Healthy Aging / Healthy Brain

NACDD ACTION ON HEALTHY AGING AND BRAIN HEALTH

Integrating Alzheimer’s Messages into Chronic Disease Programs

This project is funded by the CDC’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program through the CDC Center of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support and managed by NACDD. CDC recognizes that strategies for chronic disease risk reduction show the best evidence for also reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia. The purpose of this project is to adapt existing chronic disease risk reduction messages to include information about how these behaviors can also reduce the risk for cognitive decline. The target chronic disease topic areas include heart health (blood pressure control), diabetes, tobacco, nutrition and physical activity. The adapted messages will include information about how behaviors related to these topics can also reduce the risk for cognitive decline. This purpose is consistent with the call to action in the most recent version of the Healthy Brain Initiative Roadmap, which is to integrate best available evidence about brain health and cognitive decline risk factors into existing health communications that promote health and chronic disease management for people across the lifespan.

Caregiving

RESOURCES FOR CAREGIVERS

This project is funded by CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control through the CDC Center of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support and managed by NACDD. This project examines non-traditional cancer risk factors to develop innovative resources to empower public health practitioners to put evidence-based cancer prevention strategies into action in their communities using a lifespan approach. The second year of this five-year project examines Caregiver Stress as a key focus area for cancer prevention.

  • Administration for Community Living serves as the lead Federal agency to increase access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan.
    https://www.acl.gov
  • The AARP provides resources and information for caregivers and their families.
    https://search.aarp.org/gss/everywhere?q=caregiver&intcmp=DSO-SRCH-EWHERE
  • The National Alliance for Caregiving conducts research, does policy analysis, develops national best-practice programs, and works to increase public awareness of family caregiving issues.
    https:// www.caregiving.org
  • The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, and nd offers case studies and policy recommendations to support caregivers.
    https://www.astho.org/Search.aspx?s=caregiving
  • National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. has prepared The Savvy Caregiver in Indian Country, a Trainer’s Manual is designed for use by all American Indian and Alaskan Native people caring for an elder with memory loss and thinking problems.
    https://nicoa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Savvy-Caregiver-Part-1.pdf

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