The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) which is also the data source for this data set, is a continuous, state-based surveillance system that collects information about modifiable risk factors for chronic diseases and other leading causes of death. This dataset is provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Population Health.
The Healthy Aging Data by CDC comprises of data on a range of key indicators of health and well-being, screenings and vaccinations, and mental health among older adults at the national and state levels. These indicators provide a snapshot of currently available surveillance information, and can be useful for prioritization and evaluation of public health interventions. The data value units used for this dataset are either numbers or percentages.
The Healthy Aging Program serves as the focal point at CDC for efforts to promote the health and quality of life of older Americans. Located within CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the Program focuses primarily on adults age 50 or older. The main goals of this program are:
– Enhance the ability of states and communities to identify and implement effective strategies and programs to promote and protect the health of older adults.
– Enhance the integration of efforts by the public health and aging services networks to promote health and prevent disease among older adults.
– Promote health and preserve health-related quality of life for older adults through the health care system and other avenues.
Healthy Aging Program aims at:
– Developing innovative, web-based tools and resources.
– Collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data to guide public health action.
– Engaging in active partnerships with CDC partners, other federal agencies, the states, and key national organizations to promote and disseminate effective health promotion strategies.
Given the rapid aging of the U.S. population, increasing the use of preventive services by adults aged 50 or older is a key public health strategy. Despite the effectiveness of these potentially life-saving preventive services:
– Only 25% of adults aged 50 to 64 years are up to date on services.
– Less than 50% of adults aged 65 years or older are up to date.
These services are covered, in part or completely, by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.