniors.

Learn more about FY17 funding | Review the public policy blog posts

Jim Firman on his third phase: The best time of his life!

May is Older Americans Month and to celebrate, NCOA’s CEO Jim Firman shares his personal experience of aging. Read Jim’s thoughts on the gift of longevity, the importance of gratitude, and lessons learned from intergenerational relationships.

Read the blog post | Share your positive stories about aging

NCOA seeks improvements to the Chronic Care Act

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing yesterday on S. 870, the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act. The committee is expected to pass the bill tomorrow. NCOA continues to pursue improvements to the bill that would increase access to evidence-based community and online programs, such as CDSME, and strengthen the annual Medicare Wellness Visit and chronic care management quality standards.

Read a summary of the bill here | View witness statements and a hearing

New resources from the field on marketing CDSME and developing strategic partnerships

Visit NCOA’s Best Practices Toolkit: Resources from the Field to check out new resources from organizations in Oklahoma, South Dakota, Virginia, and more. New materials focus on educating health care providers about CDSME, partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association for participant referrals, and examples of infographics to display program data.


Know the signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions

One in four older adults experiences a mental health disorder, ranging from anxiety and depression to suicide. This number is expected to double to 15 million by 2030. Share the NCOA My Medicare Matters® tip sheets below to educate older adults about common mental health concerns and services available through Medicare.

Depression fact sheet | Suicide fact sheet | Anxiety fact sheet

Take action to manage arthritis and prevent falls

The risk of developing arthritis increases with age: nearly half of Americans 65 and older suffer from the disease. People with arthritis commonly experience pain, struggle to complete daily activities, and are 30% more likely to fall. NCOA has partnered with the National Recreation and Park Association to increase awareness about programs and resources to help manage the limitations caused by arthritis, including physical activity, chronic disease self-management education, and fall prevention programs.

Partner with a park and recreation department| Resources for implementing evidence-based programs | Osteoarthritis and falls tip sheet

Coming up…

  • A New Business Model for Rural Hospitals: Attend this webinar to learn how accountable care contracts and other value-based payment approaches can strengthen rural hospitals. May 22 @ 1-2 p.m. ET
  • Cost-Modelling Services for Health Care Partnership Success: Join this webinar for a discussion of how correct pricing strategies can help community-based organizations achieve and advance their core missions. June 2 @ 1-2 p.m. ET
  • Senior Centers 2017: Register for the only national conference specifically for senior center professionals, organized by NISC and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Service Programs on June 14-16 in Oak Brook, IL.


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