Healthy Aging


Mental and Emotional Well-being

Mental and Emotional Well-being

The National Prevention Strategy provides evidence-based Recommendations for Mental and Emotional Well-being. An estimated 5 million Americans aged 65 and older currently have Alzheimer's disease. By 2050 the prevalence may trip to as high as 13.8 million people. Implementing interventions to help support the cognitive and mental health of older adults will only become more crucial as the older adult population continues to grow.


The following materials are intended to help state and territorial governments and their partners implement the National Prevention Strategy to improve health outcomes for older adults by promoting mental and emotional well-being.

Act on Alzheimer's
ACTonAlz in Minnesota

This dementia-friendly community toolkit helps interested communities organize around ensuring that public spaces, businesses, service organizations, and faith communities are aware of and sensitive to the needs of people with dementia and their caregivers.

Dementia-Capability Issue Brief
Administration for Community Living
This brief provides guidelines for states and localities to implement dementia-capable health-related and LTSS systems. The issue briefs accompanying tool kit features how dementia-capable systems are developed and implemented to tailor to the unique needs of people with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia's, and their caregivers.

Developing Policy and Mobilizing Partnerships
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
This issue brief demonstrates how states and territories can utilize the domains and action items outlined within the Alzheimer’s Association and CDC's Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map. This brief highlights some occurring in California, Georgia, and Louisiana.

Brain Health Resource
Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, & National Institute on Aging
This website provides current, evidence-based information and resources related to brain health. This can be utilized for professionals at all levels to educate consumers about brain health as we age. Consumer-friendly materials are featured for educational use.

Older Americans Behavioral Health: Expanding Home and Community-based Behavioral Health Services for Older Adults
Administration for Community Living and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This issue brief highlights innovative actions that community organizations have taken to implement behavioral health planning for older adults and provides recommendations to help care providers implement effective behavioral health services.

2014 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures
The Alzheimer's Association
This provides U.S. data related to Alzheimer's disease, and other dementias. It includes definition of the various types of dementia and a summary of current knowledge about Alzheimer's disease. Additional sections address prevalence, mortality, caregiving and use and costs of care and services.

Alzheimer's Disease State Plans
The Alzheimer's Association
More than 40 states are currently involved in developing their own State Government Alzheimer's Disease Plans. You can explore copies of the state plans that have been published to data as well as state-by-state comparisons of the recommendations included in the published state plans.

Public Health Alzheimer's Resource Center
The Alzheimer's Association
This webpage highlights why Alzheimer's is a public health crisis and what you public health professionals can do. Three priority action items are featured on this page that include: increasing data collection, increasing the early detection of Alzheimer's, and promoting brain health.

The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013-2018
The Alzheimer's Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This 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.

How State Health Agencies Can Support Healthy Aging
This issue brief provides an assessment of the aging population in the U.S. and information concerning how to leverage the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map to identify and employ strategies to provide a successful foundation for state effort in support of health aging.

California Alzheimer's Association: Dementia Care Network Replication Manual
California Southland Chapter Alzheimer's Association
This manual was created for community-based service providers and agencies that wish to replicate the Dementia Care Network (DCN) model in their communities. The DCN is an interagency and community approach to ethnic specific dementia care service delivery.

CDC State of Mental Health and Aging in America
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This issue brief reviews existing data and lays the foundation for understanding the key issues related to mental health in adults over 50. Recent public health efforts to develop, test, and disseminate programs that address depression in older adults have led to practical information on

CDC: Public Health Approaches to Address Depression in Older Adults 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), and the American Society on Aging (ASA)
This issue brief provides a snap shot of current scientific and programmatic information about prevalence of depression among older adults. The information is provided to inform professionals in both the public health and aging fields about depression, increase awareness, and highlight efforts being implemented to help address this critical issue.

CDC State of Mental Health and Aging in America Part 2
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This issue brief focuses on the topic of depression, an important and emerging public health issue with several evidence-based programs that communities can use to improve the mental health and quality of life of older Americans.

Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action
The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
This report explicates the effects of cognitive aging and highlights the steps that health care providers and communities can take to improve older adult cognitive wellness. The report also outlines steps individuals can take to reduce their risk of cognitive decline.

Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health Care: Promising Medicaid Models
Kaiser Family Foundation
This brief examines five promising approaches currently underway in Medicaid to better integrate physical and behavioral health care: universal screening, navigators, co-location, health homes, and system-level integration of care.

From Plan to Practice: Implementing the National Alzheimer's Plan in Your State
National Alliance for Caregiving and Alzheimer's Foundation of America
This white paper offers six key recommendations applicable to both new and existing state Alzheimer's plans. To help illustration successful state plans, three state case studies are presented at various stages of development within their plans including Minnesota, Indiana, and Rhode Island.

The National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
NAPA creates an important opportunity to build upon and leverage HHS programs and other federal efforts to help change the trajectory of for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). The law calls for a National Plan for ADRD.

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