By 2030, the number of people aged 65 years and older in the United States will double to about 71 million, or 1 of every 5 Americans. More than three quarters of older adults have at least one chronic condition, which increases risk of death and decreases quality of life. Research that brings evidence-based health promotion interventions into community settings is essential for addressing the health needs of the older adult population to promote independence in daily life, minimize the need for care giving, and reduce costs associated with illness.
The Healthy Aging Network (HAN) brings together researchers and diverse communities to improve the lives of older adults. The network"s goal is to deliver healthy aging practices, programs, and policies into community settings.
Network members are engaging in individual and collaborative projects that test measures, interventions, and dissemination strategies for healthy aging. Issues addressed include physical activity, fall prevention, cognitive health, and nutrition. The researchers are working to maximize partnerships with organizations and community programs to promote healthy aging.
Researchers are working to determine a core focus for a collaborative research project that will address an area of healthy aging for which a knowledge gap exists. Network members will develop and test interventions on the chosen topic area to better understand the influences of healthy aging and to create programs that can be sustained within community settings.