Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Talks Healthy Aging

October 01, 2015|11:08 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) works across four domains: epidemiology and surveillance, environmental approaches, healthcare system interventions, and community programs linked to clinical services. In her address during the Healthy Aging session at the 2015 ASTHO Annual Meeting, NCCDPHP Director Ursula E. Bauer, PhD, MPH, said improving the health of older Americans spans all of the domains.

Epidemiology and surveillance – One of the main goals is to increase the timely diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and dementia so support systems can be put in place to decrease the number of hospitalizations.

Environmental approaches – This domain is applied to the aging population in many of the same ways as to the entire population: are there safe communities to live in with access to healthy food and physical activity and limited exposure to risk factors such as tobacco?

Healthcare system interventions – The center is working to improve access to primary care and preventive services. One example is the Million Hearts initiative, which is having success in decreasing hypertension, an important factor in cognitive function.

Community programs – Lay providers can have a dramatic impact improving the lives of those at risk of or living with diabetes and arthritis. With this approach, the center intends to reduce the need for healthcare services and achieve third-party payment for the lay providers.

She then discussed how the center planned to move forward:

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In addition, see these healthy aging resources:

2015 ASTHO President’s Challenge on Healthy Aging

ASTHO Challenges States to Maximize Wellness of Older Americans