Critical Issue Briefs

Over the past 7 years, the Healthy Aging Program at CDC has worked with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and the American Society on Aging (ASA) to create a series of Critical Issue Briefs as backgrounders for journalists who write about aging or public health-related issues. The goal of these briefs is to provide journalists with current and easily accessible scientific and programmatic information about critical public health issues affecting older adults. The information is also provided in such a way that informs professionals in both the public health and aging fields about selected health issues. Through this series we are able to provide not only contemporary information about key public health concerns for the nation’s older population, but also increase awareness about the work being done by CDC and other federal agencies in addressing many problems facing older Americans.

Current briefs

Advance Care Planning


Clinical Preventive Services


Emergency Preparedness

Oral Health

Shingles Vaccination