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.

Related Pages

The Silver Book®: Cancer Press Kit

Date: May 19th, 2015

This is the press kit page for the new The Silver Book®: Cancer volume and factsheet.

Related Topics: Cancer / Silver Book


Silver Scholar Award

Date: May 27th, 2014

This award honors the important work of economists, demographers, and related researchers whose scholarship increases our understanding of the value of healthy life after 65 and continued medical innovations that help people live longer in good health.

Related Topics: Silver Book

Press Room

Press Kit for The Silver Book®: Diabetic Retinopathy

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 18th, 2016

Welcome to the press kit about The Silver Book®: Diabetic Retinopathy.


Diabetic Retinopathy a Major Threat to Global Health

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 18th, 2016

Today the Alliance for Aging Research released The Silver Book®: Diabetic Retinopathy, a factsheet that gives an overview of the threat the eye disease presents to global health.


Find Stats on Chronic Diseases of Aging and Medical Innovation at Newly Designed Silver Book® Site

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 10th, 2015

Site Includes Data on Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Vision Loss, and More


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.


Cancer’s Effects Felt Most by Older Adults, But Innovation Offers Hope

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 21st, 2015

Alliance for Aging Research Releases New Silver Book® Volume on Cancer’s Impact and the Promise of Advances in Research


New Volume on Cancer’s Impact and Advances in Its Research to Be Introduced at Capitol Hill Briefing

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 18th, 2015

The Silver Book®: Cancer volume and factsheet debuts at a Capitol Hill briefing.


Survey Reveals How AFib Patients Age 65+ View Risks, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 23rd, 2015

Results Show Patient Concern about Stroke Risk Has Risen Over Time  


Under-Vaccination of Seniors Leads to Significant Morality and Disability

Date: December 4th, 2013

New Silver Book® highlights the value of innovation in reducing the burden of infectious diseases.


Healthcare-Associated Infections,and Resistance to the Drugs that Treat Them, Are a Growing Threat to Seniors

Date: July 22nd, 2013

The Alliance for Aging Research released a new fact sheet in its Silver Book®: Chronic Disease and Medical Innovation in an Aging Nation series. 


Alliance Releases Updated Silver Book on Vision Loss

Type: National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research

Author: National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research

Date: March 9th, 2012

On March 7, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) joined with the Alliance for Aging Research (AAR) and the glaucoma community in releasing The Silver Book®: Vision Loss Volume II.


MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award Recepients Announced

Date: April 25th, 2011

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


Growing Burden of Thrombosis Calls for Medical Innovation

Date: March 23rd, 2011

New Silver Book® Highlights Need for More Medical Research and Task Force


Alliance Releases The Silver Book®: Diabetes

Date: May 12th, 2010

New Resource Highlights the Growing Burden of Diabetes and Value of Medical Innovation

Related Topics: Silver Book / Diabetes


Alliance Releases Latest Volume of The Silver Book®

Date: November 1st, 2009

Alliance Releases Latest Volume of The Silver Book Highlighting the Growing Burden of Neurological Disease and the Value of Medical Innovation


New Resource Focuses on the Growing Burden of Osteoporosis

Date: August 4th, 2008

The Alliance for Aging Research, in partnership with the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), released a new volume of The Silver Book®: Chronic Disease and Medical Innovation in an Aging Nation.


Alliance Offers Online Resources for Healthy Aging and Longevity

Date: September 27th, 2007

New and Improved Website Spans Personal Health to Policy Issues


Resource Highlights Age-Related Eye Disease and Value of Innovation

Date: September 25th, 2007

The Alliance for Aging Research, in partnership with the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR), released a new volume of The Silver Book®: Chronic Disease and Medical Innovation in an Aging Nation dedicated to age-related eye disease--The Silver Book®: Vision Loss.


Experts Highlight the Promise of Medical Research

Date: October 11th, 2006

A panel of experts gathered on Capitol Hill to address the growing burden of chronic disease in an aging nation and the promise of medical research and innovation.

Related Topics: Silver Book / Cancer

Publications





Volume

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.




Volume

The Silver Book: Vision Loss Volume II

Date: 2012

More than 38 million Americans age 40 and older are blind, visually impaired, or have an age-related eye disease, and adult vision loss costs our economy more than $51 billion a year. With major advances in vision research bringing new prevention and treatments, it is critical that support for research and incentives for innovation remain a priority.

In order to highlight this important data and encourage conversations and policies that look to investments in innovation rather than short-term cost-cutting and health care rationing, the Alliance for Aging Research has teamed up with the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) during their Decade of Vision, to release Volume II of The Silver Book®:Vision Loss. Volume II brings updated data on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma—which along with cataract, are the eye diseases that disproportionately impact older Americans. This new volume also highlights the exciting changes and discoveries in vision research and treatment from the past 5 years.



Presentation

The Severe Burden of Diabetes on America's Seniors

Author: Dr. William Rowley

Date: 2010

In an Alliance for Aging Research and American Diabetes Association joint briefing, Dr. William Rowley from The Institute for Alternative Futures presented on the economic burden of diabetes and the need for continued research into prevention, management and treatment options. His slides are available here.

Related Topics: Silver Book / Diabetes



Presentation

Human Burden of Diabetes and the Importance of Research

Author: Dr. K.M. Venkat Narayan

Date: 2010

In an Alliance for Aging Research and American Diabetes Association joint briefing, Dr. K.M. Venkat Narayan from Emory University in Atlanta presented on the human burden of diabetes and the need for continued research into prevention, management and treatment options. His slides are available here.

Related Topics: Silver Book / Diabetes



Volume

The Silver Book: Diabetes

Date: 2010

The first volume of The Silver Book was launched in 2006 and has quickly become a trusted resource for health policy practitioners. The Silver Book®: Diabetes is the latest volume in this important collection. Each section in the volume includes charts, statistics, and key findings that together paint a comprehensive picture of the burden of diabetes and the tremendous potential of innovation. Much of the data focuses on the older population.

Related Topics: Silver Book / Diabetes




Presentation

Bone Health of Americans is in Jeopardy

Author: Dr. Joan Lappe

Date: 2008

In an Alliance for Aging Research, National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) joint briefing, Dr. Joan Lappe presented on the human burden of osteoporosis and the need for continued research into prevention and treatment options. Her slides are available here.



Presentation

The Value of Innovation in Osteoporosis

Author: Rachael Fleurence, PhD

Date: 2008

In an Alliance for Aging Research, National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) joint briefing, Rachael Fleurence, PhD, presented on the current economic burden of osteoporosis and the value of innovation in reducing that burden. Her slides are available here.




Presentation

The Burden of Diabetes and the Promise of Biomedical Research

Author: Dr. John Anderson

Date: 2007

In the last of four briefings looking at the growing burden of chronic disease and the promise of medical innovation, Dr. John Anderson of the American Diabetes Association's National Advocacy Committee, presented on The Burden of Diabetes and the Promise of Biomedical Research. His presentation slides are available here.

Related Topics: Silver Book / Diabetes






Presentation

The Societal Burden of Alzheimer's Disease

Author: Jennifer Zeitzer

Date: 2007

In the third of four briefings looking at the growing burden of chronic disease and the promise of medical innovation, Jennifer Zeitzer of the Alzheimer's Association presented on The Societal Burden of Alzheimer's Disease. Her presentation slides are available here.





Presentation

Pharmaceutical Innovation and Cancer Survival

Author: Frank R. Lichtenberg

Date: 2006

At the first of four briefings looking at the growing burden of chronic disease and the promise of innovation, Frank R. Lichtenberg presented The Economic Argument for Medical Innovation. The slides from his presentation are available here.

Related Topics: Silver Book / Cancer


Blog

Controlling Blood Sugar Could Slow Progression of Diabetic Retinopathy, Says NIH Study

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 13th, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced encouraging news about diabetic retinopathy, a serious and irreversible complication of diabetes.


The Global Challenge of Diabetic Retinopathy Illustrated

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 20th, 2016

This infographic from the new Silver Book®: Diabetic Retinopathy factsheet gives an overview of the global impact of diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness worldwide.


Today Is World Cancer Day

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 4th, 2016

World Cancer Day reminds us that, while cancer is terrible, there's hope for a cure in research.


HROTW: Infographic on Cancer's Impact

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 29th, 2016

Our Health Resource of the Week is an infographic on cancer's impact and the value of innovation and treatment.


The Shingles Vaccine: Should I Get It?

Author: Michael Engler

Date: December 1st, 2015

Welcome to the next installment in our series on the importance of vaccinations. Last time we talked about immunosenescence, which refers to the weakening of the immune system that occurs when humans age, and influenza. This time we'll take a look at another disease: shingles.


HROTW: The Silver Book®, Diabetes

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 24th, 2015

Since November is National Diabetes Month, we have chosen The Silver Book®, Diabetes, as our Health Resource of the Week.


October 13, World Thrombosis Day

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 13th, 2015

Today we join with a host of other organizations in recognition of World Thrombosis Day to focus on thrombosis, an often overlooked disease.


HROTW: The Silver Book®: Vision Loss, Volume II

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 8th, 2015

Our HROTW is the The Silver Book®: Vision Loss, Volume II.


HROTW: Learn More about Vaccinations

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 27th, 2015

Our Health Resource of the Week focuses on some of the ways you can learn about why vaccinations keep us safe, no matter what our age.  


HROTW: Vaccination Stats

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 5th, 2015

With our Health Resource of the Week, we thought we'd give you a glimpse into both the human and economic value vaccines offer to society.


Noted Speaker and Author Beverlye Hyman Fead Shares Her Cancer Story

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 10th, 2015

Beverlye Hyman Fead is a nationally recognized speaker, writer, and producer. She also happens to be a cancer survivor.


A Cancer Survivor's Story

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 5th, 2015

We share a story of a cancer survivor, Barbara Buck. 


The Impact of Cancer (and Value of Research) in Three Infographics

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 28th, 2015

We share three infographics from a factsheet on the human and economic burdens of cancer as well as the value of research.


Alliance Launches The Silver Book®: Cancer with Capitol Hill Briefing

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 21st, 2015

Today the Alliance debuted its 10th volume in its Silver Book®: Chronic Disease and Medical Innovation in an Aging Nation series. 


CDC Releases Alarming Study on Rise in Deadly C. Difficile Infections

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 26th, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a sobering report in The New England Journal of Medicine about Clostridium difficile (C. difficile).


Facts on the Value of Vaccinations

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 20th, 2015

As we continue through what has been a historically tough flu season, especially for older adults, we wanted to share some facts on the benefits of vaccinations.


Linda Fried and Dan Perry Explore Aging in Society at Town Hall Interview

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 24th, 2014

Dr. Linda P. Fried and Alliance Founder Dan Perry participated in a town hall event on October 22 before a packed room at Columbia University in New York City. 


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


Nissan's Design Strategy Emphasizes an Aging Population

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: November 17th, 2008

Automaker Nissan has created a suit that simulates the affects of aging. This suit, worn by auto designers, mimics a bulging stomach, slow reflexes, physical weakness, and even vision problems. The designers’ goal is to make vehicles that are very friendly and drivable for an ever growing aging population thanks to the baby boom generation.


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. 


Is Diabetes Threatening our Economy

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: April 14th, 2008

A recent report from the American Diabetes Association confirmed that in addition to being a major public health threat, the increasing cost of diabetes is threatening the health of our economy.


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.

Newsletter

Alliance Releases The Silver Book®: Diabetic Retinopathy

Date: August 4th, 2016

The Alliance recently released The Silver Book®: Diabetic Retinopathy, a factsheet that provides an overview of the eye disease and the global health threat it presents.

Related Topics: Silver Book / Diabetes


Statistics on Chronic Diseases of Aging at Your Fingertips

Date: December 5th, 2015

The Alliance has launched a new version of the highly-respected Silver Book® website. It offers access to a comprehensive library of stats on diseases and conditions of older age. 

 

Related Topics: Silver Book


More Than Just a Statistic

Date: August 4th, 2015

As the Alliance debuts a new volume of its Silver Book® series with stats on the impact of cancer and the value of innovation, Beverlye's story reminds us of the human impact that goes beyond the statistics. 

Related Topics: Silver Book / Cancer


Are Longer Lives a Good Thing?

Date: November 25th, 2014

Alliance Founder Dan Perry tackled the impact of aging on society in a town hall event at Columbia University in New York City.


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.


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 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.


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?


Managing Diabetes: Innovative New Breakthroughs on the Horizon

Date: July 1st, 2010

Diabetes in the U.S. is continuing to rise at an alarming rate, fueled in large part by the obesity epidemic and our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and poor diets. Every year, more than 1.6 million Americans develop diabetes—joining the ranks of the more than 28 million Americans who already have the disease.

Related Topics: Silver Book / Diabetes

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