Center for Healthy Aging Enews- August 2016 Issue

August 2016

Tips for partnering with the disability community

NCOA’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) Resource Center collaborated with the American Association on Health and Disability to create a guide for developing partnerships that assure people with disabilities are included in evidence-based programs.


Falls Prevention Awareness Day is around the corner!

The 9th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) is Sept. 22—the first day of fall. Join NCOA in raising awareness about how to prevent falls-related injuries and deaths among older adults. Plan your observation using our tips and tools. Join us for a national #FPAD2016 Twitter chat on falls prevention strategies on Sept. 13 @ 2-3 p.m. ET. Watch NCOA’s Facebook Live event on Sept. 22 @ 1-1:15 p.m. ET for a tour of home safety strategies and modifications that can reduce the risk of falling.

Plan activities and share resources | Personalize the FPAD media toolkit | Watch the webinar

Opportunity to share views on Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) barriers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the Physician Fee Schedule, which includes a request for information about the barriers to participation in the DSMT benefit, and raises concerns about the underutilization of DSMT. Submit comments by Sept. 6 to share the challenges you have faced in attempting to make DSMT more available to those in need, and suggestions for how these challenges could be addressed.

View the proposal | Submit comments

Bipartisan support for safety at home

In May, the Bipartisan Policy Center released the report, Healthy Aging Begins at Home, which outlined policies to promote safe and affordable housing, strengthen health care and home and community-based services, and leverage technology. NCOA was pleased to work closely with the Center on its recommendations, ranging from falls prevention to long-term services and supports, and is encouraged that two of the home modification proposals have been introduced as bipartisan legislation.

Review the BPC report | Learn about the Murphy-Poliquin Senior Accessible Housing Act | Learn about the King-Ayotte Senior Home Modification Assistance Initiative Act

“We Can Do Better”: Successful Strategies to Expand CDSME Programs

The U.S. Administration for Community Living, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Department of Transportation will be hosting a webinar in partnership with NCOA to highlight their initiative focused on livable communities for underserved populations. The webinar will feature successes in reaching underserved populations through health, housing, transportation, and social service partnerships.


Enter now: Falls Free® photo & video contests

NCOA’s Falls Free® Initiative is hosting photo and video contests! We’re looking for positive images of older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities, such as balance and exercise classes or fall risk screening events, as well as testimonials or interviews with older adults. The winners will be awarded prizes, and their photos and videos will be used to increase awareness about falls prevention.

Submit photos by Aug. 26 | Submit videos by Nov. 4

Acute vs. Chronic Conditions: What’s the Difference?

As we age, our immune systems change, making us more prone to acute and chronic diseases. Learn how these two disease types differ.

Share our blog post with older adults

Did you miss the new CDSME Best Practices Toolkit?

See over 150 resources collected from organizations implementing CDSME programs across the U.S. Find resources focused on leadership, management, partnerships, capacity building, centralized and coordinated logistical processes, business planning, and evaluation.

View the toolkit

Request for proposals for Benefit Enrollment Center grants serving hard-to-reach populations

NCOA’s Center for Benefits Access is seeking qualified organizations to become Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs) serving hard-to-reach low-income Medicare beneficiaries. BECs use person-centered strategies in a coordinated, community-wide approach to find and enroll Medicare beneficiaries—both seniors aged 65+ years and adults living with disabilities — who have limited income and resources into available benefits.

View the request for proposals

STEADI falls risk assessment toolkit and survey

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries) toolkit can be used in any setting to identify older adults at risk for falls; identify modifiable risk factors; and offer effective interventions, including referrals to community-based programs. NCOA is conducting an online survey to identify where and in what ways the STEADI toolkit is being used across the country. We would appreciate your input and encourage you to share the survey link with your networks.

Get the STEADI toolkit | Take the STEADI survey

September is…

  • Senior Center MonthUse the National Institute on Senior Centers’ 2016 Program Guide to plan community activities that celebrate the theme, Find Balance at Your Center!
  • Healthy Aging Month: Check out NCOA’s website to find resources to promote healthy aging.
  • National Traumatic Brain Injury Month: Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries. offers consumer resources and tips to prevent, treat, and live with fall-related traumatic brain injuries.
  • National Cholesterol Education Month: Visit the CDC website for resources to prevent, treat, and screen for high cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
  • World Alzheimer’s Month: Find resources to raise awareness and challenge stigma about Alzheimer’s disease in your community.
  • National Recovery Month: Join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in increasing awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and celebrating the people who recover.
  • Suicide Prevention Month: View the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ resources for raising awareness about suicide prevention.

Coming soon…

  • Webinar: “We Can Do Better Together”: Hear success stories from two CDSME programs that serve affordable housing residents, in partnership with federally qualified health centers, transportation services, and social services. Sept. 20 @ 2-3:30 p.m. ET’
  • Webinar: Suicide Prevention among Older Adults: Register for this event to learn more about the risk factors for suicide among older adults, new behavioral health resources, and how evidence-based programs can be used to treat depression. Sept. 29 @ 3:30- 5 p.m. ET
  • USC Aging in Place Summit: Register for the Morton Kesten Summit, Aging in Homes and Neighborhoods Today: The State of the Art on Research, Programs, and Future Directions. Oct. 20 in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Senior Centers 2016 Conference: Join us in Philadelphia Sept. 26-28 for the nation’s only conference dedicated to senior center professionals! Register by Sept. 16
  • National Home and Community Based Services Conference (HCBS): The National CDSME and Falls Prevention Resource Centers will be presenting at the HCBS conference. We hope to see you there! Washington, DC, Aug. 30-Sept. 1.


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