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 bring much-needed attention to aging research didn’t exist. That’s until in 1986, Dan Perry, a staffer for California Senator Alan Cranston, was asked to start a nonprofit organization that would focus on advancing the science of aging and health. This would be the start of the Alliance for Aging Research.
For the next three decades, the Alliance has worked to advance science and enhance lives through a host of activities and initiatives.
The Alliance is proud to announce the release of a new video that captures the first 30 years of our history.
Featuring narration by Perry, this video takes the viewer on a journey through the earliest beginnings of the Alliance as a fledgling nonprofit to its growth into a respected leader in the field of aging research. We invite you to watch the video below.