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Healthy Aging: Promoting Well-being in Older Adults

Elderly couple taking a walk

September 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Americans are Living Longer and in Greater Numbers

The population of older Americans is growing and living longer than ever. As a group, they are living active lives and contributing to the economy. The added years to the lifespans have resulted in a longer middle age—extending the period when workers are at their most productive and creative.

  • 10,000 people are turning 65 a day
  • 80 percent of people age 50 and older plan to work past 65
  • People over 50 in the US contribute $7.6 trillion to the economy annually

Aging Brings Challenges

Aging brings an increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and dementia. For example, Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, is the 5th leading cause of death among older Americans. Older adults also face more challenges with everyday living activities.

  • 80 percent of older adults have at least one chronic health condition
  • 1 in 3 older adults has limitations in activities such as preparing meals and housekeeping

The Challenges of Caregiving and Caregivers

Birth rates are declining, posing a potential shortfall of caregivers, and that trend will continue. Caregivers themselves are at risk for health problems. Trends show they will be working longer hours and caring for people with more than one chronic disease.

Join us for this session of Public Health Grand Rounds as experts discuss the impact the aging population will have on their caregivers, the public health system, and the aging themselves. Hear what CDC and public health officials are doing and what needs to be done.


Healthy Aging: Promoting Well-being in Older Adults

Do you know the 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease? With 10,000 Americans turning 65 a day, many are at risk for this and other chronic diseases. Dr. Phoebe Thorpe and Mathew Baumgart discuss the challenges of caring for the aging population. Tune in here to find helpful resources for healthy aging.

Continuing Education

This session is available for Continuing Education. Click Healthy Aging: Promoting Well-being in Older Adults for more information.

Presented By:

Sarah Lenz Lock, JD
Senior Vice President for Policy
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Executive Director
Global Council on Brain Health
“Promoting Health, Well-Being, and Independence as We Age”

Matthew Baumgart
Senior Director for Public Policy
Alzheimer’s Association
“Healthy Body, Healthy Brain: The State of Science and the Way Forward”

Grace Whiting, JD
Chief Operating Officer
National Alliance for Caregiving
“Healthy Caregiver, Healthy Patient: Importance of Healthy Aging for Caregivers”

Lisa C. McGuire, PhD
CDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program
CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative: Moving Forward Together”

Facilitated By:

John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

  • Page last reviewed: September 6, 2017
  • Page last updated: September 22, 2017
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