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Retiring Nevada State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) Director, Wanda Brown, reflects on her experience with MIPPA outreach and SHIP over the last 10 years. Wanda shares insights on the importance of creating well-coordinated partnerships, the integral role volunteers play in state outreach efforts, and how changes in the low-income Medicare beneficiary population has impacted program outreach efforts. 

Listen to the recording.

Listed below a few highlights from our conversation along with several conversation place markers.  

Describe the structure of how Nevada’s MIPPA and SHIP programs work together to maximize outreach.  (Begins at 2:40 on the recording)

All of Nevada’s funding comes through the State Unit on Aging, which really creates a cohesive environment and allows all partners to work together to maximize outreach efforts and achieve our state-wide goals.

Describe some of the current partnership efforts currently underway in the state. (Begins at 21:30 on the recording) 

Nevada is looking to both public and private organizations to improve our outreach efforts. We have begun talking with the Nevada’s DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) to once again share Medicare Savings Program (MSP) potential eligible information with our office.  Additionally, our Agency Partner Initiative has our staff and volunteers working closely with private businesses, i.e., doctors, offices, pharmacies, and dialysis centers to help identify potential eligibles.

Talk about the state’s effort to locate and serve hard to reach populations like Native Americans, individuals with disabilities, and rural residents.  (Begins at 26:35 on the recording)

My role as a tribal liaison has offered access to the tribal health directors and provides consist connection between the SHIP and Nevada’s Native American communities. Over time, the community has come to recognize the value of MSPs and their ability to waive Medicare late enrollment penalties. Our rural outreach requires that staff and volunteers travel great distances to attend outreach and enrollment events and our travel budget reflects that reality. We know that consistency is key to building trust in the rural communities.

What past Center for Benefits Access resources have proven to be the most valuable to you and your network? (Begins at 41:10 on the recording)

The data visualization tool really helps us develop a strategy for our MIPPA outreach and ensure that we spend our funding wisely. The issue briefs and fact sheets that identify the number of Nevada residents we assist, and the value of those benefits go a long way to educate our lawmakers and improve the lives of Nevada residents. 

The Center for Benefits Access thanks Wanda for her years of dedicated service and appreciates her taking the time to share her knowledge and lessons learned.  Wanda, good luck on your next chapter! 

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The Frank Bailey Senior Center, J. Charley Griswell Senior Center, and the Kinship Care Resource Center, all under the Clayton County Senior Services Department, Georgia, achieved their first accreditation. A fourth accreditation was achieved by Newark Senior Center, Delaware and a third by Vesper Hall 50-Plus Community Center in Blue Springs, Missouri.

The Clayton County Senior Services Department, a department of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, provides services to the Clayton County senior population. They have two senior recreation centers, the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center in Jonesboro and the Frank Bailey Senior & Fitness Center in Riverdale, as well as the Kinship Care Resource Center, located at the Shelnutt Inter-generational Center in Jonesboro for grandparents raising grandchildren. They also have older adult programs at the Clayton Senior Adult Program in Riverdale and at an Aging Services center in Jonesboro.

In 2009, Clayton County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution making Senior Services an independent department, no longer operating und the Parks and Recreation Department. This decision was made to ensure that the senior adults in the country were receiving the full benefits of services offered by a specialized department. The Senior Services department also includes in home services for senior adults providing for a continuum of community care for senior adults.

The mission of the Senior Services Department is to deliver services and programs that promote independence and dignity and enhance the quality of life while providing a safe and caring environment for older adults, relative caregivers, and grandchildren.

Frank Bailey Senior Center

The Frank Bailey Senior Center is located in Riverdale, GA which is an urban/suburban community located 13 miles south of Atlanta. Riverdale has a population of 15,134 people with a median age of 32.7 years. The 25,000 square foot Center opened April 25, 2002 giving older adults a place for learning, exercising, and interaction in the Riverdale area.  The opportunities for learning include health lectures, computer training, as well as aquatic programs in the indoor, heated therapy pool.  The center employs both staff and volunteers to ensure that classes, programs, recreational activities are facilities effectively and efficiently.   The center is open Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm and Thursday until 8pm serving 1,671 members with an average of 178 participants daily.

The Frank Bailey Senior Center is a multi-purpose senior center which has a computer lab, full service cafeteria, fitness center, fitness class rooms, arts & crafts room, billiards and a therapy pool. Their programming consists of aquatic, fitness, dance, art/crafts, computer classes, clubs, trips.

Additionally, the Senior Nutrition Program is available to promote a healthy lifestyle to seniors 60 and older through health and wellness programming and to provide nutritious, low cost meals (voluntary contribution) in a congregate setting for older adults. 

The Peer Reviewer observed many strengths of the Frank Bailey Senior Center.  These included:

  • The team comradery of Clayton County Senior Services staff is impressive.
  • The focus, work ethics, passion and implementation of the accreditation plan should be celebrated. The staff collectively knows their jobs and is living the mission.
  • It is apparent when speaking with the membership, as well. Family is a term that was used often.
  • There is a strong relationship between administration, the county and the Frank Bailey Senior Center. That is not something that is seen everywhere.
  • The program offerings were wide and a nice variety. There was something for everyone: therapy pool, fitness center, arts (sculpting), fitness classes, recreation, trips, educational, gardens.
  • The facility accommodates the many offerings and the scheduling is appropriate.
  • The focus groups held each month at the senior centers is a good practice as it allows for members to have access to managers as well as have an organized formal time for staff to gather feedback from members.
  • The center has a very dedicated committed advisory council. They help in fundraising as well as program planning such brainstorming programming for men and setting up
J. Charley Griswell Senior Center

The J. Charley Griswell Senior Center is located in the City of Jonesboro, Clayton County, Georgia. The population of Jonesboro, GA is 4,729. Jonesboro has two senior centers, Griswell and Kinship centers. Clayton county is located just south of Atlanta and has suburban areas and rural areas. There are several small towns clustered together and the Griswell Center pulls members/participants from all of these areas. The county population is 259,424.

The Griswell Center opened its doors in August 2006 as a project funded by Special Purpose Local Sales Tax ( SPLOST). It is a multi-purpose senior center which has a computer lab, full service cafeteria, fitness center, exercise classrooms, arts and crafts, billiards, educational classrooms, library area, therapy pool, demonstration kitchen, 2 lobby areas as well as outdoor areas including gardening plots, porches and walking areas. The center has a large parking lot, with overflow parking in other areas of the park.

The center is located on a knoll amid a large area of trees. The exterior resembles a lodge with wood and stone materials. It has a large entry way with automatic sliding doors opening into a large lobby. The check in and office counter is located to the right. The center has one large hallway extending in both directions from the lobby. The lobby has a fireplace with seating and windows looking into the forest. Passing through the lobby brings you to an outdoor porch made of stone. Additional seating areas are located here along with raised gardening beds. The lobby also has a staffed registration area.

Inside, moving down either left or right hallways off the lobby there are various rooms. The left wing houses many of the exercise rooms and ends with the large therapy pool. The other hallway to the right houses education classrooms, a library area, card playing area, Quilting room, demonstration kitchen ending with the full service cafeteria. The cafeteria is a large area with a stage and also doubles as the line dance room due to the large class size (approx. 50). The facility is clean, well appointed and easy to find you way through the building.

The center offers a variety of programming meeting most programming standard. The center serves 1956 individuals with an average daily attendance of 490.

The Peer Reviewer observed many strengths of the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center. 

These included:

  • The J. Charley Griswell Center offers an excellent programming schedule at the center. The programming is varied, and the center is active and busy although the day. The center has a very nice size therapy pool larger than most, allowing for larger exercise groups. Programing is a strength and validated by the recent NISC Best Practice award received by the senior center.
  • The floor plan of the center is well designed, and it is easy to find one’s way through the center. The hallways are very wide and allow for socialization to occur as well as ease of passage. The centers classrooms and activity areas are located down one long wide hallway extending to the right and left of the lobby.
  • The Center includes a demonstration kitchen which allows for teaching cooking skills and introducing many potential nutrition programs such a Cooking Matters. The center also has a great gardening program allowing possible coordination with cooking classes.
  • The staff of J. Charley Griswell Center and the Senior Services Department are very knowledgeable, experienced and highly committed to the people they serve. Their commitment is apparent in their actions and passion with which they talk about their work. Seniors Centers are a priority within the department, and it is apparent that senior centers receive support and resources from being a part of a larger department.
  • The center staff provide a high level of customer service. The staff are very courteous, personable, responsive and attentive to members, even when staff is involved in other activities or tasks. The high level of customer service is to be commended as multi-tasking in a senior center is a challenge.
  • The focus groups held each month at the senior centers is a good practice as it allows for members to have access to managers as well as have a organized formal time for staff to gather feedback from members.
  • The center has a very dedicated committed advisory council. They help in fundraising as well as program planning.
The Kinship Care Resource Center

The Kinship Care Resource Center (KCRC) is located in the City of Jonesboro, Clayton County, Georgia. Clayton county is located just south of Atlanta and has suburban areas and rural areas. There are several small towns clustered together and KCRC pulls members/clients from all of these areas.

The KCRC is unique in that it serves both children and senior adults. The mission of the KCRC is to enable grandparents/relative caregiver headed families to maintain stability, security and safety in the home, by offering services that assist caregivers meet their emotional, educational, financial, and recreational needs for themselves and the children they are raising. The program was created in 2003 to address the needs of this specialized population after the Federal administration championed the cause of meeting the needs of grandparent raising grandchildren. The KCRC program is a model program for Georgia and since opening in 2003 has served over 4,000 families.

Your Peer Reviewer observed many strengths of the Kinship Care Resource Center. 

These included:

  • The mission of the Kinship Care Center is considered a good practice. It is unique among senior centers, but meets a very important need, especially for this community. Many communities could benefit from well-developed programming for grandparents/relatives raising grandchildren.
  • The staff of the Kinship Care Center and the Senior Services Department are very knowledgeable, experienced and highly committed to the people they serve. Their commitment is apparent in their actions and passion with which they talk about their work. Seniors Centers are a priority within the department and it is apparent that senior centers receive support and resources from being a part of a larger department.
  • The center staff provide a high level of customer service. The staff are very courteous, personable, responsive and attentive to members, even when staff is involved in other activities or tasks. The high level of customer service is to be commended as multi-tasking in a senior center is a challenge.
  • Fishing sessions, a cooking group and spa days.
Newark Senior Center

The Newark Senior Center (NSC) has been in operation since 1967 and moved to its current location on White Chapel Drive in 1996. The center is located within the Newark Delaware city limits, a community of 31,500 people, but serves  the much larger region of New Castle County with a population of more than 500,000 (which is one-half of the entire population of the state of Delaware.)  Newark is the home of University of Delaware, and New Castle County hosts wide array of community agencies, including several that serve older adults.

NSC serves approximately 4000 members age 50 plus, a number that has been relative stable for several years.  On a typical day, approximately 250 members visit NSC and there are 55,000 to 65,000 visits per year. This is the center’s third re-accreditation. 

Membership fees are $35 per year, with subsidies available if needed. NSC is a 501©3 agency. It is open M-Th 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. plus two Saturdays per month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It has a total of 15 full time staff of whom 4 are in food service and 3 are in programs, 20 part time staff, and an estimated 500 volunteers, including 158 Meals on Wheels deliverers and 225 supporting special events. Notably, there have been only four Executive Directors in its 52 year history.

There are a wide range of programs such as non-Title III lunchtime meals, transportation to and from the center and for recreational excursions, home-delivered meals, caregiver education, volunteer opportunities, and health and wellness, arts and humanities, educational, recreational, I/R, intergenerational, and advocacy programs and services, as well as a newer program serving participants with early onset dementia. 

The center also partners with more than 20 community agency representing health, educational, advocacy, civic, charitable and social, and for-profit sectors. The facility of approximately 25,000 SF has undergone one significant expansion and three major renovations.

The peer reviewer noted that the accreditation process engaged more than 60 individuals who met a total of five times (altogether or in subcommittees) between September and December. Participants represented Board members, staff, center volunteers, and community volunteers and leaders from educational, health, social service, governmental, and business sectors. Notably, the self-assessment process also involved 25 master’s in public administration students. 

The Peer Reviewer observed many strengths of the Newark Senior Center.  These included:

  • A strong, dedicated staff who obviously work well together as a team, and to whom the Executive Director is very comfortable delegating significant responsibilities.
  • A strong corps of volunteers, including exceptional volunteer leaders in the Gift Shoppe, computer lab, and as virtual architectural and interior design in house consultants.
  • An almost dizzying array of programs, with a significant number of them scheduled in the evening.
  • Strong leadership from the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, who clearly recognized and accepted their fund development responsibilities.
  • Comprehensive marketing efforts built upon a monthly 48 pageattractive and informative newsletter.
  • An exceedingly strong financial base, that enabled significant facility expansion and multiple renovations, while maintaining more than adequate reserves.
  • A model, comprehensive Development and Planned Giving operation.
  • A model, comprehensive Recovery and Business Continuity plan.
  • An attractive, exceptionally well-maintained facility.
  • A very large and beneficial number of internships and practicums.
  • A strong, healthy array of funding sources that allowed the membership fee to remain low, and subsidized important programs like Meals on Wheels and Transportation.
Vesper Hall 50-Plus Community Center

The Vesper Hall 50-Plus Community Center is run by the city of Blue Springs. The City of Blue Springs is a suburb of the Kansas City metro area. Blue springs has a population of 53,573 and approximately 24% is over 50 and individuals 65 and older represent 11% of the population. The Vesper Hall center opened in 1993 and has grown through the years. Today, they serve over 5,000 seniors, 22,633 congregate meals, and 13,396 home delivered meals with an average of 93 participants per day. They cook meals on site for the daily meal program as well as home-delivered meals to homebound seniors in the area.

The center is a senior community center open five days a week, including three evenings and occasional Saturday and Sunday for special events. The Center is also a resource for the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department for all ages as needed for other recreation programs. The facility is located next to a small park and is rented out to the public when not in use.

The center’s funding source comes from grant money, rentals, user fees and the City’s general fund. They have four full time employees and nine part-time employees. They offer a variety of educational, recreational, art related, health related and volunteer opportunities for seniors in the community. They also have a large base of community support for sponsorships.

The Peer Reviewer observed many strengths of the Vesper Hall 50-Plus Community Center. 

These included:

  • Friendly participants who mentioned more than once how welcoming everyone was at the facility.
  • Dedicated staff who help promote the welcoming atmosphere.
  • Building was clean, well maintained, and had a variety of room sizes for different programming.
  • The center offers a free community meal each year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The staff said they have to offer the meals at two different times to serve the large numbers who attend.
  • Senior participants present their views at the Recreation Department Employee luncheon to explain the Center and offer stories on what it meant to them to attend.
  • The center is open three evenings a week and some weekends for special events.
  • Planning document with performance measures listed clearly.
  • Strong community connections.
  • Strong marketing plan with objectives and action steps.
  • City provides great support and the financial backing to run the Center.
  • Volunteer handbook with comprehensive information.
  • Large volunteer presence in teaching classes and running special events.
  • Good variety of programs offered at different times during the day and week.
  • Excellent operations manual with detailed information on how the Center is run.

Consider national accreditation and the self-assessment process to highlight all the positive aspects of your senior center while involving community experts and even nearby university students in the process. Learn how the National Senior Center Standards and self-assessment process can help you achieve excellence at your center. 

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The Executive Administrative Assistant provides internal and external scheduling support for the President & CEO and the Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer and provides support to the Manager of Executive and Administrative Operations for organization-wide initiatives. Duties include managing the flow of information and assisting with projects administratively and logistically.

Responsibilities

General Administrative Assistance

  • Helps manage the flow of information (paper and electronic), commitments, and tasks for the President and CEO and Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer on a daily basis, keeping track of deadlines and documents.
  • Manages and maintains key address/contact/distribution lists and activity tracking in database system, for those contacts that are most relevant to the both executives.
  • Handles and coordinates confidential information with complete discretion.
  • Manages and ensures appropriate and timely follow-up on internal and external requests for information or action.
  • Ensures that all Executive Office meeting logistics (e.g., meals, travel, conference room reservations, offsite meeting location reservations, scheduling, technological arrangements, etc.), including all management and staff-related meetings, are highly effective and accomplished in a timely manner.
  • Performs administrative duties including expense/travel reimbursements, purchase card reconciliations, check requests and contract development in a timely manner and in accordance with the policies and procedures set forth by the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
  • Distributes internal documents, memos, and articles.
  • Performs a variety of research assignments by gathering and analyzing information and data and presents it in a fashion presentable for Executive review—concise, grammatically correct.
  • Maintains correspondence and files, both written and electronic.

Scheduling & Travel

  • Manages the President and CEO and Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer’s daily schedules; handles all internal and external requests for meetings and speaking engagements and determines course of action for requests.
  • Researches, collects, and organizes briefing materials for internal and external meetings and travel; prepares daily briefing packet and schedule.
  • Coordinates external engagements and logistics for appearances and speaking engagements for the President and CEO and Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer.
  • Proactively arranges conference calls, meetings and external appointments, as needed by the President and CEO and Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer.
  • Coordinates with the appropriate parties to make sure the President and CEO and Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer have the briefings and materials necessary to prepare for scheduled meetings and events.

Board of Directors Administrative Support

  • Responsible for helping coordinate all administrative preparations for NCOA Board of Director meetings and conference calls, including Board travel, hotel accommodations, reimbursements.
  • Records Board meeting minutes and disseminates to respective parties in a timely manner.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum six years’ experience that includes providing scheduling and special assistance to executive level staff of an organization/office.
  • Advanced knowledge of Outlook; working knowledge of MS Word and Excel; capacity to learn other types of software programs.
  • Work experience in fast-paced office strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with Internet research.
  • Strong organization and sophisticated interpersonal skills, discretion, poise, judgment.
  • Excellent grammatical, oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail, ability to multi-task.
  • A “sense of urgency,” demonstrated experience working at the Board level, working beyond the normal work day and on weekends as necessary.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, take on multiple tasks, to prioritize and achieve timely and thorough completion of assignments.
  • Passion and commitment to improving the lives of older adults not required, but desirable.
ADA Specifications

Physical demands that must be met in order to successfully complete the essential functions of the job

Requires ability to speak, see, hear and use hands to operate standard business equipment including computers and fax machines. Ability to sit and working at a computer for extended periods of time and lift 50 pounds on a regular basis. Ability to frequently kneel, squat, bend, stoop, twist, and reach overhead with repetitive motion may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Attributes
  • Self-confident. You are thoughtful in your approach, consultative, and confidently take the lead. You are fair and just.
  • Collaborative work style. You collaborate on projects, communicate results, and are willing to listen and learn from others. You enjoy daily interaction with staff of all levels and quickly earn respect and loyalty. You are a resource and a counselor.
  • Momentum builder. You are not simply an implementer; you initiate and facilitate results-based outcomes. You hold others accountable to their commitments and keep initiatives moving forward and on track.
  • Business acumen. You are skilled at helping organizations make informed decisions that deliver bottom-line results.
  • Excellent communicator. You possess strong oral and written skills. You are articulate and clear both in person and in written communication.
  • Analytical. You have incisive analytical skills and the ability to make critical assessments. You can identify and frame problems and set priorities.
  • Service-oriented. You are approachable, flexible, and responsive.
What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?
  • For more than 65 years, NCOA has made improving the lives of older adults our passion and our mission. NCOA is a highly-regarded national institution.
  • Your work will be highly visible and critical to promotion of NCOA’s programs and resources.
  • The work you do today will have an impact for decades to come.
  • Your work provides a direct and immediate service: supporting community-based organizations to strengthen programs and services that increase the quality and years of life for millions of older Americans.
  • This is an intellectually stimulating environment and an organization that works passionately and enthusiastically to fulfill the goals of our programs and our overarching mission.
  • Your experience, opinions, and expertise are valued—what you bring to the table is vital to our success.
  • We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with a generous contribution, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, education assistance and more.
  • NCOA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is dedicated to these principles. We value and welcome diversity in the workplace and encourage all minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply.
To Apply

Simply email your resume to Human Resources at hr@ncoa.org with “NCOA – Executive Assistant – President & CEO and the Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer” as the subject of the email.

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At last week’s Age+Action conference in Washington, DC, speakers representing a wide range of organizations and states discussed the current state of elder economic security. Several speakers referenced tools that may be valuable to counselors as they seek to increase benefits outreach, streamline the enrollment process, and improve clients’ financial well-being.

Here are five key resources that were highlighted:

  • SNAP Sample Deduction Worksheet. Older adults (aged 60+) and persons with disabilities are subject a net income test when applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This net income calculation takes into account several deductions based on household composition, medical expenses, and standard utility allowances. Use this sample worksheet developed by Georgia Legal Services Program to understand how to apply these deductions when calculating your clients’ net income and possible SNAP benefit amount.
  • 10 opportunities to better serve dually eligible individuals. This 2018 memo from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to state Medicaid directors outlines 10 strategies –  none of which require complex demonstrations or Medicare waivers – to better serve individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, including through new developments in managed care, using Medicare data to inform care coordination and program integrity initiatives, and reducing administrative burden for dually eligible individuals and the providers who serve them.
  • Follow Your Path to Medicare Infographic. People turning 65 have numerous options when it comes to Medicare, and this can become even more complex if they have existing insurance. This infographic offers a decision support path that guides those aging into Medicare with understanding the options available to them, and where to get help with their decision-making.
  • Promising Practices in Senior SNAP Enrollment. Throughout the conference, representatives from NCOA, Feeding America, Meals on Wheels America, and our Benefits Enrollment Centers shared examples of practices related to outreach, application assistance and follow-up, and advocacy that have been used to successfully increase seniors’ enrollment into SNAP. Learn more in our promising practices brief.
  • CFPB Financial Well-Being Scale. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has developed and tested a set of questions to measure financial well-being. The scale is designed to help quantify the extent to which someone’s financial situation and financial capability provide them with security and freedom of choice. CFPB has a companion guide that describes the research behind the CFPB Financial Well-Being Scale and provides detailed steps for using it, including how to score individuals’ responses and compare their scores.

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Nationwide joins as a key partner to improve older adults’ financial well-being

Arlington, VA, June 19, 2019 — Today, the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well, announced it has reached its goal of improving the lives of 10 million individuals by 2020—one year early. It also has set a new goal of helping 40 million by 2030, and it has welcomed Nationwide as an important new partner to achieve this vision.

“By 2030, 93 million Americans will be aged 60 and older. Now is the time to set bold goals and form strategic partnerships to ensure that every person is able to age well,” said NCOA President and CEO Jim Firman. “We’re excited to be working with Nationwide to improve the financial well-being of all older adults.”

The average 65-year-old today will live another 20 years. While this new-found longevity is a bonus, it also poses challenges when it comes to affording a longer life and staying healthy and independent as long as possible.

“We know that millions of older adults are financially insecure, or at risk of becoming so in the future,” Firman explained. “Meanwhile, 80% also are coping with at least one chronic health condition. Our partnership with Nationwide will enable us to reach older adults with trusted information, tools, and resources to empower them to improve their financial health today—and as they age.”

NCOA and Nationwide will work together to create a unique digital financial wellness platform that will guide individuals through key decisions that can help make their money last longer and empower them to stay independent. These include maximizing health care insurance coverage, managing debt, exploring work options, and applying for public and private benefits programs. Nationwide is the first platinum sponsor of the platform to be launched in 2020.

“With a history of strength and stability dating back more than 90 years and a focus of guiding advisors to break down and simplify complex retirement challenges, we understand what it means to help people prepare for living well in retirement,” noted Kristi Rodriguez, leader of the Nationwide Retirement Institute. “There’s a natural match of missions and values between NCOA and Nationwide that makes this partnership genuine in intentions and structured for results. Our research and coaching in the areas of Social Security, health care, long-term care, and tax efficiency, combined with NCOA’s expertise in the needs of aging Americans will bring solutions to the almost 100 million who deserve to live with economic security.”

A Nationwide Retirement Institute survey conducted by Harris Poll found only 45% of future retirees are planning on talking about health care costs with a financial advisor, which is less than those wanting to talk about taxes (59%) and retirement costs (58%). In addition, two-thirds of future retirees wish they understood Medicare coverage better.

Founded in 1950, NCOA is the longest-serving national organization focused on aging. In 2010, it set a goal to improve the health and economic security of 10 million individuals by 2020—both through its online tools and in the community working with thousands of local partners. As of June 2019, NCOA has met that goal one year early.

In calculating social impact, NCOA counts individuals served by the organization and its partners who:

  1. Realize a reduction in expenses and/or increase in income equaling at least $1,200 per year
  2. Complete an evidence-based program proven to deliver improvements to health and well-being
  3. Are able to remain in the community instead of being relocated to a nursing home
  4. Directly benefit (as defined above) from a policy change that would not have happened without NCOA’s leadership

“We are incredibly proud of the work we’ve achieved so far, but we know that given the demographics, we can’t stop now,” said Firman. “That’s why we’ve set an even more ambitious goal—to improve the lives of 40 million individuals by 2030. But we can’t do it alone. We are grateful that Nationwide shares our passion, vision, and values and has joined our movement to ensure aging well for all—and we encourage other organizations to do the same.”

About Nationwide
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, OH, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the United States. Nationwide is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess and surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

Nationwide and NCOA are separate and non-affiliated companies.

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New NCOA/Ipsos Survey: Rising Health Care & Prescription Drug Costs Top Worries for Aging Women

Arlington, VA —June 18, 2018 — Almost sixty percent of Americans aged 60 and over are concerned that health care costs (56%) and 43 percent are concerned that prescription drug costs are outpacing retirement savings, according to a new NCOA/Ipsos survey. The national survey also finds that women are even more concerned than men about these costs and the potential impact on their family.

“All too often, older women are feeling the very real consequences of the income gap during retirement. After careers of earning less than their male counterparts, women are more likely to face financial insecurity, and this survey shows widespread concern among women, far more than men,” said Anna Maria Chávez, NCOA Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA), a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well, in partnership with Ipsos, a leading polling and data firm, released the results today.

“Those results underscore the reality of an uneven playing field for women in the American economy and the economic opportunity cost after years as mothers and caregivers and not wage-earners. However, the ever-rising cost of health care and prescription drugs are a real and imminent threat to a safe, secure, and dignified retirement for aging adults across the country regardless of gender. Those on fixed incomes are even more worried,” added Chávez.

The survey of 1227 adults aged 60 and over conducted between May 29, 2019 and June 14, 2019 found the rising cost of health care and prescription drugs and losing their independence are the top concerns of older adults and a direct threat to a secure retirement:

60 percent of women aged 60 and over are worried health care costs will exceed retirement income

  • 56 percent of Americans aged 60 and over, regardless of gender, are worried that health care costs will exceed retirement income
  • 68 percent of Americans aged 60 and over with household incomes of under $50,000 are worried

46 percent of women aged 60 and over are worried that prescription medicine costs will exceed retirement income

  • 43 percent of Americans aged 60 and over, regardless of gender, are worried that prescription medicine costs will exceed retirement income
  • 54 percent of Americans aged 60 and over with household incomes of under $50,000 are worried

51 percent of women aged 60 and over are worried about outliving their savings

  • 48 percent of Americans aged 60 and over, regardless of gender, are worried about outliving their savings
  • 61 percent of Americans aged 60 and over with household incomes under $50,000 are worried

59 percent of women aged 60 and over are worried about losing their independence

  • 54 percent of Americans aged 60 and over, regardless of gender, are worried about losing their independence and almost half (46 percent) worry about becoming a burden to their families.

52 percent of women aged 60 and over are worried about becoming a burden to their families, a full 12 percent more than men

“Every day, 10,000 people in America turn 65 and nearly half of our population is already over the age of 60,” said Chávez. “From our BenefitsCheckUp® website to falls prevention programs to chronic disease self-management and improving Medicare low-income beneficiary enrollment, NCOA is working with policymakers in Washington and partners across the country to help address these concerns head-on for a growing population of older adults across the country.”

This survey is being released at NCOA’s Age+Action Conference, June 17-20 in Washington, DC. The conference is a premiere national convening focused on ensuring every person’s right to age with their best possible health and economic security. The event brings together 1,000 professionals from across the country who are dedicated to making aging well possible for all.

“Our recent NCOA/Ipsos survey of older Americans finds that most people 60 and older report being pretty happy with their current lives,” reports Annie Weber, Senior Vice President at the research company Ipsos. “That is despite majorities of this group reporting worry about their physical health and their health care costs exceeding their savings.”

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted May 29-June 14, 2019. For the survey, a sample of 1227 adults aged 60 and older from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The poll has a credibility interval plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

About Ipsos
Ipsos is a global independent market research company. Our team of 18,000 across 90 countries serves 5,000 clients and undertakes 70,000 different projects each year. Our polling practice is a non-partisan, objective, survey-based research practice made up of seasoned professionals. We conduct strategic research initiatives for a diverse number of American and international organizations, based not only on public opinion research, but elite stakeholder, corporate, and media opinion research. Ipsos has been listed on the Paris Stock Exchange since 1999 and generated global revenues of €1,749.5 million in 2018. Learn more at ipsos.com.

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As the Senior Director, Product Management for the National Council on Aging (NCOA), you will oversee a portfolio of established nationwide digital products, lead a matrixed team responsible for the enhancement and maintenance of proprietary digital decision support services, manage a budget, oversee the RFP process, and manage technology and design vendors.

In this role, you will cultivate new revenue opportunities (both from existing and new funders/clients) to support NCOA’s flagship products – BenefitsCheckUp and My Medicare Matters. These products are focused on increasing enrollment of low-income older adults into benefits programs that help them pay for prescription drugs, medical care, food, or heat for their homes. NCOA is working to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020, especially those who are struggling.

You will manage an innovative, robust, and mature digital portfolio that currently includes consumer web properties, digital mobile-ready properties, and private (white) label versions of the products. BenefitsCheckUp has already reached over seven million people who have discovered over $30 billion in benefits. You will also be responsible for expanding the digital outreach strategy for our products including a pilot mobile app, a pilot SMS project to notify older adults to complete their benefits applications, implementing a multi-language version of the products, AI predictive solutions, and other innovative initiatives to increase enrollment and engagement of low-income older adults into benefits programs.

As the senior director, you will report to the chief customer officer and will work collaboratively with external grantees and clients, consultants/vendors, and other partners. You will work with staff across NCOA, specifically with the chief information officer’s team and the chief marketing and business development officer’s team. Working in close coordination with NCOA’s Public Policy & Advocacy staff, you will also support policy initiatives to achieve even greater social impact.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the national voice for every person’s right to age well. We believe everyone deserves to age with the best possible health and economic security, regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or background. NCOA empowers individuals with trusted, proven solutions to improve their daily lives, and we protect and strengthen federal programs that people depend on as they age.

Responsibilities

  • Principal lead on the day-to-day operations – program offerings, technology, digital marketing, and financial aspects of BenefitsCheckUp and My Medicare Matters as well as other digital support services.
  • Articulate and define product requirements which can be transformed into digital properties.
  • Provide leadership and direction with respect to the development, implementation, and release of supporting technology solutions.
  • Responsible for budget and budget oversight.
  • Ability to provide competent strategic and tactical insights as a member of the management team.
  • Lead the successful achievement of social impact goals, as approved by the NCOA Board of Directors. Support the organizational direction and strategic priorities set by the NCOA executive team and Board of Directors.
  • Supervise and provide support to program and technology staff; mentor, coach, counsel, grow, and nurture staff members consistent with NCOA’s career path framework, which is built to support NCOA’s strategy and maximize social impact and includes the adoption of social enterprise strategies.
  • Foster collaboration with a variety of internal and external partners, including national, state, and local organizations, as well as corporations and foundations. Actively seek widespread engagement of other organizations in program strategies and activities.
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with funding agencies, philanthropic and corporate sponsors, and clients, and ensure that NCOA meets or exceeds the expected outcomes of NCOA’s grants.
  • Support grant proposal and report writing efforts, looking beyond current program offerings and able to speak to prospective funders to present and demonstrate the capabilities of the tools.
  • Become a subject matter expert in the decision support tools and curate new program concepts, designs, and plans as it relates to decision support tools.
  • Work collaboratively across the organization to ensure programmatic requirements are effectively translated to the digital products.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA or master’s degree preferred and 10 plus years of experience managing complex programs.
  • Experience in managing digital products with a multi/omni-channel setting using various social media channels.
  • Experience in driving product performance through performance indicators and metrics. Excellent logic and critical thinking skills.
  • Experience in defining, applying, and monitoring key performance indicators or objectives and key results.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Able to organize and manage cross-functional workgroups including remote resources and external partners.
  • Experience managing complex budgets.
  • Excellent presentation skills and a clear sense of audiences.
  • Experience generating substantial new program ideas with funding potential.
  • Demonstrable experience in a digital product development capacity, preferably as a product owner or manager.
  • Strong proficiency with business analytics tools and platforms, including Google Analytics, to effectively track program efficacy.

Attributes

  • Mission-driven. Knows and understands NCOA’s strategies for achieving social impact. Develops a basic understanding and empathy for NCOA’s target population.
  • Determined. Able to drive products to desired outcomes. Self-starter who strives for excellence, maintains a culture of continuous improvement, and is welcoming of feedback and open dialogue.
  • Brand ambassador. You will be an effective ambassador for NCOA, able to articulate our mission, social impact goals, and major programs to outsiders and explain how they can get involved with NCOA.
  • Relationship builder. You can build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people, including junior, senior, for-profit, nonprofit, and government professionals from diverse backgrounds. You have a history of earning respect and credibility through actions with partners.
  • Excellent project manager. You plan carefully to keep projects on schedule and on budget. Your communication is key to how a project runs. You can make quick decisions and work efficiently to keep several projects and teams running at the same time while looking ahead at future projects.
  • Firm and fair mentor/supervisor. You are an excellent mentor and are known for developing great people. You confidently engage staff at all levels to define needs and expectations. You insist on respect and accountability. People enjoy working with you.
  • Strong business acumen. You set priorities wisely and know how to make tough resource allocation decisions, always finding a way to forward strategic initiatives while enriching relationships. You know how to translate strategy into action. You have successfully structured programs to meet organizational needs.
  • Adaptable. You can anticipate and respond to change in a fast-paced environment daily. You are willing to learn new ways of approaching your work to achieve better results.

What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?

  • NCOA is a highly regarded national institution and for more than 65 years, NCOA has been committed to improving the lives of older adults.
  • Your work will be highly visible and critical to the promotion of NCOA’s programs and resources. The work you do today will have an impact for decades to come.
  • We offer an intellectually stimulating environment in an organization that works passionately and enthusiastically to fulfill program goals and achieve our overarching mission.
  • Your experience, opinions, and expertise are valued – what you bring to the table is vital to our success.
  • We offer a competitive compensation plan including incentive and bonus programs based on achieving performance objectives; 3 weeks’ vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and holidays; flexible scheduling/telework after meeting the employment and performance requirements; health insurance, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance; contributions to a 403(b) plan.
  • NCOA is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to these principles. We value and welcome diversity in the workplace and encourage all minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply.

To Apply

Simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at resumes@staffingadvisors.com with “NCOA – Senior Director, Product Management #2019-2476 CW” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.

Staffing Advisors has been engaged to find the right candidate and is committed to helping create a diverse work environment for our client. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. This position may require pre-employment screening potentially including a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history

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Medicare buy-in is a process that allows individuals who qualify for the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) to enroll into Medicare Parts A and/or B outside of regular enrollment periods without incurring a penalty. This process can be especially important for those who don’t have enough work quarters to qualify for premium-free Part A, or who delayed enrolling in Part B and experienced a gap in creditable coverage.

The Medicare Rights Center has worked with NCOA to produce several tools that can help counselors guide clients through the buy-in process. These include:

  • A consumer fact sheet that explains how the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) benefit can be used to buy into Part A.
  • A consumer fact sheet that outlines how the Medicare Savings Programs can be used to buy into Part B.
  • A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that provides greater detail on how the buy-in process works and what clients and counselors need to request it.
  • A PowerPoint deck that counselors can use with staff and volunteers to train them on the buy-in process.

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NCOA’s Trailblazers in Aging Awards recognize individuals and organizations around the country who are working toward a just and caring society that allows all of us to age with dignity, purpose, and security.

The 2019 awards will be presented during NCOA’s Age+Action 2019 Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, June 17-20, 2019.

Champion Award

This award recognizes members of Congress who have a demonstrated track record of leadership to improve the lives of older adults, enabling them to age with their best possible health and economic security. It is in honor of Claude Pepper, who was universally recognized as “the voice of senior citizens” throughout his five decades of service in the U.S. Congress.

Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
U.S. Senator Bob Casey fights every day for Pennsylvania families. He is a strong advocate for policies that improve the health care and early learning of children and policies that will raise wages for the middle class. Senator Casey serves on four committees, including the Senate Finance Committee and Senate HELP Committee. He is also the highest-ranking Democrat on the Special Committee on Aging, where his agenda is focused on policies that support seniors and individuals with disabilities. NCOA is honoring Senator Casey for leading the Senate fight to oppose harmful Medicaid cuts and caps while improving access to home and community-based services, and for his work to strengthen Medicare for vulnerable beneficiaries and modernize Older Americans Act programs to better serve those in need.

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
First elected in 1996, Senator Collins has earned a national reputation as an effective legislator who works across party lines to seek consensus on our nation’s most important issues. For the past six consecutive years, she has ranked as the most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University. Senator Collins ranks twelfth in Senate seniority and is the most senior Republican woman. She chairs the Senate Aging Committee and the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. NCOA is honoring Senator Collins for championing critical issues such as Alzheimer’s disease, falls prevention, diabetes, and protecting Medicaid.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes an individual who has had a lifelong career of outstanding service to older adults. It is in honor of Ollie Randall, a pioneer in the field of aging who was the driving force behind the New York State Office on Aging and the nation’s first senior center and was co-founder of both NCOA and LeadingAge.

Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH
Dr. Kenneth Cooper, preventive medicine pioneer and “father of aerobics,” introduced the concept of exercising in pursuit of good health when he launched the worldwide phenomenon Aerobics in 1968—his first of 19 books on health and fitness. He is founder and chairman of the renowned Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas, the home of six health and wellness companies, and the nonprofit, The Cooper Institute. At age 88, he is still practicing medicine daily at Cooper Clinic. NCOA is honoring Dr. Cooper for his lifetime commitment to elevating the importance of aerobic exercise, which is a foundational element of healthy aging.

Jennie Chin Hansen
For almost 25 years, Jennie Chin Hansen was an executive at On Lok, a prototype for the 1997 federal law that incorporated the Program for All Inclusive Care to the Elderly (PACE) into Medicare and Medicaid that now operates in 33 states. For six years, she was CEO of the American Geriatrics Society, and she also served as President of AARP during the passage of the Affordable Care Act. A seasoned health care leader, she currently serves on the boards of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Dignity Health System, the SCAN Plan, and the SCAN Foundation. NCOA is honoring Hansen for her lifetime of service to older adults, especially those who are struggling.

Change Agent Award

This award recognizes an individual or organization working to ensure that every person—regardless of race, income, or background—has the resources to age well. It is in honor of Frankie Freeman, a civil rights attorney and former NCOA Board member who was the first woman appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Michael Adams
Michael Adams is CEO of SAGE (Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders), the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers. SAGE also advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT elders and provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT community organizations. NCOA is honoring Adams for his outstanding leadership in significantly growing SAGE’s influence, programming, and reach.

Martha B. Peláez
Martha B. Peláez is an international consultant on aging and health with more than 35 years of experience working in the field of gerontology. She has been a tireless advocate and innovator, promoting evidence-based solutions that improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, international public health programs (especially in the Americas), and groundbreaking regional collaboratives in South Florida. NCOA is honoring Peláez for her passion in advocating to improve health and quality of life for older adults of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.

Innovator Award

This award recognizes an individual or organization that has created innovative solutions to improve the health and economic security of older adults in the community. It is in honor of Jack Ossofsky, a former NCOA president who launched numerous successful programs and promoted the true promises of an aging society.

Healthy Living Center of Excellence
Foreseeing the need for collaborative approaches to evidence-based program sustainability, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley developed the Healthy Living Center of Excellence (HLCE) in 2013. Today, HLCE serves as the “hub” for a Massachusetts-wide network delivering chronic disease self-management, falls prevention, behavioral health, and family caregiver and nutrition programs, all with a goal of supporting older adults and adults with disabilities in proactively managing their health. NCOA is honoring HLCE because it is an important model of successful partnerships between health care and aging services to address the social and behavioral determinants of healthy aging.

Public Private Partnership Award

This award recognizes organizations that have established powerful partnerships that build bridges between the public and private sectors to empower every person to age well. It is in honor of Arthur Flemming, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Eisenhower, U.S. Commissioner on Aging under President Nixon, recipient of two Presidential Medals of Freedom, and a tireless advocate for older adults.

Anthem, Inc.
Anthem is a leading health benefits company dedicated to improving lives and communities and making health care simpler. Through its affiliated companies, Anthem serves more than 78 million people, including over 40 million within its family of health plans. Anthem aims to be the most innovative, valuable, and inclusive partner. NCOA is honoring Anthem because of its commitment to serving older adults, its innovative approaches to addressing social and behavioral determinants of health, and its work preparing individuals to live long, healthy lives.

The Retirement Research Foundation
The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) is devoted exclusively to improving the quality of life for our nation’s older adults, especially those who are vulnerable due to advanced age, economic disadvantage, or disparity related to race and ethnicity. Since its endowment by the late John D. MacArthur in 1978, RRF has awarded more than $200 million in grants. RRF fulfills its mission through grantmaking programs, which support innovative advocacy, direct service, professional education and training, and research projects that benefit older Americans. NCOA is honoring RRF for its long-standing and steadfast commitment to supporting innovative solutions that address the needs of low-income older adults and frail elders who are struggling to remain in their communities.

NISC Founders Award

This award recognizes exemplary and long-standing service to the senior center field. It is in honor of the nine founders of NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers.

Carol Reagan
Carol Reagan has worked with senior centers for 40 years. She is Executive Director of the Palatine Township Senior Citizens Council, which operates the Palatine Township Senior Center in Palatine, IL. Under her direction, PTSCC has been accredited three times by NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), added satellite offices, expanded programming, and more than doubled its budget. Reagan is a past NISC Chair, a NISC Accreditation Board Member, and a NISC leader since 2002. NCOA is honoring her for her outstanding leadership for senior centers nationwide.

NCOA Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes NCOA employees and volunteers who have made major contributions to NCOA’s mission and social impact. It is in honor of Geneva Mathiasen, NCOA’s first executive director who spent her career building the foundation for a lasting organization.

Jay Greenberg
Over the last four plus decades, Jay Greenberg has played leadership roles in university, not-for-profit, for-profit start-ups, and publicly traded company settings. For the last 20 years, he has had various leadership positions at NCOA, including CEO of NCOA Services. Prior to joining NCOA, he was President of one of United Healthcare’s wholly owned business units, and he co-founded two successful entrepreneurial health companies. NCOA is honoring Greenberg for his substantial contributions to NCOA’s work in the areas of economic security, health, and long-term care, as well as for his passion for social enterprises and partnerships with the private sector that make markets work better for seniors.

Lynn Fields Harris
Until June 2018, Lynn Fields Harris served for 15 years as Executive Director of Center in the Park, a nationally accredited senior community center and social services agency in Philadelphia. Through her leadership, the center was transformed into a wellness center and was recognized as a model for the implementation of innovative programming and of community-based/academic participatory research initiatives with diverse populations. Center in the Park was a key community partner for several NCOA initiatives, and she has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles, including as an NCOA Board member and Chair of NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers. NCOA is honoring Harris for her incredible commitment to furthering NCOA’s mission and social impact.

Nancy Whitelaw
Nancy Whitelaw was NCOA’s Senior Vice President for Health and founding Director of NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging, where she led a national movement to foster adoption of evidence-based programming by community agencies. Prior to joining NCOA in 1999, Dr. Whitelaw served as Associate Director of the Center for Health System Studies at the Henry Ford Health System, overseeing research and training projects on care coordination and geriatric team care. During 2012, she served as President of the Gerontological Society of America. NCOA is honoring Whitelaw for improving the health and well-being of older adults by fostering broad-based collaborations among practitioners, academics, and policymakers across health care, public health, and community services.

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900 Experts to Attend NCOA Conference on Issues Facing America’s Aging Population

Arlington, VA, May 30, 2019 — The National Council on Aging (NCOA), a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well, is honoring more than a dozen women, men, and organizations around the country who are working toward a just and caring society that allows all of us to age with dignity, purpose, and security. The honorees will be announced throughout NCOA’s Age+Action 2019 Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, June 17-20, 2019.

“We are proud to recognize these outstanding national and local leaders who share our mission to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling,” said Jim Firman, NCOA President & CEO. “They represent the future of aging well in America—working to ensure diversity and inclusion, launching innovative solutions, and strengthening programs that all of us depend on as we age,” added Firman.

Below are the NCOA 2019 Trailblazers in Aging honorees by categories and dates/times of presentation:

Champion Award

This award recognizes members of Congress who have a demonstrated track record of leadership to improve the lives of older adults, enabling them to age with their best possible health and economic security.
Tuesday, June 18 @ 3:30 p.m.

Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
U.S. Senator Bob Casey fights every day for Pennsylvania families. He is a strong advocate for policies that improve the health care and early learning of children and policies that will raise wages for the middle class. Senator Casey serves on four committees, including the Senate Finance Committee and Senate HELP Committee. He is also the highest-ranking Democrat on the Special Committee on Aging, where his agenda is focused on policies that support seniors and individuals with disabilities. NCOA is honoring Senator Casey for leading the Senate fight to oppose harmful Medicaid cuts and caps while improving access to home and community-based services, and for his work to strengthen Medicare for vulnerable beneficiaries and modernize Older Americans Act programs to better serve those in need.

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
First elected in 1996, Senator Collins has earned a national reputation as an effective legislator who works across party lines to seek consensus on our nation’s most important issues. For the past six consecutive years, she has ranked as the most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University. Senator Collins ranks twelfth in Senate seniority and is the most senior Republican woman. She chairs the Senate Aging Committee and the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. NCOA is honoring Senator Collins for championing critical issues such as Alzheimer’s disease, falls prevention, diabetes, and protecting Medicaid.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes an individual who has had a lifelong career of outstanding service to older adults.
Wednesday, June 19 @ 6:00 p.m.

Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH
Dr. Kenneth Cooper, preventive medicine pioneer and “father of aerobics,” introduced the concept of exercising in pursuit of good health when he launched the worldwide phenomenon Aerobics in 1968—his first of 19 books on health and fitness. He is founder and chairman of the renowned Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas, the home of six health and wellness companies, and the nonprofit, The Cooper Institute. At age 88, he is still practicing medicine daily at Cooper Clinic. NCOA is honoring Dr. Cooper for his lifetime commitment to elevating the importance of aerobic exercise, which is a foundational element of healthy aging.

Jennie Chin Hansen
For almost 25 years, Jennie Chin Hansen was an executive at On Lok, a prototype for the 1997 federal law that incorporated the Program for All Inclusive Care to the Elderly (PACE) into Medicare and Medicaid that now operates in 33 states. For six years, she was CEO of the American Geriatrics Society, and she also served as President of AARP during the passage of the Affordable Care Act. A seasoned health care leader, she currently serves on the boards of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Dignity Health System, the SCAN Plan, and the SCAN Foundation. NCOA is honoring Hansen for her lifetime of service to older adults, especially those who are struggling.

Change Agent Award

This award recognizes an individual or organization working to ensure that every person—regardless of race, income, or background—has the resources to age well.
Wednesday, June 19 @ 6:00 p.m.

Michael Adams
Michael Adams is CEO of SAGE (Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders), the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers. SAGE also advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT elders and provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT community organizations. NCOA is honoring Adams for his outstanding leadership in significantly growing SAGE’s influence, programming, and reach.

Martha B. Peláez
Martha B. Peláez is an international consultant on aging and health with more than 35 years of experience working in the field of gerontology. She has been a tireless advocate and innovator, promoting evidence-based solutions that improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, international public health programs (especially in the Americas), and groundbreaking regional collaboratives in South Florida. NCOA is honoring Peláez for her passion in advocating to improve health and quality of life for older adults of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.

Innovator Award

This award recognizes an individual or organization that has created innovative solutions to improve the health and economic security of older adults in the community.
Wednesday, June 19 @ 6:00 p.m.

Healthy Living Center of Excellence
Foreseeing the need for collaborative approaches to evidence-based program sustainability, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley developed the Healthy Living Center of Excellence (HLCE) in 2013. Today, HLCE serves as the “hub” for a Massachusetts-wide network delivering chronic disease self-management, falls prevention, behavioral health, and family caregiver and nutrition programs, all with a goal of supporting older adults and adults with disabilities in proactively managing their health. NCOA is honoring HLCE because it is an important model of successful partnerships between health care and aging services to address the social and behavioral determinants of healthy aging.

Public Private Partnership Award

This award recognizes organizations that have established powerful partnerships that build bridges between the public and private sectors to empower every person to age well.
Thursday, June 20 @ 8:30 a.m.

Anthem, Inc.
Anthem is a leading health benefits company dedicated to improving lives and communities and making health care simpler. Through its affiliated companies, Anthem serves more than 78 million people, including over 40 million within its family of health plans. Anthem aims to be the most innovative, valuable, and inclusive partner. NCOA is honoring Anthem because of its commitment to serving older adults, its innovative approaches to addressing social and behavioral determinants of health, and its work preparing individuals to live long, healthy lives.

The Retirement Research Foundation
The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) is devoted exclusively to improving the quality of life for our nation’s older adults, especially those who are vulnerable due to advanced age, economic disadvantage, or disparity related to race and ethnicity. Since its endowment by the late John D. MacArthur in 1978, RRF has awarded more than $200 million in grants. RRF fulfills its mission through grantmaking programs, which support innovative advocacy, direct service, professional education and training, and research projects that benefit older Americans. NCOA is honoring RRF for its long-standing and steadfast commitment to supporting innovative solutions that address the needs of low-income older adults and frail elders who are struggling to remain in their communities.

NISC Founders Award

This award recognizes exemplary and long-standing service to the senior center field.
Monday, June 17 @ 4:30 p.m.

Carol Reagan
Carol Reagan has worked with senior centers for 40 years. She is Executive Director of the Palatine Township Senior Citizens Council, which operates the Palatine Township Senior Center in Palatine, IL. Under her direction, PTSCC has been accredited three times by NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), added satellite offices, expanded programming, and more than doubled its budget. Reagan is a past NISC Chair, a NISC Accreditation Board Member, and a NISC leader since 2002. NCOA is honoring her for her outstanding leadership for senior centers nationwide.

NCOA Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes NCOA employees and volunteers who have made major contributions to NCOA’s mission and social impact.
Monday, June 17 @ 4:30 p.m.

Jay Greenberg
Over the last four plus decades, Jay Greenberg has played leadership roles in university, not-for-profit, for-profit start-ups, and publicly traded company settings. For the last 20 years, he has had various leadership positions at NCOA, including CEO of NCOA Services. Prior to joining NCOA, he was President of one of United Healthcare’s wholly owned business units, and he co-founded two successful entrepreneurial health companies. NCOA is honoring Greenberg for his substantial contributions to NCOA’s work in the areas of economic security, health, and long-term care, as well as for his passion for social enterprises and partnerships with the private sector that make markets work better for seniors.

Lynn Fields Harris
Until June 2018, Lynn Fields Harris served for 15 years as Executive Director of Center in the Park, a nationally accredited senior community center and social services agency in Philadelphia. Through her leadership, the center was transformed into a wellness center and was recognized as a model for the implementation of innovative programming and of community-based/academic participatory research initiatives with diverse populations. Center in the Park was a key community partner for several NCOA initiatives, and she has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles, including as an NCOA Board member and Chair of NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers. NCOA is honoring Harris for her incredible commitment to furthering NCOA’s mission and social impact.

Nancy Whitelaw
Nancy Whitelaw was NCOA’s Senior Vice President for Health and founding Director of NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging, where she led a national movement to foster adoption of evidence-based programming by community agencies. Prior to joining NCOA in 1999, Dr. Whitelaw served as Associate Director of the Center for Health System Studies at the Henry Ford Health System, overseeing research and training projects on care coordination and geriatric team care. During 2012, she served as President of the Gerontological Society of America. NCOA is honoring Whitelaw for improving the health and well-being of older adults by fostering broad-based collaborations among practitioners, academics, and policymakers across health care, public health, and community services.

About Age+Action 2019
Age+Action is the premiere national conference focused on ensuring every person’s right to age with their best possible health and economic security. Learn more at ageaction.org.

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