The Center for Aging and Population Health-Prevention Research Center (CAPH-PRC) was supported in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program. The CAPH-PRC was one of twenty-six (26) Centers nationwide funded by the CDC, 2001-2019. These centers combined the knowledge and expertise of community members, academic researchers, and public health agencies to address disease prevention in typically underserved populations. These collaborations fostered research and other projects that contribute to sustainable strategies to promote healthier communities. The CAPH-PRC Researchers were and continue to be 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 actively participated in new technologies, outreach, and partnerships to promote healthy aging in older adults with the State and County Departments of Aging and Health. We disseminated 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 occurred, leveraging the experiences of working with our CAPH-Prevention Research Center as part of existing research and training programs.
Mobility and Vitality Lifestyle Program
Obesity is common in older adults. As the epidemic is not lessening, it will become even more urgent an issue to address as the baby boomer generation reaches old age. In older adults, obesity threatens mobility directly and indirectly through multiple chronic diseases such as arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and lipid disorders. These conditions contribute substantially to disability.
“10 Keys” to Healthy Aging
The “10 Keys”™ to Healthy Aging was developed by Researches at the University of Pittsburgh to help lower aging risk factors. The “10 Keys” is a broad health behavior-change program that addresses the most common preventable health risks for older people. Health improvements are possible at any age.