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The State of Mental Health and Aging in America Issue Brief #1: What Do the Data Tell Us?
This brief describes 6 key measures related to the mental health of older adults.

Assuring Healthy Caregivers-- A Public Health Approach to Translating Research into Practice: The RE-AIM Framework (PDF–7.2Mb)
This publication, released in 2008, presents key questions and methods to help program developers, planners and evaluators use the framework in their work on caregiving. It offers case examples in which the RE-AIM framework is applied to a caregiver intervention program and a policy intervention; and suggests additional resources for those interested in pursuing the use of RE-AIM for caregiver support programs and policies.

The Healthy Brain Initiative: A National Public Health Road Map to Maintaining Cognitive Health (PDF–2.6Mb)
CDC, in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association and many other partners, released The Road Map in June 2007. This landmark document is both a call to action and a guide for a coordinated approach to moving cognitive health into the national public health arena.

The State of Aging and Health in America 2007 Report (PDF–4.5Mb)
This report assesses the health status and health behaviors of U.S. adults aged 65 and older, and makes recommendations to improve the mental and physical health of all Americans in their later years. It features 15 key indicators of older adult health, Calls to Action, state examples, and other useful resources for public health and aging services network professionals. To view an interactive version of this report, please visit:

At A Glance – Healthy Aging: Preventing Disease and Improving Quality of Life Among Older Americans
This annual CDC report provides concise, lay-oriented information on the health and economic impact of an aging society, and CDC strategies to improve the health and quality of life for older Americans.

Chronic Disease Notes and Reports: Healthy Aging (PDF–345Kb)
This publication of CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion focuses on chronic diseases, the leading causes of illness and death among older adults, and highlights the role of public health in an aging society.

Measuring Healthy Days: Population Assessment of Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) (PDF – 795Kb)
This technical report, released in late 2000, describes the origins, validity, and use of a set of survey measures developed by CDC and its partners for tracking the health status of the population and health-related quality of life in states and communities.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series is prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data in the weekly MMWR are provisional, based on weekly reports to CDC by state health departments.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Special Series on Public Health and Aging
The MMWR has begun a special series on Public Health and Aging, to appear monthly, that will highlight important health topics associated with older populations and the implications for public health. Reports will examine data about older adult health; discuss the influence of aging on current public health program priorities, program delivery, relevance, and reach; and explore potential strategies for future directions in public health as the population ages. Monthly reports in MMWR (a weekly publication) will present science-based information on key public health and aging topics. An accompanying MMWR Recommendations and Reports series will discuss public health policy implications of the aging population.

The National Arthritis Action Plan: A Public Health Strategy (PDF–1,248Kb)*
Developed under the leadership of CDC, the Arthritis Foundation, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, this plan outlines a national coordinated effort for reducing the occurrence of arthritis and its accompanying disability.

Office of Women's Health All the Stages of Our Lives: Highlights of the CDC/ATSDR's* Approach to Women's Health
This booklet highlights CDC's and ATSDR's approach to women's health issues. It discusses the key issues that affect women at each stage of life, from puberty through the end of life, and briefly describes CDC/ATSDR's work to address these issues. As you will see, much of the work focuses on preventing disease, injury, and disability. The Office of Women's Health (OWH) main message is that—working together, over time— many of the diseases, injuries, and disabilities experienced by women can be prevented.
* Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

The State of Aging and Health in America 2004 (PDF–1.25Mb)
This report assesses the health status and health behaviors of U.S. adults aged 65 and older, and makes recommendations to improve the mental and physical health of all Americans in their later years. The report includes

  • National- and state-based report cards that examine 15 key indicators of older adult health and compare them to targets set in Healthy People.
  • Calls to Action linked to the 15 key indicators, which suggest interventions that could improve the health and quality of life of older adults.
  • A spotlight on physical activity, which highlights the importance of this health behavior for older adults, provides helpful resources, and includes examples of programs that work to increase physical activity among older adults.
  • A spotlight section on the nation's health-care workforce, which discusses the lack of health-care providers trained in geriatrics and the impact it will have on our aging society and suggests actions to address these issues.
  • State examples that highlight how states are engaging in innovative efforts to improve the health and quality of life of older Americans.

Surveillance for Selected Public Health Indicators Affecting Older Adults — United States
This publication of CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report highlights important health issues for older adults and provides detailed charts and graphs related to older adult health in the United States. Contents include

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One or more documents on this Web page is available in Portable Document Format (PDF). You will need Acrobat Reader (a free application) to view and print these documents.

* Links to non-federal organizations are provided solely as a service to our users. Links do not constitute an endorsement of any organization by CDC or the federal government, and none should be inferred. The CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organization Web pages found at this link.

Page last reviewed: November 5, 2008
Page last modified: November 24, 2008
Content source: Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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