September 2017

Celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day!

Join us for a Facebook Live event as we head outside to demonstrate how older adults can navigate fall hazards in their community. Like our Facebook page and visit today @ 3 p.m. ET to watch.


Senate adopts Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2017 resolution

By unanimous consent, the Senate passed S.Res.265 to designate Sept. 22, 2017 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day. For the past three years, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has continued the tradition of the leadership of the Senate Special Committee on Aging shepherding the resolution through the Senate, and this year she was joined by the Committee’s new Ranking Member, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA). The Senators reinforced their commitment to falls prevention in their joint statement.

Read the bipartisan release | Review the resolution

Explore the ACL’s new briefing on CDSME Policy

The Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) new issue briefing describes the research behind the successful testing, implementation, and scaling-up of community-based programs that rely on peer leaders to educate small groups of participants about Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME).


Falls Free® photo and story contest winners

Group of older adults practicing Tai Chi in the park.

Congratulations to this year’s contest winners! Over 40 photos were entered, and competition was extremely tight. The winning photos and stories depict older adults participating in falls prevention programs around the country. Special thanks to the many contestants and judges.

View the photos

Submit to the 2017 Falls Free® video and story contest

NCOA is looking for positive videos of older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities. Each video entry must be accompanied by a brief story that describes it’s falls prevention significance. Contest winners will be awarded prizes and their videos will be used to increase awareness about the impact of falls prevention.

Submit by Oct. 31

Threats to Prevention Fund and Medicaid return

Efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) returned this week with legislation by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Similar to previous Republican proposals, this bill would fundamentally restructure Medicaid by imposing per capita caps, eliminate the Medicaid expansion and Prevention and Public Health Fund, and repeal the Community First Choice option. It would also cause millions of Americans to lose health insurance and increase costs for people age 50-64 in the individual market. Senators are expected to rush to vote on the bill next week, without adequate debate or understanding of how it will affect their constituents.

See what else is in the bill| Read an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities| Review what Prevention Fund repeal means for healthy aging

It’s Malnutrition Awareness Week™

Malnutrition is a tough subject to approach, but something that likely affects a senior you know. Take some time during Malnutrition Awareness Week™ to spread the word. Our new resources, including a video, offer information for older adults who want to be prepared and successful in preventing malnutrition. Share the facts| Visit the Community Malnutrition Resource Hub | Read our blog post about building community hubs to combat malnutrition

Check out resources from the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance

The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) is a coalition committed to elevating osteoarthritis (OA) as a national health priority. Explore the OAAAs extensive collection of resources for implementing, marketing, and evaluating evidence-based programs for individuals with OA. Explore resources| Watch a webinar on strategies to reach people with arthritis| Follow @oaactionallianc

Senior centers are masters of aging

National Senior Center Month is in full swing. Use NCOA’s Senior Center Month Program Guide to find great ideas for a memorable Senior Center Month celebration. You’ll find suggestions to help educate the community about the wide range of activities, services, and benefits senior centers offer.

Download the guide

2017 National Standards for DSMES released

The 2017 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) were recently released. The standards, which define quality DSMES services, must be met for Medicare reimbursement under Diabetes Self-Management Training. DSMES offered by an accredited or recognized program is an effective approach to improve quality of life and health outcomes for those living with diabetes, while saving health care costs.

Read the standards | Learn about Diabetes Self-Management Training| Review CDC diabetes data

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