Healthy Aging


Healthy Aging

ASTHO supports the health of older adults by promoting collaboration across sectors to implement evidence-based strategies for increasing the number of older adults who can live and age well in our communities.

ASTHO President's Challenge on Healthy Aging (2015)

ASTHO’s president’s challenge on healthy aging promoted the health of older adults by collaborating across sectors. This challenge aimed to galvanize support for state health officials, their public health teams, state and local experts in aging and a broad network of partners, to implement evidence-based strategies for increasing the number of older adults who are living well in our communities. Read more »

Healthy Aging Webinar Series

ASTHO and CDC are partnering to highlight ways on how you and your state can best accommodate the changing population demographic. The webinar series will explore areas for synergy between existing state-based efforts among those with Alzheimer's and other dementia. It will highlight initiatives and policies encompassing public awareness and education, partnerships, data and research, and community-based programs. Read more »

Older Adult Falls Prevention Webinars

ASTHOConnect: Addressing Older Adult Falls: State Examples, Medical Costs, and Opioid Misuse
June 21, 2018

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Injury Prevention and Control team and the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Trauma Services team shared their successes, challenges, and lessons learned from ASTHO’s Older Adult Falls Prevention Learning Collaborative. Those presentations were followed by a panel discussion with Brenda Iliff, Executive Director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Florida who highlighted their work on older adults’ opioid misuse and address associated falls risks; and Dr. Gwen Bergen, Behavioral Scientist in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at CDC who discussed the medical costs of older adult falls, and highlight “The Medical Costs of Fatal and Nonfatal Falls among Older Adults”, a CDC publication.

ASTHO Public Health and Aging Issue Briefs and Case Studies

Along with legislation, many state health agencies have also played a role in implementing programs in their states that promote healthy aging.

Healthy Aging Resources

Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships

The long-term goal of CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative is to maintain or improve the cognitive performance of all adults. This goal can be achieved through collaborative and effective partnerships at national, state, and local levels. ASTHO supports opportunities to promote cognitive functioning and address the needs of care partners.

Healthy Brain InitiativeOn July 15, 2013, the Alzheimer’s Association and CDC’s Healthy Aging Program released the second in a series of road maps to advance cognitive health as an integral component of public health. The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013–2018, outlines how state and local public health agencies and their partners can promote cognitive functioning, address cognitive impairment for individuals living in the community, and help meet the needs of care partners.

See slides from ASTHO’s presentation about the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map

State Legislation

There are 28 states that have state government plans focusing on Alzheimer's disease and/or dementia, and 14 other states are in the process of developing plans.

ASTHO Healthy Aging and Public Health Learning Community

With support from the CDC, ASTHO has convened a healthy aging and public health learning community. This learning community has brought together five demonstration states to serve as the model in expanding work around state public health/healthy aging network collaborations and policy/system-level interventions to promote healthy aging. States have discussed the issues influencing the health of older adults and have implemented strategies to promote older adult health, with a particular focus on Alzheimer's disease and other dementia.

ASTHO's Healthy Aging Workshop Summary Report

On July 18, 2018, the 2018 Healthy Aging Workshop convened state health officials, state aging officials, and local health officials (or their designees) to iterate on the latest science in aging and work collaboratively to develop healthy aging action plans. The 2018 Healthy Aging Workshop was co-hosted by the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, ASTHO, the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities, and NACCHO, with support from the HHS Office of Women’s Health. This one-day action planning workshop immediately followed, and built upon, the 2018 Healthy Aging Summit.