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About the Center


The Center for Healthy Aging supports the expansion and sustainability of evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs in the community and online through collaboration with national, state, and community partners. The goal is to help older adults live longer and healthier lives. The Center houses two national resource centers: the National Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) Resource Center and the National Falls Prevention Resource Center.  The Center works with its partners to make sure that older adults have access to prevention programs that can make a noticeable difference in their health and well-being.

The Center accomplishes its mission by:

  • Providing tools and resources that help local, state, and regional organizations to implement and sustain evidence-based programs that promote healthy lives for older adults.
  • Generating and disseminating new knowledge about best practices and strategies for evidence-based health promotion.

Our Audience

The Center serves local, state, and national organizations that want to develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based health programming for older adults. We also serve policymakers, government agencies, corporations, and private foundations by helping them identify and invest in innovative programming to improve the health of older adults.

The National Council on Aging is funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging (through the FY 2013 Prevention and Public Health Fund) as the National Resource Center on Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs. The Center assists states, the aging, disability and public health networks and their partners increase access to and sustain evidence-based prevention programs that improve the health and quality of life of older adults and adults with disabilities.  It also serves as the national clearinghouse of tools and information on CDSME programs. Learn more about the Center's work.


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Online Training


Introduction to Health Promotion Programs for Older Adults
Take our interactive training modules on evidence-based health promotion for older adults.