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About CDC’s Healthy Aging Program

The Healthy Aging Program serves as the focal point at CDC for efforts to promote the health and quality of life of older Americans. Located within CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the Program focuses primarily on adults age 50 or older.

Our goals are to:

  • Enhance the ability of states and communities to identify and implement effective strategies and programs to promote and protect the health of older adults.
  • Expand integration of public health and aging services and enhance outreach for health promotion and disease prevention among older adults.
  • Promote health and preserve health-related quality of life for older adults through the health care system and other avenues.

The Healthy Aging Program develops innovative, web-based tools and resources; collects and analyzes data to guide public health action; promotes effective health promotion and environmental strategies; and engages in active partnerships with CDC partners as well as key national organizations.

The program also guides cutting-edge applied prevention research conducted by CDC’s Healthy Aging Research Network, a network of Prevention Research Centers Programs at universities around the country focusing on translating research into practice to promote older adult health and independence.

Our current efforts focus on two important health issues for older adults:

  • Promote cognitive functioning and address impairment
    Through its Congressionally-supported Healthy Brain Initiative, the Program applies public health principles, strategies, and expertise to efforts to promote cognitive functioning and address cognitive impairment. This work is carried out in close collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association as well as other national organizations and federal partners. Additionally, the Program is examining the health and well-being of caregivers. This work is guided by the report, The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013–2018.
  • Increasing the use of clinical preventive services
    The program works to increase knowledge about the importance of preventive services (e.g., immunizations and screenings for chronic disease) for older adults and is identifying community-based strategies that can eliminate disparities in their access and use.  

Other priority health areas for older adults addressed by the Program have included emergency preparedness, mental health, and advance care planning, among others.