Healthy Aging

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Overarching Resources

These materials touch on all of the strategies and priorities highlighted in the National Prevention Strategy, including national and state-level data profiles and policy frameworks.

Healthy Aging via Federal and State Collaboration
The American Society on Aging 
This article presents the wide-ranging concerns of older patients from the perspective of the aging population themselves. It also specifically highlights the role of state and federal policies on promoting healthy aging.
 
A Profile of Older Americans 2013 
The Administration on Aging (AoA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The principle sources of data for the Profile include the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Profile incorporates the latest data available, but not all items are updated on an annual basis.

The State of Aging and Health in America 2013
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This presents a snapshot of the health of adults aged 65 years or older in the United States.

Aging Fact Sheets
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
These fact sheets are intended to provide recommendations about environmental hazards ranging from air pollution to drinking water contaminants. All fact sheets are specific to support the health of the aging population.

Growing Smarter, Living Healthier: A Guide to Smart Growth and Active Aging
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This guidebook addressed the basic principles of neighborhood and town design. It is intended to help you understand why community design matters, and how becoming involved in your community's decisions about growth can make it a better place in which to grow old. The guidebook also includes a community self-assessment checklist to identify what you are already doing and where to focus your efforts.

Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being 
The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics
This publication provides a comprehensive landscape of our older population's health, finances, and well-being. It is the sixth chartbook prepared by the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. The indicators are categorized into five broad groups: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care.
 
The State of Grandfamilies in America: 2014
Generations United
This publication illuminates the challenges grandfamilies face and the incredible service they provide our country. The report offers recommendations to help guide the development of supportive policies and services for grandfamilies, including making family care a priority, empowering children, youth, and caregivers to advocate for themselves, and preparing caregivers to meet the specific needs of children and youth in their care.

Georgia for a Lifetime
Georgia Council on Aging
A Georgia for a Lifetime is a state in which people of all ages and abilities can live with a high quality of life. This report identifies key areas where the state and its partners should focus their efforts, draws together best practices from across the country, and recommends steps that governments, businesses and other organizations can take to reach this goal.

Fostering Engagement and Independence: Opportunities and Challenges for an Aging Society
Health Education & Behavior
This supplemental issue contains a dozen peer-reviewed articles on innovative behavioral and psycho-social approaches to improve the health of the nation's fastest growing cohort - older adults. The articles describe promising advances in research directed at the health and well-being of community-dwelling older adults.

Meeting the Challenges of an Aging Society: The Experience of State Health Departments
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and the Healthy Aging Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
In 2008, a survey of state health departments was conducted to better understand their needs, priorities, and activities related to older adult health. Representatives from 30 states responded to the survey, and in-depth interviews were conducted with representatives of four state health departments and their partners.

Unintentional Fall-Related Injuries Among Older Adults in New Mexico, 2014
New Mexico Department of Health
This report highlights the prevalence of unintentional fall-related injuries among adults aged 65 and older in New Mexico, providing recommendations based on data from the New Mexico Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics from 2008 to 2012.  

Aging and the National Prevention Strategy
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA)
This report utilizes the National Prevention Strategy framework to build aging issues into the broader public health agenda and inspire organizations that support older adults to align with this public health strategy. The PCA's best practices and lessons learned may inform collaborations to integrate aging agencies and public health.

America's Health Rankings Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and their Communities
United Health Foundation
This report offers a comprehensive analysis of senior population health on a national and state-by-state basis across 34 measures of senior health. It is meant to promote discussion around the health of older Americans while driving communities, governments, stakeholders and individuals to take action.

Healthy Aging Policy Brief
The White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA)
This policy brief outlines the necessary components to aging healthily, from engaging in salutary behaviors, both physical and social, to utilizing available community resources. This brief is the first of a series released by the WHCOA to be addressed at its decennial conference.

 Active Ageing: A Policy Framework
The World Health Organization
This policy framework is intended to inform discussions and the formulation of action plans that promote health and active aging. The main sections in the publication include: global aging, active aging, determinants of active aging, challenges of an aging population, and the policy response.

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