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A look at a podium in a U.S. Senate hearing room.

Apr 29, 2021

Ramsey Alwin on Supporting Older Workers Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

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Volunteers gather outside to pack boxes/meals for delivery to seniors and people with disabilities, only the food, boxes, and tables can be seen.

Apr 12, 2021

Federal Budget Process Begins with Biden Request

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A senior black woman is doing strength exercise with dumbbells in her home.

Apr 12, 2021

Address a Significant Public Health Issue: Funding for Falls Prevention Programs

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Apr 12, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Awareness Webinar Series: Root Causes of Vaccine Hesitancy in Older Adults

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A Black senior woman wearing a mask is talking to her health care provider at home.

Apr 12, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Awareness Webinar Series: Vaccine Access Issues Among Older Adults

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A Black senior woman and her granddaughter are sitting outside at a picnic table enjoying a salad together and laughing.

Apr 12, 2021

Boost Your Budget® Week: Regain Your Financial Footing

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A back shot of a younger female professional holds a senior woman as they walk through her neighborhood.

Apr 7, 2021

Home Care Gets a Boost in American Jobs Plan

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A Black senior man is practicing yoga in the park with other older adults.

Apr 7, 2021

The 2020 Falls Prevention Awareness Week Impact Report

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Older Hispanic couple is putting bell peppers into bag at grocery store together.

Mar 31, 2021

7 Facts About Older Adults and SNAP

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A senior woman smiles, hugging her caregiver during her house visit.

Mar 29, 2021

4th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium

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Eyeglasses sit atop a Medicare enrollment form.

Mar 24, 2021

Changes to Medicaid Following the Public Health Emergency

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A female is holding a red grocery basket with produce in it in a aisle at the grocery store.

Mar 18, 2021

How You Can Help Older Adults Access Food

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A senior woman is in the parking hugging her granddaughters as they kiss her on the cheeks.

Mar 16, 2021

American Rescue Plan Improves Senior Health and Financial Security

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A senior man is sitting at the dining room table blowing out his candles for his 80th birthday with family.

Mar 15, 2021

I'm Vaccinated. What Can I Safely Do Now?

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A Black middle-aged woman feels empowered with her arms out wide.

Mar 10, 2021

This Women's History Month We Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

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A senior woman and her grandson pose for a photo in the street of their neighborhood while both holding American flags.

Mar 7, 2021

Tell Congress to Support Older Adults in the COVID-19 Relief Bill

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Mar 7, 2021

COVID Vaccines: What Seniors Need to Know

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A professional from a community-based organization is delivering a plastic cart full of fresh produce to an elderly couple during the pandemic.

Mar 3, 2021

The Impact of COVID-19 on Community-Based Organizations Serving Older Adults

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A woman raises her hand to ask at question at a community townhall with her member of Congress.

Mar 2, 2021

9 Tips for Town Hall Meetings

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Mar 2, 2021

Energy Assistance Benefits

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Older Hispanic woman with gray sweater looking sad while gazing out a window

Mar 1, 2021

Get the Facts on Economic Security for Seniors

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A senior Black couple is laughing and enjoying their time together on their porch.

Mar 1, 2021

Get the Facts on Home Equity and Seniors

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A senior woman is talking to her daughter and granddaughter at the island in her kitchen, smiling.

Feb 25, 2021

SNAP Outreach & Enrollment Tools

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A nurse holds her hand on an older woman's shoulder, providing emotional support during her doctor's visit.

Feb 23, 2021

The Importance of Funding for Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Programs

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An up close shot of a senior Asian woman's eyes.

Feb 23, 2021

Get the Facts on Elder Abuse

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A "We Accept Supplemental Nutrition Assitance Program (SNAP)" sign appears on the window of a grocery retailer.

Feb 20, 2021

Older Adult Nutrition Month and SNAP Advocacy

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A senior woman is monitoring her glucose levels.

Feb 19, 2021

Restore Funding for Chronic Disease Self-Management Education

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Older Hispanic man smiling with reason to #getSNAP is financial security

Feb 19, 2021

Good Reasons to #GetSNAP

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Feb 19, 2021

Top 10 Financial Scams Targeting Seniors

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A senior couple is playing with their black lab in their living room.

Feb 19, 2021

What Is a Falls Prevention Coalition?

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Feb 16, 2021

Senior Centers Reach the Hard-to-Reach

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A group of four multi-ethnic senior women are enjoying water aerobics at a senior center.

Feb 16, 2021

Understanding Federal Funding for Senior Centers

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A lone piece of bread sits on an empty plate with a fork close by, indicating hunger.

Feb 15, 2021

Get the Facts on SNAP and Senior Hunger

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Feb 12, 2021

How to Advocate as a Nonprofit for Older Americans

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 A group of female seniors are doing crafts at a local senior center.

Feb 10, 2021

Facts and Benefits About Senior Centers You Probably Didn't Know

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Feb 8, 2021

Aging Well for All: 2021 Public Policy Priorities for Older Adults

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A grandfather holds a plank/pushup position while balancing his two young grandchilden on his back.

Feb 5, 2021

Falls Prevention Success Stories

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Feb 4, 2021

Key Congressional Committees for Aging Services

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An aging services network professional is sending an email to her member of Congress.

Feb 2, 2021

Thank You Letter Examples to Members of Congress

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Jan 31, 2021

Making Prescription Drugs More Affordable for Medicare Beneficiaries

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Street view of the Dirksen U.S. Senate office building.

Jan 22, 2021

Understanding the Role of Congressional Staffers and Terms Used on the Hill

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A senior man is in deep thought as he writes to a member of Congress.

Jan 22, 2021

How to Write to Congress

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Jan 15, 2021

How to Get an Elected Official to Attend Your Event

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Jan 11, 2021

Congress' Final Legislative Package of 2020: What's In It for Older Adults

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Jan 7, 2021

House Measures Leading to the Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act

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Jan 6, 2021

Senate Measures Leading to the Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act

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A senior Asian couple walks hand-in-hand outside, where the husband is carrying a bouquet of flowers as the wife smiles at the camera.

Jan 4, 2021

Recent Legislative Developments in the Older Americans Act

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A Black senior woman is hugging her husband from behind while he's sitting on the couch.

Jan 1, 2021

Get the Facts on Healthy Aging

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A senior man is talking in front of an audience about issues that matter to him.

Dec 22, 2020

10 Tips to Harness the Power of Stories

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A look at the Russell Senate Office Building from the street, the oldest of the United States Senate office buildings.

Dec 15, 2020

Top 10 Tips for a Successful Visit with a Member of Congress

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A mid-adult female advocate gestures while meeting with a policymaker about issues that affect her older father's future.

Dec 14, 2020

Effective Advocacy at Home

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An older man in a wheel chair smiles as his caregiver pats him on the shoulder.

Dec 11, 2020

The Background and History of the Older Americans Act

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Dec 11, 2020

Letter to the Editor Sample

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A food delivery service drops of groceries to a senior man wearing a mask and gloves during the pandemic.

Dec 9, 2020

Share Your COVID-19 Story

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A senior couple is gardening together in front of their house.

Dec 3, 2020

Get the Facts on Reverse Mortgages

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Dec 1, 2020

Understanding the Federal Budget and Its Impact on Older Adults

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Nov 19, 2020

Hopeful News about COVID-19 Vaccines and Treatments

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A senior father and his son are discussing his financial troubles and trying to figure out a budget.

Nov 9, 2020

Get the Facts on Senior Debt

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A group of seniors are in an auditorium stretching, practicing yoga with the sun shining through the windows.

Nov 3, 2020

Falls Free CheckUp

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Oct 16, 2020

Report: 8 Ideas to Expand Funding for Evidence-Based Health Programs

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Oct 13, 2020

Congress Recesses with More Work to Be Done

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A laptop computer screen shows the word "REIMBURSEMENT".

Oct 1, 2020

Report: Reimbursement for Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs in the Community

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6 Ways Nonprofits Can Educate Older Voters this Election
6 Ways Nonprofits Can Educate Older Voters this Election

Oct 1, 2020

6 Ways Nonprofits Can Educate Older Voters this Election

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A senior Black woman is filling out her ballot at the polls.

Sep 30, 2020

What Is the Accessible Voting Act?

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An older masked man is placing his ballot for the 2020 election in the mailbox.

Sep 22, 2020

How to Vote Healthy this Election

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Sep 18, 2020

Representatives Request Adequate FY21 Funding for Medicare SHIP and SCSEP in Joint Letter

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A health care worker/nurse is visiting a senior man, using a digital tablet.

Sep 18, 2020

Senators Urge Appropriators to Provide Adequate FY21 Funding for SHIP

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Ramsey Alwin's father, smiling and enjoying life.

Sep 15, 2020

Aging with Dignity Shouldn’t be a Stroke of Luck

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A senior couple sits on couch at home planning their budget.

Aug 5, 2020

Potential Financial Impacts of COVID-19 on Older Adults

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An older black man is reviewing and signing financial paperwork in his kitchen.

Aug 5, 2020

Potential Financial Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Older Single-Person Households

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Jul 30, 2020

Summer Reflections on Staying Safe

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The U.S. capitol building with a backdrop of a stimulus package, American flag, U.S. dollar banknote, and coronavirus bloodtest vial.

Jul 22, 2020

Congress Invests in Most Pressing Needs, But Budget Restrictions Remain

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A group of elders are seen practicing Tai Chi outside in front of a senior center.

Jul 19, 2020

Falls Prevention Awareness Week Promotion Toolkit

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Senior Caucasian woman in wheelchair with caregiver outside in garden

Jun 22, 2020

Take-Up Rates in Medicare Savings Programs and the Part D Low-Income Subsidy

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An older Asian couple is contemplating financial decisions over coffee.

May 20, 2020

Potential Financial Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Minority Older Adults

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senior masked caucasian couple receives a grocery delivery at home during the COVID-19 quarantine

May 20, 2020

The Heroes Act: What Is It and How Will It Provide Relief?

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Senior grandparents communicate to their grandson through closed window, trying to stay safe during the pandemic.

May 14, 2020

Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Americans during COVID-19: Evidence, Policy, and Advocacy

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And older grandmother and her younger granddaughter water plants outside of her retirement home.

May 6, 2020

What Congress Should Do for Low-Income Older Adults

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A senior woman and her daughter check-in with her doctor during the pandemic.

May 6, 2020

Planning for the Unexpected: What You Need to Know in the Time of COVID-19

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May 1, 2020

Addressing the Nation's Retirement Crisis: The 80%

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A senior man with a yellow hard hat and glasses works with a large drill bit at a plant workshop.

Apr 28, 2020

The Pandemic’s Threat to Older Workers

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A senior woman and her daughter check-in with her doctor during the pandemic.

Apr 23, 2020

COVID-19 and Older Adults: Support for Community-Based Physical and Behavioral Health

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Close-up photo of an older black person in a wheelchair carrying an N95 mask.

Apr 16, 2020

The Alarming Inequities of COVID-19

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Cropped view of a senior woman receiving help with her finances.

Apr 16, 2020

Economic Insecurity for Older Adults in the Presence of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Apr 14, 2020

Q&A on How CARES Act Payments Affect Eligibility for Benefits

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An older man receives a grocery delivery at home during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Apr 8, 2020

What Congress Has Done for COVID-19 Relief and What Might Be Next

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A young male masked caregiver is helping a masked senior woman into the car.

Mar 18, 2020

Key Resources About COVID-19 for Older Adults

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Close up shot of a Black woman washing her hands under running tap water.

Mar 18, 2020

COVID-19 FAQs for Older Adults and Caregivers

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An Asian grandmother and her grandson are looking at other, practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mar 16, 2020

Do Your Part to Stem COVID-19: An Intergenerational Call to Action

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A pile of red, white, and blue political buttons with one facing the camera that reads "CENSUS" .

Feb 27, 2020

Census 2020 & Older Adults: Reaching the Hard to Reach

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An older woman smiles while sitting in a room with other seniors at a senior center.

Feb 4, 2020

NCOA Endorsement of Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020

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A group of older adults are going through their daily stretching exercise routine at a senior center.

Feb 4, 2020

Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 Summary

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Jan 30, 2020

Older Adults and the 2020 Census: A Colorado Story

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A large group of older adults, all multi-ethnic, have their arms raised and are cheering with joy.

Jan 22, 2020

Aging Mastery Program® Qualifications for Older Americans Act Title III Funding

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A closeup shot of a senior woman holding her cane in a senior center.

Dec 16, 2019

Letter to Congressional Leadership on Medicare and Medicaid Extenders

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Younger male wearing glasses is hugging a senior woman.

Dec 2, 2019

The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on the Aging Services Network and the Older Adults They Serve

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An older female veteran is posing for the camera, smiling.

Nov 6, 2019

A Profile of Older U.S. Veterans

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A senior man is looking up, where many question marks surround him - indicating that he's trying to make a decision.

Oct 31, 2019

How to Choose a Medicare Plan During Open Enrollment

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A young female caregiver helps a senior woman out of the passenger seat of her car.

Sep 26, 2019

Falls Prevention Is a Team Effort

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A side view of the east side of the capitol building in Washington.

Sep 17, 2019

House Committee Steps Up for Dignity in Aging Act

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Senior sorts through daily prescriptions and places them into a daily pill container.

Aug 27, 2019

NCOA Comment Letter on the New Medicare Plan Finder

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Closeup shot of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) sign at its headquarters building in Washington,.

Aug 27, 2019

Letter to Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services

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A disabled man using a cane is seen leaving a nursing home.

Jun 13, 2019

Improve Access to Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services

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A male nurse is helping a Black senior man walk in a nursing home.

Jun 13, 2019

Funding for Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs in FY20

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A senior man in his early 60s is having a conversation with a Black man who has his back to a camera in a small factory.

Jun 10, 2019

Letter of Support for H.R. 1230, The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act

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Jun 6, 2019

NCOA Comments on Congressional Medicare Part D Reform

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An older Asian man smiles on the balcony of his house.

Jun 5, 2019

The Importance of Reauthorizing the Older Americans Act

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A closeup shot of a pharmacist assisting a customer with their prescription.

Jun 5, 2019

The Importance of Improving Medicare Low-Income Beneficiary Enrollment

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Stacks of coins are lined up, with amounts ranging from lower to highest - symbolizing what you save for your family, a car, house, and health. A hand is dropping some of the coins in a mason jar.

Apr 25, 2019

Elder Index Measure of Economic Security

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An older woman is being pushed by her husband while riding her bike outside in nature.

Mar 1, 2019

NCOA Proposals: OAA Reauthorization for 2019

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A senior Caucasian female shakes hands with a senior Caucasian man. Both are sitting at a table, discussing a financial agreement.

Jan 11, 2019

A Response to the Proposed Exchange Program Integrity Rule (CMS 9922-P)

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Nov 15, 2018

How Military Service Impacts Outlook on Aging

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A Black woman is shopping for produce in the grocery store.

Sep 13, 2018

How SNAP Ensures Healthy Aging

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A senior Caucasian woman and her female caregiver are shopping for groceries.

Sep 4, 2018

Joint Letter Opposing Proposals to Restrict Access to SNAP in House 2018 Farm Bill

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A group of seniors is in a classroom setting, taking notes while a speaker is presenting.

May 16, 2018

The Aging Mastery Program® Is Research- and Evidence-Based

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A group of seniors are smiling on a job training site while doing work on computers.

May 10, 2018

Assessing the Effectiveness of the Aging Mastery Program®

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Older woman's hands shaking out $100 bills from prescription medicine bottle.

Apr 24, 2018

The Modernizing Medicare Plan Finder Report

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A nurse holds the hands of a female senior.

Apr 24, 2018

What Is the Improving Medicare Markets Initiative (IMMI)?

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A look at a podium in a U.S. Senate hearing room.

Jan 24, 2018

Anna Maria Chávez on Turning 65: Navigating Critical Decisions to Age Well

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A Black senior man holds his wife as she struggles with grief.

Sep 21, 2017

Malnutrition May Be Hiding in Plain Sight

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A senior Black woman wearing glasses rests near her window, using her tablet.

Aug 6, 2017

Outreach Messages: What the Research Says

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Two elder Vietnam veterans are embracing each other by the shore.

Jul 13, 2017

18 Benefits for Veterans: Helping Our Nation’s Heroes

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A closeup shot of a pharmacist assisting a customer with their prescription.

Apr 13, 2017

Improving Medicare Low-Income Beneficiary Enrollment

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Older Caucasian man is receiving food delivery at home.

Mar 22, 2017

SNAP Elderly Simplified Application Project (ESAP)

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A group of older adults is outside practicing Tai Chi. (Image by Nicole Hiegl)

Sep 21, 2016

Video: You Have the Power to Prevent a Fall

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Up close shot of a sandwich that's been bitten into.

Aug 30, 2016

5 Malnutrition Facts You Probably Didn't Know

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A senior Caucasian man is leaning against a marble wall, contemplating life.

Jun 1, 2016

Ending Stigma Around Receiving Benefits

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A group of seniors is practicing Tai Chi outside. NISC Photo Contest (image by Tara Purtell)

Sep 16, 2015

Video: 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall

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Jul 24, 2015

2015 Falls Free® National Falls Prevention Action Plan

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A group of four multi-ethnic senior women are enjoying water aerobics at a senior center.

Jun 4, 2015

Get the Facts on Senior Centers

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An older woman smiling is doing yoga in a group setting.

May 22, 2015

6 Falls Prevention Steps to Help Your Older Loved Ones

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Jun 11, 2012

Depression and Anxiety: Screening and Intervention

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