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NACDD Supports Healthy Aging in Recognition of National Alzheimer’s Disease and Awareness Month and Family Caregivers Month

Posted By Margaret G. Ritchie, Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Updated: Friday, November 4, 2016

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease and Awareness Month and Family Caregivers Month. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be disruptive to daily life for many individuals and their families. Healthy aging, which NACDD promotes through numerous chronic disease prevention projects, supports a healthy brain and better quality of life for older adults and their caregivers.  

According to the World Health Organization, more than 40 million people worldwide were living with dementia in 2015. Factors for dementia include: age, family history, and genetic susceptibility genes; at this time, there are no interventions that definitively prevent, treat or cure Alzheimer’s disease. 

NACDD contributed to efforts to improve brain health and support healthy aging as a member of the project committee for The Health Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013-2018, from the Alzheimer’s Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NACDD served as an advisory group member for the report, The State of Aging and Health in America 2013

NACDD’s funding agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allowed NACDD to engage in strategic activities with states to address Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in recent years.  

The Healthy Brain Initiative state projects implemented beginning in 2015 are highlighted in a series of state reports. A 2008 NACDD survey, NACDD helped the Association determine the needs, priorities and activities of the state health departments related to aging. NACDD found that physical activity; falls prevention; diabetes; cancer prevention and control; and heart disease and stroke prevention were among state health departments’ concerns. 

Learn more about NACDD’s health aging projects, find data on self-reported memory loss from 22 states and view a variety of additional resources and reports on health aging on NACDD’s website

Tags:  Alzheimer's disease  caregivers  dementia  Healthy aging  healthy brain  National Alzheimer’s Disease and Awareness Month a 

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