Healthy Aging

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.


Alliance for Aging Research Approved for a Eugene Washington Engagement Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 27th, 2016

The Alliance for Aging Research (Alliance) announced today that it has been approved for a $250,000 Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award to create a first-ever Senior Patient and Family Caregiver Network (SP&FCN) by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). 


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.


Press Kit for Malnutrition: A Hidden Epidemic in Older Adults

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 9th, 2016

Welcome to the press kit about the "pocket film:" Malnutrition: A Hidden Epidemic in Older Adults.


New Film Series Emphasizes Vital Role of Good Nutrition for Healthy Aging

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 7th, 2016

The Alliance for Aging Research, in partnership with the Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science, has released three animated “pocket films” that explain the role of nutrition in healthy aging and highlight some of the latest findings in nutrition research.


Press Kit for the Nutrition and Healthy Aging 'Pocket Films'

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 7th, 2016

This is the press kit for the nutrition and healthy aging "pocket film" series.


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


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


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 www.silverbook.org.


Alliance Offers Online Resources for Healthy Aging and Longevity

Date: September 27th, 2007

New and Improved Website Spans Personal Health to Policy Issues


Alliance Website and Webzine Receive Awards

Date: July 24th, 2003

The Alliance for Aging Research Website and Webzine Receive Awards and High Praise for Quality Health Content


Alliance for Aging Research Urges You to Take Control of Your Pain

Date: July 7th, 2003

The Alliance for Aging Research has a new tool for helping manage the aches and pains associated with growing older,  Take Care of Yourself, Take Control of Your Pain.

Publications


Pocket Film

MALNUTRICIÓN Una epidemia oculta entre los adultos de mayor edad

Date: 2016

La malnutrición no sólo se da en los mayores que sufren hambre o que no tienen acceso a comida saludable. Le puede suceder también a adultos con enfermedades crónicas porque corren más riesgo de sufrir malnutrición. Enfermedades como el cáncer, la diabetes, el Alzhéimer y otras dolencias, pueden tener impacto sobre el apetito, haciendo que sea difícil comer, que haya cambios en el metabolismo y que conlleve restricciones en la dieta. Este corto informa sobre quién puede correr riesgo de caer en la malnutrición, el debilitante impacto que tiene en adultos mayores, ofrece información para identificar la enfermedad y cómo puede tratarse y prevenirse. Este film también está disponible en español. 



Pocket Film

Malnutrition in Older Adults: A Hidden Epidemic

Date: 2016

As many as one in two older adults are at risk for malnutrition.  And it doesn't just happen to seniors who suffer from hunger, or who don't have access to healthy food.  This pocket film introduces viewers to malnutrition and includes tips on identifying, treating, and preventing this serious condition.



Pocket Film

Healthy Aging with Nutrition

Author: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: 2016

A well-balanced diet full of essential nutrients can help support a healthy life. However, people with deficiencies, certain diseases and conditions, or with evolving nutritional needs at different stages of life may consider dietary supplements to add missing nutrients to their diets. Supplements are not regulated as strictly as drugs by the FDA, and headlines on nutritional recommendations seem to change from day to day. Watch this film for tips on a healthy diet, how to safely turn to supplements, and how to be a well-educated consumer. This film is the second in a series produced in partnership with Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science.  Learn more here.



Pocket Film

Heart Healthy Aging with Nutrition

Author: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: 2016

Like everything else in our bodies, the cardiovascular (CV) system goes through the aging process. We do know that there are things we can do, however, to positively impact our cardiovascular health. Watch this film to learn more about the aging of our CV system, research on bioactive compounds and how they may help maintain heart health, and a look at how cocoa flavanol supports healthy blood flow.   This film is the third in a series produced in partnership with Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science.  Learn more here.

Blog

Author Beverlye Hyman Fead to Host Talk at TEDWomen Event

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: October 26th, 2016

Award-winning author and speaker Beverlye Hyman Fead will host a talk at this year's TEDxUpperWestSideWomen.


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.


Her Life Is Anything But Ordinary, It's Extraordinary

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 17th, 2016

Arlene Lockhart is extraordinary. Learn why in this latest entry in the Aging in the 21st Century series.


Resources to Stay Heart Healthy

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: September 29th, 2016

Today is a special day at the Alliance! It’s World Heart Day – a day to increase awareness and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

 


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!


How Older Adults Are Benefiting from the Internet of Things

Author: Julie Potyraj

Date: August 19th, 2016

With continued advances in health information technology and other factors, there is more data being collected about our health and behaviors than ever before. One of the major enablers of this dynamic is the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT)—a phenomenon that offers a growing array of benefits. Here, we’ll take a closer look at the Internet of Things—including how older adults are both contributing to and benefiting from these increasingly common technologies.


Healthy Aging for Men

Author: Julie Potyraj

Date: June 27th, 2016

During June each year, individuals and organizations across the nation take the opportunity to celebrate Men’s Health Month — a campaign focused on four pillars: awareness, prevention, education and family.


Health Education for Older Adults a Big Part of Who We Are

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 9th, 2016

When older adults and their caregivers have access to educational resources, they can make more informed decisions about their health. Serving as a source for reliable information on the health and well-being of older people is a big part of who we are.


Three New Resources for Older Americans Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 26th, 2016

As we continue our celebration of Older Americans Month, here are three resources to help older adults live longer and healthier lives. 


Missed Our #NutritionAging Twitter Chat? We Have You Covered

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 24th, 2016

Did you miss the May 23 #NutritionAging chat? Don't worry; we have you covered.


Don't Miss This Seminar on Nutrition, Fasting, Longevity, and Diseases

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 11th, 2016

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) holds its spring seminar with Dr. Valter Longo  from the University of Southern California on nutrition, fasting, longevity, and diseases. 


10 Things to Know about Malnutrition and Older Adults

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 10th, 2016

Here are 10 things to know about malnutrition and older adults.


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. 


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.


Champion Senior Swimmer DeEtte Sauer Finds Her 'Bliss Point'

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 22nd, 2016

In this second entry in the Aging in the 21st Century series, champion swimmer DeEtte Sauer talks about finding her "bliss point" as an older adult and the long road it took to get there. 


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.


HROTW: Video: Nutrition for a Healthy Life

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 5th, 2016

Our Health Resource of the Week introduces you to a new video focused on the importance of nutrition for a healthy life.


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.


10 Things to Know during National Nutrition Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 18th, 2016

Here are 10 things to know during National Nutrition Month.


Beverlye Hyman Fead: Don't Be Afraid of Aging

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 17th, 2016

An older adult offers this advice: Don't be afraid of aging.


Healthy Aging and Nutrition: Here’s What You Need to Know

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 11th, 2016

Learn what you need to know about nutrition and healthy aging in less than 15 minutes.


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.


Former Surgeon General Benjamin Promotes Walking's Health Benefits

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 24th, 2016

Former Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin touts the health benefits of walking.  


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.


Experts to Debate Whether 'Lifespans Are Long Enough'

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 2nd, 2016

Experts debate the pros and cons of longer lifespans.


It's Cold Outside! Tips on Staying Warm

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 26th, 2016

It's cold out there. Here are some tips on how to stay safe and warm.


New Book Looks at Aging with Honesty and Humor

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 13th, 2016

Author Beverlye Hyman Fead's new book Aging in High Heels captures the process of aging with humor, honesty, and a big dose of inspiration.


Older Adults Reflect, Dispense Wisdom in New York Times Article

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 6th, 2016

A year in the lives of six older adults age 85 and over from New York City was chronicled by The New York Times. Here are their stories.


Check Out Our New Health Information Page

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 4th, 2016

The Alliance has an new updated page with convenient access to information and resources about age-related conditions, diseases, and issues that impact the health of older Americans.


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

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 14th, 2015

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


On This Grandparents Day Encourage Vaccination among the Older Adults in Your Life

Author: Sue Peschin

Date: September 13th, 2015

Today is Grandparents Day, an opportunity for families to make a special effort to appreciate their grandparents.


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. 


It's Healthy Aging Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 8th, 2015

Healthy Aging Month provides an opportunity to educate on the importance of healthy aging so we can ensure our later years are not just more numerous, but lived in good health.


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. 


HROTW: Quiz on Aortic Stenosis

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 24th, 2015

For our Health Resource of the Week, we test your knowledge of aortic stenosis.


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.


Four Ways This New Website Educates about Heart Valve Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 16th, 2015

We've launched a new website aimed at educating about heart valve disease, a condition affecting more than five million Americans.


A Cancer Survivor's Story

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 5th, 2015

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


New Heart Valve Disease Site Helps Make Every Heartbeat Matter

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 1st, 2015

Today we have announced the launch of our new Living with Valve Disease website, an online resource hub where people can gather to learn and share about heart valve disease.


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.


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.


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.


Alliance Takes Part in Hill Briefing on Medicare Advantage

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 15th, 2015

Type: Article

Yesterday the Alliance had the privilege of participating in a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) on the value of Medicare Advantage.


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.


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.


Alliance Founder Dan Perry Talks FOGO on December 2

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 1st, 2014

Dan Perry joined Pfizer chief medical officer, Dr. Freda C. Lewis-Hall, to talk about FOGO, or fear of getting old. 


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.


The Healthspan Imperative Kickoff

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 31st, 2014

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


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.


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!


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.


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. 


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.


Thankful for More Years - And Hopeful for Better Ones

Author: Dan Perry

Date: November 22nd, 2011

Americans are living longer than ever – and that’s something to be thankful for. As Time points out, our oldest population is getting older as well.


Organizing Your Health

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: August 10th, 2009

No matter your health status, a health organizer is a simple yet very helpful tool to keep track of important health information, so you don’t have to search high and low every time you or your health care provider needs to know information related to your health.


From Baby Boom to Baby Bust

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: June 2nd, 2008

The most recent podcast series on the SAGE Crossroads website focuses on the economics on longevity science. During a conversation with Daniel Perry, the executive director of the Alliance for Aging Research, the topic of the “baby bust” arose. The baby bust, as Mr. Perry explained it, is the period when the baby boom generation retires from the paid workforce in droves, leaving a huge staffing and experience gap across the spectrum. This could have very damaging effects on the US economy.


New Documentary Helps to Debunk Stereotypes of Old Age

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: April 16th, 2008

Last Thursday morning during my usual routine of eating breakfast while listening to NPR’s “Morning Edition,” movie critic Kenneth Turan was discussing a new documentary, Young at Heart.

Newsletter

Alliance Launches New ‘Pocket Film’ Series during National Nutrition Month

Date: March 7th, 2016

The Alliance releases a new video series about nutrition and healthy aging. 


News-At-A-Glance

Date: August 6th, 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: Healthy Aging


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

Date: August 4th, 2015

Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin was a guest at the White House Conference on Aging. Learn what she experienced.


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.


Living with Venous Thromboembolism: What You Need to Know

Date: April 1st, 2015

Venous thromboembolism is the third most common cardiovascular illness in the U.S. Find out more about this dangerous clotting condition.


Alliance Recognizes Heart Month with AFib Campaign

Date: March 31st, 2015

Atrial fibrillation can often go undetected and increases in frequency as we age. Learn how we are educating on this condition. 


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: 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.


Recognizing Aortic Stenosis

Date: July 16th, 2014

What is aortic stenosis, and how does it affect older adults?  Learn more here.


Get Old: Claim Your Age

Date: July 1st, 2013

If you’ve never fudged your age, you know someone who has. Someone who keeps turning 49, year after year, instead of embracing 50 or some other aging milestone. And if you dread your birthday and wish for a lower number on your driver’s license, you’re not alone.

Related Topics: Healthy Aging


Go4Life: NIA Campaign Encourages Exercise at All Ages

Date: May 1st, 2012

Exercise is good for your health. Not surprising right? We’ve all watched countless news reports and read stacks of stories extolling the virtues of regular exercise. So why do only 30% of adults between the ages of 45 and 64 report that they engage in regular physical activity? That number gets even lower as we age with only 25% of people between the ages of 65 and 74, and 11% of those ages 85 and older, saying that they exercise regularly. Keep in mind that those numbers are probably higher than reality because people tend to over-estimate how much they exercise when they are reporting it to others.


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?


Conscious Aging Through Art: Couple Finds Beauty and Peace in Aging

Date: July 1st, 2011

Who hasn’t looked in the mirror only to find someone staring back with too many wrinkles and gray hairs? Someone who we don’t recognize because that person is way too old? When Alice and Richard Matzkin found themselves and their loved ones confronting bodies being etched by time and pulled down by gravity, they became overwhelmed by fear.

Related Topics: Healthy Aging


Our Sick Environment: Threatening Healthy Aging

Date: May 1st, 2010

Headlines continue to be filled with news about how we are “pre-programmed” for disease, but our genes are not the only things putting us at risk. When it comes to age-related chronic diseases, major risk factors like genetics, age, gender, and environmental factors appear to interact to cause disease.

Related Topics: Healthy Aging


Alice Thomas: Walking a Non-Traditional Path

Date: July 1st, 2009

At 79 years old, Alice Thomas is definitely not your traditional law student, but all her life she’s walked a fairly non-traditional path. Leaving home at just 16 years old, Thomas worked a variety of jobs to support herself including a drug-store waitress, a typist, and even an elevator operator. She eventually found herself in the construction industry despite the fact that it was and continues to be a “man’s world.”
 
 

Related Topics: Healthy Aging


Fashion Savvy Seniors Help Redefine Old Age

Date: June 1st, 2009

Today’s seniors are blowing old-age stereotypes out of the water and redefining what exactly it means to be “old.” This is a generation that can expect to live longer than past generations, tends to be better educated and more financially secure, and has a long history of independence. We’re already seeing changes in the lifestyles and typical images of seniors, and with the baby boom generation approaching their senior years, we’re sure to see even more.

Related Topics: Healthy Aging


Cordelia Taylor: Making Change Happen

Date: June 1st, 2009

Working as a registered nurse and nursing home administrator for close to two decades, Cordelia Taylor got a hard look at a system where patient needs were too often put second to the desire for profits. After her ideas for change were rejected by her boss, Mrs. Taylor left her job to start her own facility where residents would be treated with love and respect.

Related Topics: Healthy Aging


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?


Jack Scnhepp: Forever Young at Heart

Date: October 1st, 2008

Jack Schnepp doesn’t know what he’d do if he didn’t sing. “It’s just a natural thing now,” he says. The 78-year-old inherited a love for music from his parents—his mother was once involved in vaudeville and his ukulele-playing father performed in amateur productions. Jack began singing lessons when he was a young teenager, following his sister’s lead. He performed in musicals in high school and at the University of Pennsylvania, but his singing career truly began in 1999 when he joined the Young @ Heart chorus.

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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.


Michael Debakey: Renaissance Man of Medicine

Date: July 1st, 2008

In April 2008, the renowned surgeon Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., joined a very exclusive society. Under the imposing dome of the Capitol Rotunda, President Bush presented DeBakey with the nation’s highest civilian honor—the Congressional Gold Medal—whose past recipients include George Washington, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, and Jonas Salk. DeBakey, who will be 100 years old on September 7, 2008, was characteristically articulate and forward-thinking in his acceptance remarks, urging his audience to pursue health care reform.

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The Prophet of Fitness: Jack LaLanne at 93

Date: May 1st, 2008

Say “Jack LaLanne” and most Americans over 30 will remember a dark-haired fellow, in a blue jumpsuit and impressively-muscled arms, on TV. He was performing leg lifts, or one-arm push-ups on his fingertips, and urging you to do the same. Broadcast from 1951 to 1985, The Jack LaLanne Show was the first exercise program on television.


Seniors' Oral Health Care: Nothing to Smile About

Date: May 1st, 2008

Oral health is important to the overall well-being of older Americans. Preventive dental care can head off more expensive dental work and help prevent severe diseases. Unfortunately, dental costs are primarily out-of-pocket for those over 65, and when financially strapped, they may forego regular visits to the dentist. This decision to “do without” can have serious consequences, because the elderly suffer a disproportionate and debilitating amount of oral disease.

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The Changing Face of Facebook

Date: February 1st, 2008

You’ve probably heard about Facebook—the website that all the teenagers are talking about, right? Well not anymore! Facebook is an on-line social networking site that is rapidly changing and reaching out to audiences of all ages and types.

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Helen Raffel and Marianne Prichard: Lifetimes of Learning

Date: February 1st, 2008

Helen Raffel, 80, and Marianne Prichard, 62, are a part of a growing number of Americans who are dedicating their retirement years to the Peace Corps—an organization that sends volunteers around the world to assist with issues ranging from AIDS education to environmental protection. With only 6% of its volunteers age 50 and older, the Peace Corps recently launched a campaign to recruit older Americans.

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Study Shows Benefit of Flowers for Older Adults

Date: February 1st, 2008

“Flowers make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul.” American botanist Luther Burbank may have been onto something when he proclaimed this in the early 20th century. Many decades later, studies have found that flowers may actually have health benefits—especially for older adults. A 2001 Rutgers University study found that flowers eased depression, improved social interaction, and enhanced memory in adults age 55 and older. The study was partially funded by the Society of American Florists.


Building "Elder Friendly" Communities

Date: October 1st, 2007

It is no secret that America’s population is aging at a rapid rate. As the Baby Boomers grow older, the United States will be faced with a daunting demographic shift: by 2030, it is estimated that persons over the age of 65 will represent 20% of the population of the United States, some 71.5 million Americans.
 
 

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Sally Gordon: Work Ethic Drives Her to Take on New Roles

Date: October 1st, 2007

For 24 years Sally Gordon has served as Nebraska’s first woman Sergeant at Arms. At age 98, she has no plans on stopping.

“As long as I’m in good health, and I can continue to do this, I will,” she said.

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A Labor of Love: Ruth Lubic

Date: July 1st, 2007

Innovative, determined and passionate are words that best describe Ruth Lubic, who at age 80, continues to be an outspoken advocate for women and families, particularly the poor. A nurse-midwife for 45 years, she is recognized as a national leader in promoting an intimate, "low tech, high touch" approach to childbirth.
 
 

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Clifford Ashley: World Traveler Continues His Adventures in the Classroom

Date: May 1st, 2007

At age 85, Clifford Ashley continues to lead an active lifestyle, which he attributes in large part to his work with kids. Working as a substitute teacher for the past eight years in Lake Placid, N.Y., Ashley teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Whether substituting as a first grade teacher in computer class, or calculus for seniors, to any other subject imaginable, Ashley has no problem keeping up.

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Joe Ichiuji: Preserving the Legacy of Japanese-American Veterans

Date: February 1st, 2007

Eighty-eight year old Joe Ichiuji knows firsthand how easily freedom is lost. In 1941 shortly after Joe was drafted and had completed basic training, the U.S. government moved 120,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps. Even though many were American citizens, they were suspected of being disloyal. “I was told, ‘You’ve been discharged.’ Because of my Japanese ancestry they thought I was unfit for service.”

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Professor Robert W. Fogel: A New Kind of Historian

Date: October 1st, 2006

A startling change in the human species has taken place over the past 100 years, according to Nobel Laureate Robert W. Fogel, director of the Center for Population Economics and a professor in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. Fogel and his colleagues have found that people in industrialized countries are taller, heavier, and living dramatically longer than they did a century ago. In 1900, only 13 percent of 65-year-olds would live to 85. Today, nearly half will live that long. Moreover, chronic ailments like heart disease, lung disease and arthritis occur 10 to 25 years later in individuals today.

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Dr. Henry A. Essex: A Life of Service and Adventure

Date: July 1st, 2006

Veterans who meet Dr. Henry A. Essex at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Center in Providence, Rhode Island are fortunate to encounter a man who deeply understands them and their experiences.

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Bob Haldeman Believes in Wellness

Date: May 4th, 2006

At 65, Haldeman is an avid cyclist and competitor in the Senior Olympics and has been athletic and active his entire life. But to Haldeman, wellness means much more than just physical fitness. It means holistic wellness that incorporates not only the body, but also the mind and the spirit. While it does involve physical fitness, it strengthens much more than the muscles.

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The Power of Tea

Date: May 1st, 2006

You’ve heard the news – drinking tea is good for your health. But did you know that tea may reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases, and that it may improve the health of your bones and teeth?

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Ruth Colley--Re-living a Dream: Going for the Gold

Date: February 1st, 2006

Seven years ago, Ruth Colley had the opportunity to re-live her dream when Olympic gold medalist Frank Havens invited her to compete in the 1998 Nike World Masters Games. Colley was the first American woman to qualify for the United States Olympic Kayak team for the 1952 Helsinki games. Unfortunately, because she was the only woman to qualify for the 10-person team, she never got the opportunity to compete.

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Living to 100 and Beyond

Date: October 1st, 2005

First-born daughters are three times more likely to survive to age 100 than their latter-born sisters; and first-born sons are twice as likely to become centenarians as those sons born fourth, fifth, or sixth in the family, according to a new study prepared for the Society of Actuaries (SOA). The study, which looked at family data for nearly 1,000 centenarians, shows that birth order, place of birth, and even birth month may be linked to longevity.

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Myrvin H. Ellestad, MD: Life-long Learner

Date: October 1st, 2005

Around the world, the name Myrvin Ellestad is synonymous with groundbreaking work in cardiology. Not surprising – for the past 50 years, Ellestad has been a leader in cardiac research and practice.

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The Family Healthcare CEO

Date: July 1st, 2005

Having a healthy family is so important to women, they give their family’s health more priority than their own. This is according to Women Talk, a national survey commissioned by the National Women’s Health Resource Center (NWHRC) which explores women’s knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions about their health.

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Don Robertson: The Voice of Happy Retirement

Date: July 1st, 2005

As the “Voice of CBS Sports” for 25 years, Don Robertson used his exceptional vocal cords to make a living. As a retiree, he uses that gift in more personal ways. Robertson worked most of his career as a staff announcer for CBS, introducing on-air talent and recording promos and commercial “billboards” – spots that identified the sponsors of a particular broadcast.

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Barriers to Healthy Aging

Date: April 1st, 2005

Older Americans know how to maintain their health, but they see obstacles in the path to a healthy lifestyle. That’s the bottom line from a new survey by the American Public Health Association.

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Bernice Gorell: The Polish Lady on Pulaski

Date: February 1st, 2005

Bernice Gorell recently missed a couple of days of work. The 93-year-old had cataract surgery on a Thursday and didn’t go back into her office until ... Monday.

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John Young: Physically Active and Young at Heart

Date: July 1st, 2004

Retiring and taking it easy isn't a part of John Young's life plan. At age 76, Young still works 30 hours per week as owner of his firm, Young Engineers & Surveyors, in Hollidaysburg, PA, plays racquetball and tennis competitively, skis in the winter, and is actively involved in community activities.

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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.


Norman G. Anderson: The Scientific Explorer

Date: April 1st, 2004

At an age when most people are winding down, Norman G. Anderson can't stop working. He keeps inventing things.

"There are always new problems to solve," says Anderson, 85, a biochemist. The most recent of his more than 31 patents issued March 9. He's got 36 more pending.

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Bill Wellington: The Return of the Ice Age

Date: February 1st, 2004

Bill Wellington has some pretty high praise for the doctor who performed his double hip replacement surgery, Dr. Patrick Caulfield of Bethesda, Maryland.

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Bob Hope: A Legend that Will Live On

Date: October 1st, 2003

Leslie Townes Hope worked as a shoe salesman, a stock boy, and even a boxer before he found his true calling. But when you saw the ease with which he tossed out one-liners onstage and waited for the audience to catch up, it was hard to believe he was ever anyone other than Bob Hope, America's enduring entertainment legend.

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Dr. Marie-Louise Johnson: The Sensitive Skin Doctor

Date: July 1st, 2003

Dr. Kenneth Johnson has considered encouraging his wife to retire and step "out of the trenches," but he has abandoned the thought. He is a practical man.

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Ruth Garner: The First Lady of Potsdam

Date: April 1st, 2003

Mayor Ruth Garner is rarely challenged in an election and when she is, she wins convincingly. She is practically an institution in Potsdam, N.Y., the town she has called home all her life. And at a time when politicians are often viewed with suspicion, the village of Potsdam will stick with its outspoken mayor, thank you very much.

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Frank Mankiewicz: "Revolutionary" On the Inside

Date: February 1st, 2003

If you're a lobbyist for a well-known Washington, D.C., public relations firm, it pays to know people. In fact, knowing people is pretty much what you are paid to do.

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Jane Scott: Rock of Ages

Date: October 1st, 2002

Years past the age many would consider time to retire from any job, especially a job that is traditionally filled by the young and hip, Jane Scott was grooving with audience members young enough to be her grandkids as rock critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

 

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Dr. Philip Abelson: A Legend's Scientific Journey

Date: July 1st, 2002

Nearly 80 years ago, a grade school teacher told her class: "Each of you has special potential and talents. One of your responsibilities is to find out what those are and to use them."

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Florence Mahoney: A Noble Conspirator Indeed!

Date: April 1st, 2002

Florence Stephenson Mahoney has spent most of her adult years as an advocate for good health for all. Currently 102 years old, Mrs. Mahoney can proudly say that she played a key role in reshaping federal government priorities. During the three decades after World War II, Mrs. Mahoney worked tirelessly to encourage the federal government to allocate money for biomedical research. She was astonishingly successful. The legacy of her efforts today is the greatest biomedical research aggregation in the world - the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Dr. Ray Crist: Probing Nature's Secrets

Date: February 1st, 2002

Dr. Ray Crist's life has come full circle. His boyhood fascination with nature on a Pennsylvania farm eventually led to his pivotal role in the birth of the atomic age. Now, at age 101, Crist is still coaxing nature to reveal its secrets.

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Helen Thomas: Washington Press Doyenne

Date: October 1st, 2001

Presidents may come and go, but Helen Thomas is still at her post, after all these years. The dean of the White House press corps, Thomas is the unrivaled "Energizer bunny" of reporters who cover the president's every move. Ironically, her White House beat began in 1961, after John Kennedy's razor-thin victory; it has lasted all the way through the nail-biter of an election that ushered in George W. Bush.

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Dr. Robert Butler: Leading the Longevity Revolution

Date: May 1st, 2001

At 74, Dr. Robert Butler doesn't think about retiring. He's too busy mobilizing humanity for the Longevity Revolution.

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The 15-Year Forecast for Aging!

Date: April 1st, 2001

We introduced ten impressive thought leaders who gave us their hopes for the next 15 years of aging research in the Winter issue of LLLI! We have witnessed incredible research discoveries and medical breakthroughs in the last decade and a half that could fundamentally change the human experience of aging. The speed of medical science, and the enormous benefits it brings, make it important for all of us to have a clear vision of the possibilities ahead.

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The Legendary Lifetime of Senator Alan MacGregor Cranston

Date: February 1st, 2001

Any facet of the late Alan Cranston's life would be enough to fill a profile.

 

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Dr. Jack McConnell: Transforming Health Care, His Community, and Himself

Date: October 1st, 2000

When he retired to the beach after an illustrious biomedical research career, Jack McConnell, M.D. — integral to such advances as the tuberculosis test, Tylenol, and magnetic resonance imaging — tried to be "what they call a typical retiree: play golf, eat at restaurants and travel."

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Think Young! Get Creative! Ten Ways to Keep Your Brain Young

Date: July 1st, 2000

Landmark results from neuroscience research are debunking yet another myth about aging - that the brain continually loses cells and naturally dims with age.

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Ray Doty: Cartooning Into a New Century

Date: July 1st, 2000

One hundred and seventy-six books bear his name, as illustrator, writer, or both. After 54 years of freelancing, he still works more than 60 hours a week, but cartoonist Roy Doty doesn't plan on slowing down.

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Natalie Davis Springharn: Of Grace & Grit

Date: May 1st, 2000

"The amazing thing about me is that I'm alive!" Natalie Davis Spingarn comments wryly. How true. Twenty-five years ago, Spingarn suffered from metastatic breast cancer. She not only lived, but she also went on to become a successful writer and advocate for cancer survivors. Her 1982 book, Hanging In There, reflected Spingarn's strong will to survive. Recently, she published The New Cancer Survivors: Living with Grace, Fighting with Spirit. It takes into account how survivors deal with some of the changes in medicine and health care, from shortened hospital stays to modern-day communicating with physicians.

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Ike Hager: Teenager at Heart

Date: October 1st, 1999

Someone forgot to tell Ike Hager that adolescence ends at age 20. The 69-year-old says that his wife regularly tells him to "stop acting like a teenager."

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Thomas L. "Lou" Letizia: The Rookie

Date: July 1st, 1999

Thomas L. "Lou" Letizia at 61 years old was a police officer in El Portal, Fla. He's was not a veteran poised for retirement, though - Letizia was a rookie.

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Seven "Secrets" to Healthy Aging

Date: May 1st, 1999

A social portolio is like a financial portfolio.

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Be Part of a New Force for Healthy Aging

Date: May 1st, 1999

Find out your chances of living to 100 on the latest addition to the Alliance home page, The Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator© .

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Evelyn Nef: This Traveler Knows No Bounds

Date: May 1st, 1999

Evelyn Nef decided to give herself a flat stomach for her 80th birthday. So she signed up with a personal trainer. Five years later, Evelyn still exercises regularly.

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Ruth Ittner: Blazing Trails for 80 Years

Date: February 1st, 1999

Ruth Ittner was six weeks old when she went on her first hike. It must have made an impression.

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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.