The Alliance has a number of initiatives to raise awareness about aging research, healthy aging, and chronic conditions of aging such as sarcopenia and Alzheimer's disease.
The ACT-AD Coalition
The Aging in Motion Coalition
The Healthspan Campaign
The Silver Book
Alliance for Aging Research Wins Two Mature Media Awards
The Alliance for Aging Research was a winner in the 16th annual National Mature Media Awards Program, receiving a silver award for the Alzheimer’s Disease: Helping Yourself Help a Loved One workshop kit and a merit award for the 2006 Annual Report.
Alliance Website Receives Two Awards
The Alliance for Aging Research is the honorable recipient of two merit awards for its website from the 2004 World Wide Web Health Awards Program.
AFib Healthy People 2020 Letter
Author: AFib Optimal Treatment Task Force
The Alliance for Aging Research led AFib Optimal Treatment Task Force submitted a letter to the CDC commenting on the agency's Healthy People 2020 goals. The letter recommended:
- The CDC should add Afib as a modifiable risk factor for stroke
- The CDC address the under anticoagulation of older AFib patients as an emerging issue in heart disease and stroke
ACT-AD 21st Century Cures Letter
Author: Cynthia Bens
Accelerate Cure/Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease (ACT-AD) submitted a letter the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to provide feedback on the 21st Century Cures discussion draft released on January 27, 2015.
The Silver Book: Infectious Diseases and Prevention through Vaccination
The Silver Book® provides the latest statistics on the prevalence of infectious diseases that disproportionately affect seniors such as pneumonia, influenza (“flu”), and herpes zoster (“shingles”). Seniors are more susceptible to developing a significant illness from these common infectious diseases, which too often lead to hospitalization, severe complications, and death. In fact, the death rate from pneumonia and influenza combined is close to 130 times higher in people age 85 and older, compared to people ages 45 to 54. This increased risk due to age is even higher than that seen in heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other leading causes of death.
The Silver Book: Healthcare-Associated Infections Factsheet
Every year more than 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Around 99,000 people die from their infection and the cost to U.S. hospitals alone is estimated at $28.4 to $45 billion annually. These numbers are only going to grow as the rate of infection rises and more and more develop resistance to antibiotics. This fact sheet paints a comprehensive picture of the growing burden of healthcare-associated infections, and the value of innovation in helping to reduce that burden.
The Silver Book: Atrial Fibrillation fact sheet
Atrial fibrillation impacts between 2.7 and 6.1 million adults and can lead to stroke, heart failure, dementia, disability, and death. It also costs a tremendous amount of money--at least $6.65 billion each year. This latest factsheet from The Silver Book brings the leading data on the burden of the disease and the value of innovation to reduce that burden, all into one place.
Assessing Stroke and Bleeding Risk in Atrial Fibrillation—Consensus Statement
This expert consensus statement makes important recommendations on the use of stroke and bleeding risk tools, the decision to anticoagulate, the incorporation of patient preferences, and more. Read an executive summary.
The experts include Mark J. Alberts, MD; Mary Amantangelo, MS, ACNP-BC, CCRN; Kenneth A. Bauer, MD; Lynne T. Braun, PhD, CNP, FAHA; Henry I. Bussey, PharmD; A. John Camm, MD, QHP, FRCP, FACC, FESC, FMedSci, FHRS, CStJ; David Garcia, MD; Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD; Jonathan L. Halperin, MD; Mellanie True Hills; Alan K. Jacobson, MD; Gregory Y.H. Lip, MD, FRCP, FESC, FACC; Edith A. Nutescu, PharmD, FCCP; Daniel E. Singer, MD; Albert L. Waldo, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHRS, FAACP
The Silver Book: Neurological Diseases
As many as 5.1 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease--the 6th leading cause of death, and as many as 1 million Americans are living with Parkinson's disease. This volume of The Silver Book series outlines this burden and the value of medical innovation in reducing it.
Alliance Joins White House Effort to Combat Antibiotic Resistance
Author: Noel Lloyd
Date: June 2nd, 2015
Today the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship was held in Washington, D.C., to “bring together key human and animal health stakeholders who are eager to take positive action to improve antibiotic use and prescribing in the U.S.”
New Educational Videos on Atrial Fibrillation
Author: Noel Lloyd
Date: February 26th, 2015
As part of our recently launched Living with Atrial Fibrillation campaign, we have two educational short videos available that we encourage you to both watch and share.
How Close Are We To Preventing the Diseases of Aging
Author: Guest Contributor
Date: August 8th, 2012
This summer the President & CEO here at the Alliance for Aging Research, Dan Perry, was asked to participate in the annual melding of the foremost medical minds known as TEDMED. At the meeting, Dan gave a fantastic 13 minute talk that really summed up how “tantalizingly close” researchers are to that “fountain of youth."
Data on Chronic Disease Helps Inform the Debate
Author: Lindsay Clarke
Date: July 11th, 2008
While Senators Obama and McCain agree on few things when it comes to overhauling the American health care system, both have acknowledged the importance of a plan that addresses chronic disease—the primary driver of health care costs.
What Can You Do to Stop Alzheimer's
Author: Guest Contributor
Date: May 22nd, 2008
Last week, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor shared personal testimony before the Senate Special Committee on Aging about the burden of Alzheimer’s disease. O’Connor stepped down from the court in 2006 to care for her husband, who has the disease. As many people know, Alzheimer’s is an overwhelming disease-both on a personal level for families and for society.
Up And Away: Taking and Storing Medications Safely
Date: November 24th, 2014
Older adults account for 34 percent of all prescription medication use and 30 percent of all over-the-counter (OTC) use, making safe and effective use of medications vitally important.
Alliance Celebrates Healthy Aging at Annual Dinner
Date: November 23rd, 2014
The Alliance's 21st Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner celebrated healthyaging and those who help make it possible. Honorees included noted bio-entrepreneur J. Craig Venter and Jay Walker, curator and chairman of TEDMED (pictured at left).
Infection: On the Rise in America's Seniors
Since the discovery of antibiotics, the leading causes of death in the United States have shifted from infectious diseases to chronic, non-contagious diseases. Unfortunately, because of low rates of adult vaccination and the increase of resistance to antibiotics, infectious diseases and fatal infections are on the rise in America’s older population. Despite their tremendous potential for prevention, vaccination rates in seniors fall far short of targets set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
New Silver Book Website: Now Easier to Access the Latest Facts on Chronic Disease
The Alliance for Aging Research is excited to announce the launch of the newly re-designed www.silverbook.org, which brings 1,000s of facts and statistics from more than 600 sources, into one easy-to-use website. The new site continues to offer free access to the same unique database that features the latest information on the burden of chronic disease and the value of innovation in reducing that burden; but now with advanced search features, better navigability, and a more modern design.
Muscle Loss and Aging: Combatting Sarcopenia and Lost Independence
Typically, our muscles grow larger and stronger as we age. That is, until about the time we celebrate our 30th birthdays. That’s when most of us start down the other side of the hill and begin to gradually lose our muscle mass, strength, and function. While it’s usually not very noticeable in our 30s and 40s, the loss increases exponentially with age and tends to accelerate between the ages of 65 and 80.