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June 2012

apple and moneySenate appropriators invest in senior prevention

Elder Falls Prevention received a $10 million increase under a FY13 appropriations bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee last week. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) also would get $10 million under the proposal. While the news is good, final appropriations are unlikely until early next year. If your Senators are on the Appropriations Committee, please thank them!
Get a summary | Download our funding table

CDSMP: 100,000 individuals and counting!

With technical support from CHA, states and their community partners have far surpassed their goal of having 50,000 individuals complete CDSMP. In just two years, over 100,000 individuals have participated in the program and over 75,000 have completed it.
Discover how CDSMP works | Read how it has changed lives

Falls Free Coalition - NEWOn Sept. 22, stand together to prevent falls

Did you know that every 15 seconds, an older adult is seen in an Emergency Department for a fall-related injury? Every one of us can help older adults prevent a fall. Sept. 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and the theme is Standing Together to Prevent Falls. Join 45 states and over 70 national organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies by hosting a falls prevention event for seniors in your community. We have all the resources you need to get started.
Get ideas to plan an event | Find your state falls coalition 

Ruiz joins NCOA as deputy director of Self-Management Alliance

Dr. Sarah Ruiz of Washington, DC, is the new deputy director of NCOA’s Self-Management Alliance, which is bringing together business, nonprofit, and government leaders to develop self-management tools for millions of older adults so they can play an active role in improving their own health. A public health activist for older adults and people with disabilities, Dr. Ruiz is a gerontologist and health research professional.
Meet Ruiz | Meet the SMA

Flu + You LogoUse our new toolkit to educate older adults about flu

Every year, people aged 65+ account for more than 9 in 10 flu-related deaths. This year, use our new toolkit to educate older adults about the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent the flu and resulting complications. Sponsored by NCOA in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur, Flu + You includes a free how-to guide, brochure, presentation, posters, fact sheets, and more.
Download Flu + You materials | Read the press release

NCOA, GSA recommend stronger research and evaluation under the OAA

NCOA and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) have released a white paper advocating for several changes as part of Older Americans Act (OAA) reauthorization to strengthen research, demonstration, evaluation, and training activities. Last year, Congress completely defunded these activities under Title IV Program Innovations for the first time in history. Better research and evaluation are critical to targeting funding to proven programs and improving services for seniors as the aging population grows.
Download the white paper  

CDC releases new self-management education issue briefs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued two new self-management education (SME) issue briefs designed to supplement marketing efforts. The briefs describe both the Chronic Disease Self-Management and Arthritis Self-Management Programs, highlighting their evidence and providing a clear call to action. One is directed at health care professionals and others who could refer or recommend an SME program, and the other is intended for organizations considering adopting these programs. 
Download the brief for referrers  | Download the brief for adopters 

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