Goal: Improve health and well-being for older adults.
By 2060, almost a quarter of the U.S. population will be age 65 or older.1 Healthy People 2030 focuses on reducing health problems and improving quality of life for older adults.
Older adults are at higher risk for chronic health problems like diabetes, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, 1 in 3 older adults fall each year, and falls are a leading cause of injury for this age group.2 Physical activity can help older adults prevent both chronic disease and fall-related injuries.
Older adults are also more likely to go to the hospital for some infectious diseases — including pneumonia, which is a leading cause of death for this age group. Making sure older adults get preventive care, including vaccines to protect against the flu and pneumonia, can help them stay healthy.
Mather, M., Jacobsen, L.A., & Pollard, K.M. (2015). Aging in the United States. Population Reference Bureau Population Bulletin. Retrieved from https://www.prb.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/aging-us-population-bulletin-1.pdf [PDF - 2.5 MB]
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). Important Facts About Falls. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html