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Critical Issue Briefs

Healthy Aging Critical Issue Briefs

The Healthy Aging Program at CDC works with NACDD and the American Society on Aging to create Critical Issue Briefs as backgrounders for journalists writing about aging and public health-related issues.  These briefs provide journalists with current and easily accessible scientific and programmatic information about critical public health issues affecting older adults.  The issue briefs can also inform professionals in the public health and aging fields about selected issues.  We intend this series to provide not only contemporary information about key public health concerns for the nation’s older population, but to increase awareness about the work being done by CDC and its sister federal agencies in addressing the problems facing older Americans.

For more information, please contact:

Carol McPhillips-Tangum, 404-377-4061

At CDC Healthy Aging Program:

Maggie Moore, 770-488-5598

At Health Benefits ABCs:

William F. Benson, 202-255-2001

May is Older Americans Month

As part of Older Americans Month, CDC’s Healthy Aging Program Healthy Aging Program, Aging and Health Work Group and the AI/AN/NH Workgroup present:
Advanced Care Planning and Emergency Preparedness among American Indian and Alaska Native Elders

The presentation provides an examination of critical areas important to American Indian and Alaska Native elders. The first segment of this presentation focuses on successful programs that provide advanced care planning and palliative care in Indian Country, despite the persistent myths that planning in this population is an insurmountable barrier. The second segment focuses on the application of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping and its relevance to emergency preparedness planning for Native elders.