U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy and the National Prevention Council Release Healthy Aging in Action: Advancing the National Prevention Strategy

Healthy Aging in Action (HAIA) identifies recommendations and actions to promote healthy aging and improve health and well-being in later life. HAIA highlights federal and nonfederal policies and programs that reflect the National Prevention Strategy’s approach of targeting prevention and wellness efforts to promote healthy aging to further advance the Strategy for an aging society.…

Written by Colin Milner, CEO, International Council on Active Aging

What would happen if we were able to eliminate all the barriers to physical activity adoption and participation for older adults? Would more of them become physically active, reducing the burden that physical inactivity places on governments, societies, families and individuals?…

Written by Colin Milner, CEO, International Council on Active Aging

In its World Report on Ageing and Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) “outlines a framework for action to foster Healthy Ageing built around the new concept of functional ability. Making these investments,” WHO says, “will have valuable social and economic returns, both in terms of health and wellbeing of older people and in enabling their on-going participation in society.”

Is improved function (physical, cognitive and social) now the Holy Grail for older adults?…

September 30 is National PrepareAthon! Day, the culmination of National Preparedness Month. During September, several federal agencies and national partners work to encourage preparedness activities across the country. Our colleagues at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) brought their perspectives on patient-centered care for America’s aging population to the Healthy Aging Summit, hosted by ODPHP this summer.…

This summer, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) co-hosted HHS’s first Healthy Aging Summit with the American College of Preventive Medicine. The Summit explored the state-of-the-science, policy, research, and care for older Americans across multiple sectors including public health, healthcare, academia, transportation, housing, and environmental planning.

September is Healthy Aging month. Share this quiz with tips on how to keep older adults healthy and feeling great in their 60s, 70s, and beyond, including information about preventive services, diet and exercise, fall prevention, oral health, cardiovascular disease, and caregivers.

Healthfinder.gov offers many resources and tools for older adults to learn how to stay healthy.…

By Don Wright, MD, MPH, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

On July 27 – 28, 2015, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is co-hosting the 2015 Healthy Aging Summit in Washington, D.C with the American College of Preventive Medicine.…