Healthy Aging

Promoting health and preventing disease in older Americans is key to the health of the nation. Across ODPHP initiatives, we support efforts to help older adults live longer and stay healthy. Read about educational opportunities, ways to collaborate across sectors, and resources to support your healthy aging work.

Heart Health

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Heart disease has the potential to affect all people. The persistent myth that it is primarily a “men’s disease” simply isn’t true. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Yet only about half of women recognize this. Heart disease accounts for about 1 in 5 deaths among women every year as compared to 1 in 4 deaths in men. About 1 in 16 women age 20 years and older have coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease.

Let’s Talk About Talking About Healthy Aging

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Contemporary approaches to healthy living, with an increasing attentiveness to social determinants of health and the Vital Conditions for Health and Well-Being, hold potential — even real promise — to provide us with longer and greater-quality lives, especially through our later years. Focusing and sustaining meaningful action in support of that potential — that promise — requires a broader perspective on healthy aging and an open and inclusive conversation on the subject.

May Is Older Americans Month: Elder Abuse Is a Social Determinant of Health

By Andy Mao, National Elder Justice Coordinator, U.S. Department of Justice This guest post is part of Healthy People in Action, a blog series highlighting how key partners use the Healthy People framework in their work, form cross-sector collaborations, and address social determinants of health to help achieve health equity...