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Surveillance of Health Risks Among Older Adults (LSAHNEWSV11_2_1)
Research Area:
Clinical medicine
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Homo sapiens Species: Human

Advances in medical technology, research, and health education have helped individuals aged 65 years and older become the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, with a predicted increase from 13% in 1999 to 22% in 2030. In addition, the National Cancer for Health Statistics reports and increase in the U.S. estimated life expectancy from 57.1 years in 1929 to 76.9 years in 2000. These are amazing public health feats. As many diseases and health conditions are more prevalent among older adults, the public health community wants to ensure that not only do adults live longer lives but also maintain good health, independence, and a good quality of life.

Factors leading to morbidity and mortality among older adults include overweight, inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption, physical inactivity, and cigarette smoking. Healthy People 2010 (HP) is a comprehensive set of health objectives that identify public health priorities and quantifiable objectives for the nation by the year 2010. Relevant HP goals include a decrease in underweight and overweight to 40% of the adult U.S. population greater than 20 years of age, an increase in the percentage who consume a minimum of 2 fruits and 3 vegetables per day to 75% and 50%, respectively, a decrease in the number who participate in no leisure-time physical activity to 20%, and a decrease in the number of cigarette smokers to 12%.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Surveillance of Health Risks Among Older Adults. In: Longitudinal Study of Astronaut Health Newsletter. January 2003;11(2):1.

Body weight
Food intake
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Data Information
Data Availability
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Body weight
Food consumption
Physical activity

Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
LSAH 01/01/1989 05/31/2010 21 years

Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Johnson Space Center LSDA Office
Project Manager: Jessica Keune
Institutional Support
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)