National Council on Aging (NCOA)

Since 1950, the nonprofit National Council on Aging (NCOA) has worked to improve the lives of older adults, particularly in response to the areas of rising health costs and mandatory retirement. The organization’s current goal is to impact the health and economic security of 40 million older adults by 2030, especially women, people of color, LGBTQ+, low-income, and rural individuals.

NCOA offers two major programs:

  • Healthy Living
    • Prevention
    • Physical Health
    • Behavioral Health
    • Aging Mastery
  • Financial Security
    • Money Management​
    • Job Training​
    • Retirement Planning​
    • Benefits Enrollment

Services and products include:

  • Information Resources - Unbiased information for older adults and their caregivers related to health and financial security
  • Tools - Personalized, online support for individuals to find benefits, choose a Medicare plan, prevent falls, and plan for a healthy and secure life
  • Best Practices - Technical assistance and support for professionals in community-based organizations who serve older adults every day
  • Advocacy - National platform and voice to fight against ageism—and to strengthen the federal programs we all depend on as we age

NCOA manages special projects that fall within its mission. Examples:

  • In 2020, with the support of $4.35 million 2-year grant from the Walmart Foundation, NCOA connected 1.15 million eligible older adults to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The project supported both in-person and online SNAP outreach and enrollment through funding 40 community-based organizations providing in-person benefits counseling in communities across the U.S.
  • In 2022, NCOA's Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative fought senior hunger by supporting efforts by community-based organizations and agencies to assist older adults (i.e., age 60 and over) in applying for and enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). With funding from Walmart Foundation, NCOA supported 24 community-based organizations to enroll older adults into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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