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.

Press Room

Seniors Are Benefiting from Improved Clinical Care, But Face Economic Barriers to Better Health

Author: United Health Foundation/Alliance for Aging Research

Date: May 10th, 2017

America’s seniors are seeing improvements in clinical care but are facing significant economic barriers to better health, according to the key findings from United Health Foundation’s fifth annual America’s Health Rankings Senior Report.

Congress Restores Funds for Geriatric Training

Date: February 15th, 2007

Alliance for Aging Research Commends Congress for Restoring Funding of Geriatric Training Programs

Report Highlights Senior-Health Care Professional Disconnect

Date: February 28th, 2002

Alliance for Aging Research Releases New Report Highlighting the Disconnect Between the Health Needs of Seniors and the Training of Health Care Professionals



Missed the #Save4Health Twitter Chat? Here's A Recap!

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: October 19th, 2017

The Alliance for Aging Research recently hosted a Twitter chat to highlight the health costs associated with retirement and insights on how older adults can prepare. If you were unable to join the chat, we've archived it for you to view. 

Recognizing the Work of Silver Scholar Dr. David Wise

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: October 20th, 2016

In 2013, the Alliance for Aging Research and the MetLife Foundation announced David A. Wise, Ph.D., as the winner of the MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award

To further discuss Dr. Wise’s work and the broader issues of assessing value in aging, the Alliance and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) will host a panel, titled “Maximizing the Value of Health Aging to Society.” The event will take place on October 25, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

Alliance's Peschin Featured in Article on the U.S. Longevity Economy

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 14th, 2015

The Alliance's Susan Peschin, MHS, was featured in an article on the longevity economy in The Straits Times, a publication in Singapore. 

IOM Recommends Boost to Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: July 16th, 2012

Groups like the Alliance for Aging Research and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) have long been calling attention to the looming crisis that we face with extreme current and projected shortages in our geriatric workforce. According to recent data from AGS there are currently only 7,029 certified geriatricians in the U.S. —half of what we currently need—and those numbers are in steep decline. Just imagine what these numbers will look like when our 65 and older population grows from 40.3 million now to 72.1 million in 2030.

Gearing Up for the Silver Tsunami

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: December 5th, 2008

As the Silver Tsunami approaches, more and more families will be faced with the choice of staying at home and caring for their loved one or finding outside assistance. The uBOT-5 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst may be available to help.


Alzheimer's Treatment and Care at a Crossroads: Pursuing All Avenues to Provide Relief

Date: October 1st, 2012

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you’ve most likely wondered if there are any ways to relieve some of the burden of the disease, in addition to the pills to manage its symptoms. For many diseases like heart disease and diabetes, changes to diet and exercise are as high on health care providers list of advice for patients as a prescription for medication, but this isn’t the case with how they approach Alzheimer’s disease.

Shortage of Geriatricians: A Quiet by Critical Health Care Crisis

Date: July 1st, 1999

Ever wonder whether the doctor treating your parent, older relative or friend, or you, if you happen to be over 65, has any special training in treating older people? The chances are pretty good they don't. Despite the achievements of modern medicine, too many health professionals misdiagnose, overlook, or dismiss illnesses in older people as the "normal process of aging." Aside from the suffering this ignorance causes patients, it also burdens society with tremendous costs--such as the $70 billion in unnecessary hospital stays that is spent every year.

Where Are All the Geriatricians? We Need Them Now!

Date: July 1st, 1999

Despite more than 20 years of clear warnings from some of the most prestigious health policy and medical groups in the country, America is facing a severe shortage of health care professionals trained to manage the special health care needs of older people.

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