Prevention Research Center (PRC)


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.




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May 11, 2016
Pittsburgh Senior News MOVE UP Ad

The University of Pittsburgh PRC’s MOVE UP program recently had an ad published in the May edition of the Pittsburgh Senior News. The ad is on page 12. read more »

May 3, 2016
Take charge of your health today. Be informed. Be involved.

– To help lower aging risk factors, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have developed the “10 Keys” to Healthy Aging, a broad health behavior-change program based on research about old age and health. read more »

May 27, 2015
Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

On Saturday, May 23rd, two of our MOVE UP CHWs  (Pat Pacey and Holly Vazzo) worked at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. read more »

March 23, 2015
Physical Activity May Reduce Age-Related Movement Problems

Age-related brain lesions known as white matter hyperintensities have been linked to movement problems and disabilities later in life. These lesions, which appear as bright spots on MRI images, can be used as a proxy measure of brain white matter disease. They are thought to reflect small blood vessel disease, and have also have been associated with dementia and other health issues in older people. read more »

Last Updated May 24, 2017