Did You Know?


Did You Know? is a feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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November 22, 2019
  • Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, affects at least 5 million Americans and is projected to triple by the year 2060.
  • Hispanics, African Americans, and women have the greatest risk for Alzheimer’s disease; women are 2 times more likely to be affected by Alzheimer’s disease than men.
  • CDC’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Data Portal provides national, regional, and state data that public health professionals can use to prioritize interventions and raise awareness about the needs of older adults.
June 7, 2019
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February 22, 2019
  • About 7,400 older adults died and more than 290,000 were treated in emergency departments in 2016 as a result of motor vehicle crash injuries.
  • Changes in health that might come with age can reduce mobility and increase older adults’ risks for falls and motor vehicle crash injuries.
  • Health professionals can encourage older adults to use CDC’s MyMobility Plan pdf icon[PDF-4.5MB] to take action now to stay safe and independent longer.
November 9, 2018
  • 1 in 5 US adults provide regular care or assistance to a family member or friend with a health problem or disability.
  • Many caregivers report high psychological stress and spend an average of nearly $7,000 in out-of-pocket costs related to caregiving each year.
  • Public health professionals can learn more about the challenges of and recommendations for caregiving, including the unique circumstances of caregivers in rural areasexternal icon.
October 19, 2018
  • One in 9 US adults aged 45 years or older reported worsening or more frequent symptoms of confusion or memory loss in 2015–2016.
  • Confusion or memory loss can be one of the first noticeable symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • State and local public health agencies and their partners can use CDC’s new Road Map to learn about ways they can work together to lessen the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
October 12, 2018
  • About 10 million adults with arthritis have symptoms of anxiety or depression.
  • Chronic joint pain and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression can influence each other, causing symptoms of either or both to worsen.
  • Healthcare providers can screen arthritis patients for anxiety and depression, as well as encourage patients to take part in physical activity and self-management education programs.
October 5, 2018
  • The number of people in the US with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is expected to nearly triple by 2060—from 5 million to 14 million.
  • The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is highest among minority populations, who are expected to have the highest population growth in the next few decades.
  • Public health professionals and policy makers can explore and use customizable CDC data tools to prioritize and evaluate their public health interventions for cognitive decline.
May 18, 2018
  • Diabetic retinopathy—damage to blood vessels in the retina caused by high blood sugar—is the most common cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults in the US.
  • Since diabetic retinopathy might not show any symptoms in the early stages, having an annual dilated eye exam is crucial for everyone living with diabetes.
  • Eye care and other healthcare professionals can remind their patients with diabetes to take the necessary steps to protect their eyes from vision loss.
February 23, 2018
January 19, 2018
  • Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve. It can cause vision loss and even blindness if not detected early.
  • The most common form external iconof glaucoma progresses slowly over a long period of time without the person noticing vision loss until the disease is very advanced.
  • Public health professionals can work in community-based settings to increase glaucoma detection rates by reaching people at high risk, including African Americans, seniors, and people with diabetes.
November 9, 2017

October 28, 2016
  • People are living longer and better with diabetes, but that means they can have diabetes-related health complications longer, too.
  • Controlling blood sugar levels can help prevent or delay complications, and early detection and treatment of complications can keep them from getting worse.
  • Healthcare and public health professionals can support patients by sharing this collection of articles created for people at risk for or living with diabetes.

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September 16, 2016
  • About 70% of US adults aged 65 or older have high blood pressure, but only about half have it under control.
  • Despite having Medicare Part D prescription drug insurance, at least 25% of adults aged 65 or older are not taking their blood pressure medications as directed—according to the latest Vital Signs report.
  • Health departments can use and share important tools and protocolsexternal icon to advance blood pressure medication adherence.

Did You Know?  information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.

Page last reviewed: November 9, 2015