News Article | December 20, 2016
ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With a new Administration and Congress arriving in January, 2017 promises historic debates that could significantly impact the lives of older Americans and their families—today and tomorrow. Founded in 1950 as the first national senior advocacy organization, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) will advocate for 5 priorities to help all Americans age with health, economic security, and independence. “ In the coming months, there will be important discussions about the future of key programs that older Americans and their families depend on—including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act,” said Howard Bedlin, NCOA Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy. “ These programs are not just for today’s seniors. They provide critical supports for all of us, and our families, as we grow older. NCOA will work to find bipartisan opportunities to defend and improve them.” In 2017, NCOA will urge Congress to: 1. Protect and strengthen key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) According to the nonpartisan Urban Institute, more than 4.5 million Americans aged 55-64 could lose their health insurance coverage under the anticipated ACA repeal bill. Seniors over age 65 also could lose important assistance that helps them stay healthy. NCOA is concerned about the following ACA provisions, which we believe are in particular jeopardy: The American people deserve to see the details of a health care replacement plan before Congress takes any vote to eliminate current insurance coverage and consumer protections. Medicaid is a lifeline for poor older adults, providing coverage for more than 6 million seniors in 2015. It pays for more than 60% of all long-term care and makes hospital and doctor visits affordable for low-income seniors by paying for Medicare premiums and cost-sharing. NCOA urges Congress not to cut or change the fundamental structure of our nation’s Medicaid health care safety net. Recent House budget proposals would have cut Medicaid funding by more than $900 billion over 10 years and turn it into a block grant program. These changes would shift rising health costs to states, individuals, and their families, making it harder for poor seniors to remain at home and afford the health care they need. These changes also could undermine current consumer protections, including those that ensure nursing home quality and financial protections for spouses of those who need long-term care. 3. Restore investments in programs that keep older adults healthy and independent With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, investments in senior programs have failed to keep pace with the growing need. Nationwide, millions of seniors no longer have access to meals, job placement services, transportation, and caregiver support because these programs have closed or have long waiting lists for the first time. Funding for these non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs is approaching an historic low as a share of the economy. NCOA urges Congress to restore funding and invest in the Older Americans Act, Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program, Senior Community Services Employment Program, and Elder Justice Act. In addition, Congress should reject cuts to programs that help vulnerable seniors, such as the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Social Services Block Grant, and Community Services Block Grant. Medicare is a guarantee that millions of seniors and individuals with disabilities depend on. Congress must preserve its fundamental promise and structure. Premium support proposals would give people with Medicare a fixed dollar amount to pay for health care, instead of covering a specific set of essential benefits and services. This would unfairly place the burden of rising health costs onto people with Medicare, most of whom have fixed incomes that do not keep pace with the rising cost of living. NCOA will work towards pragmatic, bipartisan solutions to strengthen Medicare by: 5. Improve access to home and community-based services and family caregiver supports Overwhelmingly, older adults want to stay in their own homes and communities as long as possible. NCOA believes there are significant bipartisan opportunities to save money and help families to delay or avoid nursing home placement. Two examples include: “ NCOA has a 66-year history of serving older adults who are struggling,” said Carol Zernial, NCOA Board Chair and Executive Director of the WellMed Charitable Foundation in San Antonio, TX. “ We will continue to look for ways to support the seniors who helped build our country.” To learn more about NCOA’s public policy priorities, please follow our Public Policy Blog, sign up for NCOA’s advocacy alerts, and join the conversation on social media at #StandWithSeniors. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at ncoa.org and @NCOAging.
News Article | February 15, 2017
The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) -- the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America -- will hold its 43rd Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, taking place from March 9 to 12 at the Miami Marriott Dadeland in Miami, Florida. This conference provides a forum for professionals in the field of aging to present their work and share ideas about gerontological and geriatric education and training. The theme for 2017 is "The Future is Here: Educating a New Generation of Professionals in Aging Worldwide." Learn more at http://www. . Below are some program highlights. Opening Plenary Session: "Thoughts on Educating a New Workforce of Professionals in Aging Worldwide" Thursday, March 9, 5:30 p.m. The Opening Plenary will feature a conversation with the Honorable Josefina Carbonell and Dr. Martha Pelaez. Carbonell served as the third assistant secretary for Aging at the Administration on Aging, appointed by President George Bush in 2001 and served in the position until 2009. She is currently the senior vice president of long-term Care & nutrition at Independent Living Systems and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Aging. Pelaez is a founder and consultant for Network Development and Operations at Florida Health Networks, LLC, and leads the Health Foundation of South Florida, Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative. She was previously the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization regional advisor on aging and health. Networking Luncheon: "Pecha Kucha -- Build. Network. Discover. It's your Journey." Friday, March 10, 12:30 p.m. Separate registration is required. Consider participating in this new and exciting AGHE networking luncheon. Attendees will learn about AGHE committees through a set of slide performances. What is Pecha Kucha? Pecha Kucha is an exciting way to provide information at conferences. It is an image-based slide presentation style that is concise and fast-paced. It allows for speakers to share images on a variety of topics. In this case, about AGHE committees and the various charges of the committees. "A Spotlight on Gerontology Programs Around the Globe" Saturday, March 11, 4:30 p.m. This special session will provide attendees an opportunity to learn about challenges and opportunities for gerontological education in China, Russia, Turkey and Mexico. Du Peng will introduce the development of gerontology education in China and will offer information about the gerontology program at Renming University of China, which is the only program in China that offers a PhD in gerontology. William E. Hills, Eduard V. Karyukhin, and Karen T. Hills will examine the Third Age University programs of the Russian cities of Pskov and Vologda, making comparisons to the Lifelong Learning Institute movement in the United States. Following a brief history of Turkey's first gerontology program at Akdeniz University, Özgür Arun and Jason K. Holdsworth will describe some opportunities and challenges they have encountered in gerontological education at both the local and national level. Elva Dolores Arias Merino, Martha Elena Vázquez Arias, and Neyda Ma Mendoza Ruvalcaba will provide insight to the needs of students and graduates, related to the AGHE competencies, who enter the Masters in Gerontology program at the University of Guadalajara. Closing Plenary Session: "Pitching to the Global Longevity Economy -- Planning for the Global Business of Aging" Sunday, March 12, 10 a.m. The featured speakers will be Brittany C.S. Weinberg, Aging 2.0; Dana B. Bradley, Western Kentucky University; and Janice I. Wassel, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The rapid aging of the world's population brings unprecedented and important changes in the global economic environment creating unique opportunities and challenges for businesses worldwide. Gerontological educators are uniquely positioned to take advantage of these challenges and opportunities because they can create multiple opportunities to introduce business issues related to corporate and public policy in their gerontological curriculum and career options for their students. The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) is the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America, the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. AGHE seeks to advance gerontology as a field of study at institutions of higher education through conferences, publications, technical assistance, research studies, and consultation with policy makers. It is currently the only institutional member organization dedicated to gerontology and geriatrics education worldwide.
News Article | November 14, 2016
Bringing together a diverse coalition of celebrities, advocacy groups and organizations to share their unique and inspiring prospectives, offer helpful tips, and highlight new innovations, technologies and services that stand to simplify the often rewarding, but also physically and emotionally demanding experience of caring for a loved one, the powerful messaging of the initiative spotlights the many substantial challenges family caregivers need to overcome daily. This year’s overarching theme for the annual campaign, “Take Care to Give Care”, boldly shifts the conversation from removing barriers standing between caregivers and their loved ones’ health and wellness, to removing barriers standing between them and their own health and wellness. John Schall, Chief Executive Officer of Caregiver Action Network, perennially one of Mediaplanet’s leading supporting partners on the campaign, declared the messaging in a recent media announcement, stating “The stress of dealing with caregiving responsibilities leads to a higher risk of health issues among family caregivers. So it’s important for family caregivers to remember to pay attention to their own wellness, and that begins with getting proper nutrition and rest.” Montel Williams, television personality, former military vet with MS and caregiver for his daughter, Maressa, who is now fighting her second bout with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, graces the cover of the print publication. Through an exclusive interview in the interior, he colorfully shares his his views from both sides of the caregiver divide. Grammy Award-Winning Singer, Patti Austin, also joins to teach our readers what she learned from caring for her mother. She adds, “As much as you put into being a caregiver, it always comes back to you in the most amazing ways." Made possible with the support of Caregiver Action Network, the National Council on Aging, WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s and the Alzheimer’s Readiness Project, Today’s Caregiver, CaringKind, NHPCO, Caregiving Club, AARP, Bank of America, Sam’s Club, Abbott Nutrition, Meals on Wheels, Invacare, Philips Lifeline, Seniorlink, Sage Products, SigmaCare, Teleflex and many more, the print component of “Supporting our Caregivers” was published as a multipage special section within the November 11th weekend edition of USA Today in the Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, South Florida, and Washington DC/Baltimore distribution markets with a circulation of approximately 300,000 copies and an estimated readership of 900,000. The digital component is featured on one of Mediaplanet’s premier web properties, FutureofPersonalHealth.com and is being distributed nationally through a vast social media strategy, and across a network of top news sites and partner outlets. To explore the digital version of the campaign, visit: http://www.futureofpersonalhealth.com/
News Article | November 16, 2016
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Barriers to internet use may be preventing chronically ill middle-aged and older women from being as healthy as they otherwise could be, new research from Oregon State University suggests. The study conducted by researchers from the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the University of Georgia analyzed data from hundreds of women age 44 and older with at least one chronic condition and found that 35 percent of them didn't use the internet at all. Among those who did, fewer than half used it to learn from the experiences of other chronic-disease patients; fewer than 20 percent took part in online discussions regarding their conditions. Self-care, including the use of online resources, is an important component in managing chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, depression and anxiety. Effective management of these types of conditions delays or prevents them from becoming debilitating, maintaining quality of life for the patient and saving health care dollars. The research showed the potential for improved condition management by getting online resources into the hands of more patients. "We want people to be able to optimize their health," said researcher Carolyn Mendez-Luck, an assistant professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences at OSU. Among the 418 women participating in the study, internet use for self-care varied depending on factors that included age, the specific condition or conditions a patient had, education level and ethnic background. "It really seemed to be the lower-resourced individuals who weren't using the internet and thus online resources," Mendez-Luck said. "If you're older, if you're a member of a minority group, if you're less educated, if you're not working, all of those things work against you and impede your use of the internet; that's what this research suggests." The women in the study all completed, via telephone, the National Council on Aging Chronic Care Survey and all had one or more chronic conditions. Support for the research also came from Atlantic Philanthropies, the California Healthcare Foundation, and the Center for Community Health Development. Results were recently published in the Journal of Women's Health. The study featured two parts. The first analyzed data in terms of sociodemographics, disease types and healthcare management associated with internet use, and the second focused on the 251 internet-using women to identify the online self- care resources they use and for what purposes. About 31 percent of the women in the study were 65 and older; 30 percent had three or more chronic conditions; and 65 percent said they used the internet. "A significantly larger proportion of older women reported multiple chronic conditions, and a significantly smaller proportion of older women reported using the internet or relying on it for help or support," Mendez-Luck said. "A significantly larger proportion of non-internet users reported needing help learning what to do to manage their health conditions and needing help learning how to care for their health conditions." Mendez-Luck says understanding how women with chronic conditions use the internet, or why they don't, can inform targeted efforts to increase internet availability, to educate patients about online resources, and to tailor internet-based materials to self-care needs. Women tend to live longer than men and also tend to be particularly affected by chronic diseases. "The number of people living with chronic conditions for longer durations is growing," Mendez-Luck said. "Complex patients, especially individuals with multiple chronic conditions, present enormous challenges to healthcare providers and a significant financial burden to the healthcare system. This situation is likely to become more critical as the number of Americans living to advanced ages increases in the next few decades." Self-care behaviors are important in managing chronic disease, Mendez-Luck noted. Without effective management, chronic conditions can diminish individuals' capacity to care for themselves as well as thwart caregivers' efforts. "We discovered that a significantly larger proportion of internet-using women with diabetes and depression reported needing help in both learning what to do to manage their health conditions and how to better care for their health, compared with women with other health conditions," Mendez-Luck said. "This finding highlights the notion that internet resources are not a one size fits all situation; it really does depend on the condition." Older women represent the chronic-conditions group with the most potential for gains in using online resources for disease self-management. "There's an opportunity for sure," Mendez-Luck said, noting that one method for improvement might be as simple as a physician, nurse or dietitian taking a moment to talk to patients about using the internet and how it can benefit them. "The fact that older women in general use the internet at lower rates, I think that's not surprising," Mendez-Luck said. "We need to give them a chance to get connected to community resources like libraries and senior centers that try to do education to dispel that fear or discomfort older women might have regarding technology. And more research needs to be done to determine how to tailor that online information in a way that meets their needs."
Ory M.G.,Texas A&M University |
Ahn S.,Texas A&M University |
Ahn S.,University of Memphis |
Jiang L.,Texas A&M University |
And 5 more authors.
Medical Care | Year: 2013
Background: Emerging health care reform initiatives are of growing importance amidst concerns about providing care to increasing numbers of adults with multiple chronic conditions. Evidence-based self-management strategies are recognized as central to managing a variety of chronic diseases by improving the medical, emotional, and social role management demands of chronic conditions. Objectives: To examine the effectiveness of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) among a national sample of participants organized around the Triple Aim goals of better health, better health care, and better value in terms of reduced health care utilization. Research Design: Utilizing data collected from small-group CDSMP workshops, baseline, 6-month, and 12-month assessments were examined using 3 types of mixed-effects models to provide unbiased estimates of intervention effects. Subjects: Data were analyzed from 1170 community-dwelling CDSMP participants. Measures: Triple Aim-related outcome measures: better health (eg, self-reported health, pain, fatigue, depression), better health care (eg, patient-physician communication, medication compliance, confidence completing medical forms), and better value [eg, reductions in emergency room (ER) visits and hospitalizations in the past 6 mo]. Results: Significant improvements for all better health and better health care outcome measures were observed from baseline to 12-month follow-up. The odds of ER visits significantly reduced from baseline to 12-month follow-up, whereas significant reductions in hospitalization were only observed from baseline to 6-month follow-up. Conclusions: This National Study of CDSMP (National Study) demonstrates the successful translation of CDSMP into widespread practice and its potential for helping the nation achieve the triple aims of health care reform. © 2013 by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Lorig K.,Stanford University |
Ritter P.L.,Stanford University |
Ory M.G.,Texas A&M University |
Whitelaw N.,National Council on Aging
Diabetes Educator | Year: 2013
Purpose: The purpose of the study was to determine the feasibility and efficacy of a generic chronic disease self-management program for people with type 2 diabetes. Methods: English-speaking adults with type 2 diabetes who were part of a larger US national translation study of the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) were invited to be part of the current study. In addition to completing self-report questionnaires, participants submitted blood samples at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months. Of the 114 participants, half had A1C values between 6% and 6.9% and half had values of 7.0% or more. Results: Adults with diabetes successfully participated in CDSMP workshops in a community health setting. Participants demonstrated statistically significant improvements in health indicators and behaviors but no reductions in health care utilization. Participants with A1C of 7% and above had A1C reductions at 6 months, with smaller reductions at 12 months. Those with baseline A1C less than 7% had no changes in A1C at 6 or 12 months. Conclusions: The results suggest that the CDSMP is a useful and appropriate program for lowering A1C among those with A1C above 7% and for improving health status for people with diabetes, regardless of their A1C. © 2013 The Author(s).
News Article | October 28, 2016
Eskaton’s No Falls League recently got out on the football field and recorded a video for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, coming September 22, 2016. The video, “Ready Steady Balance,” was named after the National Council on Aging’s 2016 initiative. Eskaton developed the video to highlight efforts in providing resources and programs to transform the aging experience while supporting larger efforts to reduce the number of falls. In the video, Eskaton’s Fall Prevention Team shows their peers how to have fun while exercising and prevent falls. “We take a fun and new approach to teaching fall prevention, which can help reduce the number of falls each year,” said Eskaton Fitness and Wellness Coordinator Christy Barry. “The specially designed fall prevention exercises help strengthen muscles, improve coordination, and build faster reaction times, just in case you do lose your balance.” The No Falls League, comprised of Eskaton’s independent living residents, are seniors aged 67 to 95, wearing football jerseys reflecting their age. Led by Barry, the seniors in the video demonstrate several exercises showing how easy it is to improve balance and strength, helping to reduce fall risk. Low-impact exercises include knee lifts, weight shifting, shoulder rolls, overhead arm reach, arm reach across the chest and more. To watch the video and download a checklist, please visit http://www.eskaton.org/fall. In addition to the fall-prevention video, Eskaton is offering fall-prevention assessments and classes. Between September 15-23, Eskaton communities will provide an exercise class, such as Tai Chi or yoga, that is open to the public and will focus on better balance, strength and flexibly. “We want people to be aware that most falls are preventable, and we provide resources to seniors and their families,” said Barry. For a list of classes, visit http://blog.eskaton.org/class-schedule-fall-prevention. According to the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds an older American is seen in the emergency room for a fall, and every 19 seconds a senior dies from a fall, which is the leading cause of death for an older adult. Eskaton continues to provide education and training for seniors year-round to reduce the injury and fatality rate and improve quality of life. About Eskaton The vision of Eskaton is to transform the aging experience. Its dedicated team members provide services and support for nearly 12,000 individuals annually who live in Eskaton communities or participate in its comprehensive home-support services. Eskaton is also pet-friendly. For more information, please call (916) 334-0810, or visit http://www.eskaton.org. About the NALA™ The NALA offers small and medium-sized businesses effective ways to reach customers through new media. As a single-agency source, the NALA helps businesses flourish in their local community. The NALA’s mission is to promote a business’ relevant and newsworthy events and achievements, both online and through traditional media. For media inquiries, please call 805.650.6121, ext. 361.
Altpeter M.,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill |
Schneider E.C.,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill |
Whitelaw N.,National Council on Aging
Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education | Year: 2014
BACKGROUND: Community collaboratives provide a means to build local capacity, reduce service fragmentation and duplication, maximize efficiency, and create synergies for systems change. But what are the collaborative practices that aging services providers and other stakeholders employ for system change and impact in evidence-based programming for older adults?PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to learn how aging and health collaborations created strategic partnerships to foster multisector systems change and pursue long-term goals and near-term activities to sustain and expand evidence-based health programming.METHODS: Via a multiphase process, we identified eight geographically diverse, exemplar agencies that serve as the coordinators for various community collaborations. Using an interview protocol culled from the literature, we conducted on-site, in-depth interviews with leadership and partners.RESULTS: Four creative strategies emerged across sites as contributing to the growth and sustainability of evidence-based health programming including engagement of nontraditional partners, development of new relationships with health care, building of innovative systems of structures and tools, and systematically working with vulnerable populations. Opportunities for future initiatives include enhancing linkages with health care, advocating for the value of evidence-based programming, supporting local program development and adaptation, and developing marketing strategies and business models.CONCLUSION: These eight organizations are leveraging their historic strengths and newly acquired expertise to extend health programming beyond established partners and funding silos. The four strategies and specific activities reflected in their work have laid a solid foundation for expanding and embedding future initiatives and positively impacting the health of older adults. © 2014 Society for Public Health Education.
Firman J.,National Council on Aging
Generations | Year: 2014
People with mild or early-stage Alzheimer's disease consider sacred relationships to be at the heart of adjusting to and coping with this disease. Spiritual advisors and the community must play an active role in preserving this relationship in people with Alzheimer's. This article explores findings on the importance of sacred relationships from the perspective of 28 people with mild Alzheimer's. Copyright © 2014 American Society on Aging; all rights reserved.
Beattie B.L.,National Council on Aging
Journal of Safety Research | Year: 2011
Introduction: Since 2004 the National Council on Aging (NCOA) has been working in collaboration with a growing number of national, state, and local organizations through the Falls Free© Initiative to address the growing public health issue of falls and fall-related injuries among older adults. Through collaborative leadership, evidence-based interventions, practical lifestyle adjustments, and community partnerships we are working to reduce the number of older adult falls. Impact on industry: The many activities of the national and state coalitions have brought recognition to the issue of fall prevention, education, and training to providers and greater investment in programs and services resulting in tremendous momentum and community activism. While we have yet to realize an impact on rates of falls, this strategic investment in building the infrastructure needed to affect change is the first step toward reducing the growing number of falls among older adults. © 2011 National Safety Council and Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.