About the CDC Healthy Aging Program
Although it is located within CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease
Prevention and Health Promotion, the Healthy Aging Program (HAP) serves as
the focal point for older adult health at CDC, and establishes programs,
develops innovative tools, and provides a comprehensive approach to helping
older adults live longer, high-quality, productive, and independent lives.
HAP collaborates with other CDC programs, such as those focusing on injury
prevention, disability prevention, and adult immunizations, as well as key
external partners. Through health promotion and disease prevention, CDC has
the opportunity to improve health and quality of life for older adults, and
to slow the expected growth of health care and long-term costs for this and
- Enhance the ability of states and communities to identify and
implement effective strategies, policies, and programs to promote and
protect the health of older adults.
- Expand efforts to integrate public health and aging services and
enhance outreach for health promotion and disease prevention for older
- Promote health and preserve health-related quality of life for older
adults within health care and other systems.
Through cooperative agreements, grants, and contracts, the Healthy Aging
Program supports projects for health promotion, preventive services, mental
health, caregiving, decision making at the end of life, emergency
preparedness, and chronic disease management. Among the resources developed
by the program for public health and aging services professionals are
interactive, web-based tools that provide data for action.
In 2005, the Healthy Aging Program formed the Healthy Brain
Initiative/Alzheimer’s disease segment, a program component focused on
promoting cognitive health. In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association,
The National Public Health Road Map to Maintaining Cognitive Health
was released identifying actions necessary to advance cognitive health as a
public health issue.
Page last reviewed:
December 2, 2008
Page last modified: December 2, 2008
Content source: Division of Adult
and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and