COMMUNITY-BASED APPROACHES FOR PREVENTING ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

FUNDING SOURCE: CDC, PRC Supplement, 5-U48-DP-000051 (2005-2007)

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: James Laditka, PhD

The goal of this project was to conduct formative research that can be used to develop an aggressive intervention to educate the public and health professionals as to research-based ways to reduce risks of ADRD through healthy lifestyles. The project involved four key components: communications, policy development, and evidence review and other research designed to develop a comprehensive model for a large intervention and ADRD surveillance.

The USC PRC coordinated the project with the CDC, the Healthy Aging Research Network (HAN), the National Institute on Aging, the Administration on Aging, the National Council on Aging, and the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as other national and state agencies and organizations. The project helped plan and convene a national conference on brain health, developed a national public health roadmap to maintaining cognitive health, and formed the basis for the Healthy Brain Special Interest Project (SIP 8-06).

Under this supplement, other HAN sites worked with the USC PRC HAN to collect focus group data from older adults about their attitudes and impressions of healthy aging and brain health. This work has continued in the Healthy Brain SIP in the form of continued data collection, analysis, and publications.

For additional information about this project, please see the information about SIP 8-06 at http://prevention.sph.sc.edu/projects/HealthyBrain.

PUBLICATIONS:

CDC, Alzheimer's Association. The Healthy Brain Initiative: A National Public Health Road Map to Maintaining Cognitive Health. Chicago, IL: Alzheimer’s Association; 2007. Available at URL: http://www.cdc.gov/aging/roadmap/