In this section:
Overview | Mission, Vision, & Values | Flagship Programs | Investigators & Staff | Scientific Advisory Board | Community Advisory Board | HPRC Evaluation | Dissemination Research | Healthy Aging Research | Prevention Research
Why Healthy Aging Research Matters
By 2020, 25% of the U.S. population will be age 60 or older. Finding ways to improve the health status of older adults is an important and worthwhile investment. Preventing chronic disease and disability can reduce the collective economic and social burden on society for medical care, loss of income, pain and suffering, and lost productivity.
HPRC is working to reduce some of this burden with prevention-oriented research. Through rigorous demonstration projects with community partners, HPRC has increased the body of evidence that shows how healthful behaviors, such as exercise and avoiding tobacco, translate into decreased rates of disease and disability. By shifting focus to dissemination research, HPRC investigators are developing effective methods to increase the practice of evidence-based health-promoting activities.