Helping  Adults Over 50 Stay Healthy 

AHRQ and AARP Team to Help Adults Over 50 Stay Healthy

Press Release Date: July 15, 2008

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the AARP today released two new checklists designed to help men and women over the age of 50 learn what they can do to stay healthy and prevent disease.

AHRQ and AARP also released an accompanying wall chart, the Staying Healthy at 50+ timeline, that provides information about recommended preventive services and can be posted in both clinical and community settings. These three publications Men: Stay Healthy at 50+, Checklists for Your Health; Women: Stay Healthy at 50+, Checklists for Your Health;and the Staying Healthy at 50+ timeline show at a glance the evidence-based recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force regarding screening tests, preventive medicines and healthy lifestyle behaviors for people 50 and older.

"As we age, what we need to do to stay healthy begins to change," said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "These new easy-to-read checklists help Americans age 50 and older realize the important steps they can take to stay healthy."