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America’s Ark for the Silver Tsunami: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Date: August 5th, 2015

The United States spends nearly 18 percent of its GDP on health care. With the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population comprised of those 80 and older, and many of these Americans aging with between three and five chronic conditions, finding new ways to get the most out of every health care dollar is essential to our nation’s long-term fiscal health. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the federal agency whose sole purpose is to improve the health


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


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


Alzheimer's Treatment and Care at a Crossroads: Pursuing All Avenues to Provide Relief

Date: October 1st, 2012

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you’ve most likely wondered if there are any ways to relieve some of the burden of the disease, in addition to the pills to manage its symptoms. For many diseases like heart disease and diabetes, changes to diet and exercise are as high on health care providers list of advice for patients as a prescription for medication, but this isn’t the case with how they approach Alzheimer’s disease. You


CAN You Help Find a Cure? Funding May Mean the Difference Between Life and Death

Date: May 1st, 2010

After a long fought battle over how best to structure meaningful health reform legislation, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law in March. Many media sources are reporting on the negative financial impact some health reform provisions might have on the country, but little attention has been focused on positive aspects of the bill that could make a real difference in the lives of many people suffering from, or who will face, serious and life-threatening


The Savings and the Safety of Drug Importation

Date: June 1st, 2009

The president and Congress are embarking on a fervent campaign to reform our damaged health care system. Few would disagree that there is waste in our current system, and even fewer would disagree with the fact that we need to bring healthcare to the 46 million Americans who are currently uninsured. But, many in Washington and across the country disagree on how to go about financing the massive health care overhaul that lawmakers are now proposing. Finding Ways to Save Senators Byron


Pharmaceutical Companies Offer Free Medications to Those in Need

Date: October 1st, 2008

For the 47 million Americans without health insurance, each day is a struggle to find a way to pay for prescription drugs. Older adults, who are often prescribed several medications at a time, can find it even more difficult to pay medical bills. Despite the start of Medicare Part D in 2006, the elderly still spend thousands of dollars a year on prescription drug costs. What many people don’t know is that they may be eligible to receive their medications