Aging & Public Health
The Aging & Public Health Section (formerly the Gerontological Health Section) uniquely focuses on the intersection of public health and the aging population.
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Aging and Public Health news and articles submitted by Section members -updated December 2013
Section Chair, Daniela Friedman, served on a panel on Healthy Aging with Leeza Gibbons. Read more about it here.
The State of Aging and Health in America 2013
The State of Aging and Health in America 2013 is the sixth volume of a series that presents a snapshot of the health and aging landscape in the United States or another region of the
world. This series presents the most current information and statistics, often specifically commissioned for the report, on the health of older adults. The State of Aging and Health in America 2013 focuses on the health of adults aged 65 years or older in the United States and was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013-2018
This document from the Alzheimer's Association and the CDC focuses on the role that state and local public health agencies and partners can play in promoting cognitive functioning, addressing cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, and helping meet the needs of caregivers.
Multiple Chronic Conditions Among Adults Aged 45 and Over: Trends Over the Past 10 Years
Studies suggest that the presence of multiple chronic conditions (MCC) adds a layer of complexity to disease management; recently the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established a strategic framework for improving the health of this population . This report presents estimates of the population aged 45 and over with two or more of nine self-reported chronic conditions, using a definition of MCC that was consistent in the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) over the recent 10-year period: hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, current asthma, and kidney disease. Examining trends in the prevalence of MCC informs policy on chronic disease management and prevention, and helps to predict future health care needs and use for Medicare and other payers.