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National Council on Aging

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Civil Rights, Human Services, Seniors, Seniors Rights

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

Community Stories

126 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA is my go-to resource for learning about legislation that affects older adults. The information is easy to find and their resources for taking action are also user-friendly and high quality.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a senior center in a small community, there are very few resources to draw upon to use to serve our seniors. NCOA is a wonderful national resource with cutting edge tools and setting the only national senior center standards. NCOA is a true leader in the work to end senior poverty and hunger. NCOA's mission to improve the lives of seniors is a national asset.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA was the resource I turned to as a new senior center director. Through the years, the organization has continued to be my go to resource. As an example, their senior economic security resources have impacted many lives in our rural, Midwest community. NCOA is a lifeline to leaders on the grassroots level in senior services partly because they listen to professionals at the local level. Their ability to connect professionals in the field of senior services shows their commitment and vision. NCOA realizes that many of us in the field are working with limited resources and they respond to that with affordable top notch, replicable programs and services. They are leaders in outcome based programming and sharing innovative programs which are replicable across the country. The leadership is visionary and cutting edge and has made a difference across the country. NCOA has positively impacted my professional development which impacts the people I serve. They are leaders in setting standards for senior centers across the country. I learned to be an advocate for the people I serve.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA works on behalf of all older adults, including housing the National Institute for Senior Centers (NISC).

Lydia W.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work for a nonprofit organization and am always looking for resources, tips, ideas and websites to help me with my job. The National Council on Aging has posted so many helpful articles, links, etc. and has not only helped me do my job better, but has helped to provide valuable information to the residents at the apartments where I work! Thank you.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA has provided us with accurate information on a variety of issues for our Senior Center. From Medicare to Social Security, to information specific to Senior Centers, to benefits and exercise class programs. We have improved our center through its research and advocacy. We have found program ideas, shared solutions and connected with other centers across the country. NCOA is an invaluable part of how we conduct business and help our seniors.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The NCOA offers a wonderful program called the Benefits Check Up. This is a simple, yet comprehensive way to allow Seniors to find out if they are receiving all the benefits that they qualify for. By using this tool, I have been able to help people who in my area average $725 per month in income to receive help paying medical deductibles, utilities, heating bills, prescriptions, receive in-home help, meals, and food. Continual improvements and updates make this the best way to help Seniors and cut back on red tape. Thank you NCOA for being a great advocate for Seniors.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA has assisted the Senior Health Assistance Program (SHIP) in the areas of education and advocacy and proves to be trusted resource for SHIP programs nationwide. Thanks for all you do for the Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The National Council on Aging provides great resources to support Medicare counseling and outreach efforts nationwide.
Phoebe Hefko, Director
Wisconsin SHIP

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA has been a real asset to our organization, the North Carolina Seniors Health Insurance Information program ( SHIIP). NCOA provides valuable updates and information about Medicare and Medicare related products and issues. This information helps us do a better job when counseling and educating the 1.8 million Medicare beneficiaries living in North Carolina. NCOA's staff works diligently to support Medicare and agencies who work with Medicare beneficiaries. They are truly deserving of this recognition.

Christina Parsons R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA is a fierce advocate for older adults in our country. They are a deeply dedicated team that proactively and instinctively advocate for positive change. I continue to be impressed by their innovation and outcomes. Thank you for your hard work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA provides leadership in aging issues and services and is a strong advocate for older Americans. I am particularly appreciative of NCOA's work to improve the economic security of seniors. Interactive tools such as BenefitsCheckUp, and EconomicCheckUp are excellent resources. And NCOA's National Institute of Senior Centers provides invaluable support for senior center professionals and the communities they serve.

Client Served

Rating: 5

NCOA has help the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) keep informed on legislation that affects the program. We appreciate all of the work NCOA does not only for SHIP but for all of older adults across the nation.
Shannon Jones, TN SHIP Director

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA provides the latest on public policy affecting older adults and programs and ways to take action. Provides knowledge and tools to prevent falls, manage chronic conditions and improve lives with programs such as Falls Prevention, Aging Mastery Program and Chronic Disease Management. Other resources include Benefit and Economic Checkup and Medicare Matters. NCOA by to website for the latest in aging related information!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Council on Aging provides small senior centers like ours with the resources we need to operate like a much larger organization. They are a one-stop shop when it comes to providing us with cutting-edge information on topics like Aging Mastery, Chronic Disease Management, Falls Prevention and Senior Hunger, and so much more! We couldn't serve our constituency as effectively as we do without them! They are an invaluable partner!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA offers great resources for senior centers! They are my go-to organization/website when I am searching for information or ideas related to benefits or evidence-based programs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA is where I go to for answers about anything having to do with aging. Medicare, assistance programs, financial support.....the staff there is amazing to work with, very knowledgeable, and very responsive. I don't know what we would do without them!

Board Member

Rating: 5

NCOA is the premier organization for economic security, health, and advocacy for seniors who are struggling. We use Benefits Checkup as a part of our non-profit business to help seniors access all of the benefits to which they are entitled. My Medicare Matters makes Medicare understandable for older adults. Their advocacy for seniors on Capitol Hill makes a true impact, and they are often one of the few voices championing that we maintain the safety net. Thank you, NCOA!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

NCOA is unique in that it is one of the few national organizations that advocate for vulnerable seniors as a core part of their mission. NCoA actively dedicates resources to ensure its programs for economic security and improved health reach literally millions of seniors. NCoA is working to creating a network of community organizations who develop and disseminate programs for disadvantaged seniors and that leverage the existing power of aging organizations.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA is a foundation for advocacy for seniors in America. Even living in the far stretches on a remote island in Alaska, we use NCOA as a resource for advocacy efforts for local, state, and federal issues effecting seniors populations. Our agency has been involved with NCOA for more than 15 years and we know we will continue to be a member and use their resources to better our service delivery and advocacy efforts for people 60 and older.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The National Council on Aging is a thought leading organization addressing issues that will only loom larger for the nation. With an aging population, most of whom have limited savings, NCOA provides invaluable services on how to live their best retirement years.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA provided our senior center will valuable, tested, resources that we could not afford to produce on our own.