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June 2013

Just released: Capping reportssuccess sign

Comprehensive capping reports describing key grantee activities and outcomes of two recent Administration for Community Living initiatives are now available. The reports describe the incredible growth of evidence-based health promotion programs since 2006, highlighting best practices, challenges and successes, evaluation activities, and more.  
Read the reports

America's Health Rankings Senior Report

United Health Foundation recently released its annual assessment of the health status of our nation’s older adult population. In addition to state rankings, an accompanying commentary was authored by NCOA’s James Firman and Richard Birkel on the value of investing in senior centers to promote health and prevent disease.
See where your state ranks | Read the commentary

Free online diabetes workshopBCBH-Diabetes Logo

We have new openings for our online diabetes self-management workshop, Better Choices, Better Health® – Diabetes! Over six weeks, from the convenience of their computer, participants learn to manage their diabetes symptoms, eat well and exercise, communicate with the doctors, and live healthier. Participants will also receive a copy of the workbook, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.
Sign up today

Webinar: Evidence-Based Arthritis Programs 

Interested in learning about programs that can help make life with arthritis better? Join us on June 27 for a webinar on the Arthritis Foundation’s evidence-based programs and Better Choices, Better Health®-Arthritis.

Murky FY 2014 appropriations process aheadU.S. Capitol

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees are taking up their respective pieces of FY14 legislation, with the Senate acting as if the sequester is eliminated, while the House keeps the sequester in place and shifts funding to defense to protect it from cuts. Nowhere is the gulf between the two chambers more evident than the allocations for the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill, which funds CDSME and Falls Prevention. Currently the total for the House and Senate bills are $42.5 billion apart, a nearly impossible hurdle to reaching agreement on a final bill by the October 1 start of the fiscal year. Watch for alerts from NCOA’s Public Policy and Advocacy team for requests to help educate your members of Congress about the importance of investing in CDSME and Elder Falls Prevention from the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
Learn more about the allocations | View our funding table

Get ready for Falls Prevention Awareness Day

The 6th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) will be observed September 22, 2013 to promote and increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. This year’s theme, Preventing Falls—One Step at a Time, seeks to unite professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members to play a part in raising awareness and preventing falls.
Learn more about FPAD


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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