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.

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The Healthspan Imperative

Date: September 5th, 2014

The Healthspan Imperative looks at our country's next great priority: solving the challenges brought about by the aging of the American population.

Press Room

New Film The Healthspan Imperative Draws Awareness to the Issue of the Aging of the American Population

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 7th, 2014

Martha Stewart-Narrated Film Features Insights from Leading Aging Research Experts



The Transformative Promise of Aging Research

Date: 2012

A momentous trend affecting the health of both our citizens and economy will unfold over the next two decades as baby boomers reach their high-risk years for diseases of aging. One of the most worrying aspects of this shift is its effect on the federal budget as the U.S. government is confronted with ballooning healthcare bills. Recent projections suggest that Medicare, which boomers began enrolling in this year, will be insolvent by 2029, though that may happen sooner if optimistic assumptions about its future costs prove wrong. Growing federal deficits largely due to healthcare costs have already put us on “a path of debt growth that is unsustainable,” according to a recent assessment by Harvard healthcare policy researchers. Even if we greatly reduce the growth rate of healthcare spending, which historically has exceeded GDP growth by about 2.5 percentage points, our estimated federal debt-to-GDP ratio will still reach as high as 200% by 2050—nearly quadruple the current ratio of 53%. A debt burden that heavy, wrote the Harvard researchers, could well lead to “financial Armageddon.”


Meet Expert Dr. Sheldon Rowan

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: June 15th, 2017

Meet Sheldon Rowan, Ph.D., from the Tufts University Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. He shares his knowledge about age-related macular degeneration, nutrition, and healthy aging. 

An Update on the 2016 Advances in Geroscience Science Summit

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 15th, 2016

Learn more about the Disease Drivers in Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit that was held in New York City on April 13 and 14.

NIA's Dr. Felipe Sierra on This Month's Geroscience Summit in NYC

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 6th, 2016

The National Institute on Aging's Dr. Felipe Sierra talks about this month's Disease Drivers of Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit in New York City.

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. 

Experts to Debate Whether 'Lifespans Are Long Enough'

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 2nd, 2016

Experts debate the pros and cons of longer lifespans.

New Enewsletters on Alzheimer's Disease and Healthspan Now Available

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 30th, 2015

This is a quick post to give you a heads up that the latest editions of the ACT-AD Coalition and Healthspan Campaign enewsletters are now available.  

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.  

Meet Healthspan Expert Steven N. Austad

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 13th, 2015

Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., is an aging research expert who shares his world travels, his work in the lab, and his participation in this month’s National Geographic Channel special on aging. Oh, and his experiences training lions in Hollywood.

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: Aging Healthy

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 11th, 2015

September is Healthy Aging Month! It's a celebration of people and the ways they stay in good health. 

Get Up to Date with These Newsletters

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 1st, 2015

We wanted to share an easy way to keep up to date on what's going on at the Alliance: our newsletters.

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.

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.

Considering an End of Year Gift? Consider the Alliance!

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 22nd, 2014

Since you have come to this blog post, we thought we'd share why we believe you may want to consider supporting us with an end of year gift.

Geroscience and the Links Between Aging and Chronic Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 10th, 2014

The journal Cell recently published an article titled “Geroscience: Linking Aging to Chronic Disease.” It was authored by some of the leading lights in the field of geroscience.

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?

The Healthspan Imperative Kickoff

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 31st, 2014

The Healthspan Imperative made its big-screen debut in Washington, D.C.

David Stipp and the Transformative Promise of Aging Science

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: September 26th, 2012

David Stipp is a prominent science writer who has focused on medicine, science, and aging for decades for publications like The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Slate, Science, and more. The Alliance for Aging Research was very fortunate to have Stipp author a whitepaper--The Transformative Promise of Aging Science--to help launch our Healthspan Campaign earlier this year.

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."

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.”

Breakthroughs in Understanding Diseases of Aging Earn Top Honors

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: December 14th, 2011

This November, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) released its “Top Ten Medical Innovations” list for 2011, and five of those top ten show great promise for diseases of aging,

100 over 100

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: December 1st, 2011

The Archon Genomics X Prize Presented by medco® offers $10 million to the first team of researchers that can quickly and affordably sequence 100 genomes—of people at least 100 years old that is!


News At-A-Glance

Date: July 16th, 2014

The latest news, events and updates of interest in the world of aging research.

New Film Looks into the Promise of Aging Research

Date: July 16th, 2014

A new film from the Alliance's Healthspan Campaign debuts in August.

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.

Do We Have to Age the Way We Age? Dan Perry Takes This Question to the TEDMED Stage

Date: October 1st, 2012

TEDMED is most known for its annual conference--a medical spin-off from the TED conference where people come to share big ideas and foster new ones. But TEDMED is also a community of people who are all passionate about the future of health and medicine, but in amazingly different ways.

The Common Denominator: The Key to Extending Healthspan

Date: May 1st, 2012

Most people know what lifespan is—the average length of life of a species, often measured within a sub-population like “Americans” or “women.” Essentially—how long we live. But few have even heard of healthspan. defines it as the “period of one’s life during which one is generally healthy and free from serious disease.” Essentially—how long we live in good health.

Super Agers: Sharing Their Secrets

Date: May 1st, 2011

A new website from Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University——highlights the findings from more than a decade of aging research and features some of the centenarians that shared their secrets, and their DNA, for this seminal project. helps us understand the current state of aging science, the genetics of aging, and the tremendous potential for useful aging interventions. It also lets us hear the personal stories of individuals who are living longer and loving it.

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