Older adults have unique health needs and characteristics compared with the rest of the population.  Seniors are much more likely to have multiple chronic conditions, hospital admissions and readmissions, and emergency room usage. Additionally, participants in Administration on Aging programs, on average, take 10 or more prescription drugs on a daily basis.

Healthy Aging and Independent Living (HAIL): Community Nutrition Programs

April 16, 2015

The Healthy Aging and Independent Living (HAIL) program utilizes dietetic students not only to enhance their learning, but to benefit the home-bound elderly population with whom they interact. This allows students to become comfortable with the geriatric population and facilitates their consideration of professional work in this area.

State Variations of Chronic Disease Risk Factors in Older Americans

April 15, 2015

The objective of this study was to examine and compare 3 key health behaviors associated with chronic disease (ie, risky drinking, smoking, and sedentary lifestyle). We used data from the National Health Interview Survey from 1997 through 2010 to calculate the prevalence of these behaviors among older Americans and rank each state, and we analyzed… Read more »

American Diabetes Association

April 15, 2015

The American Diabetes Association provides research, advocacy and education resources for people with diabetes, their family members and caregivers and professionals who serve them.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

April 16, 2015

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program helps communities create solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their own communities, focusing on specific factors that we know affect health. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, the County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to… Read more »

What Is the DASH Eating Plan?

April 16, 2015

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is a flexible and balanced eating plan. DASH was one of three eating plans that were compared in research studies sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Research demonstrates that the DASH eating plan lowers blood pressure.

Million Hearts Campaign

April 16, 2015

Million Hearts™ is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years. Million Hearts™ brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.

Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center

April 16, 2015

As a public, U.S. Government-funded resource, the ADEAR Center strives to be a current, comprehensive, unbiased source of information about Alzheimer’s disease. All our information and materials about the search for causes, treatment, cures, and better diagnostic tools are carefully researched and thoroughly reviewed by NIA scientists and health communicators for accuracy and integrity.

The Heart Truth

April 16, 2015

To make women more aware of the danger of heart disease, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and partner organizations are sponsoring a national campaign called The Heart Truth. The campaign’s goal is to give women a personal and urgent wakeup call about their risk of heart disease. The Heart Truth campaign urges women… Read more »

Drug Information Portal: Quick Access to Quality Drug Information

April 16, 2015

Many older persons are taking multiple prescription drugs. They may or may not be fully aware of the purpose of each of the medications or the potential for the drugs to interact with other drugs or the food they eat. This interactive web page allows older persons or their caregivers to search for information about… Read more »

Diabetes Public Health Resource

April 16, 2015

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies…. Read more »

Food as Medicine that Will Actually Go Down!

April 16, 2015

View Dr. David Katz’s Keynote Presentation, delivered at Perspectives on Nutrition and Aging: A National Summit. For the last two decades, the top factors causing premature death and leading to chronic disease have been tobacco, poor dietary habits and lack of physical activity. Lifestyle continues to be the biggest factor impacting health. “Feet,” “forks” and… Read more »

Diabetes: A-Z List of Topics and Titles

April 17, 2015

This page is a reference index compiled by the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. Multiple materials and resources are listed and linked to, covering all aspects of diabetes risk, prevention and care. Links include some Spanish language resources.

Heart Disease

April 17, 2015

In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication. This CDC website provides links to facts, statistics and helpful resources.

Healthy Aging

April 17, 2015

The Healthy Aging Program 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,… Read more »