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Aug. 2, 2011

dollar arrowsDebt ceiling deal: Good,
bad, and what’s ahead

After months of negotiations, Congress and President Obama have agreed on budget cuts along with raising the debt ceiling. As with any compromise, there's good news and bad. On the plus side, thanks to advocacy by NCOA and other senior groups, cuts affecting Medicare beneficiaries and low-income programs like Medicaid are not included in the initial package and are exempt from potential automatic cuts later. But significant cuts to discretionary programs like the Older Americans Act are included. And Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security could still be targeted in a second round of cuts recommended by a new “super committee” that must act by the end of the year or trigger automatic cuts. That means our job is far from over. See what's in the deal

NCOA, UHC launch Making Sense of Medicare

This year, 10,000 boomers become eligible for Medicare every day. With statistics like that, it’s more important than ever to give people with Medicare clear, easy-to-understand information about the program. NCOA is teaming with UnitedHealthcare to do just that. Our new educational initiative is called Making Sense of Medicare, and it includes online resources, community events, and more.
Read the release | Get campaign materials | See a list of events

man with caneA personal story: Emotional help leads to financial security

Mr. T was stressed about the debts he owed
to his landlord. When he came to Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s economic security clinic, Mr. T received more than simple financial assistance. Lenox Hill helped identify his underlying mental health concerns, and connected him with counseling and support. Now Mr. T has stable mental health and housing—keeping him independent longer.
Read his story | Get facts about elder economic security

New career opportunities at NCOA

NCOA has added two new job openings—one for director of the Self-Care Management Alliance and one for senior vice president of our healthy aging division. Both positions will be based in Washington, DC. See how to apply

logoYear of Active Ageing in Europe

The European Commission has designated 2012 as the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. The goal is to raise awareness about meeting the challenges of aging and share best practices. The initiative calls for action in employment, education, health and social services, housing, and public infrastructure. Learn more

Are you prepared to age?

CommonHealth ACTION has launched a national survey to assess how prepared Americans are to age. The survey will collect data on people’s concerns about aging, who will provide for their needs, and the role technology will play. The online survey is available through Sept. 9 in both English and Spanish. Results will be released during Older Americans Month 2012. Take the survey

Advocacy in action

Older adults in Iowa are making sure their lawmakers listen. They're advocating for services that will help them stay in their own homes longer. Watch them in action.

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Senior Center Strategies for Sustainability

Aug. 18 at 1:30 p.m. ET

Top Senior Center Research Projects

Sept. 15 at 1:30 p.m. ET
See more events and download past presentations.

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Making Medicare Work
for You

Watch a segment from the RLTV special on Medicare that aired last week.

Apply Here: Utilizing the Time and Talents of Older Adults

See a video showcasing the value of older volunteers.

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Discover a free chronic disease workshop

Learn about our six-week online course.

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The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for older Americans—especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged—and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information, visit

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