Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Modules

Data for Older Adults’ Health Webinar: BRFSS Cognitive and Caregiving Modules
This webinar provides an overview of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), focusing on descriptions of both the Cognitive Decline and Caregiver modules, and examples of previous analyses and analytic tools.

Healthy Older adults

The BRFSS Cognitive Decline module measures subjective cognitive decline (SCD) and its associated effects on function and daily living. SCD is the self-reported experience of more frequent or worsening confusion or memory loss The information is used for public health purposes to describe problems associated with SCD in states and to help inform programs and policies.

Healthy older adults

The BRFSS Caregiver module is designed to provide information about persons who self-identify as caregivers and provide some form of care to another person with a health problem or disability. Data is collected on their relationship, the health problem or disability that makes caregiving necessary, and the type of care that they provide for that person. The caregiver is also asked about for what length of time and for how many hours they typically provide care per week.

For those who are not currently caregivers, a question is included asking them to forecast whether they believe they will become caregivers in the next two years.