In 2015, HHS held the inaugural Healthy Aging Summit to explore the latest science on healthy aging and help set national priorities for promoting health and preventing disease in older adults. Since then, ODPHP has continued to host events focused on the health of older adults.
2021 Healthy Aging Symposium
ODPHP co-sponsored the 2021 Healthy Aging Symposium with Trust for America’s Health. The symposium took place on September 8 and 9 in observance of Healthy Aging Month.
This free 2-day virtual event connected attendees to the latest science, best practices, and innovative interventions to improve the lives of older Americans. You can view all the sessions and trainings from the symposium for free on demand! If you weren’t registered for the symposium, you’ll just need to sign up first.
The event brought together people working to promote health in older adults, particularly public health professionals, health care providers, researchers, community leaders, and policymakers at all levels of government. Professionals in other sectors — like housing, transportation, and recreation — also attended.
At the symposium, researchers, state health officers, state aging directors, and policymakers from across the nation talked about their healthy aging work and insights. Attendees also learned how to address barriers and reduce health disparities for older Americans. And the event built on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic — which has had a major impact on the physical and mental health of many older Americans.