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

Date: March 7th, 2016

The minute we are born, we begin to age. Constant exposure to our environment, the things we eat, and stresses from both inside and outside our bodies all cause us to age over time. While we can’t stop aging, scientists are learning more about how to maintain health throughout our lives. Some aspects of aging are out of our control, but most of us can be healthy and active well into our later years if we take care of ourselves. One of the


News-At-A-Glance

Date: August 6th, 2015

2015 Dinner Honorees Announced The Alliance is proud to honor Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO), Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Dr. Rudolph Tanzi of Harvard University at the 22nd Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner for their contributions to help advance the science of human aging.   21st Century Cures Act Passes House, Moves to Senate Last month the U.S. House of Representatives passed the historic 21st Century Cures Act, a landmark piece of legislation that will change how biomedical research is conducted. The bill now moves

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

Date: August 4th, 2015

On July 13, the White House Conference on Aging welcomed distinguished guests from throughout the United States to Washington, D.C., to both celebrate the contributions older adults make to our society and to discuss issues of importance to seniors.  The conference is held once a decade and has historically served as a platform for the White House to give the nation an update on where we are on the issue of aging, both in terms of how we’ve progressed and where we


30 Years in the Making

Date: April 2nd, 2015

In the mid-1980s, leading members of the U.S. Congress became aware that an aging American populace would pose an unsustainable demand on health care resources. This was unless strategies to keep this population healthy could be developed through medical and behavioral research. Members from both sides of the aisle came to the same conclusion: Aging research offered the greatest promise for both moderating health care costs and improving the lives of older Americans. At the time, an organization with the clout needed to


News-At-A-Glance

Date: April 2nd, 2015

Alliance Dinner Is September 29 The Alliance’s 22nd Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner will be held on September 29, 2015, in Washington, D.C. We’ll be updating our website throughout the upcoming months, so please check back often for more info.   New Annual Report Now Available We have released our Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014. It gives a comprehensive overview of everything we’ve done in the past fiscal year to advance the cause of aging research, further research into Alzheimer’s and sarcopenia, and educate on


Living with Venous Thromboembolism: What You Need to Know

Date: April 1st, 2015

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the third most common cardiovascular illness in the U.S. and includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). VTE occurs in the following manner: A blood clot develops in a deep vein in the body—usually within the muscles of the leg or pelvis. That’s deep vein thrombosis (DVT). When those blood clots break free, they can travel through the circulatory system to the lungs and lodge in a main artery or arteries, blocking blood flow. That is called a pulmonary


Alliance Recognizes Heart Month with AFib Campaign

Date: March 31st, 2015

February is known for groundhogs, presidents, Valentine’s Day, and for those of us here in Washington, D.C., cold and snow. February also has the distinction of being American Heart Month, a time to focus on the importance of heart health. During this month, the Alliance raised awareness about atrial fibrillation with the launch of its Living with AFib campaign. AFib, short for atrial fibrillation, is the most common type of arrhythmia, or irregular heart rhythm, and can lead to stroke and heart-related


Alliance Founder Dan Perry Retires

Date: March 30th, 2015

The founder of the Alliance for Aging Research Dan Perry has announced his retirement with the organization. Perry founded the organization in 1986 and served as its president and CEO until 2014 when Sue Peschin, MHS, assumed the role. During Perry’s tenure, the Alliance became a force in advancing the science of aging and health, advocating for public policies to promote aging research and higher quality of life for older Americans, and creating health education materials on conditions and topics affecting


Are Longer Lives a Good Thing?

Date: November 25th, 2014

Alliance founder Dan Perry joined the dean of the Mailman School of Public Health Linda P. Fried at a town hall event on October 22 at Columbia University in New York City to address the topic of "The New Age of Aging: Are Longer Lives a Good Thing?" Moderated by journalist and filmmaker Perri Peltz, Perry and Fried discussed the effects of aging on society, how it is perceived today, and its future. They also took questions from the live audience as well as those who were watching online via Livestream.     The talk


News At-A-Glance

Date: July 16th, 2014

The Alliance's 2014 Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner is fast approaching. This year's event will be held September 30, 2014, at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. The dinner celebrates advances in aging research and honors individuals for their immense contributions. Among this year's honorees include Jay Walker of TEDMED, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida and the Honorable Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University. We are offering a limited amount of tickets to the dinner, so if you would like


New Film Looks into the Promise of Aging Research

Date: July 16th, 2014

The Alliance's Healthspan Campaign will release a new film this summer called The Healthspan Imperative. Narrated by author and television personality Martha Stewart, this film focuses on a very timely issue: the aging of the U.S. population and the ruinous effect it could have on our economy and way of life. But the film isn't just about a hopeless future, it's about the hope offered through the promise of aging research.  Featuring exclusive interviews with leading lights in the field of gerontology, The Healthspan Imperative


Recognizing Aortic Stenosis

Date: July 16th, 2014

Aortic Stenosis in Seniors Explained Older Americans today are more active than previous generations, and the percentage of people age 65 and older who meet exercise recommendations continues to grow. However, for some seniors, activities such as walking up a flight of stairs or playing with grandchildren can result in dizziness, fatigue or even fainting. All of these symptoms could be harmless, but that does not mean they should be ignored. They could be stemming from a condition called aortic stenosis, a


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. True, with aging usually comes more wrinkles, more aches and pains, more pills, and even more disease and disability. But it also comes with more experiences, more joy, and more wisdom. Pfizer, Inc., one

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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


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


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. “Fear of the future was making me neglect the most precious moment of my life: now,” says Alice. “I wasn’t looking for the

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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. Our environment not only includes the natural world, but by many definitions also includes the physical, social, and cultural contexts in which we live. The air we breathe, water we drink, food

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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.” Thomas started off as a receptionist but climbed the ranks

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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. Outside the Box Many of these

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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. Returning to one of the toughest neighborhoods in Milwaukee—the same neighborhood where she and her husband

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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? Scientists all over the world have spent countless hours studying the life expectancy differences between countries, cultures, and races. They have searched for answers in their genes, their diets, their exercise routines, their healthcare access, and even their tendencies to


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

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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. The Sirtuin Family Sirtuins are genes found in most organisms—from bacteria


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. DeBakey’s presence at the ceremony

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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. hanks to video sites like YouTube, clips of Jack’s original shows are now available on the Internet. And so are clips of him on TV talk


Seniors' Oral Health Care: Nothing to Smile About

Date: May 1st, 2008

Oral Health Care Important to Well-Being 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. The facts: Nearly one-third of older adults

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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. Facebook started off as a resource for students to stay connected with one another but has quickly expanded to include people of all ages—more than 120 million people are currently signed-up. Users can create a profile page and include information about themselves, their

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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. 1 Although Raffel didn’t join the Peace Corps until she was 70, her love of travel

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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


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. Despite these figures, America as a whole remains unprepared to accommodate its aging population. As the number of older Americans continues to increase, many communities

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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. Often called “red coats,” the sergeants at arms provide security for the state legislature. Duties include greeting the public, attending hearings, bringing notes from lobbyists to senators, and chasing after missing-in-action senators when a vote is called. “Politicians shape our lives. They

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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. Lubic’s altruism and her belief in the importance of a positive birthing process were shaped by her own experiences. Growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania during the Depression,

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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. After 15 years of retirement, Ashley read an article about substitute teaching

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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.” His family was moved from Monterey, California, to a camp in Arizona that was surrounded by barbed

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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

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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. At 89, Essex is a veteran himself of a distinguished Army career that spanned two wars, in which he was as a doctor, field surgeon, chief of orthopedics and surgery, and hospital administrator. Throughout, he steadily advanced in responsibility and remained open to new experiences. ”I’m interested in the experiences of other

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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. Cycling, for example, is just one of the many sports that he shares with his family members of

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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? The History of Tea As legend has it, tea drinking began in China over 5,000 years ago when tea leaves blew into a boiling pot of water that was being prepared for Emperor Shen Nung. The Emperor was curious about

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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. Colley's love for the water started when she was a child. "I think

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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. So what are those links?

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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. But Myrvin Ellestad is more than an esteemed cardiologist. In his native California, he is also known as an author, family man, anthropology buff, active community member, and an all-around great guy. Indeed, at 84, Myrvin Ellestad is a man who doesn’t sit still. In addition to serving as the

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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. In fact, when asked to define what “being healthy” meant to them, more survey respondents chose “having a healthy family” than any other definition, including “being physically active” and “not having chronic diseases.” It may

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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. Robertson’s talents enabled him to cross paths with a number of notable figures, from the sports world and beyond.

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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. The survey was conducted in conjunction with National Public Health Week 2005, April 4-10. It looked at how Americans 55 and older view their own health and their understanding of what they can do to stay healthy as they age, and asked them to identify what they think

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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. When Gorell doesn’t go to work, people miss her. She is an immigration counselor with her own business in suburban Chicago. She has helped people with citizenship and immigration status issues for more than 40 years, and has developed a reputation for dogged determination, intellectual curiosity, and fearlessness that make her very good

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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. As a consultant for Hoss's Steak and Sea Houses restaurant chain, Young visits the restaurant home office every day, using the onsite racquetball court to compete with players of all

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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


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. Scientists studying the drug fluasterone, a synthetic steroid, have so far shown that the drug lowers blood triglyceride levels, which are abnormally high in those with diabetes. They are now focusing on the fundamental question of whether it lowers blood glucose levels, and hope to have the drug on the market within a few years. But


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. Anderson's latest invention, a "flight information visualization system," presents an innovative design that allows pilots to fly more easily at night and in bad weather. The system, which isn't used yet in any planes,

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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. "They saved my hockey life," he said. Hockey may not be the first priority for many hip replacement patients, but it's pretty important to this 82-year-old founder of Maryland's first senior hockey team, the Geri-Hatricks. Wellington has been an avid hockey player since his days of playing what he calls "old-fashioned, no-frills" hockey on frozen ponds as a teenager

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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. Building on some dance classes he had during and after high school, Hope got his start as an entertainer with a vaudeville

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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. "I knew she would have to have something very interesting and worthwhile to get her to retire and leave her patients," he said. Johnson's wife is Dr. Marie-Louise Johnson, 76, a dermatologist who operates a practice in Kingston, N.Y. But if you want her to be your dermatologist, you'll have to wait more than a

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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. "She's pretty darned candid," said Michael Weil, village administrator. "If you're afraid of what she is going to say, don't ask." At 87, Garner

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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. Frank Mankiewicz knows a few people. His resume reads like the blue pages in the District of Columbia phone book: president of National Public Radio, regional director for the Peace Corps in Latin America, campaign manager for 1972 Presidential nominee George McGovern, and press secretary to the legendary Senator Robert F. Kennedy,

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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. Scott retired this year just shy of her 83rd birthday, an icon who has spent nearly 40 years immersed in an industry defined by its appeal to the young and notorious for here-today-gone-tomorrow personalities. Even when she began

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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." Philip Abelson, a boy in her class, remembered those words. Now an accomplished scientist and public commentator, Dr. Abelson continues to fulfill that responsibility by exploring and influencing the world of science even as he nears his 90s. As the editor of Science magazine for 22 years, Abelson

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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

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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. "I'm just trying to understand the nature of things, that's all," Crist says. "A basic driving force is my curiosity." It's that overriding curiosity that prompts Crist to head for his laboratory at 7:30 every morning. He typically works

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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. But after covering nine presidents, what still gets her juices flowing?

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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. Robert Butler, M.D., didn't set out to become an internationally recognized leader in gerontology and geriatrics. He originally wanted to be a hematologist. But over the years, the ageist attitudes he encountered in both medical school and throughout American society assaulted his sensibilities, sparked an interest in geriatrics, and drew him into uncharted territory — namely, a career in the field of aging. Throughout

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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. We have added several

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The Legendary Lifetime of Senator Alan MacGregor Cranston

Date: February 1st, 2001

A Profile in Character, Courage, and Commitment Any facet of the late Alan Cranston's life would be enough to fill a profile: His career in California politics, where he virtually reinvented the state Democratic Party and was a two-term state controller. His four terms as U.S. Senator from California (1969-1993) and 7 consecutive terms as the Senate's Democratic whip. His leadership of the Global Security Institute, which he founded together with former Soviet President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mikhail Gorbachev to advance the

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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." Easy to do in Hilton Head, S.C., a community of 30,000 that boasts more than 30 golf courses and at least twice as many restaurants. But 12,000 working poor also live in Hilton Head, and

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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. On the contrary, recent studies show that if we continue to challenge our minds and stimulate our creativity, we not only feel better, we also cause our brains to sprout new branches, or dendrites. These new branches actually improve brain function and help compensate for the small loss of brain cells that comes with age. In effect, the

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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. Doty wanted to be a cartoonist since his elementary school days, but was not encouraged to follow the dream. "It was the middle of the Depression," he said, and he and his siblings "were persuaded to get some kind of job that would last forever,

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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

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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." He certainly has the energy of one...or maybe several. Besides his position as office administrator at the Alliance for Aging Research, the New Jersey native volunteers with St. Charles Catholic Elementary School and Community Health Charities of the National Capital Area. He has also amassed a collection of 340 Beanie Babies, which he plans

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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. In January of that year he graduated with 37 others from the police academy at the Miami-Dade Community College's School of Justice, becoming one of the oldest cadets to do so. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class, and won the men's physical fitness award for doing 70

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Seven "Secrets" to Healthy Aging

Date: May 1st, 1999

1 Develop a "social portfolio" A social portolio is like a financial portfolio. You need to (1) diversify your assets (2) have a safety net (3) start early. Your assets are the diverse interests and relationships you develop and draw upon over your lifetime. The safety net is the protection you develop when you cultivate a healthy range of interests that include group and individual activities that require high energy/high mobility as well as low energy/low mobility. The earlier you take these

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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© . It would be a mistake to think that life in your 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond will resemble aging in your grandparents' generation. Discoveries in genetics and medicine, plus many changes in society are occurring at great speed and in ways that are likely to redefine health, vitality, and independence for older Americans. Scientists say many

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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. Unusual for most people, perhaps, but Evelyn Nef is not most people. In the 1940s and '50s, she went on polar expeditions with her second husband, noted explorer Viljhalmur Stefannson, wrote three books about the Arctic and freelanced for the New York Times. At Dartmouth College, whose Baker Library holds the Stefannson Collection,

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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. Eighty-two years later, Ruth lives in Washington state, where she continues to coordinate the transformation of an abandoned stretch of railway into the Iron Goat Trail. Eight and one half miles long, the route offers handicapped access wherever possible. "Without her, that trail never would have happened," according to Sheridan Botts, a volunteer and Living Longer reader who nominated Ruth for Living Legend

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From "Come On, Baby, Light My Fire," to "Come On, Baby, Go To Sleep"

Date: February 1st, 1999

Let's Be Grandparents On Our Own Terms By Dan Perry 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. When I first imagined my daughter giving birth, I was immediately grateful for medical advances. Modern obstetrics has made childbirth very safe. The percentage of women who