National Council on the Aging


About the Organization:

NCOA is the nation’s first association of organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well being, and contributions of older persons. We began in 1950 with a new concept of older people as “the aging,” not the “aged,” and we embraced the challenge of creating a nation where many more people, especially disadvantaged, frail, and minority elders, would live much longer and better lives.
NCOA’s members include senior centers, area agencies on aging, adult day services, faith congregations, senior housing, health centers, employment services, and consumer organizations. Many leaders from academia, business, and labor also join NCOA to support our mission and work.

We help community organizations to enhance the lives of older adults.
We turn creative ideas into programs and services that help older people in hundreds of communities.
We are a national voice and powerful advocate for public policies, societal attitudes, and business practices that promote vital aging.

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News and Events:

NCOA Selects Ten Exceptional Physical Activity Programs

Resources on Aging and Physical Activity:

NCOA Center for Healthy Aging Website

Falls Prevention Resources

Issue Brief: Motivating Participants to Be More Physically Active

Issue Brief: Recruiting and Retaining Effective Instructors for Physical Activity Programs

Issue Brief: Best Practices in Physical Activity

Issue Brief: Using the Evidence Base to Promote Healthy Aging

Issue Brief: Designing Safe and Effective Physical Activity Programs