Public Policy

One of the Alliance’s most important missions is to advocate for aging research by working with legislators, health experts and other like-minded organizations. Our public policy efforts are summarized here.

Alliance Initiatives

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. 

This includes: 
The ACT-AD Coalition
The Aging in Motion Coalition
The Healthspan Campaign
The Silver Book

Press Room

Media Alert: Alliance for Aging Research to Release White Paper on Vaccinations in Older Adults

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 27th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research will announce the release of its new white paper Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults.

MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award Recepients Announced

Date: April 25th, 2011

Economists Receive $75,000 for Work in Aging, Health Care, and Economics

2009 Task Force on Aging Research Funding

Date: May 1st, 2009

Calls for at least a 7% increase in NIH funding for FY 2010

Alliance Offers Online Resources for Healthy Aging and Longevity

Date: September 27th, 2007

New and Improved Website Spans Personal Health to Policy Issues

Alliance for Aging Research Wins Two Mature Media Awards

Date: August 8th, 2007

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 Launches Malnutrition Awareness Campaign

Date: March 31st, 2007

The Alliance for Aging Research Launches Campaign to Increase Awareness About Malnutrition in Older Adults

Alliance Website Receives Two Awards

Date: March 11th, 2005

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

Alliance Launches Age-Related Macular Degeneration Campaign

Date: July 7th, 2004

The Alliance for Aging Research, a not-for-profit organization, has launched a new campaign on a leading cause of vision loss in people over 60, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Alliance Website and Webzine Receive Awards

Date: July 24th, 2003

The Alliance for Aging Research Website and Webzine Receive Awards and High Praise for Quality Health Content

Task Force Urges Congress to Complete the Commitment to NIH

Date: April 16th, 2002

Task Force Comprising Over 50 Groups Urges Congress To Complete the Commitment to NIH


Public Comments

AFib Healthy People 2020 Letter

Author: AFib Optimal Treatment Task Force

Date: 2015

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

Public Comments

Letter to Senate Finance Committee Regarding Multiple Chronic Condition Legislation

Author: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: 2015

This is a letter from the Alliance to the Senate Finance Committee applauding its "commitment to improving care for people living with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) and appreciate the opportunity to assist the Senate Finance Committee in developing comprehensive MCC legislation."


The Silver Book: Infectious Diseases and Prevention through Vaccination

Date: 2013

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.

Fact Sheet

The Silver Book: Healthcare-Associated Infections Factsheet

Date: 2013

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.

Fact Sheet

The Silver Book: Atrial Fibrillation fact sheet

Date: 2013

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

Date: 2012

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


AFib Optimal Treatment Expert Roundtable--Effecting Assessing Stroke and Bleeding Risk in Anticoagulation Decision-Making

Date: 2011

This roundtable explored the risk assessment tools and their limitations, discussed how the tools should be updated to overcome those limitations and to reflect the data from emerging therapies, formed consensus on what steps should be taken to address any proposed guideline changes and call for mandates, and considered how best to raise awareness amongst health care professionals on this expert consensus and the need for new best practices.

Read the consensus document that was produced as a result.


Beverlye Hyman Fead: Don't Be Afraid of Aging

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 17th, 2016

An older adult offers this advice: Don't be afraid of aging.

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.

Alliance Submits Suggestions for NIA's Aging Well in the 21st Century

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 15th, 2014

The National Institute on Aging recently put out a call for comments and ideas for a draft of its strategic directions document, Aging Well in the 21st Century.

#GivingTuesday Is Today; Consider Giving to the Alliance

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 2nd, 2014

Today is #GivingTuesday.

Help the Alliance Celebrate Moms Everywhere

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 9th, 2014

Type: Latest News

At the Alliance, we are celebrating Mother's Day and everything they do.

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

Date: October 10th, 2013

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

Date: July 1st, 2013

The Alliance for Aging Research is excited to announce the launch of the newly re-designed, 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

Date: February 1st, 2013

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.

Helping Stop a Devastating Disease: The ACT-AD Coalition Continues its Important Work in Alzheimer's Disease

Date: February 1st, 2013

Alzheimer's disease is a slow, dehumanizing, and fatal disease that strikes 1 in 8 people over the age of 65. While it's typically thought of as a disease that affects memory, it goes well beyond memory loss and eventually leads to death.

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