Never have I seen a more dedicated group of professionals committed to improving the health and lives of older adults and those with disabilities.
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.
Pam VanKampen, RDN, CD/Older Americans Act Consultant/Senior Center Rep. for the Greater WI Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.
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.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) provides technical assistance to organizations of all sizes and levels of experience to ensure their success in implementing evidence-based healthy aging programs and providing needed benefits that help older adults and people with disabilities live healthier lives and remain in their homes. NCOA's support and expertise have made it possible for our small rural Area Agency on Aging to expand services across the state. With the NCOA team at our side, we have dramatically expanded needed services, implemented key steps to sustain our programs, and been able to learn from and share lessons learned with other organizations similar to ours. NCOA provides training and hands-on tools and continues to actively advocate to ensure seniors receive the resources they need. There is no way we could have achieved success without the help of NCOA's professional and dedicated staff.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.