About CDC’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program

Healthy Body, Healthy Brain: Promoting the Cognitive and Physical Health of Older Americans and Their Caregivers

The Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) hosts the Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI). HBI provides data, information, and education to promote brain health, including information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Alzheimer’s disease is currently the fifth leading cause of death for persons over the age of 65.

Objectives

  • Promote Alzheimer’s disease assessment, diagnosis, and care planning
  • Minimize preventable hospitalizations for those with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Increase the number of people who discuss symptoms of cognitive impairment with a health care provider
  • Investigate, communicate, and educate about Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving, and healthy aging through the use of data-informed products
  • Provide information to empower caregivers
  • Develop materials for providers and the public that promote Alzheimer’s disease risk reduction strategies

How Our Work is Done

  • HBI applies principles, strategies, and expertise to promote public health actions related to Brain health, Alzheimer’s Disease, and caregiving. This work is guided by HBI’s The Healthy Brain Initiative’s State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia, The 2018-2023 Road Map Cdc-pdf[PDF – 19 MB]
  • The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s ActExternal (Public Law No: 115-406) was signed into law on December 31, 2018 and authorizes (CDC) to:
    • Establish Public Health Centers of Excellence that expand and promote the evidence-base for effective population-based interventions to improve dementia outcomes.
    • Fund state, local, and tribal public health departments to promote cognitive health and risk reduction, increase early detection and diagnosis, and better address the needs of caregivers.
    • Improve collection, analysis, and timely reporting of data on cognitive decline and caregiving related to Alzheimer’s in order to inform future public health actions.
  • Cutting edge surveillance data are used to develop and guide our objectives. The Healthy Aging Data Portal and Infographics use Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data to provide easy access to CDC data on a range of key indicators of health and well-being, screenings and vaccinations, caregiving, and mental health, including subjective cognitive decline among older adults at national and state levels. These indicators provide a snapshot of currently available surveillance information, and can be useful for prioritization and evaluation of public health interventions.
  • CDC’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program collaborates with national organizations, federal partners as well as state, local and tribal health departments.