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Coming Soon: Falls Prevention Awareness Day!

Get ready—Falls Prevention Awareness Day is Sept. 23! The 2014 theme is Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow. Last year, 47 states participated, and this year we hope to expand our reach even further. Use our resources to plan a successful falls prevention event in your community, and follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #FPAD14!
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New Census Data on 65+ Population

As the large Baby Boom generation ages, there will be significant social and economic implications. Read the new report from the U.S. Census Bureau to get a comprehensive look at the nation's older adult population, including information about health, socio-economic characteristics, geographic distribution, and longevity.
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Share These Videos to Help Prevent Falls

Every 14 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. Hawaii's Department of Health developed two videos to educate seniors and caregivers about four simple steps they can take to prevent falls and maintain their independence. Share them with your community!
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Join the Diabetes Self-Management Online Community

Are you interested in pursuing accreditation and reimbursement of the Diabetes Self-Management Program? Join our new online community to learn from experienced moderators and your peers about their experience with Medicare's diabetes self-management training benefit! Join today!

Blood Sugar Down, Self-Esteem Up

While volunteering at Surrey Services for Seniors, Kay Roberson, who has diabetes, decided to take part in a workshop based on Stanford Unitversity's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). With encouragement from the workshop, she began attending exercise classes three days a week. To her surprise, after a few months, her doctor told her that her blood sugar level was the best she had registered in eight years! Read Kay's story and learn more about CDSMP

Seniors Motivated to Improve their Health

The results of the 2014 United States of Aging Survey are in! This year, older Americans are taking more proactive steps to improve their health, like exercising daily and setting health goals. This uptick in healthy behaviors correlates with increased levels of optimism and confidence in maintaining health. Seniors receiving support from loved ones were more likely to set health goals.

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Servsafe: Food Safety and Alcohol Responsibility

Servsafe is developed by the National Restaurant Association and provides food safety and alcohol responsibility resources to help you in learning or sharing food and alcohol safety practices.  Look through this link for on-line courses, testing, posters, and other educational resources.

2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize - Call for Applications

Deadline: September 17, 2014, 3 p.m. ET

Purpose: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 2015 Culture of Health Prize is awarded annually to honor outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their accomplishments celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country.

Total Awards: Up to 10 RWJF Culture of Health Prize winning communities will be honored in 2015 and each will receive a $25,000 cash prize. To read more, click here. 


Tribes Join World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Events!


The Winnebago and Nez Perce Tribes reported activities acknowledging World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Here’s what was reported:

  1. Winnebago Tribal Elder Abuse Program Coordinator Receives Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate of the Year Award from the Northern Nebraska AAA!!!  Congratulations Thelma Whitewater for getting us on the WEADD map for national activities!

Event Title: "Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate of the Year Northern Nebraska"

Event Description:
Thelma Whitewater, Indian Health Services, is the Elder Abuse Prevention Coordinator for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. She is the recipient of the Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate of the year for northern Nebraska. She has created multiple culturally specific outreach materials. She organized a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event scheduled for June 16, 2014 from noon to 3 pm to honor the elders 55 and older. She developed a community guide of resources for the elders and has spearheaded an effort to update the tribal code regarding elder abuse. Thelma has included the youth in her community to increase awareness regarding caring for our elders. The winners’ poster was made into a billboard.

Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services

City: Winnebago State: NE

2.    Event Title: "Walk for World Elder Abuse Awareness"

Event Description:
We hosted events all month long.  On June 5th, we had an Adult Protection Educational Booth with Awareness Ribbon Face painting during the Nez Perce Tribe Housing Fair.  On June 12th, we held a Walk for Elder Abuse Awareness in Kamiah from 1100am-100pm. We all wore purple and walked to honor an Elder of our choice. We gave out free T-shirts, awareness trinkets, and lunch.  June 15th was Worldwide Elder Abuse Awareness Day. We observed a moment of silence and reflection at Noon to reflect and pray for our Elders in our communities…past, present, and future.  On June 18th we held our Walk for Elder Abuse Awareness in Lapwai from 11:00am-1:00pm.  June 25th was the launching of the Nez Perce Tribe Adult Protection Multi-disciplinary team. Our first team meeting consisting of tribal professionals from programs including Law Enforcement, Social Services, NMPH Behavioral Health, NMPH, and other programs in the field of providing Elder Services, was held.

Nez Perce Tribe Adult Protection Program

City: Lapwai  State: ID

If you also held WEAAD events but didn’t report them please send us a summary to Cynthia LaCounte,, Meg Graves,, or Cecelia Aldridge, Thank you!

Department of Transportation Jobs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the availability of approximately $100 million in competitive grant funds through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) new Ladders of Opportunity Initiative. The funds may be used to modernize and expand transit bus service specifically for the purpose of connecting disadvantaged and low-income individuals, veterans, seniors, youths, and others with local workforce training, employment centers, health care, and other vital services.

“Throughout our history, Americans have always been able to leave their children a brighter future, thanks in part to the opportunities transportation has provided,” said Secretary Foxx. “Innovative initiatives like this one can offer people the ladders to success they need to join the middle class, provide for their families, and achieve a better quality of life.” Read more.

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