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Prevalence of Arthritis Among Adult Caregivers
(Running time: 11 minutes 50 seconds)
While caregiving provides numerous benefits, it can negatively affect caregivers’ mental and physical health because caregivers often provide care while neglecting their own health care needs. A recent CDC study found that nearly 1 in 5 caregivers report fair or poor health; almost 2 in 5 caregivers have at least two chronic diseases; and 1 in 8 caregivers aged 45 or older self-reported worsening memory loss.

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Subjective Cognitive Decline
(Running time: 8 minutes 8 seconds)
A CDC study finds self-reported worsening memory loss among people 45+ differed for racial and ethnic groups, ranging from 5% among Asian and Pacific Islander adults, to nearly 17% among American Indian and Alaska Native adults. Memory loss that worsens over time can be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

Modifiable Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
(Running time: 9 minutes 30 seconds)
A growing body of evidence has identified potential modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD), including high blood pressure, not meeting the aerobic physical activity guideline, obesity, diabetes, depression, current smoking, hearing loss, and binge drinking.

Memory Loss Among Caregivers
(Running time: 10 minutes 47 seconds)
Caregiving can negatively affect caregivers’ physical and mental health. Unpaid adult caregivers age 45 and older reported greater Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD) than noncaregivers. Caregivers with SCD were more than likely than those without SCD to report chronic health conditions, a history of depression, and frequent activity limitations.

How Are You Feeling Right Now? Coping Strategies for Caregivers
(Running time: 22 minutes)
Paid and unpaid caregivers often set aside their own physical and mental health needs while caring for others. Dr. Lisa McGuire discusses her own coping strategies while caring for her mom and shares other strategies to help ensure caregivers feel supported. One coping tool that can help a caregiver is to ask him or her: How are you feeling right now? Talking about concerns and feelings can help relieve stress and promote resilience.

Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Adults and What You Can Do to Help
(Running time 22 min)
Older adults who are socially isolated or lonely are at increased risk for serious health conditions, including a 50% increased risk of dementia. Dr. Craig Thomas is interviewed on Sole Source media and highlights this growing problem both before and during COVID-19.

Baby Boomers Who Are Caregivers Report Being in Poor Health
(Running time 5 min 43 seconds)
Caregivers who are part of the baby boomer generation reported having more chronic disease, more disability, and lower self-rated health compared to non-caregivers-putting them at risk of needing care themselves.

Healthy Body, Healthier Brain
(Running time 4 min 54 seconds)
Brain health and physical health are especially important as we age. People with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, COPD, or a history of stroke are at greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease, but there’s some good news. Improving your body’s health may help improve your brain health too. Here’s 8 ways to learn how.

Health Risks of Loneliness and Social Isolation in Older Adults
(Running time 4 min 56 seconds)
Loneliness and social isolation is an underrecognized risk to the public’s health and affects a significant number of older adults. CDC’s Director of Population Health, Dr. Craig Thomas, is interviewed about a new report on this topic.

What About the Caregivers?
(Runing time 4 min 56 seconds)
Although caregiving has many benefits, it’s important to recognize that caregivers may be compromising their own health. One in five adults report being a caregiver for a family member or friend, and 21% say they are in fair or poor health, according to a large, long term study of more than 252,000 adults.

The Importance of Physical Activity for Older Adults
(Running time 4 min 19 seconds)
Regular physical activity is linked to a lower risk of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, some cancers, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Find out how much activity people should be getting, and the type of activities recommended for older adults.

Alzheimer’s Disease—Genes Do Not Equal Destiny
(Running 4 min 43 seconds)
A healthy lifestyle may help reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease even if you are at average or intermediate risk because of your genes.

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Younger People Need to Talk to Their Doctor About Memory Loss
(Running time 5 min 2 seconds)
Memory loss is not a normal part of aging, but a large study revealed younger people who reported confusion or memory loss had not talked to their doctor about it.

State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia, The 2018-2023 Road Map
(Running time 1 min 56 seconds)
Learn about CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative’s 2018-2023 Road Map to address Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia in the U.S.

Protecting the Health of Family Caregivers 
(Running time 4 min 27 seconds)
This podcast discusses the role of family caregivers and the importance of protecting their health. It is primarily targeted to public health and aging services professionals.

Caregiving in Indian Country 
(Running time 5 min 9 seconds)
This podcast discusses the role of caregivers in Indian County and the importance of protecting their health. It is primarily targeted to public health and aging services professionals.

Smoking and Older Adults
(Running time 6 min 17 seconds)
This podcast discusses the importance of older adults quitting smoking and other tobacco products. It is primarily targeted to public health and aging services professionals.

Oral Health and Older Adults
(Running time 7 min 14 seconds)
This podcast discusses the importance of older adults maintaing good oral health habits. It is primarily targeted to public health and aging services professionals.

Advancing Cognitive Well-Being Through the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map
(Running time 34 min 12 seconds)
This podcast introduces the 2018-2023 Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map and discusses strategies for public health agencies to promote cognitive health and support people living with dementia and their caregivers.

Healthy Brain Initiative Interim Progress Report
(Running time 1 min 40 seconds)
This podcast serves as a mid-term progress report for The Healthy Brain Initiative: Interim Progress Report 2013-2018

Emergency Preparedness Concerns for Older Adults
(Running time 6 min 46 seconds)
This podcast discusses the special concerns many older adults face during a disaster.

Health Literacy in Older Adults
(Running time 1 min 36 seconds_
In this podcast, Dr. Lynda Anderson, Director of CDC’s Healthy Aging Program, discusses the importance of improving health literacy among older adults.

Podcasts de audio en Español

Cuerpo sano, cerebro sano—Healthy Body, Healthy Brain
La salud del celebro y la salud física son especialmente importantes a medida que envejecemos. ¿Sabía que algunas personas con afecciones crónicas están en mayor riesgo de enfermedad de Alzheimer? Descubra 8 maneras de mantener su cuerpo sano que también podrían mantener su cerebro sano.

La importancia de la actividad física para los adultos mayores—The Importance of Physical Activity for Older Adults
Hacer actividad física con regularidad está asociado a un menor riesgo de presentar muchas enfermedades crónicas, como las enfermedades cardiacas, algunos cánceres e incluso la enfermedad de Alzheimer. Entérese cuánta actividad deberían hacer y el tipo de actividades que se recomiendan para los adultos mayores.

La enfermedad de Alzheimer: los genes no determinan nuestro destino (Genes Do Not Equal Destiny)
Un estilo de vida saludable podría ayudar a reducir su riesgo de tener la enfermedad de Alzheimer incluso si tiene un riesgo promedio o intermedio debido a sus genes.


30-second animated video on baby boomer caregivers
Caregivers who are part of the baby boomer generation report more chronic disease, disability, and frequent mental stress than non-caregivers. Caregivers need care too. Here’s 3 ways to get support and access resources.

A Public Health Approach to Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias: Overview of a Ready-to-Use Curriculum
Learn more about the free, flexible curricular resource. After an overview of the resource set, the webinar features how faculty have used the modules with students to develop public health competencies. Download the Free Curriculum on Alzheimer’s Disease.

Supporting the Frontline: The Public Health Approach to Dementia Cargiving
Caregivers in underserved communities should be a priority population.

Caring for Yourself When Caring for Another
Caregivers need breaks to stay healthy.

30 Second Video on Memory Loss
Memory loss that interferes with your daily life is not a normal part of aging.

Addressing Alzheimer’s Across the Whole Public Health Agency
CDC provides a new data analysis and the Washington State Department of Health describes how they are embracing a whole agency approach to promote healthy aging and address brain health in this webinar.

Data for Older Adults’ Health Webinar: BRFSS Cognitive and Caregiving Modules
This webinar provided 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.

CDC Grand Rounds Healthy Aging: Promoting Well-Being in Older Adults
Learn more about the growing numbers of older Americans, the challenges of aging, and the complex issue of caregiving.