The Alliance Releases Community Workshop Kit for Vaccines

Date: December 13th, 2016

Recognizing that older adults face an increased risk for flu-related complications, the Alliance participated in National Influenza Vaccination Week from December 4 – 10. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 54 to 70 percent of flu-related hospitalizations, and 71 to 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths occur in people 65 and older. This makes it especially important for older adults to recognize the dangers of the flu, as well as other vaccine-preventable diseases. This is why the

New Campaign Focuses on Vaccine Awareness in Older Adults

Date: August 1st, 2016

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), an opportunity for us to educate ourselves on the value of vaccinations.  Each year, thousands of Americans are hospitalized or die from vaccine-preventable diseases, and even more are unable to carry out daily tasks while they recover from such illnesses. Even worse, older adults are disproportionately affected by these diseases. Yet, much of this can be prevented when people get their recommended vaccines. During NIAM, the Alliance has launched a campaign to remind older adults and their caregivers why

Learn More about the Flu

Date: December 7th, 2015

Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus. Each year, between 5 percent and 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu, with more than 200,000 people hospitalized, and anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 dying from complications. Typical symptoms of the flu include fever, body aches, chills, fatigue, cough, sore throat, and a runny or stuffy nose. Sometimes it can lead to severe complications such as pneumonia. Young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune

White Paper Lays Out Case for Increased Vaccination in Older Adults

Date: August 4th, 2015

As we recognize National Immunization Awareness Month in August, the Alliance has released a groundbreaking new paper titled Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults. Vaccinations are considered an essential component of our health system, protecting us from diseases such as influenza, chickenpox, and measles. Getting their kids vaccinated is a routine part of life for most parents, and increasing vaccination rates in children remains an area of high importance among medical experts and organizations. However, there is another demographic where vaccinations serve an important

Turning the Lights on Superbugs

Date: November 24th, 2014

Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are deadly. Some estimate that these infections kill up to 70,000 people each year. They are also expensive. HAIs cost the U.S. healthcare system as much as $33 billion annually. Earlier this fall, with support from Cubist, the Alliance for Aging Research brought together an amazing group of leaders from the fields of aging, infectious disease, health care and government to discuss the disproportionate impact of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) on older adults and the need for an improved

Infection: On the Rise in America's Seniors

Date: October 10th, 2013

Since the discovery of antibiotics, the leading causes of death in the United States have shifted from infectious diseases to chronic, non-contagious diseases. Unfortunately, because of low rates of adult vaccination and the increase of resistance to antibiotics, infectious diseases and fatal infections are on the rise in America’s older population. Despite their tremendous potential for prevention, vaccination rates in seniors fall far short of targets set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. In 2010: Only 62.3% of adults age 65

Sepsis: Common & Deadly

Date: October 10th, 2013

Every year as many as one million Americans develop sepsis—a life-threatening medical condition that arises when the body initiates a powerful immune response against an infection. All types of infection can lead to sepsis—from an infected scrape, to pneumonia, to an infection at a surgical incision site, and no matter what the origin, sepsis can lead to death. Sepsis is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and up to 40% of patients do not survive. Anyone can get

The Changing Face of HIV/AIDS: A Graying Epidemic

Date: July 1st, 2010

When the AIDS epidemic first shook the nation in the 1980s, no one with the virus was expected to live long—let alone reach old age. But thanks to the discovery of effective drug therapies, most people with the disease can now look forward to living well into their senior years. Add to that the fact that older Americans are becoming newly infected at an alarming rate, and HIV/AIDS is clearly no longer a problem for the young. Today, 35% of people