The Center for Aging and Population Health-PRC (CAPH-PRC) is supported in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program. The CAPH-PRC is one of thirty-seven (37) Centers nationwide funded by the CDC. These centers combine the knowledge and expertise of community members, academic researchers, and public health agencies to address disease prevention in typically underserved populations. These collaborations foster research and other projects that contribute to sustainable strategies to promote healthier communities. The CAPH-PRC Researchers are at the forefront of finding practical solutions to help older adults in our communities enjoy a high quality lifestyle based on strong physical and mental health.
A major activity of the Center is to develop a comprehensive program to prevent disease and disability in older adults, focusing on age 65+, but also addressing age 50 – 65 years. The “10 Keys” ™ to Healthy Aging is the result of research at the CAPH-PRC and elsewhere. These ten elements are considered the most important factors that contribute to healthy aging.
The CAPH-PRC is actively participating in new technologies, outreach, and partnerships to promote healthy aging in older adults with the State and County Departments of Aging and Health. We are disseminating the “10 Keys” ™ in the Allegheny County Senior Centers through webcasts, and embedded in APPRISE, a Pennsylvania Department of Aging program in counties with high rates of chronic disease. Training of public health professionals and community partners will continue, leveraging the experiences of working with our CAPH-Prevention Research Center as part of existing research and training programs.