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December 2012

What’s new in multiple chronic conditions?older man at doctor

In a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) webinar last week, NCOA President Jim Firman showed how the NCOA-led Self-Management Alliance (SMA) is working to improve health care for individuals with multiple chronic conditions. The webinar also featured speakers from HHS, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the National Institutes of Health discussing how their agencies are addressing goals outlined in the HHS Multiple Chronic Conditions Strategic Framework.
Download the presentation | Learn more about the SMA

Center for Healthy Aging founder included on AARP "influential" list

Nancy Whitelaw, PhD, was named as one of the "50 over 50" whose work has had a major impact on the quality of life of our nation’s older adults. Dr. Whitelaw founded the Center for Healthy Aging and is currently a senior fellow with NCOA.
Read about Dr. Whitelaw’s impact | Get to know Nancy

Free online diabetes self-management workshopsBCBH-Diabetes Logo

NCOA is conducting a national pilot of Better Choices, Better Health®—Diabetes, an online self-management program for adults with type 2 diabetes. Participation is free through March 31, 2013.
Learn more about this opportunity | Sign up today 

Senior centers help older adults stay healthy

Senior centers are key players in delivering evidence-based healthy aging programs, according to a survey conducted by NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers. Over 90% of centers said they offer programs to help seniors manage chronic conditions, reduce falls, manage their medications, and more.
See more survey results

Eating well as you ageseniors grocery shopping

Healthy eating is important for everyone. But it can be even more critical for people as they age, especially if they’re living with a chronic condition. Get tips on how to choose and pay for healthy food, then test your knowledge with our short quiz.
Get nutrition tips | Help a hungry senior this holiday

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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