We know that if adults and older adults increase their physical activity, improve their eating habits, practice self-care skills and take steps to minimize their risk of falling they can live longer and healthier lives. The same is true for adults who care for family or friends.
Communities provide a critical role in supporting healthy aging. Communities that provide effective programs and supportive environments that allow older adults to get regular physical activity, eat a healthy diet, and avoid tobacco, can reduce the risk of chronic diseases and disability and promote health for people of all ages.
The federal Older Americans Act provides limited funding to states support health promotion and disease prevention efforts through Title IIID – Health Promotion/Disease Prevention. These Title IIID funds are received by the State Unit on Aging and distributed to Oregon’s Area Agencies on Aging based on the state’s approved intrastate funding formula. As of 2012, the Older Americans Act requires that Area Agencies on Aging use the IIID funds to support programs and activities that are considered evidence-based.
These standards provide an overview of the program purpose, federal funding requirements, and expectations for health promotion as part of Oregon’s ADRCs.
Older Americans Act Criteria for Evidence-Based Programs
Information on the required use of IIID funds to support evidence-based programs, and the Administration on Aging’s list of programs they recognize as evidence-based.
Oregon List of evidence-based programs (December 2014)
Programs recognized as evidence-based or best practice interventions by the Administration on Aging, National Council on Aging, and/or the Centers for Disease Control.
Links to Key Areas Impacting Healthy Aging
Use the following links to find information on these core areas that impact healthy aging.
Healthy aging resources and reports
- Evidence-based and best practice resources
List of evidence-based programs (December 2014) - Programs recognized as evidence-based or best practice interventions by the Administration on Aging, National Council on Aging, and/or the Centers for Disease Control.
- Oregon Healthy Aging Resources and Reports
- Oregon Health Promotion Report (May 2015) - A brief report based on state funding from the Oregon Legislature in 2014 to support expanded availability of evidence-based health promotion programs for older adults.
- Oregon Healthy Aging Listserv A listserv providing updates on training, new resources, and events relating to healthy aging efforts in Oregon.
- Healthy Aging in Oregon Counties 2009 report on issues impacting the health of older Oregonians. The report includes regional and county fact sheets, and detailed on-line county and AAA-region data for on health conditions, risk factors, and costs.
- Healthy Aging: Programs that Make a Difference Summary report based on three-year grant supporting evidence-based programs in Oregon.
- Healthy Aging Survey 2009 Summary results of an on-line survey of directors of AAAs and local Health Departments in Oregon on interest and involvement in addressing healthy aging.
- National Healthy Aging Resources and Reports