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The National Center for Health and the Aging (NCHATA), a project of North American Management, is supported in part by a cooperative agreement grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).


The National Center for Health and the Aging provides training and technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of federally-funded health centers to increase access to health care, eliminate health disparities and enhance health care delivery for the 39 million or 13 percent of Americans aged 65 years age and older.

Because of the unique needs and common barriers of social determinants of health, elderly require intense and targeted outreach and assistance to access health services. To increase the capacity and improve the performance of HRSA supported health center grantees and other safety net providers in meeting the specialized health care needs of the elderly, The National Center for Health and the Aging has developed materials for training and education; disseminated best practices; mentored new grantees.



Announcing the

2014 National Primary Care Symposium on Aging

“Cornerstones for Improving Senior Health Outcomes: Outreach, Enrollment and Community Partnerships”

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The annual symposium provides an opportunity for health centers and senior advocates to exchange ideas and information on health topics related to improving the lives of millions of American seniors. To learn more about the aging symposium, please click here.

The annual symposium provides an opportunity for health centers and senior advocates to exchange ideas and information on health topics related to improving the lives of millions of American seniors.

To learn more or to register for the 2014 National Primary Care Symposium on Aging Symposium CLICK HERE. If you act now, you can take advantage of our $50.00 HOLIDAY REGISTRATION price through January 17, 2014!

2014 National Primary Care Symposium on Aging Call for Abstracts is Now Open!

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that causes damage to the optic nerve and gets worse over time[1].  Glaucoma occurs when the normal fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises; damaging the optic nerve (the optic nerve transmits images to the brain)[2].  Glaucoma can lead to significant loss of vision in both eyes, and/or blindness, if left untreated. Glaucoma Pic #1

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S.  In 2008, 6% of older adults aged 65–69 years and 17% among those aged 85 years or older[3] reported they had glaucoma. African Americans are 15 times more likely to be visually impaired from glaucoma than Caucasians[4].

Although anyone can develop glaucoma, people over age 60 have the highest risk[5]. Certain factors that can increase the risk for developing glaucoma[6] include:

  • Having a family history of glaucoma
  • Being an African American over the age of 40
  • Being an Hispanic over the age of 60
  • Having medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease
  • Taking certain steroid medications

Glaucoma is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination1.  Several tests are performed to detect: a change in the appearance of the optic nerve, a loss of nerve tissue, and loss of vision.  Currently Glaucoma cannot be prevented or cured; however, if diagnosed and treated early it can usually be controlled1.

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[1] Facts About Glaucoma. (n.d.). Glaucoma, Facts About [NEI Health Information]. Retrieved December 30, 2013

[2] Glaucoma. (nd) Eye Care Associates. Retrieved Web. 02 Jan. 2014.

[3] State of vision, aging, and public health in America. (2011). Atlanta, GA: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation.

[4] Glaucoma Facts and Stats. (2013, April 22). Glaucoma Research Foundation. Retrieved December 30, 2013.

[5] Glaucoma. (n.d.). NIHSeniorHealth: What is Glaucoma?. Retrieved December 30, 2013.

[6] American Optometric Association. (n.d.). Glaucoma. Retrieved December 30, 2013.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment ended on December 7. If someone missed the Open Enrollment Period and is truly dissatisfied with their Medicare Advantage plan, there is a Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP) that lasts from January 1 to February 14 of the following year. A person in a Medicare Advantage Plan can leave their plan, switch to Original Medicare, and join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to add drug coverage during this period. Learn more about joining a health or drug plan.
There are specific times when a person can sign up for a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) or Medicare prescription drug coverage . They can also make changes to existing coverage:

1. If they first become eligible for Medicare or turn 65 during the Initial Enrollment Period
2. During certain yearly enrollment periods
3. Under certain circumstances that qualify the person for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP)

Learn more about the Medicare C & D enrollment periods and be sure to take advantage of everything Medicare has to offer.

[1] Understanding Medicare Part C & D Enrollment Periods. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Oct. 2012. Web. Dec. 2013.


The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released Policy Information Notice (PIN) 2013-01: Health Center Budgeting and Accounting Requirements. The PIN is available at: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/policiesregulations/policies/pin201301.html


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