Disease Prevention & Health Promotion

The California Department of Aging (CDA) administers programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the State. These services are provided locally by contracted agencies. This webpage is intended for those who provide, or seek to provide a variety of aging services.

The Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Program (Title IIID) supports programs that are based on scientific evidence and demonstrated through rigorous evaluation to be effective in improving the health of older adults. Chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis are among the most common preventable health problems. Many older adults experience limitations in activities due to such conditions. Title IIID evidence-based health promotion programs provide adults with techniques and strategies to delay and/or manage chronic health conditions and include activities that promote; improved nutrition, emotional and social well-being, physical fitness and fall prevention.

The Aging Network has been moving toward implementing disease prevention health promotion programs that are based on scientific evidence and proven to improve the health of older adults. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Congressional appropriations require that Older Americans Act Title IIID funding be used only for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion programs which have been demonstrated through rigorous evaluation to be evidence-based.

In consultation with the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), CDA established July 1, 2016 as California’s implementation date for this new evidence-based standard. This effective date aligns with the State Fiscal Year.

For additional information on the Administration for Community Living (ACL) definition of evidence-based programs visit the ACL Title IIID website.

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