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Up And Away: Taking and Storing Medications Safely

Date: November 24th, 2014

The average 75-year-old American has three chronic conditions and takes five prescription medications. Even though older adults make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 34 percent of all prescription medication use and 30 percent of all over-the-counter (OTC) use. And many of these adults find themselves taking more than one medication at a time.  In fact, two out of five Medicare patients take five or more prescription medications. For most, these medications mean fewer symptoms, less pain, delayed


Alliance Celebrates Healthy Aging at Annual Dinner

Date: November 23rd, 2014

On the evening of September 30, the Alliance for Aging Research held its 21st Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. It was a memorable night that brought together scientists, policymakers, inventors, business leaders, and friends and partners of the Alliance in a combined show of support for aging research.     The dinner served as both a celebration of the Alliance's past year, to reminisce about everything that has gone on and the accomplishments that have been made in field


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


New Silver Book Website: Now Easier to Access the Latest Facts on Chronic Disease

Date: July 1st, 2013

The Alliance for Aging Research is excited to announce the launch of the newly re-designed www.silverbook.org, which brings 1,000s of facts and statistics from more than 600 sources, into one easy-to-use website. The new site continues to offer free access to the same unique database that features the latest information on the burden of chronic disease and the value of innovation in reducing that burden; but now with advanced search features, better navigability, and a more modern design. Medical Research: The


Muscle Loss and Aging: Combatting Sarcopenia and Lost Independence

Date: February 1st, 2013

Typically, our muscles grow larger and stronger as we age. That is, until about the time we celebrate our 30th birthdays. That’s when most of us start down the other side of the hill and begin to gradually lose our muscle mass, strength, and function. While it’s usually not very noticeable in our 30s and 40s, the loss increases exponentially with age and tends to accelerate between the ages of 65 and 80. This progressive loss of muscle mass is called


Helping Stop a Devastating Disease: The ACT-AD Coalition Continues its Important Work in Alzheimer's Disease

Date: February 1st, 2013

Alzheimer's disease is a slow, dehumanizing, and fatal disease that strikes 1 in 8 people over the age of 65. While it's typically thought of as a disease that affects memory, it goes well beyond memory loss and eventually leads to death. The disease progresses gradually as abnormal proteins—called plaques and tangles—accumulate in the brain and kill healthy cells. It starts out in the part of the brain where memories are formed, which is often the time when an individual seeks