Healthy Aging


Healthy Aging Webinars

ASTHO has partnered with CDC to implement CDC's Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map part of CDC's Healthy Brain Initiative.

In 2013, an estimated 5 million Americans aged 65 and older have Alzheimer's disease. By 2050, unless more effective ways to prevent and treat the disease are identified and implemented, the prevalence may triple to as high as 13.8 million people. In 2013, the total direct payments for all healthcare, long-term care, and hospice services incurred by those aged 65 years and older with Alzheimer's and other dementia's are estimated to be $203 billion.

CDC's Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map 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. Specific actions are addressed in four domains: monitor and evaluate; educate and empower the nation; develop policy and mobilize partnerships; and assure a competent workforce.

Webinar Recording Archive

Webinar #1: Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map & Role of State leaders 
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3-4 p.m. ET

This is the first webinar of a Healthy Aging webinar series focusing on strategies and partnerships for improving and sustaining the health of older adults and their communities. This webinar will provide background on the development and goals of the CDC's Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map. It will also discuss strategies for state leaders to identify areas where collaborative opportunities exist to utilize the Road Map.

Webinar #2: Cognition & Injury Prevention 
Monday, March 17, 2014 3-4 p.m. ET

This webinar will explore areas for synergy between existing state-based efforts to prevent injury among those with Alzheimer's and other dementia. It will highlight integrated injury prevention initiatives and policies encompassing public awareness and education, partnerships, data and research, and community-based programs.  

Webinar #3: Cognition & Physical Activity
Monday, April 14, 2014 3-4 p.m. ET

Physical activity is essential in healthy aging. Physical activity maintained throughout life is associated with lower incidence and prevalence of chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular and coronary heart disease. This webinar will explore areas for synergy between existing state-based efforts to increase physical activity among older adults, especially those with Alzheimer's and other dementia. It will highlight integrated physical activity initiatives and policies encompassing public awareness and education, partnerships, data and research, and community-based programs.

Webinar #4: Program & Policy Considerations for Supporting Caregivers
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 2-3 p.m. ET

Dementia is a disabling disease that results in declining mental abilities, impairing its patients' daily functioning. As the disease progresses, its patients increasingly need greater supervision, more assistance with activities of daily living, and eventually help with palliative and end-of-life care. The disease's long duration and degenerative nature place significant strain on family members and friends who act as caregivers. This webinar will highlight three state and community-based caregiving intervention case studies, revealing how cross-sector collaboration can positively impact caregiver health. It will feature best practices and lessons learned that should be considered when identifying and structuring caregiving interventions among various populations.

Webinar #5: Preparedness Planning for Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment
Tuesday, June 16, 2014 3-4 p.m. ET

As the number of older adults living within the community increases overall, it's crucial for communities to recognize the need for a comprehensive preparedness plan that considers older adults with cognitive impairment. Government officials and policymakers are being faced with identifying policies and recommendations to help support the growing number of older adults choosing to age in place (staying within their homes) as well as those within long term care facilities. This webinar will help participants identify key partnerships for preparedness planning, identify and discuss major issues for preparedness planning for cognitively impaired older adults in long term care, and identify and discuss major issues for preparedness planning for community living cognitively impaired diverse older populations.

Webinar #6: Using Data for Action to Promote the Health of Older Adults
Tuesday, May 5, 2014 3-4 p.m. ET

This webinar is being convened to support ASTHO's 2014-2015 President's Challenge: Healthy Aging: Living Longer Better and ASTHO's ongoing collaboration with CDC's Healthy Aging Program. It will focus on the important relationship between chronic disease and cognitive health in promoting healthy aging. It is intended to inform participants with data sources around chronic disease and Alzheimer's disease and related dementias among older adults, identify strategies to use this data for action to promote the health of older adults, and to discuss the role of public health/state health agencies in promoting these efforts. Specifically it will provide participants with information on using data such as BRFSS and the Chronic Disease Indicators to promote the health of older adults.

Webinar #7: A Closer Look at the Healthy Aging in Action Report
Thursday, March 30, 2017 2-3 p.m. ET

ASTHO and CDC's Healthy Aging Program hosted a webinar focusing on the Healthy Aging in Action: Advancing the National Prevention Strategy report that was produced by the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (National Prevention Council) and identifies specific actions for healthy aging that are continuing to improve health and well-being in later life. The webinar featured presentations from Jewel Mullen, MD,MPH, MPA; and Lisa C. McGuire, PhD, on some of the findings and lessons learned from the report. It also featured a presentation from Satellite Beach Fire Chief, Don Hughes, on one of the community-based programs, Satellite Beach Falls Prevention Program, highlighted in the report.

Webinar #8: ASTHO's Caregivers Learning Community
Thursday, June 8, 2017 3-4 p.m. ET

This webinar focused on ASTHO's Caregivers Learning Community and opportunities for public health collaboration to support caregivers. It featured presentations from two of the participating states, New Mexico and Oregon, who provided an overview of their states’ work around caregivers and their objectives for joining the learning community.

Webinar #9: Alzheimer's Association's Needs Assessment Toolkit
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4-5 p.m. ET

The Alzheimer's Association, in collaboration with ASTHO hosted a webinar around the Alzheimer's Association's Needs Assessment Toolkit. It featured presentations from Adam Zolotor, MD, DrPH, and Babak Nayeri, NMD, FACFE, FABMPP, on assessments that were conducted in North Carolina and Arizona respectively. Molly French, MS, from the Alzheimer's Association also provided an overview of the toolkit.