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.

Health & Research Policy

Press Room

Alliance and 90+ Organizations Urge Senate Committee Chairs to Safeguard U.S. Vaccine Policy during Price Confirmation Process

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 19th, 2017

The Alliance has joined with more than 90 national organizations in urging the Senate to ensure Secretary of HHS nominee Tom Price, M.D., is committed to protecting U.S. citizens from vaccine preventable diseases.

Media Alert: Alliance for Aging Research to Release Results of Public Opinion Surveys on Awareness of and Experiences with Heart Valve Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 29th, 2016

This Wednesday, August 31, the Alliance for Aging Research will release the results via webcast of new public opinion surveys that revealed awareness of heart valve disease (HVD) and experiences of HVD patients as they are diagnosed and seek treatment

Vaccination Rates in Older Adults Fall Short of Targets

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 29th, 2015

The nonprofit Alliance for Aging Research released a white paper, Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults, that provides a comprehensive overview of the factors that drive vaccination underutilization in seniors.

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.

Alliance for Aging Research Honors Champions of Healthy Aging at Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 29th, 2014

Honorees Include Sen. Bill Nelson, Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., Jay Walker and J. Craig Venter

Alliance for Aging Research to Honor Martha Stewart and Other Notables at 20th Annual Bi-Partisan Congressional Awards Dinner

Date: September 12th, 2013

The Alliance honored Martha Stewart along with other notables at the 20th Annual Awards Dinner.

2013 MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award® Recipient Announced

Date: August 8th, 2013

Alliance for Aging Research Announces that Dr. David Wise from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, will Receive Award for Innovative Research on Healthy Aging

New Silver Book Website: Now Easier to Access the Latest Facts on Chronic Disease

Date: June 26th, 2013

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

Growing Burden of Persistent Pain Calls for More Medical Innovation

Date: February 20th, 2013

Today, the Alliance for Aging Research released a new volume of The Silver Book®: Chronic Disease and Medical Innovation in an Aging Nation on persistent pain.

Alliance Supports Collaboration to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Date: June 1st, 2009

The Alliance for Aging Research Applauds Proposed Legislative Compromise between Lawmakers and Pharmaceutical Companies

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 Urges Congress to Follow Schrader's Suit

Date: May 1st, 2009

On Tuesday, Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), joined fellow New Democrat colleagues Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), in introducing the Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Act of 2009 (H.R. 2502). Daniel Perry, executive director of the Alliance for Aging Research, released a statement in support of this new, patient-centered CER legislation

President's Budget Lacks Funds to Stem 'Silver Tsunami'

Date: February 7th, 2007

The Alliance for Aging Research today warned that the president’s proposed FY 2008 budget lacks sufficient funding to address the growing burden of age-related chronic diseases. 

Daniel Perry Named President of CAMR

Date: December 9th, 2003

Daniel Perry, executive director of the Alliance for Aging Research, has been named president of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR).

Alliance Commends NIH for New Medical Research Plan

Date: October 2nd, 2003

Alliance for Aging Research praises the new National Institutes of Health plan that seeks to foster a scientific structure conducive to accelerating the rate of medical discoveries.

Alliance Urges Congress to Act Quickly on the Passage of Cloning Bill

Date: February 5th, 2003

The Alliance for Aging Research commended Senators Hatch (R-UT), Feinstein (D-CA), Specter (R-PA), Kennedy (D-MA) and Harkin (D-IA) for introducing the "Human Cloning Ban and Stem Cell Research Protection Act of 2003." 

Ohio Press Release- Healthcare Expectations and Cost Survey

Date: October 31st, 2002

Alliance releases survey on health expectations of Ohioans.

Pennsylvania Press Release - Healthcare Expectations and Cost Survey

Date: October 31st, 2002

Pennsylvanians have great expectations to live long, healthy lives, according to a survey released  by the not for profit Alliance for Aging Research.

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

Alliance Applauds Advances in Cellular Therapies

Date: November 26th, 2001

A response from the Alliance to the announcement by Advanced Cell Technologies (ACT) that they have cloned a human embryo.

President Bush Fails Leadership Test on Stem Cell Research

Date: August 9th, 2001

Statement by Alliance for Aging Research Executive Director Daniel Perry on President Bush's Announcement to Limit Federal Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research


Public Comments

Letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price on Maintaining and Enforcing Important Patient Protections and Access to Prescription Drugs

Author: I Am Essential

Date: 2017

The Alliance joined with 200 other organizations to call on Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price in his review of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act "to maintain the many important protections patients have gained that ensure they can access the care and treatment their providers prescribe."


Public Comments

Comments on Oversight Framework for Molecular Diagnostic Tests, including Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs)/Senate Version

Author: Various Organizations

Date: 2017

This letter to Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Charles Schumer that urges them to "make updating the oversight framework for all molecular diagnostic tests, including laboratory developed tests (LDTs), a priority early in the 115th Congress." 

Public Comments

Comments on Oversight Framework for Molecular Diagnostic Tests, including Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs)/House Version

Author: Various Organizations

Date: 2017

This letter to House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan and House Minority Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi urges them to "make updating the oversight framework for all molecular diagnostic tests, including laboratory developed tests (LDTs), a priority early in the 115th Congress."

Public Comments

Comments on NHLBI Draft Strategic Research Priorities

Author: Afib Optimal Treatment Taskforce

Date: 2016

Letter to the Office of Science Policy, Engagement, Education, and Communications (OSPEEC) at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) urging the Institute to include the Afib Optimal Treatment Task Force's critical challenge of developing an effective integrated bleeding risk assessment tool as part of the NHLBI's final Strategic Research Priorities. 

Public Comments

MCC Working Group Comment Letter

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: 2016

The Alliance for Aging Research's sent a comment letter concerning the Senate Finance Committees' Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) Working Group's policy options paper. The comment letter made recommendations concerning: stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation, healthcare-associated Infections, adult immunization, independence at home, and telehealth and remote patient monitoring. 

Public Comments

Comment Letter on CDC Opioid Guidelines

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: 2016

The Alliance for Aging Research wrote a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requesting modifications to the 2016 CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Specifically, the Alliance recommended the CDC modify the guidelines by: 

  • Including a statement calling for further investment of federal resources into clinical research to assist providers in tailoring long-term opioid use.
  • Requiring Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide an updated clinical evidence review of the guidelines
  • Calling on public and private payers to broadly cover the cost of non-pharmacologic interventions for pain sufferers. 
  • Adding more resources to on the safe use of non-opioid pain treatment
  • Removing the non-evidenced based dosage recommendations
  • Removing the time/specific pill limit for acute pain treatment

Public Comments

Alzheimer's Disease PCORI Priorities Letter

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: 2016

The Alliance for Aging Research submitted a letter to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) suggesting possible research for the Institute to consider, aimed at improving outcomes for people with Alzheimer's disease. The Alliance encouraged the following topics:

  • Impact of non-pharmacologic interventions for Alzheimer’s disease on patient outcomes, caregiver burden and rates of institutionalization
  • Evaluation of screening methodologies, for relative ease/uptake and associated optimization across provider groups and settings of care;
  • Assessment of how Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and treatment affects management of comorbidities;
  • Frequency of emergency room visits for Alzheimer’s disease patients and identification of
    best practices for potential mitigation;
  • Comparisons of currently available tools used to assess cognition to identify which is most
    effective for specific populations; and
  • Impact of knowing positive ApoE genotype status on patient, caregiver, and provider
    behaviors/outcomes as compared to ApoE negative status.

Public Comments


Author: S-FAR

Date: 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research signed on to a U.S. Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR)  letter in support of the antibiotic stewardship provisions in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule revising the requirements long term care facilities (LTCFs) must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs.  

Public Comments

Alliance for Connected Care Chronic Conditions Letter

Author: Alliance for Connected Care

Date: 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research signed on to a letter asking the Senate Finance Committee to create a transition mechanism by which the Secretary of Health and Human Services may lift originating site restrictions and allow payment for remote monitoring of Medicare beneficiaries suffering from chronic diseases. 

Public Comments

Letter to CMS on Proposed Rule Change regarding Infection Prevention and Control Programs in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs)

Author: Susan Peschin

Date: 2015

This is a letter from the Alliance to Centers to the Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its issuing of a proposed rule change regarding Infection Prevention and Control Programs (IPCP) in long-term care facilities (LTCFs).

Public Comments

Letter to Sen. Coons and Schatz Regarding OMB M 12 M Memo

Author: Various

Date: 2015

This letter from a group of organizations including the Alliance thanks U.S. Sens Chris Coons and Brian Schatz for "championing the amendment to provide the Office of Management and Budget the flexibility to update its M-12-12 memo during the recent markup of the FY 2016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act."


Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults

Date: 2015

Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults reviews vaccination levels, trends and targets, incidence rates, relevant health insurance coverage policies, and the cost effectiveness literature and other reports that have evaluated vaccine utilization in the older adult population.

Public Comments

Friends of AHRQ FY16 Sign-On Letter

Author: Friends of AHRQ

Date: 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research signed on to a letter in support of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill proposed reducing funding for the agency by 35 percent for FY2016. The support letter asked lawmakers to restore AHRQ's budget authority to $364 million in the final FY2016 appropriations legislation.

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."

Public Comments

Letter to the Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell about the Better, Smarter, Healthier Initiative

Author: PIPC

Date: 2015

This is a letter from the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC), which was also signed by the Alliance for Aging Research, to the Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, applauding her work to improve quality and patient-centeredness in health care through the Better, Smarter, Healthier initiative.

Public Comments

Letter on Funding for NHSN, Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative, and AMD Initiative

Author: Various Organizations

Date: 2015

This letter to Sen. Thad Cochran, Sen. Barbara Mikulski,  Rep. Harold Rogers, and Rep. Nita Lowey from various organizations, including the Alliance for Aging Research, requests "$32 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and the Prevention Epicenters Program; $264 million for CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative; and ask for your continued support of the Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) Initiative at $30 million in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. " 

Public Comments

Letter to Ayotte, Bennet, Black, and Grisham on Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus

Author: Various

Date: 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research joined other organizations in this letter commending Sen. Kelly Ayotte,  Rep. Diane Black, Rep. Michael Bennet, and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham for  their leadership in establishing and co-chairing the bipartisan, bicameral Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus.

Public Comments

Letter to Various Representatives Regarding Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 302(b) Allocation for the Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee

Author: Various Organizations

Date: 2015

This letter from various organizations, including the Alliance for Aging Research, to Rep. Harold Rogers, Rep. Tom Cole, Rep. Nita Lowey, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro requests "to restore the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 302(b) allocation for the Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to at least the FY 2010 level of $163.6 billion." 

Public Comments

FY 2016 L-HHS Alzheimer's Disease Letter

Author: Misc. Organizations

Date: 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research, USAgainstAlzheimer's, Cure Alzheimer's Foundation, BrightFocus Foundation, Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer's Disease, Alzheimer's Foundation of America, and American Academy of Neurology signed on to letters submitted to the House & Senate Labor, Health  and Human Services and Education and Related Agencies (L-HHS) Subcommittees, urging for a minimum of $2 billion for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Public Comments

Letter to Hatch and Bennet in Support of the Promise for Antibiotics and Therapeutics for Health (PATH) Act

Author: Various Organizations

Date: 2015

This letter was from various organizations, including the Alliance for Aging Research, to Sen. Orrin Hatch and Sen. Michael Bennet to "express support for S. 185, the Promise for Antibiotics and Therapeutics for Health (PATH) Act, legislation to establish a new limited population antibacterial drug approval pathway for antibiotics to treat serious or life-threatening infections for which there exists an unmet medical need."


Alliance Issues Statement on the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 3rd, 2017

The Alliance has issued the following statement from President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, regarding the introduction of the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017

Alliance Releases Statement on Passage of 21st Century Cures

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 7th, 2016

The Senate today approved landmark legislation overhauling the development of medical treatments and cures for patients, which represents the culmination of a multi-year, bipartisan initiative in Congress. Here is a statement from Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin.

An Update on 21st Century Cures

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 31st, 2016

We provide an update on the 21st Century Cures Act, an important piece of legislation that the Alliance has been advocating for.

Alliance Hosts Panel Discussion on the Value of Healthy Aging with the Bipartisan Policy Center

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: October 25th, 2016

Today, the Alliance and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosted a panel discussion, titled “Maximizing the Value of Healthy Aging to Society,” to discuss the work of David A. Wise, Ph.D., and the broader issues of assessing value in aging.

Alliance Debuts New Video at Rally for Medical Research

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 22nd, 2016

Today, at the Rally for Medical Research in Washington, D.C., Alliance president and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, introduced a new video that shares the moving stories of patients and their loved ones who have taken on the challenge of living with diseases and conditions such as heart disease, chronic pain, and stroke.

Alliance's Bens Speaks at Capitol Hill Briefing on Precision Medicine

Author: Noel lloyd

Date: June 24th, 2016

On Wednesday, the Alliance’s Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens spoke at a Congressional Life Sciences Caucus briefing about precision medicine on Capitol Hill.

Advancing Science for Longer, Healthier Lives

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 1st, 2016

Why do we advocate for medical research? Our first entry in the Who We Are blog series offers insights. 

Seniors Decide Event Spotlights Issues Affecting Older Adults

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 19th, 2016

The Seniors Decide forum offered a platform to spotlight the issues that are most important to older adults in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election.

The President’s Budget: Read the Numbers, Not the Headlines

Author: Ryne Carney

Date: February 18th, 2016

The Obama administration’s FY 2017 vision for the federal government does not include continuing increases for America’s biomedical research community.

Congress and the Omnibus Miracle

Author: Susan Peschin, MHS

Date: December 17th, 2015

Congress gave Americans a holiday miracle this week and reached a deal on a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill for FY 2016, increasing funding for NIH, NIA, and FDA.

National Geographic Channel Special on Healthspan, Sunday, November 29

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 23rd, 2015

This Sunday, November 29 at 9 p.m. ET, the National Geographic Channel will debut an important special, The Age of Aging. Directed by Ron Howard, it highlights the pioneering research dedicated to extending our healthy years of life, or healthspan.  

NIH Director Collins Gives Insights on Latest in Medical Research on Charlie Rose Show

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 9th, 2015

Francis Collins, Ph.D., M.D., the director of the National Institutes of Health, appeared on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS to discuss the state of medical research in the United States.

Article Makes Case for the Extension of Healthspan

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 2nd, 2015

Extension of healthspan on a global scale is of utmost importance as the world population lives longer than ever before. Unless something is done to improve the health of older adults as they age, experts believe the health care systems of many nations could be overwhelmed.

HROTW: Infographic on Healthcare-Associated Infections

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 23rd, 2015

For our Health Resource of the Week, we offer an infographic on the impact of healthcare-associated infections.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte on the Value of NIH and Caregivers

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 15th, 2015

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH) was the recipient of the Alliance's Distinguished Public Service Award.

Alliance Debuts New Video on NIH's Impact

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 17th, 2015

Today the Alliance debuted a new video on the impact of the National Institutes of Health at the Rally for Medical Research in Washington, D.C.  

Celebrating 50 Years of Medicare and Medicaid

Author: Sarah DiGiovine

Date: July 30th, 2015

Fifty years ago on July 30, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments of 1965 leading to the creation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Alliance Part of 2015 Healthy Aging Summit

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 28th, 2015

Over the past two days, the Alliance has been a part of—and a proud sponsor of—the first ever 2015 Healthy Aging Summit in Washington, D.C. 

Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin on Being at the White House Conference on Aging

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 14th, 2015

Yesterday, the White House Conference on Aging was held in Washington, D.C. Our President and CEO Sue Peschin was among the individuals in attendance. 

Today Is the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 14th, 2015

Today, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark legislation.

What You Need to Know about the White House Conference on Aging

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 10th, 2015

This Monday, July 13, the 2015 White House Conference on Aging will bring together people and organizations from throughout the U.S.

HROTW: The Value of Aging Research

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 9th, 2015

Our Health Resource of the Week is inspired by an important piece of legislation that's currently being considered in the U.S. Congress.

Friends of the NIA Comments on Senate NIH Funding Bill

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 26th, 2015

The Friends of the NIA has made the following statement on the Senate NIH Funding bill.

Friends of the NIA Holds Capitol Hill Briefing

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 23rd, 2015

The Friends of the NIA (FoNIA) held a Capitol Hill briefing on June 22 on "Turning Discovery into Health: Learn about the Latest at the National Institute on Aging."

Friends of the NIA Comments on House NIH Funding Bill

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 18th, 2015

The Alliance's Friends of the NIA initiative has released the following statement on the House NIH funding bill.

The 21st Century Cures Act: A Critical Bill to Improve the Future of Medical Research in America

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 12th, 2015

The 21st Century Cures Act represents a positive change in how American biomedical research will be conducted and streamlines the processes intended to deliver new medical cures and treatment to patients.

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.” 

The Alliance Comments on White House Aging Conference Policy Brief

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 27th, 2015

This summer the 2015 White House Conference on Aging will take place in Washington, D.C.

New Video on the History of the Alliance

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 20th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research has just released a new video chronicling the first three decades of our organization.

A Bleak Future for American Medical Research...Unless We Act Now

Author: Dan Perry

Date: March 16th, 2015

Alliance Founder Dan Perry on the current state of medical research in the U.S.

Matching the Needs of Patients with Those of Our Federal Health Agencies

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: February 12th, 2015

On Tuesday, the Alliance for Aging Research responded to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee 21st Century Cures Initiative and its recently released discussion draft.

We Are More Alike Than We Realize

Author: Susan Peschin

Date: January 22nd, 2015

Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin gives comments on precision medicine, MHS.

Healthspan Explained in Four Points and Six Minutes

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 15th, 2015

Here is a series of short videos that communicates why we believe the extension of healthspan is such an important priority.

New Video on Life of Claude Pepper

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 7th, 2015

Our friends at the Claude Pepper Foundation have put together this moving tribute about the life of this great man. We invite you to take a few minutes to watch his story.

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.

Letter to President Obama: More Funding Needed for Aging Research at NIH

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 30th, 2014

The Friends of the National Institute on Aging has sent a letter to President Obama requesting an increase of $500 million to support biomedical, behavioral and social sciences aging research efforts at the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2016.

Conference on Quality Measures Set for This Thursday, October 30

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 28th, 2014

We wanted to share info about a conference that happens this Thursday, October 30, in Washington, D.C.

Rally for Medical Research Is September 18

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 3rd, 2014

We wanted to share news about an important event taking place on Capitol Hill on September 18, 2014.

What Is the Silver Tsunami?

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 21st, 2014

The Silver Tsunami. It's a term we often hear in the news. But what is it actually?

Alliance Public Policy VP Cynthia Bens on Aging and Chronic Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 23rd, 2014

Our Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens was recently asked: As Americans live longer, how can we tackle aging as a major risk factor for chronic disease?

CER for More Patient-Centered Care

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: May 23rd, 2014

Type: Blog

There is increasing emphasis on shaping a system that makes optimal patient outcomes a priority. The Alliance has been paying close attention to Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) initial work to provide information on which treatments and technologies deliver the best results. 

Turning a Blind Eye on Patients

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: May 22nd, 2014

Type: Blog

Alliance Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens discusses AMD and older adults. 

Let’s Get Loud

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: April 5th, 2013

To quote Jennifer Lopez ,“C’mon people, let’s get loud!” Hang up your lab coat, leave your pad folios and ipads behind, and dust off your protest sign, it’s time to make some noise for medical research!

Scratching your head over CER implementation?

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: March 15th, 2013

You are not alone! Comparative effectiveness research (CER) is a tool that can have a significant effect on those receiving health care, particularly older Americans.

Yes, I'm Asking you to Sign a Petition

Author: Sue Peschin

Date: January 9th, 2013

This Alzheimer's petition holds the White House’s and Congress’ feet to the fire on the goals of the first national Alzheimer’s plan—and I am asking you to sign it. 

Recommendations for Advancing Alzheimer’s Interventions

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: December 18th, 2012

This week the Alliance for Aging Research and the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) released a new white paper titled Translating Innovation to Impact: Evidence-based interventions to support people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers at home and in their communities.

Heterogeneity or Just Plain ol’ Differences?

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: December 14th, 2012

The Alliance for Aging Research was pleased to be a co-sponsor of the National Pharmaceutical Council’s Myth of the Average Patient Conference in Washington, D.C.

Getting the Balance Right on ACOs

Author: Dan Perry

Date: July 26th, 2012

It sounds simple: to fix American health care we just need to spend less on ineffective treatments and invest more in high quality medical care. And like solutions that sound simple, getting this balance right can be devilishly difficult.

2012 MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award Goes to Dr. Linda Fried

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: June 25th, 2012

We are very excited at the Alliance for Aging Research to announce that Linda Fried, MD, MPH, Dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, is the recipient of this year’s MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award. Dr. Fried is a well-respected and well-known scholar and was selected in honor of her innovative work contributing pragmatic solutions to address the rising cost of health care associated with the aging of our nation, preventive strategies aimed at keeping aging populations healthier longer, and thought leadership on the positive contributions that greater longevity brings to society.

Dan Perry Talks about Healthspan at TEDMED 2012

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: May 2nd, 2012

TEDMED left its home in San Diego this year to debut at the Kennedy Center in DC, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The speaker line-up was full of big names like Francis Collins, Katie Couric, and Billie Jean King and the big ideas ranged from designing new DNA, to using mathematics to personalize cancer treatments, to the shift of the scientific method in the face of a data-dominated world. One particularly interesting talk came from our own President & CEO Daniel Perry, who spoke about whether or not “Cells Have a Mid-Life Crisis.”

Release of The Silver Book: Vision Loss Volume II

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: March 12th, 2012

Last Wednesday the Alliance for Aging Research released the 7th volume of The Silver Book series. This latest volume focuses on vision loss and was released in partnership with the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) during their Decade of Vision: 2010-2020

Big Boost for Alzheimer's

Author: Sue Peschin

Date: February 9th, 2012

This week’s press event announcing an immediate $50 million infusion of NIH funding to Alzheimer’s research—along with commitments to include an additional $80 million in research dollars and $26 million in services and supports in the President’s FY 2013 budget—was monumental on a number of fronts.

New Air Standards will Improve Health

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: February 3rd, 2012

New air standards issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December are expected to have far-reaching effects on both pollution and public health. 

PhARMA Patents; Fueling Innovation, Padding Portfolios, or Good Clean Fun?

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: January 25th, 2012

This week in the Wall-Street Journal Dr. Els Torreele, director of the Access to Essential Medicines Initiative of the Open Society Foundation's Public Health Program based in New York, and Dr. Josh Bloom, director of chemical and pharmaceutical sciences at the American Council on Science and Health also based in New York, were asked an interesting question; should patents on pharmaceuticals be extended to encourage innovation?

Responding to the Aging of the Population

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: January 9th, 2012

A group of aging and Alzheimer’s advocates will be meeting this week with the senior leadership of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to call for an increase in funding for the National Institute on Aging (NIA). In advance of this meeting, the group has orchestrated a sign-on letter to demonstrate widespread support for $1.4 billion, an increase of $300 million, in the FY 2013 NIH Budget to support the NIA. A similar letter was generated last year and garnered more than 400 signatures.

The Battle Over Science in America - Where are you?

Author: Dan Perry

Date: January 6th, 2012

Conventional political wisdom holds that economics will dominate the Presidential contest this year. That may be true, but increasingly clashes over scientific issues roil the American political waters: think global climate change, sex education, evolution, and Plan-B the so-called morning after pill. 

Alliance Announces New Science Advisors

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: January 3rd, 2012

We are really excited at the Alliance to announce the addition of five new members to our Science Advisory Board including a prominent bioethicist, a world-renowned neurologist, a Nobel Prize winner in economics, a leading longevity researcher, and the only cardiologist to receive all four major cardiovascular research awards. 

Drumroll please...

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: December 19th, 2011

And the winner is…medical research? Just in time to avert a government shutdown, Congress passed a $1 trillion spending package on Friday. This bill will fund all of the government agencies through the end of the current fiscal year.

Moving Along the Guiderails with CER

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: December 15th, 2011

In a time where health care spending is sky-rocketing, where will the public draw the line? Evidence from comparative effectiveness research (CER) is increasingly being used in health-care treatment decision-making around the globe, yet there is still a lot to be learned about how the public feels and where they think the lines should be drawn.

Sargent Shriver's Gift

Author: Dan Perry

Date: January 20th, 2011

Twenty-five years ago a young lawyer fresh out of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government came to a fledgling group called the Aging Research Policy Council volunteering free legal services. But first he needed support for pro bono work from his firm’s senior partner, Sargent Shriver.

Final Countdown...

Author: Dan Perry

Date: December 23rd, 2010

For years we have been urging federal funding increases in biomedical research by citing the countdown to the first wave of Baby Boomers turning age 65 and joining the Medicare rolls.

A Champion Falls

Author: Dan Perry

Date: May 25th, 2010

U.S. primary elections have taken down a fierce champion of medical research. For all of us who count on cures and treatments for the diseases that shorten and stunt human lives, the absence of Arlen Specter from the U.S. Senate will be deeply felt.

NIH Accepts Public Comments on Draft Stem Cell Guidelines

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: May 7th, 2009

In response to President Obama’s March 9th Executive Order lifting the Bush Administration’s restrictions on stem cell research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued draft guidelines on the federal funding of this research. The public comment period for the draft is open through May 26th so there’s still time to have your voice heard!

A Research Jolt for Economic Stimulus

Author: Dan Perry

Date: February 17th, 2009

Medical research will get a huge boost from the economic stimulus about to be signed into law by President Obama.


Major Step for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: February 13th, 2009

Reaching a major milestone for embryonic stem cell research (ESCR), the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first human clinical trial for a treatment based on embryonic stem cells. The trial—to be conducted by biotechnology company Geron Corp.—will focus on the safety of a treatment for spinal cord injury. The trial will start with up to 10 paralyzed patients who can be treated within 14 days of their injury. If it’s found safe, the company will expand the trial and shift its focus to effectiveness.

Test Your Techno Tolerance

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: August 22nd, 2008

How do you feel about genetic engineering? What’s your position on stem cell research? Is it ok for us to invest technology that could make us immortal? What kind of restrictions should be placed on our use of technology? Are you a neo-luddite? Transhumanist?

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. 

Podcast Series on Personalized Medicine

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: April 9th, 2008

According to the a recent Washington Post article, more than 20 companies today offer personalized genomics tests that promise to help you determine what diseases you may get and gain insight into your personality and behavior.

Spending or Investing? -- The Silver Book & Innovation

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: March 26th, 2008

With the presidential election looming and the state of our economy in question, it’s not surprising that health care spending continues to be a hot topic.


A Look at the Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment Model

Date: March 9th, 2016

In this edition of Get Mad before You Get Old, Ryne Carney discusses the Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment Model.

New Video Demonstrates Why Research Matters

Date: December 6th, 2015

Why does research at the National Institutes of Health matter? After seeing this video, you'll understand why the NIH=National Institutes of Hope for millions of people throughout the U.S.

America’s Ark for the Silver Tsunami: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Date: August 5th, 2015

What is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality? And why is it vitally important to our national health care system? You'll understand why after reading this article.

White Paper Lays Out Case for Increased Vaccination in Older Adults

Date: August 4th, 2015

As we recognize National Immunization Awareness Month in August, the Alliance has released a groundbreaking new paper on the importance of improving vaccination rates in older adults.

Turning the Lights on Superbugs

Date: November 24th, 2014

VP of Public Policy Cynthia Bens gets "mad" and talks about the seriousness of healthcare-associated infections.

The Graying of the Population: Silver Tsunami or Silver Lining?

Date: July 16th, 2014

VP of Public Policy Cynthia Bens gets "mad" and shares why we should support programs that offer seniors opportunites to volunteer.

Geroscience: The Science of Aging

Date: October 10th, 2013

While the study of the science behind aging is not new, it has only recently become organized and recognized enough to warrant its own name—geroscience. Geroscience is a field that aims to understand the relationship between aging and age-related disease. Geroscientists and their supporters believe that this relationship is the key to finding new ways to prevent, slow, and cure the diseases that disproportionately impact us as we grow older. Scientists now generally agree that aging—and the disease and dysfunction that comes with it—is changeable and capable of being slowed.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: Are We Sacrificing Health for a Balanced Budget?

Date: May 1st, 2012

Last summer, lawmakers were not just feeling the heat of the August sun in Washington when Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011(BCA). Under pressure to raise the country’s debt ceiling, the BCA allowed the president to do so by up to $2.8 trillion, but only by requiring the deficit to be slashed by $2.3 trillion over the next decade. Not a bad trade, right? Think again. The methods used to make these cuts could take a fat slice out of the federal budget that pays for research to prevent diseases we all fear as we grow older like cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and heart disease.

Silver Scholars: Valuing Active Aging

Date: July 1st, 2011

We make decisions using economics every day. Deciding whether or not to spend money on something we usually find ourselves weighing the benefits against the costs. Should I buy an iPhone so I can check my e-mail on the train, or get the free phone and check when I get home? Should I buy the more expensive house that’s closer to work, or the one in a more affordable neighborhood with a longer commute? Should I hire someone to paint my house, or take the time to do it myself?

Can We Work the Bugs Out? In Search of the Next-Generation IPAB

Date: July 1st, 2011

An IPAB is not the latest device created by Apple to play music or store your online files. IPAB is the Independent Payment Advisory Board and its purpose is to oversee costs in Medicare. The only similarity between IPAB and an iPAD is that both are small and complex units with tremendous power to change lives. But for those receiving their health care under the Medicare program, IPAB’s changes may not be for the better.

Election 2008: Candidates Paying Too Little Attention to the Approaching Silver Tsunami

Date: October 1st, 2008

The 2008 presidential election is upon us and health care reform is at the top of both candidates’ agendas. Democratic Nominee Senator Barack Obama and Republican Nominee Senator John McCain have both offered detailed plans to fix our ailing health care system.

Longevity in the Short-Term

Date: October 1st, 2005

At the Alliance for Aging Research, we are committed to a vision of healthy longevity for millions of Americans, made possible through advances in science and technology. We focus on research and initiatives that show promise for realization 10, 20, even 50 years from now.

Stem Cell Debate

Date: July 1st, 2005

President Bush will disagree, but the House of Representatives has handed him a gift for his second term: a chance to update his Administration’s stem cell policy in a way that would earn him bi-partisan praise for returning American scientists to the forefront of this fast-moving medical frontier.

Every Vote Counts for Aging Issues

Date: October 1st, 2004

Americans' choice for president in 2004 will have a direct impact on the lives of seniors. The policies that surround this year's campaign issues will determine whether retirees can afford health care and have enough money to live on. They will shape how we are cared for in the future by funding - and providing guidelines for - research into defeating the diseases that shorten and degrade our lives.

Leadership, Commitment, Hope: The 21st Century Challenge

Date: July 1st, 2004

The 20th century witnessed amazing advances in human health and longevity thanks to public health measures and medical research breakthroughs.

Stem Cell Update

Date: July 1st, 2004

Patient advocates for a variety of debilitating and deadly diseases are banding together to step up research into stem cell science, which may hold very real hope for treatments or cures.

Operation NIH Funding

Date: April 1st, 2003

The Washington Times
Operation NIH Funding
January 16, 2003 
Section: OPED


Get Mad...And Vote!

Date: October 1st, 2002

Campaign commercials, local politician appearances, and issue rallies can only mean one thing…The election season is quickly approaching! The Alliance for Aging Research urges you to think about the political healthcare issues that will ultimately affect your health, form your opinions on these hot topic and vote!

Medicare Gaps: What's Not Covered

Date: July 1st, 2002

Medicare, simply stated, is the government's contract that it will provide healthcare insurance coverage for older Americans. But as with all contracts, it pays to read the fine print. And that's when the jarring gaps begin to emerge. In Medicare's desperate attempt to cope with the initial high costs for all the newest medical and technological advances, many are suffering the affects of prevention and treatment denial.

Advances for the New Millennium

Date: February 1st, 2002

There is a fine line in medical research between hope and realism. Today's highly-hyped breakthrough could be tomorrow's bust. So it may seem premature to try to characterize any of the advances in research on aging since the turn of the 21st century as "bigger" or "brighter" than others. Only time will tell.

20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Date: February 1st, 2002

Medical errors are one of the Nation's leading causes of death and injury. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as 44,000 to 98,000 people die in U.S. hospitals each year as the result of medical errors. This means that more people die from medical errors than from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS.

Medicare Non-Coverage of New Oral Cancer Treatments: A Hard Pill to Swallow

Date: October 1st, 2001

Promising new drugs are revolutionizing the treatment of cancer. But as so often happens, the federal bureaucracy has yet to catch up with scientific advances. As a result, millions of Americans may be denied potentially life-saving cancer drugs.

Cellular Therapies Hold Great Promise Despite Controversy

Date: October 1st, 2001

You have all followed the news and debate about stem cells. As a reader of Living Longer and Loving It! you know that the Alliance for Aging Research is urging more research into cellular therapies in hopes of defeating Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, diabetes, cancer and other dread diseases.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research to Save the Lives of Millions

Date: May 1st, 2001

In biological terms, embryonic stem cells have a virtually unlimited future. Given the right signals, these stem cells can be coaxed to grow into any specialized cells in the human body, from brain cells to heart muscle.

Boosting the NIH Budget Will Better Our Lives

Date: May 1st, 2001

It doesn't happen often, but when it comes to boosting funding for medical research, Republicans and Democrats have found a subject on which they all can agree. This rare bipartisan agreement makes it all the more imperative that Congress accelerate its funding of research on diseases that affect older Americans.

A 15-Year Retrospective and Look Forward

Date: February 1st, 2001

Fifteen years ago, the study of human aging was largely an academic backwater: the field lacked sufficient funding, public support, and scientific prestige.

Regenerative Medicine: Paving the Way for a Healthier Old Age

Date: July 1st, 2000

Over the next few decades, the new field of "regenerative medicine" promises to fundamentally alter the way diseases, especially those affected by the aging process, are approached and treated. Regenerative medicine involves research on ways to renew the body's tissues using natural signals, such as genes and proteins. According to William Haseltine, CEO and chair of Human Genome Sciences, Inc., the incredible strides that biomedical research has made over the past 30 years will be dwarfed by the coming regenerative medicine "revolution." The Human Genome Project, a collaborative effort to sequence the entire length of human DNA, will provide reams of data to scientists and spur their progress.

Taking Sides in the Great Longevity Debate

Date: July 1st, 2000

Critics of aging research are missing the point.

People Who Need People: Clinical Trials

Date: May 1st, 2000

If Biomedical Science Is To Advance, Clinical Trials Researchers Need To Work With Human Subjects. Here's What You Need To Know About Participating In A Trial.

Underfunding of Medical Research Threatens Your Future Health

Date: May 1st, 1999

Although medical research is a major avenue to healthy aging, it is seriously under-funded. The Clinton Administration's budget for next year includes only a 1.4 percent increase in the budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), America's premier federal agency for medical research. That represents the smallest increase in the NIH budget this decade.

Take a Gene Tweak and Call Me in the Morning

Date: March 1st, 1999

You want cutting edge? Try this: in the health care world of tomorrow, simple blood tests accurately forecast a person's life long predisposition to disease. Doctors are able to custom fit medicines to a person's genes, eliminating the chances that drug treatments will prove dangerous or ineffective. It will also be possible to substitute healthy genes for defective ones, a procedure that spares people the horrible suffering and devastating expense of catastrophic illness.

Taking Aging (Or Not) On the Campaign Trail

Date: February 1st, 1999

The positions of Presidential candidates on improving health care runs from the disappointing to the downright scary.

From "Come On, Baby, Light My Fire," to "Come On, Baby, Go To Sleep"

Date: February 1st, 1999

It doesn't seem possible that a guy who knows most of the lyrics of Jim Morrison and The Doors can wake up one day to find he is someone's grandfather. It may be jarring, but grandparenthood is the next happening thing for Baby Boomers. Trust me on this.

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