Healthy People Targets
Healthy People is a set of 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For the last 30 years, Healthy People objectives have been implemented to measure the impact of prevention activities, encourage collaborations across communities and sectors, and empower individuals toward making informed health decisions. These objectives set specific targets to help guide states, communities, and professional organizations to identify, develop, and evaluate programs and policies that promote healthy aging. Healthy People 2020 objectives and targets were developed in consultation with a wide range of experts on the basis of the best available and most current scientific knowledge.
Many of the indicators used in this Web site have corresponding Healthy People 2020 targets. It is important to note that some of these targets are for the population aged 18 years or older, or other specified age groups. For these, this report focuses on whether or not the older adult population met the general target. Also, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which is the data system that provides state level data for many of the indicators, is not the official tracker for most of the Healthy People 2020 targets. Please refer to the Healthy People website for more information.
Indicators and Associated Healthy People 2020 Targets
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Healthy People 2020 Older Adult Topic Area
To better understand the determinants of healthy aging in various populations and settings, specific Healthy People 2020 measures related to older adults were defined with the overall goal to improve their health, function and quality of life.
|OA-1||Increase the proportion of older adults who use the Welcome to Medicare benefit.|
|OA-2||Increase the proportion of older adults who are up to date on a core set of clinical preventive services.|
|OA-3||Increase the proportion of older adults with one or more chronic health condition report confidence in managing their conditions.|
|OA-4||Increase the proportion of older adults who receive Diabetes Self-Management Benefits.|
|OA-5||Reduce the proportion of older adults who have moderate to severe functional limitations.|
|OA-6||Increase the proportion of older adults with reduced physical or cognitive function who engage in moderate or vigorous leisure-time physical activities.|
|OA-7||Increase the proportion of the health care workforce with geriatric certification.|
|OA-8||Reduce the proportion of noninstitutionalized older adults with disabilities with unmet need for long-term services and supports.|
|OA-9||Reduce the proportion of unpaid caregivers of older adults who report an unmet need for caregiver support services.|
|OA-10||Reduce the rate of pressure ulcer-related hospitalizations among older adults.|
|OA-11||Reduce the rate of emergency department visits due to falls among older adults.|
|OA-12||Increase the number of states, the District of Columbia, and tribes that collect and make publicly available information on the characteristics of victims, perpetrators, and cases of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.|
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Healthy People 2020 Dementias, Including Alzheimer’s Disease, Topic Area
For the first time in Healthy People 2020, this topic was added with the goal to reduce the morbidity and costs associated with, and maintain or enhance the quality of life for, people with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
|DIA-1||Increase the proportion of people with diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, or their caregiver, who are aware of the diagnosis.|
|DIA-2||Reduce the proportion of preventable hospitalizations for people with diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.|
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- Page last reviewed: March 3, 2015
- Page last updated: March 3, 2015
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