Aging Research

We at the Alliance believe that advances in research help people live longer, happier, more productive lives and reduce health care costs over the long-term. Access to the latest scientific information empowers people to take control of their health and therefore the Alliance aims to serve as a source for reliable information on the health and well-being of older Americans and on the field of aging research.

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Clinical Trials

Date: April 28th, 2017

Pay It Forward: Volunteering for a Clinical Trial

Getting medical discoveries from the research lab to patients depends on clinical trials and the people who volunteer to participate in them.   Volunteering in a trial may help society at large by bringing new treatments one step closer to patients, and could help a loved one if you have a genetic disease or condition.  Volunteering may also give you access to a cutting-edge treatment and medical team that carefully monitors your health.  But clinical trials can’t happen without volunteers, and 37% of trials don't enroll enough patients to move forward.  Clinical trials need volunteers like you so watch this short film to find out more about why they are important, how to get involved, and what it means to participate.

 


Celebrating 30 Years at the Alliance

Date: March 3rd, 2016

Welcome to the Alliance for Aging Research's 30-year anniversary information page.


Why Medical Research Matters

Date: September 15th, 2015

Every day millions of Americans and their loved ones face the challenge of dealing with conditions such as stroke, heart valve disease, Alzheimer's disease, and others. Learn their personal stories and why they say medical research matters.

Press Room

Alliance for Aging Research Celebrates 30 Years at Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 20th, 2016

Today the Alliance for Aging Research (Alliance) celebrates 30 years of advancing science and enhancing lives as it honors Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D., Rep. Maxine Waters, Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D., fand Robert Temple, M.D., fat its 23rd Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner.


Alliance Announces James E. Eden as Chair of Its Board of Directors

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 19th, 2016

The nonprofit Alliance for Aging Research announces the appointments of James E. Eden, Ed.D., as chair and James G. Scott as the new vice chair of its Board of Directors.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Alliance for Aging Research Celebrates Healthy Aging at Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 29th, 2015

Nonprofit Organization Honors Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Rep. Diana DeGette, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., and Scott Simon


Dan Perry Releases Statement on Rep. Alan Grayson

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 14th, 2015

Dan Perry, founder and board member of the Alliance for Aging Research, released a statement on July 14, 2015, in response to questions regarding Alan Grayson’s involvement with our organization.

Related Topics: Aging 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.


Alliance for Aging Research Founder Dan Perry Retires from Organization

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 19th, 2015

The founder of the nonprofit Alliance for Aging Research, Dan Perry, retired today from the organization.


Alliance for Aging Research Releases New Educational Resources on Venous Thromboembolism

Date: January 12th, 2015

Multimedia Living with VTE Campaign Includes Pocket Film


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


Organizations Applaud Focus on Tackling Diseases of Aging

Date: October 29th, 2013

The Alliance for Aging Research and The Gerontological Society of America applaud Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) for convening a Senate Special Committee on Aging roundtable to explore how as a nation we can break down research silos and strategically tackle aging as a major risk factor for chronic disease.

Related Topics: Aging Research


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.


Alliance Announces Partnership with American Aging Association

Date: July 3rd, 2013

The Alliance for Aging Research and the American Aging Association today announced a strategic alliance to share resources drawing greater attention to promising research to slow, prevent and cure the diseases of aging.

Related Topics: Aging Research


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 www.silverbook.org.


Alliance for Aging Research Board of Directors Names Susan Peschin as Chief Executive Officer

Date: April 16th, 2013

Susan Peschin brings a wealth of experience and knowledge after serving 20 years in health policy and government relations management, most recently as the Alliance’s COO. 

Related Topics: Aging Research


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.


Teleconference explains ways to reduce Medicare costs

Date: December 12th, 2012

The most effective way to slow Medicare spending is to reduce the cases of preventable chronic conditions and incorporate evidence-based care coordination into the traditional Medicare program.


2012 MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award® Recipient Announced

Date: June 25th, 2012

Dr. Linda Fried, Dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Receives Award for Innovative Research on Healthy Aging
 


Alliance for Aging Research Announces New Science Advisors

Date: December 20th, 2011

The Alliance for Aging Research has added new members to its 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.


Alliance for Aging Research Allied Signal Award Winner wins Nobel Prize

Date: October 1st, 2009

Dr. Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD won a share of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Dr. Greider was credited for discovering a key mechanism in the genetic operations of cells, an insight that has inspired new lines of research into cancer.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Dr. Marie Bernard Departs Alliance Board to Accept Position at NIA

Date: October 13th, 2008

Concluding six years on the Board of Directors of the not-for-profit Alliance for Aging Research, Dr. Marie A. Bernard assumed new responsibilities this week as Deputy Director of the federal government’s National Institute on Aging.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Statement on the Death of the Honorable Paul G. Rogers

Date: October 1st, 2008

The Alliance for Aging Research is deeply saddened by the death of the Honorable Paul G. Rogers. Congressman Rogers was one of America’s most effective medical research advocates and will be greatly missed. 

Related Topics: Aging Research


Experts Call for New Research Focus

Date: July 9th, 2008

Experts Call for New Research Focus to Slow Aging and Extend Healthy Life

Related Topics: Aging Research


Alliance for Aging Research Recognizes Erik Fatemi

Date: June 24th, 2008

Award Honors Legacy of Health Research Advocate Florence S. Mahoney

Related Topics: Aging Research


Experts Call for Investing in Longevity Science

Date: June 13th, 2008

Alliance for Aging Research Offers New Podcasts on Web Site

Related Topics: Aging Research


Alliance Honors Senators T. Cochran, K. Conrad, FDA's J. Woodcock

Date: September 19th, 2007

The Alliance for Aging Research, a non-profit organization that promotes scientific and medical research for healthier aging, honored Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Dr. Janet Woodcock of the Food and Drug Administration with awards for advancing healthy aging through research.

Related Topics: Aging Research


New Partnership to Promote Brain Health

Date: October 30th, 2006

The Alliance for Aging Research (The Alliance) and the Brain Resource Company (BRC), announced a new partnership to promote education and research in brain health.


Alliance Bestows Awards at 20th Anniversary Dinner

Date: September 12th, 2006

Senators Bayh and Hatch, and Nobel Laureate Robert Fogel Honored by the Alliance for Aging Research at 20th Anniversary Awards Dinner

Related Topics: Aging Research


In Pursuit of the 'Longevity Dividend'

Date: September 12th, 2006

Prominent Scientists Call for Policymakers to Invest in Research to Gain a "Longevity Dividend"

Related Topics: Aging Research


Public Doesn't Realize How Vulnerable Seniors are to Chronic Diseases

Date: March 30th, 2006

Alliance for Aging Research almanac underscores human and economic impact of chronic diseases on our aging nation.


The Alliance Revokes Hwang's Indispensable Person of the Year Award

Date: January 20th, 2006

It is with great disappointment that the Alliance for Aging Research announces the revocation of the Indispensable Person of the Year Award bestowed upon Dr. Hwang Woo-Suk at the Alliance’s Annual Bi Partisan Congressional Award’s Dinner last September 13.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Health Leaders Gather To Honor Legendary Aging Research Advocate

Date: December 16th, 2004

The Alliance for Aging Research and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) yesterday honored Florence Stephenson Mahoney (1899-2002), one of the nation’s foremost advocates for health research and a pioneer in the development of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), by dedicating a large open-air courtyard of the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center in her name.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Hutchinson, Baucus, and McClellan to Receive Awards

Date: September 21st, 2004

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), and Medicare Administrator, Dr. Mark McClellan were saluted  for their support of medical research towards healthier aging at the Eleventh Annual Alliance for Aging Research Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Do You Know Your Life-Expectancy!?

Date: February 24th, 2004

The newly updated “Living To 100” calculator can help still more people be at least centenarian-like and live well into their older years spending the majority of their lives in good health, according to the Alliance for Aging Research. 

Related Topics: Aging Research


Alliance Exposes Widespread Ageism in U.S. Healthcare

Date: May 19th, 2003

Alliance for Aging Research issues a revealing report showing how systematic bias against the elderly hurts older patients in America. 


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.


Senator Lincoln, Congressman Tauzin to Receive Public Service Awards

Date: September 18th, 2002

Senator Lincoln, Congressman Tauzin to Receive Public Service Awards in Aging Research

Related Topics: Aging Research

Publications



Whitepaper

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.”




Blog

Alliance Seeks Vice President of Public Policy

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: July 24th, 2017

The Alliance for Aging Research seeks a Vice President of Public Policy. This position works closely with the Alliance's President/CEO, Vice President of Health Programs, Vice President of Development, and Vice President of Communications to deploy a cohesive, proactive, and aggressive advocacy strategy. This position directly reports to the President/CEO and manages one staff position, the Public Policy Associate. 


GeroScience Interest Group Hosts Summer Seminar

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: July 21st, 2017

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) hosted its summer seminar on Thursday, July 13, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., on the NIH Campus (Building 49, Room 1A51/1A59). The seminar, titled "Hematopoietic Stem Cells Aging - Mechanisms, Consequences and Interventions," featured Dr. Emmanuelle Passegué of the Columbia University Medical Center.


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. 


GeroScience Interest Group Hosts Winter Seminar

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: February 14th, 2017

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) held its winter seminar, titled "Bone Marrow Aging and the PTH Receptor: A Model of Integrative Physiology," on Wednesday, February 1.

 


GeroScience Interest Group Kicks off Seminar Series

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: November 2nd, 2016

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) will launch its 2016-2017 GSIG seminar series this Thursday at the NIH campus. The first GSIG seminar, titled “From the Human Genome Project to Precision Medicine: A Journey to Advance Human Health,” will be led by Dr. Eric Green, the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).  


A Wonderful Celebration of 30 Years

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: September 26th, 2016

On Tuesday, September 20, the Alliance held the Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., with our peers and supporters to celebrate aging research and recognize outstanding people who help to advance the science of aging. The night was particularly special because it also marked 30 years since the Alliance was founded.


Meet Our 2016 Award Winners

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: September 15th, 2016

Next Tuesday, September 20, the Alliance will hold the 2016 Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner. Each year, we recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions to advancing the science of human aging, and this year is no exception. Meet this year’s award winners!


We Are Hiring a Health Programs Coordinator

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 23rd, 2016

Do you have a passion for issues important to older adults? Do you want to use your skills to develop education campaigns that will help older adults and their caregivers learn more about healthy aging? Then, the Alliance has a great job for you.


A Look at Past Alliance Highlight Videos

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 16th, 2016

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, check out our annual highlight videos from years past.


The History of the Alliance for Aging Research, Part IV

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 9th, 2016

Learn more about the story of the Alliance for Aging Research in this four-part series, narrated by our founder, Dan Perry. Part IV chronicles the Alliance's activities from the mid-1990s to present day.


The History of the Alliance for Aging Research, Part III

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 3rd, 2016

Learn more about the story of the Alliance for Aging Research in this four-part series, narrated by our founder, Dan Perry. Part III chronicles the Alliance's first steps in making an impact as an organization.


The History of the Alliance for Aging Research, Part II

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 27th, 2016

Learn more about the story of the Alliance for Aging Research in this four-part series, narrated by our founder, Dan Perry. Part II explores the beginning of the organization.


The History of the Alliance for Aging Research, Part I

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 20th, 2016

Learn more about the story of the Alliance for Aging Research in this four-part series, narrated by our founder, Dan Perry. Part I explores the inspiration behind our creation in 1986.


Artifacts Collection: Alliance Images from the 1980s

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 15th, 2016

Welcome to the next entry in the Artifacts Collection as we share some images from the 1980s.


Celebrating Centenarians and Studying Longevity

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: July 8th, 2016

This week a couple of interesting news stories focused on the lives of two centenarians caught our attention. While we look at the accomplishments of our featured centenarians, we also delve more into why some people live longer.


A Look Back at Alliance Dinner Speeches Past, Part III

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 22nd, 2016

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, we share the speeches of two more of our previous Annual Dinner honorees: J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., and the Hon. Allyson Y. Schwartz.


A Look Back at Alliance Dinner Speeches Past, Part II

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 25th, 2016

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, we take another step back into our digital archives to show you the speeches of two more of our previous Annual Dinner honorees: Scott Simon and Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.


We Bring People and Organizations Together to Advance Science

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 13th, 2016

A major way the Alliance advances science is through building coalitions of diverse organizations and individuals to bring visibility and support to health research, with the ultimate goal of improving the healthy length and quality of life for everyone. Learn more. 


A Look Back at Alliance Dinner Speeches Past

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 5th, 2016

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, we take a step back into our digital archives to show you the speeches of two of our previous Annual Dinner honorees: Dr. Rudy Tanzi and Jeremy Bloom.


May Events for Older Americans Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 4th, 2016

During Older Americans Month, here are some events to keep you informed on research and health topics of interest to older adults. 


We're Hiring a Communications Associate

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 2nd, 2016

The Alliance is hiring a communications associate. Check out all the details.


30 Memorable Events from 1986

Author: Sarah DiGiovine

Date: April 26th, 2016

Do you remember these 30 events from 30 years ago?


Alliance's Peschin and Perry Featured in Palo Alto Longevity Prize Video

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 25th, 2016

Alliance President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, and Founder Dan Perry talk about healthspan, the Alliance's mission, and the Palo Alto Longevity Prize in this new video.


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.


Today We Turn 30

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 11th, 2016

Today, the Alliance celebrates its 30th birthday.


Welcome to the Artifacts Collection

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 7th, 2016

Welcome to Part 1 of the Artifacts Collection, where we display items we've unearthed from our past 30 years of history.


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. 


Carstensen, Cassidy to Be Honored at 2016 Alliance Dinner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 24th, 2016

The Alliance has named Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D., as its 2016 Silver Innovator Award winner and Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D., from Louisiana as its 2016 Distinguished Public Service Award winner.


Celebrating 30 Years over 30 Weeks

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 10th, 2016

We kick off a 30-week campaign to celebrate the Alliance's 30 years of advancing science and enhancing lives.


Alliance Founder Dan Perry Talks All Things Aging to Wednesday Morning Group

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 3rd, 2016

Alliance Founder Dan Perry talks aging research with the Wednesday Morning Group.


In Memory of James E. Birren, Ph.D.

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 25th, 2016

The Alliance recognizes the enduring legacy of James E. Birren, Ph.D., who passed away at age 97 this month.


We Are Looking for a Communications Intern

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 19th, 2016

The Alliance is looking for a talented and passionate Communications intern.


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.


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.


NPR's Scott Simon on Why Older Adults Have a 'Genius for Life'

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 5th, 2015

Scott Simon, an award-winning journalist for National Public Radio, was the recipient of the Alliance’s Indispensable Person of the Year Award in recognition of his 2015 book Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime.


A Memorable Evening at the Alliance Annual Dinner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 2nd, 2015

On the evening of Tuesday, September 29, the Alliance held the 22nd Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.


Meet Our 2015 Annual Dinner Award Winners

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 28th, 2015

We recognize four people who have made extraordinary contributions to advancing healthy aging in national policy, science, and literature.


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.


Cynthia Bens Comments from MDUFA and PDUFA Meetings

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 16th, 2015

Alliance Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens took part in two important meetings at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week.


Elie Metchnikoff: Gerontology Pioneer

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 15th, 2015

Today we recognize the 170th anniversary of Elie Metchnikoff, who is considered to be the founder of gerontology. 


May Is Older Americans Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 13th, 2015

In 1963, Older Americans Month was established to annually recognize older Americans for their contributions to the nation. More than 50 years later, this tradition continues each May.


Dr. Rudolph Tanzi to Be Honored as Alliance's 2015 Silver Innovator Award Winner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 7th, 2015

Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., has been announced as the Alliance's 2015 Silver Innovator Award winner.


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.


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.


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.


#GivingTuesday Is Today; Consider Giving to the Alliance

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 2nd, 2014

Today is #GivingTuesday.


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.


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. 


2014 Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner a Great Success

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 3rd, 2014

Last Tuesday evening, September 30, we held our 21st Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.


Meet This Year’s Congressional Dinner Honorees

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 25th, 2014

One of the big highlights of our Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner is the distinguished individuals we honor for their contributions to advancing the science of human aging.


Alliance Celebrates 21st Annual Dinner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 11th, 2014

Type: Blog

It’s that time again for our Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner.


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?


Capitol Hill Briefings Lend Insights into Aging Research at the NIA

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 9th, 2014

The Friends of the NIA, a coalition led by the Alliance for Aging Research, hosted two briefings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on the National Institute on Aging and its aging research efforts.


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. 


NIH Geroscience Conference Recommendations and Summaries Now Available

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 15th, 2014

The NIH anounced it has released recommendations and summaries from the Advances in Geroscience: Impact on Healthspan and Chronic Disease summit.


The Alliance's Cynthia Bens Interviews with A Place for Mom

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 12th, 2013

Our Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens interviewed with A Place for Mom about the work of the Alliance.


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.


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.


Scientists Boosting Device Reliability by Decreasing Consumption

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: March 14th, 2012

Ask a patient with an implantable medical device what they hope to get out of their device, and they’ll likely say reliability, small size and longevity. Unfortunately, according to a report by the Community Report Development Information Service (CORDIS) of the European Commission, implantable medical devices face a fundamental flaw; the more complex they become, the more power they consume, and the more prone they are to failure. 


A Grand Challenge in Need of a Grand Solution

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: January 26th, 2012

The President announced plans late last year to create a National Bioeconomy Blueprint. This Blueprint would detail government-wide steps “to harness biological research innovations to address national challenges in health, food, energy, and the environment.” The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recently solicited comments to inform the Blueprint.


Cold Weather Linked to Boost in Heart Attack Risk

Author: Kaitlin Reinert

Date: January 4th, 2012

A study published online in the British Medical Journal reported each 1.8 degree Fahrenheit reduction in average daily temperature was associated with a cumulative 2% increase in risk of heart attack over a 28-day period, with the highest risk reported within two weeks of exposure to cold weather.


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,


Taking a Closer Look at Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: December 13th, 2011

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in people over the age of 65. Until relatively recently, people diagnosed with AMD faced an almost certain road of progressively worsening vision. For many, that road led to legal blindness. Thanks to new drugs, much of the vision loss from wet AMD can now be prevented—or at least slowed. In many cases, it can even be reversed.


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!


Rest in Peace, Dr. T. Franklin Williams

Author: Dan Perry

Date: November 29th, 2011

Those who care about increasing the good years of life through medical advances have lost another champion with the passing of Dr. T. Franklin Williams.


Forget the Finger Wagging: It's Aging, Stupid

Author: Dan Perry

Date: November 17th, 2011

It was reported on the NBC Today Show that type 2 diabetes is on the rise worldwide – the number of adults suffering from the disease has doubled since 1980, and will double again by 2030. Why the uptick? Anchor Natalie Morales attributed the increase to “weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle.” There’s only one problem: It’s not true.


Age Reversal In Human Cells Points Way to Treatments

Author: Dan Perry

Date: November 15th, 2011

A story from the Agence France-Press wire service documents the strides being taken toward greater understanding of the aging process. The AFP highlighted a new technique out of France by which “cells from elderly donors can be rejuvenated as stem cells, erasing the ravages of age and showing that aging is reversible.”


And Naked Came the Mole Rat

Author: Dan Perry

Date: October 13th, 2011

Here at the Alliance for Aging Research we are huge fans of the African naked mole rat. Now, why would anyone love a 4-inch squinty-eyed hairless wrinkled rodent with buck teeth?


One More Step to Reasoned Understanding of Stem-Cell Research

Author: Dan Perry

Date: October 7th, 2011

Scientists at the New York Stem Cell Foundation Laboratory have done what scientists do best: they have narrowed the question. By creating cells capable of growing into any cell type in the human body, research is moving us beyond fear mongering over cloning technologies to study these cells as potential weapons against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes and other medical maladies.


"Rescuing Cognition": CA vs. Alzheimer's Disease ~ By Don Reed

Author: Dan Perry

Date: February 2nd, 2011

This is one of the best articles on Alzheimer's I’ve seen to date. It is written by Don C. Reed, a stem cell activist in California, on the promise of current research, and on embryonic stem cells; bringing attention to a subject that is often forgotten and underfunded.

 


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.


A Doctor Who Prefers 'The Dark Side'

Author: Dan Perry

Date: October 21st, 2010

It seems Dr. Carl Elliott has let his instincts as a provocateur get the better of his perspective as a physician and healer. Promoting his book "White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine,” Dr. Elliott, a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, finds it deplorable that physicians who use drugs to relieve human misery have any actual contact with companies that research, develop and sell those medicines.


An Early Salvo

Author: Dan Perry

Date: July 14th, 2010

When world class scientists and physicians call for a global project to modify human aging, it is time for policymakers in Washington and elsewhere to take notice.


Dr. Robert N. Butler, 1927-2010

Author: Dan Perry

Date: July 7th, 2010

The sudden and unexplained death of a beloved grandfather set Robert Neil Butler on the road to be a pioneer in the science and medicine of health and aging.


A Long Time Coming

Author: Dan Perry

Date: October 6th, 2009

When I learned this week that Dr. Carol Greider will receive the 2009 Nobel Prize for Medicine I was happy for her and for the recognition this brings to science in pursuit of answers for human aging. But it is also disquieting to know how long it has taken for her contributions on the role of telomeres in cancer and aging to achieve the pinnacle of scientific recognition.


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.


Professor Rich Miller on Delaying Aging

Author: Dan Perry

Date: August 14th, 2008

University of Michigan’s Rich Miller has a telling eye for the symmetry and beauty of the natural world. Spend time appreciating his nature photography – which he brings back from the Galapagos Islands, Kenya, Patagonia and the Antarctic – and you will be entranced and enriched.


Well-Being Index -- The Dow Jones of Health

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: May 2nd, 2008

Earlier this week, Gallup and Healthways released the first data from their collaborative Well-Being Index—a Dow Jones type measure of the daily health and well-being of American adults. Polling 1,000 Americans every day for the next 25 years, the Index will be the largest data collection ever assembled on the health and well-being of large populations.

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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.


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.


A Tribute to a Great Scientist

Author: Dan Perry

Date: March 11th, 2008

Not so very long ago, a medical researcher who chose to study aging was in some danger of committing career suicide. Gerontology was often associated with a dreary listing of physical and mental declines associated with old age.

Newsletter

The Alliance Celebrated 30 Years of Advancing Science

Date: December 13th, 2016

The Alliance holds the Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner to bring together outstanding people who help to advance the science of aging. This year was very special because it marked 30 years since the Alliance was founded.

Related Topics: Aging Research


News-At-A-Glance

Date: December 13th, 2016

2016 has been a busy year at the Alliance. Learn more about what's been happening!


30 Years of Putting Science in the Spotlight

Date: August 2nd, 2016

In this issue of Science in the Spotlight, we take you back over the last 30 years to highlight the role we have played in bringing awareness to vital scientific research and discoveries that have changed—and continue to change—the way we think about medicine, health, and the future of the human race.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Celebrating 30 Years of Advancing Science and Enhancing Lives

Date: August 1st, 2016

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Alliance for Aging Research. See how we are celebrating it.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Q & A with Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin

Date: July 31st, 2016

In this edition of Living Longer & Loving It, we speak to Sue Peschin, MHS, the Alliance’s president and CEO, about the organization’s 30th anniversary. She offered her thoughts on the milestone and her visions of what she would like the Alliance to achieve moving forward.


News-At-A-Glance

Date: March 11th, 2016

There has been a lot going on at the Alliance. So we invite you to check out the best of the rest of what's been happening. 

Related Topics: Aging Research


Alliance Celebrates 30 Years with 30-Week Campaign

Date: March 8th, 2016

The Alliance begins a campaign to commemorate 30 years of advancing science and enhancing lives. 

Related Topics: Aging Research


News-At-A-Glance

Date: December 8th, 2015

There has been a lot going on at the Alliance. So we invite you to check out the best of the rest of what's been happening. 

 

Related Topics: Aging Research


Alliance Annual Dinner Highlights Caregivers, Alzheimer’s Research

Date: December 7th, 2015

The Alliance's annual dinner, held this year on September 29, focused on the importance of caregivers and exciting breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s disease research.


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.


30 Years in the Making

Date: April 2nd, 2015

We introduce the video story of the Alliance for Aging Research's first 30 years.


News-At-A-Glance

Date: April 2nd, 2015

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


Alliance Founder Dan Perry Retires

Date: March 30th, 2015

Alliance Founder Dan Perry retires after nearly three decades of service with the organization.


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.


News-At-A-Glance

Date: November 25th, 2014

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

Related Topics: Aging Research


Q & A with President and CEO Sue Peschin

Date: July 16th, 2014

Sue Peschin shares her first interview as new president and CEO of the Alliance.


News At-A-Glance

Date: July 16th, 2014

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


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.


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.


Harnessing Technology & Science: Researchers Collaborate to Build an Unprecedented Resource

Date: October 1st, 2012

Recognizing both the power of technology and the priceless health information contained in the human genome, Kaiser Permanente and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), have formed a groundbreaking collaboration in order to produce one of the largest biobanks in the world.

Related Topics: Aging Research


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. Dictionary.com 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.


Bracing for the Silver Tsunami: Aging Research May Save Lives and Money

Date: May 1st, 2011

Investigators supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) are on the cusp of research breakthroughs that could enhance their abilities to predict and intervene earlier in the processes of many age-related chronic diseases. In particular, rapid progress in recent years in advancing understanding of the aging process has led to considerable knowledge of how scientists might increase human health in later life by opposing the primary risk factor for most disease of aging—aging itself.


Super Agers: Sharing Their Secrets

Date: May 1st, 2011

A new website from Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University—SuperAgers.com—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.

SuperAgers.com 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.


What is Aging Research? Defining the Field

Date: July 1st, 2009

How exactly does one define aging research? It turns out that finding agreement on a single definition is not as easy as it seems.

If you do an Internet search for the terms “aging research” you’ll get a feel for just how confusing it can get. Your search should turn up close to 9.5 million results—including organizations, articles, speeches, blog posts, and experts. You will find that many of these sources have a different idea of what exactly aging research is—although very few will bother to define it themselves. This isn’t that surprising if you consider how young this field of research is and how much public perception plays a role in the way it’s defined. It understandably proves difficult to define it and put it in a neat box.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Long Living in the Blue Zones

Date: June 1st, 2009

You’ve probably heard that Americans are living longer than ever—in fact the average baby born today can expect to live to be 78 years old. But did you know there are close to 50 other countries with even longer life expectancies?


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.


Sirtuins, Famine, and the Fountain of Youth

Date: October 1st, 2008

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about a “red wine” drug that could be a fountain of youth—combating the effects of aging and age-related disease. The drug, along with other promising breakthroughs, is being developed by Sirtris Pharmaceuticals—a company recently purchased by drug giant GlaxoSmithKline. The drug is based on resveratrol, a chemical found in red wine that activates important sirtuin genes and has extended healthy life in animal studies.


Investing in the Longevity Dividend

Date: October 1st, 2008

Life expectancy has reached an all-time high, and with that comes an increased risk of chronic diseases and other health conditions. Chronic diseases account for nearly three-fourths of the more than $2 trillion the U.S. annually spends on health care. If those numbers sound daunting, consider that costs will skyrocket in January 2011 when 78 million Americans begin to enroll in Medicare. The new president may choose to revamp health care when he takes office, but without breakthroughs in research, costs will continue to rise as our nation ages.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Preparing for the Silver Tsunami

Date: July 1st, 2006

Whenever you open a newspaper or magazine these days, you’re likely to find an article exhorting baby boomers to plan for retirement—telling them to save more, to learn about portfolio planning, and to project their financial needs for decades to come.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Caught in the Act of Leading

Date: February 1st, 2005

Scientists searching for a way to delay the aging process may have found it in an intervention that many Americans battle with again and again—cutting calories. When used as a lifestyle choice, calorie restriction yields a significantly healthier and prolonged life.

 

Related Topics: Aging Research


The Importance of Aging Research

Date: October 1st, 2004

Consider this: In the year 1902, if it had been somehow possible to gather together everyone in America who had reached the age of 85 or older, that population would have scarcely made up a single Zip Code in today's Sun Belt. Today, the numbers of people age 85 and above, about 5 million Americans, will increase four-fold with the aging of the Baby Boom. People aged 100 or more - currently some 70,000 - will increase 10 times before we are halfway through this century. This demographic tsunami will affect every institution and every community, and will touch all of us personally.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Here's to a Long, Long Life with Health and Happiness Too

Date: July 1st, 2004

If you could swallow a little yellow pill and live to be 120 years old, would you? Would your good health hold out that long? Would your retirement savings last for 50 years? Could society sustain an explosion of "super seniors"?

Related Topics: Aging Research


Do You Know Your Life Expectancy?

Date: April 1st, 2004

For those of you familiar with the Alliance for Aging Research website, you may have already experienced our most popular interactive feature…the "Living to 100" quiz, a tool that calculates your longevity potential. For veterans of the quiz and for new visitors, we have good news! Based upon the latest research on centenarians, the calculator has been updated in hopes of helping still more people be at least centenarian-like and live well into their older years spending the majority of their lives in good health.


All Roads Lead to...Sardinia!?

Date: April 1st, 2004

A drug now in clinical trials for treatment of type 2 diabetes could eventually be used to promote longevity by treating or preventing major age-related diseases.


Anti-Aging: Hype v. Reality

Date: February 1st, 2004

Very real remedies that will stop or reverse the aging process may ultimately be discovered, but for now, save your money to spend on a health club membership.

Related Topics: Aging Research


The Secret Genes of Centenarians

Date: February 1st, 2004

If you have lived beyond the age of 100, countless people may ask you for your secret to long life. The truth is you probably haven't a clue, but you may theorize that it has been a result of your clean living, or even your occasional indulgences.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Is Red Wine Flowing From the Fountain of Youth?

Date: October 1st, 2003

In the search for ways to lengthen the human lifespan and extend good health further into old age, scientists had until now found only one program that demonstrated real promise: severe calorie restriction. However, researchers at Harvard have touched upon a discovery that Americans might find a great deal more palatable.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Advancing Quantity and Quality of Life

Date: October 1st, 2003

In the August 12th issue of the New York Times, writer Nicholas Kristof editorialized on what he sees as the ambiguous, and often rogue nature of aging research. In his article, he gave readers the unfortunate impression that researchers on aging are careening along on a dangerous road to human immortality. The Alliance for Aging Research felt compelled to post our reaction to this column.

Related Topics: Aging Research


The Long and Short of It: The Age Link to Telomeres

Date: April 1st, 2003

The tiny "caps" that keep our chromosomes from fusing together are also providing clues that could eventually lead to the achievement of one our nation's most important public health goals: extending good health well into old age.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Restricting Your Diet, Testing Your Willpower

Date: October 1st, 2002

Want to live longer? Just eat less -- a lot less. Some say that cutting calories may well be the key to longer life that researchers have been seeking for generations.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Science Got Us Into This Mess, and Science Will Get Us Out

Date: October 1st, 2002

One hundred years ago, when life expectancy for a newborn in the United States was less than 50 years, there wasn't a lot of worry over how to care for massive numbers of older Americans. Back when only one of every 25 Americans reached the age of 65 - and 65 was considered old! - U.S. politics didn't give much attention to something called the "Graying of America." Words like "geriatrics" and "Alzheimer's Disease" hadn't even entered our vocabulary.

Related Topics: Aging Research


A Look Back to the Future

Date: February 1st, 2002

When the Alliance For Aging Research was formed fifteen years ago, the country was not focused on the impact of the aging and how the health of the Baby Boomers will affect our economy and our overall society.

Related Topics: Aging Research


Centenarians: The Ultimate Survivors

Date: February 1st, 2002

Living to 100 may well represent the ultimate game of "Survivor." Centenarians, as they're known, were alive at the turn of the last century, when airplanes, computers, and space travel were pure science fantasies. And yet, a century later, these centenarians are blazing new trails in science every day.

Related Topics: Aging Research


How We Age: Is It In Our Genes? An interview with Caleb Finch, PhD

Date: May 1st, 2001

The role of genetics in determining the quality and length of human life is a million-dollar question right now. Scientists are discovering bits and pieces of the puzzle, but they're still scratching their heads about how it all fits together. What exactly do we know about our genes and how we age? Is health and longevity determined more by genes or lifestyle choices?

Related Topics: Aging Research


Testosterone: An Antidote to Aging?

Date: October 1st, 2000

Testosterone, the most important of the male sex hormones, has been both touted and blamed for the critical role it plays in making men men. It has been praised for building muscle, fueling a healthy libido and maintaining energy levels. It has also been faulted for making some men overly aggressive. But the level of testosterone peaks in a man's body in his 20s and gradually declines with age. Can it get too low and what happens if it does? Should he consider testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)? To find out more about this testosterone deficiency and its treatment, we spoke with Dr. Lisa Tenover, a geriatrician at Emory University who studies the effects of hormone replacement in men age 65 and older.


Rewinding the Aging Clock At Last: Here Come the Gero-Techs!

Date: May 1st, 2000

By Dan Perry

It may be humankind's oldest dream - somehow to cheat the processes of aging and death. We've seen it play out time and time again as people have sought advice, even solace from various sources, many of them shamans, sorcerers and patent-medicine charlatans.

Related Topics: Aging Research