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Archive for the ‘Senior’ Category

The State of Aging and Health in America

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Provides national data available on 15 key health indicators for older adults related to health status, health behaviors, preventive care and screening, and injuries. Searchable by state and region.

America’s Health Rankings 2013 Senior Report Released

Friday, June 7th, 2013

The inaugural edition of America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, uses a variety of health, well-being, social and economic measures to develop a holistic portrait of health of the seniors (age 65+) in each of the states. America’s Health Rankings Senior Report shows Minnesota at the top of the list of healthiest states for older adults. Vermont is ranked second and New Hampshire is third, followed by Massachusetts and Iowa. Mississippi is ranked 50th as the least healthy state for older adults. Oklahoma, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Arkansas complete the bottom 5 states.

America’s Health Rankings Senior Report:

Prevent Blindness: Recognizing Age-related Macular Degeneration

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Week is June 3-7. Learn how Awareness Makes a Difference at Prevent Blindness America: Awareness campaign resources are now available: flyers, posters, fact sheet, suggested social media posts.

Senior Resources

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

The State of Aging and Health in America

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  – Provides national data available on 15 key health indicators for older adults related to health status, health behaviors, preventive care and screening, and injuries. Searchable by state and region.  Available here:


The Older Population in the United States: 2011

U.S. Census Bureau  – Presents detailed tables on population 55 years and over by sex and age. Updated yearly. Available here:

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

National Health Observances (NHO) has a free toolkit to help promote your event.  The toolkit includes media and listserve announcements, tweets with links, e-cards, web badges and other ways to get involved.  Available here:

May 29th is also National Senior Health & Fitness Day.  For more information, to register to host an event, materials and more visit:

The National Institute on Aging at NIH also has the resource Go4Life which aims for motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines.  Visit

Health Equity and LGBT Elders of Color

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

As LGBT people of color age and face more health problems and health disparities, the same silence under which they live their lives is at play. Huffington Post says:  “A new policy report from SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) seeks to challenge that silence. Health Equity and LGBT Elders of Color explores 10 policy areas where health and wellness can be improved for older LGBT people of color (a population that encompasses multiple groups that are diverse across race, ethnicity, culture, language of origin and more). The report examines policy topics such as federal funding gaps, the ways in which health reform implementation can reach marginalized people, LGBT-specific barriers within programs such as Social Security and much more.” Download the free report here:

Get Ready: May Is Healthy Vision Month

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Spread the word about the importance of eye health to members of your community.  Many common eye diseases such as diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration have no early warning signs, making regular check-ups important.

Get free tools to help spread the word from the National Eye Institute:

Funding Opportunities Roundup pt. 1

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

National Health Service Corps Recruitment and Retention Assistance

National Health Service Corps  – Assistance for qualifying practice sites in recruiting and retaining community-responsive, culturally competent primary care clinicians.

Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

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National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI)

Association of American Indian Physicians – Offers a summer program designed to prepare American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) high school students to pursue a career in the health professions and//or biomedical research.

Deadline: March 29th, 2013

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Massage Therapy Foundation Community Service Grants

Massage Therapy Foundation  – Offers small grants for programs and projects that provide massage therapy to people who have little or no access to such services.

Deadline: April 1, 2013

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The Eldercare Locator

Administration for Community Living  – Provides funding to operate the Eldercare Locator, which connects older Americans and their caregivers with sources of information on senior services.

Deadline: March 18, 2013

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Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Program

Office of Rural Health Policy  – Supports rural health networks that focus on activities relating to the recruitment, education, training, and retention of HIT specialists.

Deadline: April 15, 2013

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May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust Grant Program

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust  – Grants for projects that target children and youth; the disabled and critically ill; disadvantaged adults and families; and elder populations.

Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

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Typical or Troubled?  School Mental Health Education Grants

American Psychiatric Foundation – Provides funding to schools to implement the Typical or Troubled? school mental health educational program.

Deadline: March 30, 2013

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Grants to Expand Care Coordination through the Use of Technology-Assisted Care in Targeted Areas of Need (TEC-TAC)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  – Grants for the use of technology, including web-based services, smart phones, and behavioral health electronic applications (e-apps), to expand and/or enhance the ability of providers to care for patients in treatment.

Deadline: April 10, 2013

For more information:

Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Breast Cancer (Mammography) Screening

IHS: Webinar will be discussing breast cancer rates, current screening guidelines, as well as strategies for improving mammography screening rates.

Friday January 25, 2013     1:00pm  – 2:00pm CST

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Two-Spirit Learning Community Webinar.

SAMHSA’s Native American Center for Excellence Two Spirit Learning Community

Tuesday January 29, 2013     12:00 pm- 1:00pm CST

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Introduction to the Obesity Prevention Evidence-Based Toolkit

Sponsored by National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

Tuesday January 29, 2013     2:00pm – 3:30pm CST

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National Provider Call: CMS National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

Sponsored by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Thursday January 31, 2013     12:30 – 2:00pm CST

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Rural Community Collaborations and Veteran Outreach

Sponsored by Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Rural Health

Thursday January 31, 2013     1:00pm – 2:00pm CST

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Let’s Move Faith and Communities: Transform your Food Pantry into a Source of Health and Wellness!

Sponsored by The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Thursday, January 31st, 2013     1:00pm  – 2:00pm CST

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Cervical Cancer (Pap) Screening.

IHS: Webinar will be discussing cervical cancer rates, current screening guidelines, as well as strategies for improving pap screening rates.

Friday February 1, 2013     12:00pm – 1:00pm CST

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No-cost fitness DVD and workout books from the National Institute on Aging

Friday, December 14th, 2012

The National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life’s campaign provides resources for older adults to get active.  A highlight of the campaign is a series of exercises that are designed especially for older adults using materials already in their homes (chairs, soup cans, towels, etc.).  Seniors can set personal fitness goals, track their progress and watch success story videos.  Resources are also available for family and friends, organizations and health professionals.


Order workout books and DVDs: