Date: December 13th, 2016
The Alliance holds the Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner to bring together outstanding people who help to advance the science of aging. This year’s dinner was particularly special because it marked 30 years since the Alliance was founded.
On September 29, the Alliance’s peers and supporters gathered to acknowledge the amazing people who devote their time to bringing aging issues to the forefront. The Alliance was pleased to recognize the Honorable Bill Cassidy, Republican senator from Louisiana, the Honorable Maxine Waters, Democratic representative from California’s 43rd District, Dr. Laura Carstensen of Stanford University, and Dr. Robert Temple of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
This year’s dinner was the perfect opportunity to reflect on the work the Alliance has done and continues to do in the field of aging.
Senator Cassidy, who received the Alliance’s Distinguished Public Service Award, spoke about the importance of promoting funding and research for neurodegenerative diseases.
Representative Waters, this year’s recipient of the Claude Pepper Award for Advancing Healthy Aging, was honored for her work to improve treatment for Alzheimer’s patients and provide additional training for caregivers. She also personally acknowledged the impact of Alzheimer’s in her own life.
“I’m alarmed at the rate that Alzheimer’s is affecting my friends and their families,” said Waters. “I’ve got to work very hard to ensure that we do everything we possibly can to get the research that we need. Because with the research, we’re going to find a cure and I believe we can prevent Alzheimer’s.”
Dr. Carstensen received the Silver Innovator Award for her work at Stanford’s Center on Longevity. She spoke about her work on the SIGHTLINES PROJECT, which investigates how Americans are doing in areas critical to well-being.
“Our hope is that we can participate in an effort that so many of you are really leading that will help us prepare for long lives, so that aging societies can be the best societies that we have ever known,” said Carstensen.
Dr. Temple, who received the Daniel Perry Founder’s Award, spoke about the how important clinical trials are to the field of aging research.
The Alliance will honor more inspiring advocates of aging on September 26, 2017, at the next Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner.