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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: Since 2010, NCOA has improved the health and economic security of 10 million older adults. Our new goal is to get to 40 million by 2030.

Target demographics: older adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1.2 million older adults

Geographic areas served: communities across the country

Programs: benefits access, job training, chronic disease self-management, falls prevention, and advocacy

Community Stories

153 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Council on Aging is one of the "go to" organizations for accurate information in the field. The information is factual, compelling, and tells the human side of aging in America.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Council on Aging is a leader in providing user friendly information and developing tools to help providers assist older adults. As a City Department of Aging we have used Benefits CheckUp for many years and are ow using the new Economic CheckUp to assist low income older adults. We have benefited greatly from the opportunities we have had to work with NCOA on the Economic Security Initiative, Accessing Benefits, Flu+You and we look forward to working with NCOA on the Age Mastery Program. NCOA is also our go to organization in analyzing policies and budgets at the national level.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Council on Aging is a great partner. Their work on benefits access and economic security for seniors is innovative and much-needed. They are strong advocates for our clients and for our work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Council on Aging and its expert staff provide invaluable information, resources and assistance to professionals dedicated to helping seniors live a better life. It has dedicated itself to providing seniors with information about health and wellness, nutrition, finances, and government programs that can help them make ends meet. It also advocates for the 60 and older population in Congress, a difficult-to-reach venue for many seniors and families.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA has been a leader and advocate for older adults for decades. In the past years, they have re-aligned their mission to be more meaningful I believe. One thing they do very well is they don't forget those older adults who are not urban dwellers but who live in more rural and remote areas. That is much appreciated knowing they understand the differences of those effects.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

National Council on Aging is a forward-thinking, innovative, and responsive nonprofit. I have worked with them for several years on programs like their benefits counseling, reverse mortgage counseling, etc. They have always been receptive to new ideas and gone out of their way to help my staff with issues. They provide resources, including funding, and advocacy for older adults. Thanks NCOA for all that you do!

5 Lynn101

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The NCOA is the leading voice for healthy aging and economic security, in particular for older Americans with limited means . . . Center in the Park (CIP) in Philadelphia, PA has been the beneficiary of various partnerships with the NCOA from dissemination of Flu+You to implementation of the Aging Mastery Program to increasing the utilization of the SNAP benefit by low income older adults, the partnerships in which we have engaged have enhanced and promoted positive aging for thousands of older adults. Additionally, the access to thought leaders and strategic thinking has further strengthened the capacity of senior centers, like CIP, across the nation.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA provides exemplary leadership in aging services through its programs, support and advocacy for older adults, caregivers and professionals. Its vision to improve the lives of millions of older adults is ambitious, but achievable because of staff expertise, connections with local communities through the National Institute of Senior Centers, and cutting-edge thinking.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA is a preeminent organization serving the elderly population of the U.S. It has been a strong advocate for all elderly and has been instrumental in helping shape policy to address aging–now and in the future. NCOA’s programs for seniors are examples of success that lead the way in America today. NCOA has been in business for 50 years and its programs and insight will be needed long into the next 50 years. NCOA’s leadership expertise and the bond of trust they have created with seniors reflect their top notch strategic and service skills, demonstrated by innovative offerings such as Benefits Check-Up helping 4.5 million older adults obtain over $15.5 billion in unclaimed benefits.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

National Council on Aging provides innovative solutions that empower older adults to address issues and challenges we often face as we age. Whether the challenge is health or financial related, NCOA provides professional tools and resources for individuals and professionals working with individuals to identify solutions that work for their particular circumstances. They also offer up to date information about legislative issues and actions impacting older adults. NCOA has been a great resource for individuals and organizations serving older adults in our community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA has been a champion for aging issues, and an innovator for programs that make a lasting difference for older adults. They support an amazing network of professionals to highlight challenges while bringing different sectors together for solutions. Their staff remain connected and sensitive to local concerns, and their webinars have been helpful in highlighting best practices. Our local nonprofit has been strengthened through our membership with NCOA's Institute of Senior Centers and the opportunities to learn from national perspectives.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA is THE one-stop shop for resources on aging, whether you are a service provider, advocate, older adult, caregiver, or have another interest in the field. If you are 55+, or are helping someone who is that age range, try out the Economic CheckUp. It is great for assessing your economic well-being and helping you reach greater economic security.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One of NCOA's groups is the National Institute of Senior Centers. This organization has helped me stay abreast of the new trends in helping older people deal proactively and positively with the process of aging. With the increase in the number of people over 50 this is a very needed service.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a retired lawyer and lobbyist. Due to multiple health issues I went on disability 3.5 years ago. I spent the first three years living alone in my apartment and doing some community volunteering. However, this didn't take up much time and I was very lonely and depressed.

In February, 2015 I heard about NCOA's SCSEP program which pays seniors to work in government and NFP offices bringing their skills to these organizations. I started working in April, 2015 at the NCOA national office and it has changed my life. I am editing, writing and doing Public Relations work as I had in the past. I have been honing my editing, writing and people skills. I love my job and am very grateful to NCOA for the chance to use my skills and make some extra money.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Great group to know if you care about the plight of low income older adults. AARP may cover the national scene but the group that's doing the most work on the ground to help disadvantaged older adults is NCOA. And they are also the only group that works with Senior Centers nationwide. Highly recommend you donate today.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Great organizatoin that cares about the needs of all older adults and works hard to allow them to live better lives. Support them today!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA has given me the opportunity to return to the work force and make some wonderful new friends. Their options are vast and I can't say enough good things about them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My participation in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), a federally funded senior employment training program administered by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), implemented through our local Community Action Program, quite literally saved my life. As a married, working professional enjoying two incomes, feeling secure with a healthy retirement plan and personal savings, I never thought I'd find myself in a situation where I did not know where the money for my next meal would come from or how I would pay the bill to keep my electric on in the middle of one of the coldest winters in decades. Things happen. Life happens. Health problems, medical bills, the loss of my husband to cancer, a major down turn in the economy. I lost everything - my spouse, my home, my retirement that I had invested in a small business that I had to close when several larger, local companies closed and laid off workers. That's when I found NCOA - SCSEP. I became a staff participant in the program, earning enough to eat healthy and maintain safe living conditions. As a staff participant, I helped other seniors in similar situations obtain training, and through the many other related services and web-based tools provided by NCOA, such as resume building tools, job searches, free online job skill courses, and information about benefits available to seniors, helped many of our participants find permanent employment. As for me, my NCOA - SCSEP participatioin helped me to network, gain additional skills, and make contacts that led to a permanent position. I am back working in the profession I love. I now have a comfortable income and a renewed self-esteem and self worth. Thank you NCOA - SCSEP!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The NCOA staff never ceases to amaze me! They always have the latest information and take the time to assist us in growing and sustaining our programs in Colorado. The NCOA staff has also encouraged us to share our processes, procedures, successes, and lessons learned with others across the country. I count my primary contacts at NCOA , Kristie Kulinski and Albert Terrillion, as very smart and savvy friends.

COAW – the Consortium for Older Adult Wellness is a Colorado-based non-profit organization. We train instructors and leaders to deliver classes in self-management and falls prevention in their communities. We also train and consult in making the connection between health systems and community based organizations through referral systems consistent with healthcare transformation.

Working with the NCOA gives us the ability to do more today and to be more tomorrow to those we serve.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked within the aging field for more than a decade serving in many capacities; with both direct service provision and statewide program administration perspectives. At all levels, the National Council on Aging staff and their up-to-date online tools/resources have been a go-to source of guidance and technical assistance for me. The employees are passionate advocates for all aging Americans. The organization is a dedicated elder advocate partner: promoting forward-thinking, successful aging for current and future generations of older Americans.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked in aging and disabilities for more than 20 years. Each time I have developed a position description for a board or committee "advocacy" for programs services and supports is high on the list of Essential Duties. Without the National Council on Aging and the depth of understanding the organization brings to aging we would understand in a much less substantial way the issues deserving our attention.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

NCOA provides great informational hand outs that we give our seniors! Great reads

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The NCOA Aging Mastery Program is an effective way to engage older adults in making small but significant changes in their lifestyle in order to improve their health. I am glad to partner with NCOA and their staff on this important program. They have been great to work with.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA is where I go to find the most updated information for staff education and training. They are the experts in the field of aging innovation. NCOA assists thousand of seniors and caregivers to improve their quality of life and teaches them how to advocate for what is needed to make this happen. We share the Crossroads information from this great organization with all of our senior centers throughout our county. NCOA makes us all better advocates for the seniors we serve.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The NCOA's Center for Healthy Aging provides technical assistnce and support to our Chronic Disease Self-Management program funded thorugh the Administration on Community Living. Everyone at the center, without exception, has been incredibly responsive, helpful and supportive. I couldn't begin to list all the ways they've helped us, and this is only one part of NCOA's activities to educate, advocate and enhance responsive supports to behalf of older adults. Thank you NCOA for all you do. I don't know what we'd do without your wonderful support!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

National Council on Aging supports the health and economic well-being of older adults throughout the country and provides resources to help senior centers and other providers do the same. Their economic security initiatives and tools such as Economic CheckUp have enabled vulnerable seniors to access benefits and increase income. NCOA also empowers senior centers to achieve positive program outcomes as community focal points for people 50+ and advocates at national and local levels for policies and program funding that will benefit seniors.

2 Erin86

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA has been such an amazing partner for the Friendship Centers and the clients we serve in southwest Florida. Their participation in our Senior Economic Security summit early in 2013 helped us plan and launch programs addressing financial and benefits education and access.
Additionally, our senior centers have used their online Benefits Checkup and partnered in their Economic Security Initiatives when working with seniors facing some of life's most challenging times. NCOA also reached out to offer foreclosure assistance for reverse mortgage borrowers.
We have co-presented some of our work together at state and national conferences and continue to explore ways to improve the lives of seniors in our communities.
Thank you, NCOA for your leadership and collaborative spirit!! It's our privilege at the Friendship Centers to call you a partner.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington, DC is proud to be an NCOA member because we know NCOA to be a valuable, go-to resource for information and advocacy on aging. Thank you, NCOA!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 1

Buncombe county did a horrible job serving my parents. They kept promising us help but never followed through. Many many phone call messages went unanswered. Even when I talked with the manager she never helped. My parents are nearly 80 years old and I am appalled at how they were treated.

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jean.vanryzin 09/17/2014

Hello Client112. Thanks for writing. NCOA does not operate an office in Buncombe County. Perhaps you could tell us the name of the agency you worked with? We would be more than happy to put you in contact with a local organization that could help your parents. Please contact us at [email protected]

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I was out of work due to the recent recession and age 57.I contacted the local National council on Aging.This office as located in the same building as the unemployment office.I was set up with a local business as a volunteer but the National Council on Aging paid me minimum wage for 20 hours per week.This office is located in Rocky Mount,NC.I gave the location because it was the most unethical govt program I have ever had to deal with.I saw first hand where these funds received from the govt went into the administrator and friends pockets.Phony reports were filed to Washington.They did what ever they wanted with the money.The money from that program was used for everything except the intended purpose.
I am very disappointed with this program at the local level and in Washington.I tried to call the local administrator and called Washington DC office and was lied to.They set up meetings with me and others which they did not even bother to show up for.I guess it was just to get me off the phone.The lesson here is you do not have to account for federal funds used.You can use them anyway you chose.

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jean.vanryzin 09/17/2014

Hello Minniea05. Thank you for writing, and we apologize for any negative experience you may have had. The NCOA Workforce Resource Center in North Carolina has a strong track record of helping hundreds of older adults gain unsubsidized employment. All finances, including payroll, are managed at NCOA headquarters and regularly reviewed by external auditors. On a daily basis, the project director only has access to a small amount of petty cash which must be accounted for with actual receipts. We are eager to know more about your experience and how we can improve our services. Please contact us at [email protected]

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

NCOA facilitates an incredible network of aging advocacy organizations and service providers that represent a broad cross-section of the country. Specifically their research and advocacy work on older Americans dealing with the economic crisis and their work during the electoral season (and the subsequent political analysis that followed) has proven to be invaluable to other organizations in the field. Their ability to do these things while also convening other organizations has been a true testament to their leadership in the sector.

1 Emilie R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I believe this is a great organization. They offer so much information that you might not see elsewhere. They also have webinar's that offer training and information that is very valuable in the line of being a advocate or caregiver. I hope that they may continue to be of assistance to us.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA is a leader in falls prevention awareness and has done much to facilitate and support interdisciplinary collaboration in this area. Their website is rich with resources and "how to" information both for professionals and consumers. And this is only one small part of what they do for older adults and professionals every day.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA assists thousands of seniors with thier financial and housing needs. NCOA is an advocate for seniors and caretakers and provides expert information and resources for those in need. It is an organization that follows its mission and is constantly looking to improve the quality of life for seniors. NCOA is in a class by itself.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NCOA is an extremely informative resource. I look forward to each email. Information sent out is concentrated on the senior community and touches all possible topics. I am thankful for this organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Council on Aging is a Key source of updated information for education, training opportunities and advocacy targeting our Older Adults. As An Aging Resource Center, we utilize information from NCOA to disseminate to our Aging Network in Milwaukee, WI.

Atruly valuable service to all of us, whether professional, elderly or caregiver....information on the latest is just an E mail away!

Board Member

Rating: 4

I am the new board chair of ECIAAA in Bloomington, IL. My wife and I attended the n4a annual conference at Louisville, KY this past summer. I became aware of the need for promoting awareness of the increasing ratio of seniors in the world's population, especially in developed countries. NCoA does a great job of doing that job.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA is a excellent national non-profit that works to improve the lives of seniors. They are innovative thinkers that realize the although someone is older that does not mean they should be tossed aside and forgotten. They work diligently to improve the lives of seniors that want to keep working or who want to enjoy retirement. I am especially in awe of their benefits check-up program. This is truly a game changer for many low-income seniors. Many are not aware of the additional resources available to them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Council on Aging advocates for seniors. By doing this they help make people around the country aware of the issues facing today's senior citizens.
They help create paths for seniors to access benefits to improve their lives through their Economic Security Initiative. They help train older adults with market viable job skills to help them re-enter the workforce and contribute to their communities.
NCOA has innovative ideas, like their Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, that help older adults deal with the day to day pressures of living with chronic illness.
They create user friendly tools, like the Benefits Check-up system to help seniors navigate the complex and often confusing world of benefits.
There are few organizations that advocate for and work with seniors with such tenacity. NCOA has a dedicated staff of people who truly believe in what they are doing. The CEO, Jim Firman is a man of vision, but also of action. Any senior that has been involved with NCOA is better for it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

NCOA's work impacts the neighborhood level needs and concerns of our nation's seniors by taking national trends and creating/innovating solutions with local level partners. It is this steadfast commitment to shared leadership and partnerships that motivates my continued involvement with this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with this organization for fifty years in one way or another. It plays an important intermediary role in the field aging between and among government, agencies serving older persons directly, other age related agencies and older persons. It has flourished through the years since it has kept its "eye on the ball" in using its resources, material and moral, to further the well being of the most frail maintaining a virtually unique role in the field since it is perceived as having no agenda or compromising activities that detract from its mission. It is highly effect in its stated mission of enhancing the lives of older persons especially the most vulnerable.

Peter39

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA routinely examines a variety of issues impacting retirees and devises clever solutions. An example would be the refinements they've brought to the area of reverse mortgage counseling. They have developed helpful tools such as benefits checkup and a financial interview tool that helps counselors collect information from clients and advise them on applicable programs that might be helpful as well as whether or not a reverse mortgage might be a useful tool for the individual's particular circumstances.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

NCOA is the only national organization focusing on improving the lives of older adults through the strengthening of senior centers, their programs and staff through its National Institute of Senior Centers. NCOA provides access to information on national trends, research and public policy. NCOA's assistance is vital to those serving older adults in this time of dwindling resources. NCOA offers incredibly valuable resources in their evidence based programs, public policy updates, e-newsletters, on-line community Crossroads, and senior center accreditation program, Building Excellence.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For sixty years the National Council on Aging has been improving the health and economic well being of seniors. It is a trusted voice among policy makers and has the wisdom to provide solutions to the many challenges seniors face. It provides innovative programs to help seniors stay active, live independently and get the skills and resources to improve their own quality of life. Every year, more than 500,000 people benefit from these services and stay health and save money.

Sandra38

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

NCOA is the most innovative, thoughtful and responsive organization in the field of aging. When the recession hit, NCOA was the first to respond with a strong national initiative that has transformed the lives of numerous older adults- resulting in policy change and iinnovative programs.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA is the "google" of national aging organizations. It is outstanding in its ability to think strategically about the marketplace and develop tools and resources to meet the needs of older adults. There is a true passion for collaboration, and its leadership-board and staff, extremely adept at aligning resources effectively to achieve maximum social impact.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA has its finger on the pulse of the needs of America's seniors and their families. Their innovations and interventions are practical, but reflect a solid understanding of the science of aging and the issues in eldercare public policy. As a trustee of the Retirement Research Foundation, which funds some of their projects, I was blown away when they presented their new software to the RRF board. This program identifies eligibility for supportive programs in employment, housing, income, nutrition, socialization, and transportation will be a powerful tool in the hands of these community-based advocates. In the hands of community eldercare advocates and families, this resource will be life-changing for seniors and for middle-age caregivers who risk their own poverty ( and lack of health insurance) when they have to come out of the workforce to give care. If these caregivers can identify more extensive eldercare resources, they might be able to stay in the workforce long enough to stabilize their own golden years.

NCOA is an essential bridge between all of the stakeholders in aging today.

Cheryl E. Woodson, MD, FACP, AGSF

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We were one of several organizations fortunate to partner with NCOA to launch a program that provided holistic, person-centered economic case management. Evaluation of the pilots demonstrated that low income seniors accessed benefits and gained greater economic security as a result of this innovative program model. We saw the difference in the lives of the seniors we touched.

NCOA is a thought leader in aging policy, practice and partnerships. I have deep respect for the staff I've encountered and the work they do for vulnerable seniors.

Carolyn61

Board Member

Rating: 5

The NCOA is an example of nonprofit organizations at their best. It is innovative, dynamic and nimble as well as mission-driven. The NCOA has partnered with government agencies, corporations, civil society organizations and academia to find and test innovative solutions to the challenges facing underserved Seniors in America. The NCOA leadership is devoted to their mission but highly flexible and nimble with respect to their business model for the best ways to implement effectively.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

National Council on Aging and its staff act as a valuable bridge between national policymakers and non-profit local agencies that advocate for and provide critical services to address the needs of aging Americans. As an outside evaluator working with NCOA on several of its initiatives, I am very impressed by the ability of this organization to think broadly about policy issues and opportunities to better meet the needs of low-income older individuals and to help local non-profits translate these strategies into concrete action. The local aging and social service organizations we have talked with report that they find the financial and strategic support of NCOA immensely valuable.

Board Member

Rating: 5

NCOA is the most trusted organization in the area of aging. It's programs in health, reverse mortgages and benefits are state of the art. it's commitment to seniors, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable, is not taken up as a priority by any other organization. It's policy work is bipartisan which is what gives NCOA the legitimacy it has earned. Also, its work in senior employment shows NCOA is involved in senior issues at all levels.
It's Benefits Check Up has been recognized by the federal and many state governments as very helpful and easy to use. it has helped thousands of people gain access of benefits to which they are entitled or have earned live better more fruitful lives
The nation should be grateful that such an organization exists. The excitement is in seeing what emerges next from NCOA, a group that does well by doing good.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great newsletter keeping me updated on what is happening in the field of aging services.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can say that having these emails come from National Council on Aging has been a great help to me in helping me settle into my new position at public housing. I am a Resident Service Coordinator and I provide our residents with resources to help them out, help them fill out documentation and provide events for socialization, health and wellness. With the information provided by this wonderful site, I feel better empowered to deliver the right information. The webinars they also provide give me a better understanding of issues that are faced by my residents every day.