Healthy Aging


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.

Caregiving and Heart Disease in Indian Country

To reduce the burden of heart disease and stoke while promoting brain health, ASTHO, with support from CDC, is co-developing communication materials with the International Association for Indigenous Aging (IA²) ancillary to the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map. The materials are intended to educate and empower the public health sector about brain health and caregiving, with a specific focus on cardiovascular risk factors related to brain health and caregiving issues for tribal communities.

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.

ASTHO Healthy Aging Resources

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