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Healthy Aging Communication Network

Professional Resources

Professional Resources for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management


Chronic Disease Notes and Report--The newsletter of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion's June issue highlights a CDC priority: Improving the health of older Americans.. 

Priorities for America's Health: Capitalizing on Life-saving, Cost-effective, Prevention Services: A study and report by Partnership for Prevention which ranks the health-impact and cost-effectiveness of 25 preventive services. To see the ranking and additional information about each service: Rankings of Clinical Prevention Services

ADHS Nutrition Standards for Older Adults contains a modified food pyramid for older adults and guidelines for healthy eating for older Americans.  An update to the Nutritional Standards for Older Adults is currently in progress and will available soon.

Could Baby Boomers Be Approaching Retirement in Worse Shape Than Their Predecessors? This press release from the NIH from March 5th, 2007 contains the findings of a self-report health survey on three groups of boomers. 


The American Heart Association has released the Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics for 2008 as well as the popular Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics - At A Glance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the Diabetes Indicators and Data Tool for surveillance, epidemiology and program evaluation activity as well as other resources on their Diabetes Data and Trends page.

Trends in Health Status and Health Care Use Among Older Women is a data-rich report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics. 

CDC's National Center for Health Statistics Provides: Trends in Health and Aging and the American Society on Aging provides a teaching module companion called Teaching/Training on Trends in Health and Aging.


With the number of adults in the United States age 65 years and older projected to double to over 70 million by 2030, a public health approach has become an increasingly important component of the effort to ensure good health and high quality of life for aging Americans. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), in collaboration with the National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Administration on Aging (AoA), is working to develop the tools and expertise required to effectively address healthy aging from within state and territorial health departments. Chronic Disease.org

American Society on Aging and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide several educational modules designed to help those with programs enhance their health promotion and disease prevention services:

Stanford University provides an evidence-based chronic disease management program which helps older adults with chronic disease better manage their conditions and improve their health. Read our overview of Arizona Living Well CDSMP program, or visit their site for more information about the Stanford CDSMP.