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  

1 person found this review helpful

I have registered for a number of sites to obtain valuable and needed information to help my clients. The NCOA site has been by far the most helpful. The information that I have obtained is excellent. The webinar that I attended recently was just great. My only suggestion would be to make the power point slides available before the presentation, if at all possible. I, for one, like to make my notes on the slides and follow along with the presenter with slides in hand rather than just on the screen. (It probably is just that I am old school because I am a senior myself that I prefer to have the slides in hand.) But I really have nothing but good things to say about NCOA. Thank you for the work that you do to keep us informed.

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I have had the pleasure of working closely with NCOA as we piloted the Aging Mastery Program. They are masterful, creative thinkers and the participants and staff of the Duxbury Senior Center have abundantly benefitted from their expertise!

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The Duxbury Senior Center and the community at large has been so fortunate to have been a recipient of the NCOA Aging Mastery Pilot Project Grant. This innovative program enabled seniors to make meaning changes in their health to enhance the overall quality of life. We look forward to working with NCOA on additional Aging Mastery Modules including Financial Mastery and Life Enrichment.

NCOA is a wonderful on-line resource for current information regarding trends, issues and programs for seniors. Thank you for making your website easy to use and full of useful information!

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The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is our go to agency for clear honest views on issues impacting older adults.

We trust the information they provide as it is always accrute and on target.

NCOA is not hesitant to jump on issues and explore options for resolution.

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

None to suggest.

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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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As the Senior Program Director at the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions I have had the distinct pleasure of working with NCOA on a program to bring economic security to low and moderate income aging around the country. The partnership has given me a unique perspective on NCOA's ability to reach seniors with high quality information and more importantly access to programs and services that make a real impact on people's lives such as BenefitCheckups. Their advocacy work also makes a dramatic difference in opportunities for the aging. NCOA is an accessible, experienced and effective organization and we are pleased to continue partnering with them.

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Life-changing

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2013

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We are a funder that has invested in the work of the National Council on Aging for more than 30 years. We fund thousands of nonprofits, and NCOA stands out among them for its stellar performance. We are especially proud of NCOA's development of tools for nonprofit service providers and consumers to use in moving toward greater economic security. NCOA's BenefitsCheckUp has helped more than 3.6 million seniors gain more than $13.5 billion in benefits. Its newest tool, the Economic CheckUp will now be able to help seniors develop action plans and find resources to achieve greater retirement security. An investment in NCOA is an investment in a brighter future for older persons.

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Help the organization take to even greater scale its innovative services and tools.

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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 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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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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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

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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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.

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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