Promoting Health for Older Adults
CDC works to help older adults remain healthy, active, and independent as long as possible.
Healthy Brain Initiative and Public Health Road Maps
The Healthy Brain Initiative improves understanding of brain health as a central part of public health practice by:
- Creating and supporting partnerships.
- Collecting and reporting data.
- Supporting populations with high rates of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
The initiative also promotes the use of State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia, The 2018–2023 Road Map, and the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map for Indian Country. The Road Maps list public health actions to promote cognitive health, address cognitive impairment, and respond to the needs of caregivers.
Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure (BOLD)
The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act was passed into law on December 31, 2018, Public Law 115-406. BOLD activities are designed to promote use of CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative Road Maps.
The BOLD Act:
- Establishes Alzheimer’s and related dementias public health centers of excellence.
- Provides funds to support public health departments.
- Increases data analysis and timely reporting.
In 2020, CDC funded the first BOLD Public Health Centers of Excellence and BOLD public health programs to increase the dementia infrastructure across the United States.