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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

141 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Park S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hundreds of older adults who are participants of the Center in the Park and residents of the NW Philadelphia community and beyond have experienced the Aging Mastery Program when our Center was one of the first five in the nation to offer it a few years ago . . . . and, we have been offering it since then in addition to a digital version . . . because so many participants have made small changes in behavior in order to maintain healthier lifestyles.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA is a great resource for professionals to keep up with changes, get trainings, and stay informed for our clients!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I often use this site when I am updating presentations that I created in the past but need current data to help inform the public about senior issues.
I use it to reaffirm how well the residents in our independent, senior, income qualified building are doing. They need to know how strong and resourceful they are and the data provided by NCOA is invaluable in helping them see this.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA provides a wealth of information and resources for aging network professionals and the older adults and caregivers they serve. They are staunch advocates for aging programs.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a partner of NCOA, I can't say enough about the resources and information they provide to educate and assist the seniors I work with. Thanks so much for all you do!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA provides such a wealth of information that I frequent the website consistently and often. I have found the information accurate and up-to-date. NCOA also provides many opportunities for access to programs and benefits that serve our elderly constituents as well as our organization, a senior center. I recently attended its National Institute of Senior Centers annual conference and learned much to improve the services we offer our constituents.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A great group that does a lot of good work for low-income seniors nationwide. If you can't support them financially, get their message out to those you love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Focused and creative organization, resulting in meaningful impact on wide spectrum of aging population needs. Led by great staff and volunteers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Never have I seen a more dedicated group of professionals committed to improving the health and lives of older adults and those with disabilities.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the extreme pleasure of working with NCOA to bring the Aging Mastery Program (AMP) to WI. The Mission and Vision of NCOA aligns with many organizations and I would strongly encourage anyone involved with aging or caregiving to collaborate with them. The Executive Director, Jame Firman, is a phenomenal visionary leader who is always on the cutting edge. He has a stellar staff of dedicated professionals that are willing to work with you on many levels. We have piloted the AMP program with 13 agencies this year and have had tremendous success and have plans to grow the program statewide. The program is reaching a group of people that were not accessing services for older adults and their caregivers. The program is a strong foundation that gives people the skill set to utilize their gift of time and age masterfully. It is fun, informative and the perfect feeder program for other evidenced-based health and wellness programs. Thank you NCOA for your outstanding work and commitment to improving the lives of millions of older adults. It is a great honor to work with such a caring and innovative organization.

Most Sincerely,
Pam VanKampen, RDN, CD/Older Americans Act Consultant/Senior Center Rep. for the Greater WI Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA should be applauded for their long-standing and outstanding commitment to healthy aging. Just last week, they hosted a webinar focused on older adult suicide prevention, which featured practical tools for senior centers, senior housing, and other community-based organizations that meet older adults where they are. That same day, the White House convened a summit on suicide prevention for older adults, demonstrating how NCOA is responding to the issues that are so important and timely. Thank you for your advocacy, your education, and for bringing people together to improve the lives of older adults and their families in meaningful ways.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Council on Aging provides superb resources, guidance and leading edge thinking to help professionals, caregivers, advocates and older adults understand and navigate the challenges of healthy aging in communities. Senior centers across the country and in my hometown of Wilmington, Delaware have used NCOA programs such as Benefits Check Up, Economic Check Up and Savvy Saving Seniors to enable seniors to access benefits they're eligible for, improve financial literacy and well-being, and prevent falling prey to fraud and scams. One elderly man increased his monthly income by approximately $300 through Benefits Check Up.

The NCOA leadership and Public Policy Team were instrumental in Congressional reauthorization of the Older Americans Act in 2016, which ensures that essential services will continue to be available for our nation's vulnerable elderly population.

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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!

4 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.