Date: March 8th, 2016
In 1986 the Alliance for Aging Research launched in Washington, D.C. Our mission? To advance the science of aging and health in order to help people live longer, healthier lives.
In the mid-‘80s, it became apparent to government officials as well as health experts that the aging of the U.S. population would pose an unsustainable demand for health care resources. That was unless strategies for keeping older Americans healthy and vital could be discovered through medical research.
So, Dan Perry, a senior staff member of California Senator Alan Cranston, was asked to set up a nonprofit organization that would become the Alliance for Aging Research.
For the past 30 years, we’ve worked tirelessly to further our mission, advocating for public policies to promote aging research and a higher quality of life for older Americans, educating health care consumers and medical professionals, and working with likeminded organizations to raise awareness about significant health issues that affect older adults.
To get a better picture of our first 30 years, we invite you to watch this video:
This brings us to 2016 as we celebrate 30 years at the Alliance for Aging Research. Now as you might imagine, we are very excited about this anniversary, both from what has happened so far and what we hope to accomplish in the years to come.
As a way to commemorate this milestone, we are launching a 30-week campaign. Set to run through the week of our annual dinner on September 20, it’s built around the theme: 30 years of advancing science and enhancing lives.
We kick off the campaign with the introduction of a special logo (visible on the top portion of our website) that celebrates our 30 years. We also introduce the first post in our “Countdown to 30 Years” blog series. Every week, we plan to write a blog post that will highlight 30 years of the Alliance with various topics on our past, our current work, and updates on the dinner.
Topics will include:
- Aging in the 21st Century: Interviews with older adults about their experiences
- A Look Back: We’ll feature stories and photos from the Alliance’s first 30 years.
- Patients Changed: Stories about people whose lives were changed through research
- Posts highlighting out current work
As we begin our campaign, we want to extend a special invitation for you to join us in one of two ways.
First, do you have a family member age 65 or over who would like to talk about their experience as an older adult? We’d love to hear from you or them!
Also, has medical research changed your life? And do you have a passion to share your story? We would love to hear from you as well.
Please visit our blog often to follow the campaign.