National Council on Aging

Rating: 4.79 stars   71 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Human Services, Seniors

Location: 251 18th Street South Suite 500 Arlington VA 22202 USA

Mission: NCOA's mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling
Results: Last year, NCOA significantly improved the health or economic security of nearly 500,000 older adults and helped struggling seniors apply for and receive over $568 million in annual benefits to help them pay for food, medicine, utilities, and more.
Target demographics: older adults
Direct beneficiaries per year: nearly 500,000 older adults
Geographic areas served: communities across the country
Programs: benefits access, job training, chronic disease self-management, falls prevention, and advocacy
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 13-1932384
517-527-3900
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I receive a lot of good information on many topics affecting the elderly which helps me as a social worker in the field as well as an information and referral specialist.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am in the Financial Services industry and specialize in Elder care and Long Term Care Planning. I became aware of NCOA when Jim Fireman took over the reigns. Over the years, I have become more and more aware that NCOA provides a lot of good and timely information which can be very helpful. I share many of the articles with other professionals, clients, and seniors. The articles are not only well written, but easy to understand whether it is for a client or a professional.
NCOA has a lot to offer and needs to continue in being an advocate for the elderly.
On a personal note, My Dad, Walter Feldesman thought very highly of Jim Firman and NCOA that he donated the rights to his books Dictionary on Elder Care Terminology. It was Dad's hope that his contribution would be of some help in bringing further recognition to NCOA.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think they are trying to make changes in getting their name more out there. WIthout sacrificing their integrity and independence, they need o bcome more vocal in the main stream.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

National Council on Aging is a great partner for us. NCOA helps the Bank of America Charitable Foundation support the well being of older adults in our communities. NCOA has created lessons to help seniors manage their finances and avoid scams. We appreciate that NCOA is an advocate for our older population and their specfic needs.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

NCOA effectively responds to the essential needs of the aging population through strategic, long-range planning; national and community-based partnerships; advocacy; program development; and far-reaching dissemination of information for older adults and professionals. NCOA recognizes that many seniors struggle to maintain health, independence and economic security and through its mission-driven work seeks to improve the well-being of older people now and in the future. The organization is a respected national leader, but is also actively involved in local initiatives with public and private sector partners, including senior centers, healthcare providers and other aging services organizations such as AARP. The NCOA staff cares deeply about the individuals whose stories remind us that aging is never easy, and that aging without good health or enough money is nearly impossible. I am proud to be associated with NCOA as a member of the National Institute of Senior Centers, which it supports, and grateful for the ways programs like Benefits CheckUp have a positive impact in the lives of the people in my community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

let more people in local communities know about its services, programs and advocacy so more seniors could benefit.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned through NCOA that I could be getting my medical expenses itemized and deducted for SNAp. I had fought for 2 years in my state but kept getting denied, being told that wasnt true. Finally, NCOA put in me in touch with advocates in my state who have been successfully fighting my case with me and helping me win my retroactive benefits and arranging my benefits going forward. The state has already settled several months worth of my case, but we are still having issues getting the rest settled so my advocate is still diligiently working with me and the people in the district and regional offices and on the apeals bureau to resolve it as quickly as possible. The first day I received the first portion of my settlement I went to the grocery store and was able to buy food and eat for the for the first time in a week! Without NCOA'a help, I dont think I would ever have been successful in winning my appeal even though I knew I was right. Thank you so much!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

NCOA provides a lot of good and timely information which can be very helpful. I share many of the articles with other professionals, clients, and seniors. The articles are written in easy to understand terminology and pertain to issues which are important for seniors and professionals to understand. Jim Ferman has taken this non-profit from a little known asset to a well known jewel. I certainly hope the funding continues for this worthwhile organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be sure to research how the Medicaid programs work in each state. Often times this site only provides info regarding Medically Needy states and not Categorically Eligible states. They should at least add a disclaimer noting the handful of states which are categorically eligible states, such as Colorado.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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NCOA does a great job of staying up with the rapid changes in aging care and educating professionals and members of ht public on aging issues. They also stay ahead of the curve by looking at policy and current impacts and working to remedy current deficits with policy recommendations. They are excellent advocates for our rapidly aging population and excellent resource for those that serve this population.

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Very Well

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Some

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

NCOA has provided me with great opportunities to learn and grow as a professional through the annual national conferences. I've attended since 1999 and look forward to it each year. Several colleagues and I now present a workshop every year and I appreciate the opportunity to enhance my presentation skills.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it possible for workshops to be offered at the annual conference with just one presenter. There are some very experienced professionals who have a wealth of knowledge to share & they are known to be excellent presenters. It is a shame that the sessions that they offered in the past are no longer available to participants.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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Definitely

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2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

NCOA has provided invaluable materials and information for our HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program.) I use their information for training volunteers as well as to educate our senior clients who are often confused about Medicare benefits. NCOA's fact sheets take complex rules of eligibility and make them understandable for the folks we serve and help us educate them on benefits that are available to them that are not always well publicized. NCOA is a great resource.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it more funding!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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Definitely

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2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

As a senior center professional who has experienced NCOA over the past decade, my professional development has been enhanced and my center's capacity has increased due to being part of the NCOA network and therefore its sharing of knowledge and expertise and national perspectives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make more opportunities to connect with regional colleagues.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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