Healthy People 2020 : A National Public Health Program

1453 WordsOct 6, 20146 Pages
Healthy People 2020 Healthy People 2020 is a national public health program that aims to increase population health through achieving a series of goals and objectives. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), set the premise for public health priorities in 1979. Healthy People 2020 has an overarching goal to increase the longevity and quality of live through disease prevention, elimination of health disparities, establishing health equity and creating environments that are conducive to positive health outcomes (Nash, Reifsynder, Fabius & Pracilio, 2011). As the Healthy People 2020 program identifies various topics and objectives, the purpose of this paper will highlight dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease (healthypeople.gov). Furthermore using the trans-theoretical model (TTM) as a foundation, this paper proposes a management plan for those who are affected with the condition to assist them in making better health choices in order to potentially reduce the progression of the disease and possibly maintain a normal lifestyle. Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease Dementia is referred to as the loss of cognitive functioning. This encompasses aspects such as behavior, loss of remembrance, complications in making decisions and difficulty in thinking. It should be understood that dementia is not a disease, however it is a set symptoms that affect the brain and its normal cognitive
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