Healthy Aging

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Healthy Aging

Since ASTHO launched the 2015 President’s Challenge to promote the health of older adults by collaborating across sectors, ASTHO’s healthy aging portfolio has expanded to support state and territorial public health agencies through capacity building and technical assistance opportunities, and equip them with evidence-based best practices. ASTHO also supports the promotion of healthy aging across the lifespan through policies and programs that address both the needs of each age group and whole community (See ASTHO’s Healthy Aging and Public Health Policy Statement)

Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map

In partnership with and with support from the Alzheimer’s Association, ASTHO assists states in implementing the State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia: 2018-2023 Road Map. An updated version of the Road Map for Indian Country includes culturally appropriate recommendations.

Communicating in Indian Country: Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain

Healthy Heart Healthy Brain poster (horizontal)A recent study found that 35 percent of people who reach 65 years of age will develop dementia. That translates to one out of every three AI/AN elders. Because of these findings, ASTHO, with support from the CDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program, partnered with the International Association for Indigenous Aging (IA²) to produce a series of health communication materials to improve quality, availability, and accessibility of public health resources to address the connection between brain health and heart health. All materials are informed by the Healthy Brain Initiative State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia, The 2018-2023 Road Map, and the companion Road Map for Indian County (expected in early 2019). Access the materials and learn more »

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Cognitive and Caregiving Module

From 2019 to 2020, states will have the opportunity to update their BRFSS to include new and updated modules. States are encouraged to include the six-question Cognitive Module and nine-question Caregiving Module. Data from the modules are uploaded to the CDC's Healthy Aging Data Portal, where users can generate a snapshot of subjective cognitive decline in their states.

Falls Prevention

Based in systems change quality improvement principles, the Falls Prevention Learning Collaborative supported states in implementing and evaluating older adults falls prevention initiatives. This learning collaborative was supported by CDC. Objectives:

  • Apply innovative community and clinical linkages to achieve systems change and prevent older adult falls.
  • Share lessons learned around how innovative alignments between public health, healthcare systems, chronic disease, and injury prevention may achieve and accelerate population health impact.

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