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October 2013

NCOA helps seniors take charge of their chronic conditionsclass

A new cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living will allow NCOA to serve as the National Resource Center on Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs. Under the agreement, NCOA will function as a national clearinghouse for state and local organizations as they work to scale and sustain programs such as Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and disease-specific programs on diabetes, arthritis, HIV, and chronic pain.
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Senate to strengthen healthy aging programs

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee is scheduled to mark up S. 1562, the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2013, on Oct. 30. The new bill is a consensus proposal crafted after several weeks of negotiations by Committee leaders. Although S. 1562 scales back a number of proposals that were included in previous OAA reauthorization bills, including those related to NCOA priorities, provisions which invest in evidence-based programs and enhance the delivery of chronic disease self-management and falls prevention remain strong.
See the bill | Read our letter of support

We're hiring!Classified ads for jobs

The Center for Healthy Aging is recruiting for two positions—Director of Resource Center and Director of Community-Clinical Partnerships. Think you’ve got what it takes? Check out the position descriptions on our website for more information.
Resource center director | Community-clinical partnerships director

Free online arthritis workshop

With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NCOA is partnering with the Arthritis Foundation to offer Better Choices, Better Health®-Arthritis free of charge. Over six weeks, from the convenience of their computer, participants learn strategies for reducing pain, decreasing activity limitations, improving their ability and confidence to manage arthritis, and more. Participants will also receive a FREE workbook plus online resources to help them live healthier!
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Government reopens, yet healthy aging funding still at risktarget

A deal was reached last week to raise the debt limit and reopen the federal government for a few months. House and Senate negotiators are meeting to craft a larger-scale budget deal that might get rid of all or part of the sequester, but the trade off could include eliminating the Prevention and Public Health Fund which currently provides $10 million for CDSMP and which we’ve targeted for falls prevention funding.
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  • My Action Planner App: Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, this mobile app allows you to better self-manage your chronic condition anywhere, anytime!
  • PEARLS Course Now Available Online: The course provides a general overview of the evidence-based treatment program for depression and takes about two hours to complete.
  • Fall Prevention for Older Adults with a Physical Disability: This fact sheet covers the physical and emotional consequences of falling, risks for falls in various environments, prevention strategies, and resources for support and further information.

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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