Healthy People 2030 sets measurable objectives to improve the health and well-being of all people — and one of our priority audiences is older adults. That’s why Healthy People features a wide variety of objectives related to helping older adults live longer and stay healthy.
Learn how you can use Healthy People 2030’s tools and resources in your work to promote healthy aging and improve health and well-being for older adults!
Check out objectives related to older adults
Healthy People 2030 has an Older Adults page with objectives on a variety of topics that are directly related to improving health and well-being in people age 65 years and older — such as dementias, injury prevention, osteoporosis, and respiratory disease.
Browse these objectives to find what’s most relevant to your work. On the Objective Overview page for a specific objective, you’ll find lots of information — including a data snapshot and a brief summary that highlights why the objective is a public health priority.
Healthy Aging Custom List
In addition to the objectives on the Older Adults page, Healthy People 2030 features a wide variety of objectives — spanning many topics — that support healthy aging. We’ve compiled all of them into a custom list so they’re easy for you to reference and track.
Be sure to bookmark — or copy and save — the custom list link. That way you can spend less time searching and more time viewing the information and data you need!
Access data for older adults
For many Healthy People 2030 objectives, data are available by age group.* Follow these steps to access data for older adults:
- Navigate to the Objective Overview page for a specific objective
- Click the Data tab in the left-hand menu or the “See detailed data for this objective” button
- In the Demographic Group drop-down menu in either the Data Table or Data Chart tab, select “Age group”
- Click “Show Data” to see data for different age groups — including adults age 65 years and older if data are available for this group
*Some objectives don’t have age group data yet, but check back periodically. We’ll add age group data when they’re available.
Find evidence-based resources to use in your work
Evidence-based resources (EBRs) are published reviews of studies and interventions to improve health. And Healthy People 2030 includes many EBRs that are specifically related to older adults and healthy aging. These EBRs are helpful for planning and implementing programs and policies, writing grants, providing clinical guidance, conducting research, or teaching people about healthy aging.
You can access EBRs that are relevant to a specific objective from its Objective Overview or Data page. Just click the Evidence-Based Resources tab in the left-hand menu.
You can also browse a list of EBRs that are related to older adults more generally.
A project manager at an agency that promotes health for older adults is working on a falls prevention program. Here’s how they might use Healthy People 2030’s tools and resources:
- They check out the Older Adults page and find this objective: Reduce fall-related deaths among older adults — IVP-08.
- After navigating to the data for the objective, they see that the objective’s status is “Getting worse.” They plan to cite this data and use it as rationale in applications for grant funding.
- Next they browse EBRs related to the objective and find a guide on implementing community-based falls prevention programs. They share the guide with their team, who will use it to plan a local falls prevention program.
- Then they look at the Healthy Aging Custom List to find other relevant objectives. They see this one: Increase the proportion of homes that have an entrance without steps — DH-04. They note that the objective’s national target has been met or exceeded — but their agency also has local data showing that entrances without steps are common in their community. Using local data as a baseline and national data as a benchmark, they set their own goals for improving this issue at the community level.