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The Alliance’s blog offers a personal, inside look at our activities and perspectives on a range of timely issues. We encourage your feedback.

The History of the Alliance for Aging Research, Part II

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 27th, 2016

Learn more about the story of the Alliance for Aging Research in this four-part series, narrated by our founder, Dan Perry. Part II explores the beginning of the organization.


ACT-AD Holds Webinar on Clinical Meaningfulness in Alzheimer’s Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 25th, 2016

On July 19, 2016, the ACT-AD Coalition presented an one-hour webinar on clinical meaningfulness in Alzheimer’s disease.


The History of the Alliance for Aging Research, Part I

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 20th, 2016

Learn more about the story of the Alliance for Aging Research in this four-part series, narrated by our founder, Dan Perry. Part I explores the inspiration behind our creation in 1986.


Artifacts Collection: Alliance Images from the 1980s

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 15th, 2016

Welcome to the next entry in the Artifacts Collection as we share some images from the 1980s.


AIM Coalition Featured in MedPageToday

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: July 13th, 2016

The Aging in Motion Coalition was featured in MedPageToday’s online resource article, “Sarcopenia: Muscle Weakness Creeps Up With Age.”


Webinar on Sarcopenia Cut-Points

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: July 12th, 2016

On June 13, the Aging in Motion (AIM) Coalition presented a one-hour webinar titled “Sarcopenia Cut-Points." The webinar highlighted how national and international leaders are making efforts to reach an agreement on appropriate cut-points for sarcopenia. The webinar is now available for viewing on demand.


Celebrating Centenarians and Studying Longevity

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: July 8th, 2016

This week a couple of interesting news stories focused on the lives of two centenarians caught our attention. While we look at the accomplishments of our featured centenarians, we also delve more into why some people live longer.


The Alliance's Sue Peschin on the Value of Aging in Society

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 6th, 2016

The president and CEO of the Alliance, Sue Peschin, MHS, discusses the value of aging in American society.


Lives Changed: Grandmother's Alzheimer's Diagnosis Impacts Change

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: June 30th, 2016

In this Lives Changed entry, Alliance for Aging Research's Communications Associate Breanna Bishop recounts how her grandmother's Alzheimer's disease diagnosis impacted her life. Here is the story of how this experience led her to want to make a difference in the lives of others affected by the disease.


Healthy Aging for Men

Author: Julie Potyraj

Date: June 27th, 2016

During June each year, individuals and organizations across the nation take the opportunity to celebrate Men’s Health Month — a campaign focused on four pillars: awareness, prevention, education and family.


Alliance's Bens Speaks at Capitol Hill Briefing on Precision Medicine

Author: Noel lloyd

Date: June 24th, 2016

On Wednesday, the Alliance’s Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens spoke at a Congressional Life Sciences Caucus briefing about precision medicine on Capitol Hill.


A Look Back at Alliance Dinner Speeches Past, Part III

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 22nd, 2016

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, we share the speeches of two more of our previous Annual Dinner honorees: J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., and the Hon. Allyson Y. Schwartz.


A Guide to Simple and Safe Disposal of Medications

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 21st, 2016

Here's a guide on how to simply and safely dispose of medications.


We Are Family: Alzheimer's Caregivers and the Role of Community

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 16th, 2016

Jeanie Harris and Sharon R. Melancon had their lives changed when their 91-year-old mom, Peggy, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Here is their story of how they endured the heartache of losing their mom, found the support in the love of family, and started a community to connect their fellow Alzheimer's caregivers.


Alliance Offers Comments on FDA OTC Monograph User Fees

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 15th, 2016

Last Friday, on June 10, Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens presented comments on behalf of the Alliance at a U.S. Food and Drug Administration public meeting focused on OTC monograph user fees. 


Controlling Blood Sugar Could Slow Progression of Diabetic Retinopathy, Says NIH Study

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 13th, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced encouraging news about diabetic retinopathy, a serious and irreversible complication of diabetes.


Health Education for Older Adults a Big Part of Who We Are

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 9th, 2016

When older adults and their caregivers have access to educational resources, they can make more informed decisions about their health. Serving as a source for reliable information on the health and well-being of older people is a big part of who we are.


HROTW: Resources to Keep Your Heart in Rhythm

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 7th, 2016

June 6 through 12 is World Heart Rhythm Week, which provides an opportunity for us to learn more about heart rhythm disorders, including atrial fibrillation. So, for our Health Resource of the Week, we present you with our excellent series of educational materials about AFib.


Tragic Passing of Muhammad Ali Reminder of the Dangers of Sepsis

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 6th, 2016

Over the weekend, we lost Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest athletes of all time and an inspiration to millions, from complications due to sepsis. As we mourn his passing, it's also a reminder of the impact of sepsis on older adults.


My Korean Mom Says She’s Ready to Slow Down…And I Finally Sort of Believe Her

Author: Trish Broome

Date: June 2nd, 2016

In our latest entry in the Aging in the 21st Century series, writer Trish Broome lovingly shares the inspiring story of her mom, Korean-American Bok Ja "Pepsi" Smith.


Three New Resources for Older Americans Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 26th, 2016

As we continue our celebration of Older Americans Month, here are three resources to help older adults live longer and healthier lives. 


A Look Back at Alliance Dinner Speeches Past, Part II

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 25th, 2016

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, we take another step back into our digital archives to show you the speeches of two more of our previous Annual Dinner honorees: Scott Simon and Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.


Missed Our #NutritionAging Twitter Chat? We Have You Covered

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 24th, 2016

Did you miss the May 23 #NutritionAging chat? Don't worry; we have you covered.


The Global Challenge of Diabetic Retinopathy Illustrated

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 20th, 2016

This infographic from the new Silver Book®: Diabetic Retinopathy factsheet gives an overview of the global impact of diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness worldwide.


Lives Changed: Lori Greene's Journey with Stroke

Author: Lori Greene

Date: May 17th, 2016

In the first entry in our blog series, Lives Changed, Lori Greene shares her journey with stroke. 


We Bring People and Organizations Together to Advance Science

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 13th, 2016

A major way the Alliance advances science is through building coalitions of diverse organizations and individuals to bring visibility and support to health research, with the ultimate goal of improving the healthy length and quality of life for everyone. Learn more. 


Don't Miss This Seminar on Nutrition, Fasting, Longevity, and Diseases

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 11th, 2016

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) holds its spring seminar with Dr. Valter Longo  from the University of Southern California on nutrition, fasting, longevity, and diseases. 


10 Things to Know about Malnutrition and Older Adults

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 10th, 2016

Here are 10 things to know about malnutrition and older adults.


A Look Back at Alliance Dinner Speeches Past

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 5th, 2016

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, we take a step back into our digital archives to show you the speeches of two of our previous Annual Dinner honorees: Dr. Rudy Tanzi and Jeremy Bloom.


May Events for Older Americans Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 4th, 2016

During Older Americans Month, here are some events to keep you informed on research and health topics of interest to older adults. 


We're Hiring a Communications Associate

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 2nd, 2016

The Alliance is hiring a communications associate. Check out all the details.


April 30 Is National Prescription Take Back Day

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 29th, 2016

Tomorrow, April 30, is National Prescription Take Back Day. If you have unwanted medications, you won't want to miss this opportunity to safely dispose of them.


Good News about Sarcopenia from the AIM Coalition

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 27th, 2016

Today, the Aging in Motion Coalition made a major announcement: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established an ICD-10-CM code for sarcopenia.


30 Memorable Events from 1986

Author: Sarah DiGiovine

Date: April 26th, 2016

Do you remember these 30 events from 30 years ago?


Alliance's Peschin and Perry Featured in Palo Alto Longevity Prize Video

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 25th, 2016

Alliance President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, and Founder Dan Perry talk about healthspan, the Alliance's mission, and the Palo Alto Longevity Prize in this new video.


Champion Senior Swimmer DeEtte Sauer Finds Her 'Bliss Point'

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 22nd, 2016

In this second entry in the Aging in the 21st Century series, champion swimmer DeEtte Sauer talks about finding her "bliss point" as an older adult and the long road it took to get there. 


Expert Webinar on Frailty This Thursday

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 19th, 2016

This Thursday, April 21, at 10 a.m. ET, the Aging in Motion Coalition holds a free expert webinar on frailty with featured speaker Francesca Cerreta, senior scientific officer, ‎European Medicines Agency (EMA).


An Update on the 2016 Advances in Geroscience Science Summit

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 15th, 2016

Learn more about the Disease Drivers in Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit that was held in New York City on April 13 and 14.


Today We Turn 30

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 11th, 2016

Today, the Alliance celebrates its 30th birthday.


Welcome to the Artifacts Collection

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 7th, 2016

Welcome to Part 1 of the Artifacts Collection, where we display items we've unearthed from our past 30 years of history.


NIA's Dr. Felipe Sierra on This Month's Geroscience Summit in NYC

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 6th, 2016

The National Institute on Aging's Dr. Felipe Sierra talks about this month's Disease Drivers of Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit in New York City.


HROTW: Video: Nutrition for a Healthy Life

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 5th, 2016

Our Health Resource of the Week introduces you to a new video focused on the importance of nutrition for a healthy life.


Advancing Science for Longer, Healthier Lives

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 1st, 2016

Why do we advocate for medical research? Our first entry in the Who We Are blog series offers insights. 


Alliance's Bens to Participate in Symposium on Frailty

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 29th, 2016

On April 7, the Alliance's Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens will participate in a symposium titled "Frailty as a Baseline Stratification Parameter and Potential Therapeutic Target" at the 28th Annual EuroMeeting in Hamburg, Germany.


HROTW: Resources for National Poison Prevention Week

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 25th, 2016

For our Health Resource of the Week, a round up of important poisoning prevention resources.


Carstensen, Cassidy to Be Honored at 2016 Alliance Dinner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 24th, 2016

The Alliance has named Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D., as its 2016 Silver Innovator Award winner and Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D., from Louisiana as its 2016 Distinguished Public Service Award winner.


Alliance Puts Focus on Medication Safety during National Poison Prevention Week

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 23rd, 2016

During National Poison Prevention Week, the Alliance offers resources galore to educate and motivate you to practice medication safety.


Our #SafeMedsChat Is Tomorrow!

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 22nd, 2016

The Alliance's #SafeMedsChat on Twitter is tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET. Find out how you can be a part!


10 Things to Know during National Nutrition Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 18th, 2016

Here are 10 things to know during National Nutrition Month.


Beverlye Hyman Fead: Don't Be Afraid of Aging

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 17th, 2016

An older adult offers this advice: Don't be afraid of aging.


Press Release about National Poison Prevention Week 2016

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 17th, 2016

The Poison Prevention Week Council, of which the Alliance for Aging Research is a part, has issued a press release in advance of National Poison Prevention Week.


March Is DVT Awareness Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 15th, 2016

March is National Deep Vein Thrombosis Month. Learn more about DVT with these resources.


Healthy Aging and Nutrition: Here’s What You Need to Know

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 11th, 2016

Learn what you need to know about nutrition and healthy aging in less than 15 minutes.


Celebrating 30 Years over 30 Weeks

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 10th, 2016

We kick off a 30-week campaign to celebrate the Alliance's 30 years of advancing science and enhancing lives.


Learn about the SPYRAL HTN Global Clinical Trial Program

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 9th, 2016

The SPYRAL HTN Global Clinical Trial Program includes two clinical studies that will evaluate Medtronic’s investigational technology for high blood pressure.  


HROTW: Video on What to Know About OTC Meds

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 3rd, 2016

Our Health Resource of the Week is a new video that introduces you to what you need to know about over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications. 


Bill for Alzheimer’s Disease Postal Stamp Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 2nd, 2016

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives for a Alzheimer's disease research postal stamp.


Four Multimedia Resources for Heart Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 29th, 2016

As we close out American Heart Month, here are four multimedia resources to keep the learning going.


Former Surgeon General Benjamin Promotes Walking's Health Benefits

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 24th, 2016

Former Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin touts the health benefits of walking.  


Join Us on March 23 on Twitter for a #SafeMedsChat

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 22nd, 2016

Join us on March 23 at 1 p.m. ET on Twitter for a #SafeMedsChat about safe usage, storage, and disposal of medications. 


Seniors Decide Event Spotlights Issues Affecting Older Adults

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 19th, 2016

The Seniors Decide forum offered a platform to spotlight the issues that are most important to older adults in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election.


The President’s Budget: Read the Numbers, Not the Headlines

Author: Ryne Carney

Date: February 18th, 2016

The Obama administration’s FY 2017 vision for the federal government does not include continuing increases for America’s biomedical research community.


Four Conditions to Know About for American Heart Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 16th, 2016

In recognition of American Heart Month, here are four conditions to know about.


HROTW: Quiz on OTC Pain Medications

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 10th, 2016

This Health Resource of the Week challenges you to test your knowledge about OTC pain medications.


Alzheimer's Disease and Personalized Medicine Webinar/February 29

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 8th, 2016

On February 29, the ACT-AD coalition holds a webinar about Alzheimer's disease and personalized medicine. 


New Pocket Films on Safe Medication Usage and Storage

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 5th, 2016

The Alliance has released two new pocket films on safe OTC pain medication use and storage.


Today Is World Cancer Day

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 4th, 2016

World Cancer Day reminds us that, while cancer is terrible, there's hope for a cure in research.


Alliance Founder Dan Perry Talks All Things Aging to Wednesday Morning Group

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 3rd, 2016

Alliance Founder Dan Perry talks aging research with the Wednesday Morning Group.


Experts to Debate Whether 'Lifespans Are Long Enough'

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 2nd, 2016

Experts debate the pros and cons of longer lifespans.


HROTW: Infographic on Cancer's Impact

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 29th, 2016

Our Health Resource of the Week is an infographic on cancer's impact and the value of innovation and treatment.


It's Cold Outside! Tips on Staying Warm

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 26th, 2016

It's cold out there. Here are some tips on how to stay safe and warm.


In Memory of James E. Birren, Ph.D.

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 25th, 2016

The Alliance recognizes the enduring legacy of James E. Birren, Ph.D., who passed away at age 97 this month.


HROTW: Test Your Knowledge of Venous Thromboembolism

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 22nd, 2016

Our Health Resource of the Week is a quiz to test your knowledge of venous thromboembolism.  


Study Looks at Alzheimer's Potential Impact on China

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 21st, 2016

A new study discusses the potential long-term impacts China could face from Alzheimer's disease.


We Are Looking for a Communications Intern

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 19th, 2016

The Alliance is looking for a talented and passionate Communications intern.


Infographic Incapsulates Malnutrition Crisis among Older U.S. Adults

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 14th, 2016

This infographic casts awareness on the issue of malnutrition among older adults in the U.S.


New Book Looks at Aging with Honesty and Humor

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 13th, 2016

Author Beverlye Hyman Fead's new book Aging in High Heels captures the process of aging with humor, honesty, and a big dose of inspiration.


McKnight's Features Guest Column about HAIs by Alliance's Peschin

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 12th, 2016

Alliance President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, wrote a guest column for McKnight's Long-Term Care News about how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could better improve prevention of healthcare-associated infections in U.S. nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities. 

 


HROTW: Preventing Stroke from Atrial Fibrillation

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 8th, 2016

Our Health Resource of the Week features a video: Preventing Stroke from Atrial Fibrillation.


Older Adults Reflect, Dispense Wisdom in New York Times Article

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 6th, 2016

A year in the lives of six older adults age 85 and over from New York City was chronicled by The New York Times. Here are their stories.


Check Out Our New Health Information Page

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 4th, 2016

The Alliance has an new updated page with convenient access to information and resources about age-related conditions, diseases, and issues that impact the health of older Americans.


A December Update on PDUFA and MDUFA

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 22nd, 2015

A December update on PDUFA and MDUFA


Congress and the Omnibus Miracle

Author: Susan Peschin, MHS

Date: December 17th, 2015

Congress gave Americans a holiday miracle this week and reached a deal on a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill for FY 2016, increasing funding for NIH, NIA, and FDA.


Alliance's Peschin Featured in Article on the U.S. Longevity Economy

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 14th, 2015

The Alliance's Susan Peschin, MHS, was featured in an article on the longevity economy in The Straits Times, a publication in Singapore. 


Flu Season Is Here!

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 10th, 2015

While we can't stop flu season, we can fight back.


HROTW: Heart Valve Disease in Women

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 3rd, 2015

For our Health Resource of the Week, watch this short "pocket film" about how heart valve disease affects women. It's estimated that one in 50 women have valve disease; this grows to one in 10 for those ages 75 and over.


The Shingles Vaccine: Should I Get It?

Author: Michael Engler

Date: December 1st, 2015

Welcome to the next installment in our series on the importance of vaccinations. Last time we talked about immunosenescence, which refers to the weakening of the immune system that occurs when humans age, and influenza. This time we'll take a look at another disease: shingles.


New Enewsletters on Alzheimer's Disease and Healthspan Now Available

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 30th, 2015

This is a quick post to give you a heads up that the latest editions of the ACT-AD Coalition and Healthspan Campaign enewsletters are now available.  


HROTW: The Silver Book®, Diabetes

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 24th, 2015

Since November is National Diabetes Month, we have chosen The Silver Book®, Diabetes, as our Health Resource of the Week.


National Geographic Channel Special on Healthspan, Sunday, November 29

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 23rd, 2015

This Sunday, November 29 at 9 p.m. ET, the National Geographic Channel will debut an important special, The Age of Aging. Directed by Ron Howard, it highlights the pioneering research dedicated to extending our healthy years of life, or healthspan.  


Antibiotic Resistance (And Why You Should Be Concerned)

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 19th, 2015

You might be wondering what all of the attention is about or maybe even why we need to be aware about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance. After all, aren't antibiotics supposed to keep us safe from all manner of infectious disease? Read on to learn more.


Recognizing Family Caregivers Everywhere

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 18th, 2015

During November we celebrate National Family Caregivers Month to honor family caregivers. Every day millions of Americans selflessly juggle busy schedules, jobs, and other responsibilities to provide essential care for their loved ones.


A Turn for the Worse

Author: Susan Peschin, MHS

Date: November 16th, 2015

As we kick off Get Smart about Antibiotics Week, some thoughts from our President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS. 


Meet Healthspan Expert Steven N. Austad

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 13th, 2015

Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., is an aging research expert who shares his world travels, his work in the lab, and his participation in this month’s National Geographic Channel special on aging. Oh, and his experiences training lions in Hollywood.


Participate in an Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trial

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 12th, 2015

Participating in Alzheimer's disease clinical trials is a valuable way you and your loved ones can personally impact this disease.


Today We Recognize World Immunization Day

Author: Michael Engler

Date: November 10th, 2015

Immunizations are extremely important for preventing disease across the globe.


NIH Director Collins Gives Insights on Latest in Medical Research on Charlie Rose Show

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 9th, 2015

Francis Collins, Ph.D., M.D., the director of the National Institutes of Health, appeared on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS to discuss the state of medical research in the United States.


HROTW: Alzheimer's: The Race to the Cure

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 6th, 2015

Our Health Resource of the Week is a short video that focuses on how researchers are looking for ways to stop Alzheimer's disease.


NPR's Scott Simon on Why Older Adults Have a 'Genius for Life'

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 5th, 2015

Scott Simon, an award-winning journalist for National Public Radio, was the recipient of the Alliance’s Indispensable Person of the Year Award in recognition of his 2015 book Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime.


Why Get a Memory Screening?

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 4th, 2015

Some advice on why you might want to consider getting a memory screening.


Article Makes Case for the Extension of Healthspan

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 2nd, 2015

Extension of healthspan on a global scale is of utmost importance as the world population lives longer than ever before. Unless something is done to improve the health of older adults as they age, experts believe the health care systems of many nations could be overwhelmed.


Expert Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi Optimistic about the Future of Alzheimer's Research

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 27th, 2015

At last month's annual dinner, the Alliance gave eminent Harvard researcher Rudolph E. Tanzi. Ph.D., the Silver Innovator Award for spearheading his research lab’s “Alzheimer’s-in-a-dish model,” a revolutionary 3-D discovery that gives new hope for the development of therapies to treat and cure the condition. 


HROTW: Infographic on Healthcare-Associated Infections

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 23rd, 2015

For our Health Resource of the Week, we offer an infographic on the impact of healthcare-associated infections.


Four Facts about Infection and Its Prevention

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 21st, 2015

Here are some things about infection and its prevention that you should know.


Of Immunosenescence and Influenza: What You Need to Know

Author: Michael Engler

Date: October 19th, 2015

Learn more about influenza and the benefits of the flu vaccine for older adults.


Sen. Kelly Ayotte on the Value of NIH and Caregivers

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 15th, 2015

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH) was the recipient of the Alliance's Distinguished Public Service Award.


October 13, World Thrombosis Day

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 13th, 2015

Today we join with a host of other organizations in recognition of World Thrombosis Day to focus on thrombosis, an often overlooked disease.


HROTW: The Silver Book®: Vision Loss, Volume II

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 8th, 2015

Our HROTW is the The Silver Book®: Vision Loss, Volume II.


Talking about Your Medicines

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 7th, 2015

Today we want to talk about your medicines, as October serves as Talk about Your Medicines Month. 


A Memorable Evening at the Alliance Annual Dinner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 2nd, 2015

On the evening of Tuesday, September 29, the Alliance held the 22nd Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.


International Day of Older Persons Is Today

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 1st, 2015

Today the United Nations recognizes International Day of Older Persons to raise awareness about issues affecting older adults and to appreciate the contributions older adults make to global society.


Meet Our 2015 Annual Dinner Award Winners

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 28th, 2015

We recognize four people who have made extraordinary contributions to advancing healthy aging in national policy, science, and literature.


HROTW: Infographic on What Americans Feel about Pain

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 23rd, 2015

For our Health Resource of the Week, we share this infographic to make you aware about what Americans feel about pain and what they do to treat it.


Expert Jason Karlawish on Alzheimer's Disease, Bioethics, and the Future of Medicine

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 18th, 2015

This is the first in our occasional series of stories about experts who research aging and the chronic diseases of later life.  For our debut entry, we introduce you to Jason Karlawish, M.D.


ACT-AD Coalition Holds Eighth Annual Meeting

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 18th, 2015

On September 16 the ACT-AD (Accelerate Cure/Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease) Coalition hosted its Eighth Annual FDA/Alzheimer’s Disease Allies Meeting in North Bethesda, Md.


Alliance Debuts New Video on NIH's Impact

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 17th, 2015

Today the Alliance debuted a new video on the impact of the National Institutes of Health at the Rally for Medical Research in Washington, D.C.  


On This Grandparents Day Encourage Vaccination among the Older Adults in Your Life

Author: Sue Peschin

Date: September 13th, 2015

Today is Grandparents Day, an opportunity for families to make a special effort to appreciate their grandparents.


HROTW: Aging Healthy

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 11th, 2015

September is Healthy Aging Month! It's a celebration of people and the ways they stay in good health. 


Webinar on Sarcopenia and Patient-Reported Outcome Measures

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 9th, 2015

On August 27, the Aging in Motion (AIM) Coalition presented an one-hour webinar titled "Stakeholder Perspectives on Sarcopenia Patient-Reported Outcome Measures."


It's Healthy Aging Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 8th, 2015

Healthy Aging Month provides an opportunity to educate on the importance of healthy aging so we can ensure our later years are not just more numerous, but lived in good health.


HROTW: Living with AFib Brochure

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 4th, 2015

For our Health Resource of the Week, we share a brochure that gives you a complete overview of atrial fibrillation.


Five Ways to Make Yourself Aware about Atrial Fibrillation

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 3rd, 2015

All during September, the Alliance joins other organizations to spread the word about atrial fibrillation (AFib), as this is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month.  


Get Up to Date with These Newsletters

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 1st, 2015

We wanted to share an easy way to keep up to date on what's going on at the Alliance: our newsletters.


HROTW: Learn More about Vaccinations

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 27th, 2015

Our Health Resource of the Week focuses on some of the ways you can learn about why vaccinations keep us safe, no matter what our age.  


Upcoming Online Chat Focused on Heart Valve Disease

Author: Kait Reinert

Date: August 17th, 2015

Type: Blog

Cleveland Clinic, a leader in cardiac research, education and health information, will be hosting an Online Health Chat on Heart Valve Disease and Treatments this Tuesday, August 18 at noon ET.


Pocket Films Part of Cardio-Visual App Video Library

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 6th, 2015

Four Alliance pocket films have been included in the video library of the Cardio-Visual multimedia platform. 


HROTW: Vaccination Stats

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 5th, 2015

With our Health Resource of the Week, we thought we'd give you a glimpse into both the human and economic value vaccines offer to society.


Two New Clinical Studies Request Volunteers

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 3rd, 2015

We are sharing the following information about two new clinical studies.


Celebrating 50 Years of Medicare and Medicaid

Author: Sarah DiGiovine

Date: July 30th, 2015

Fifty years ago on July 30, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments of 1965 leading to the creation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs.


Capitol Hill Briefing Intros New White Paper on Vaccinations in Older Adults

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 29th, 2015

Today we released our new white paper: Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults.


Alliance Part of 2015 Healthy Aging Summit

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 28th, 2015

Over the past two days, the Alliance has been a part of—and a proud sponsor of—the first ever 2015 Healthy Aging Summit in Washington, D.C. 


HROTW: Quiz on Aortic Stenosis

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 24th, 2015

For our Health Resource of the Week, we test your knowledge of aortic stenosis.


Alliance Shoots Video in Support of NIH

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 22nd, 2015

Yesterday, we spent the day at the offices of the Interface Media Group to shoot a video on the vital importance of medical research to the national fabric of the United States.


Seeking Local DC People for Video in Support of the NIH

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 20th, 2015

Do you live in the DC area? Do you support the cause of the National Institutes of Health?  If so, we want to invite you to participate in the making of a video we are shooting this Wednesday, July 22.


HROTW: Learn about Heart Valve Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 16th, 2015

For our Health Resource of the Week, we join Adam Pick in promoting the importance of heart valve disease education and awareness.


Cynthia Bens Comments from MDUFA and PDUFA Meetings

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 16th, 2015

Alliance Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens took part in two important meetings at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week.


Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin on Being at the White House Conference on Aging

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 14th, 2015

Yesterday, the White House Conference on Aging was held in Washington, D.C. Our President and CEO Sue Peschin was among the individuals in attendance. 


Today Is the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 14th, 2015

Today, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark legislation.


Adam Pick Launches New Campaign about Heart Valve Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 13th, 2015

We have partnered with Adam Pick, a nationally known advocate for valve disease awareness and founder of HeartValveSurgery.com, to tell the stories of patients: Linda Kincaid and Nina Bamford.


What You Need to Know about the White House Conference on Aging

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 10th, 2015

This Monday, July 13, the 2015 White House Conference on Aging will bring together people and organizations from throughout the U.S.


Alliance Applauds Passage of 21st Century Cures Act in House

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 10th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research has issued the following statement on the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, or H.R. 6, today in the U.S. House of Representatives.


HROTW: The Value of Aging Research

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 9th, 2015

Our Health Resource of the Week is inspired by an important piece of legislation that's currently being considered in the U.S. Congress.


VIDEO: Sepsis in Older Americans

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 2nd, 2015

Every year more than one million Americans develop sepsis—a life-threatening medical condition that arises when the body initiates a powerful immune response against an infection.


Expert Robert Fielding on the Latest in Sarcopenia Research

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 30th, 2015

To help you learn more about what's been going on in the sarcopenia research space, we are linking you to an interview with Roger A. Fielding, Ph.D.


Friends of the NIA Comments on Senate NIH Funding Bill

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 26th, 2015

The Friends of the NIA has made the following statement on the Senate NIH Funding bill.


HROTW: Video Intro to Alzheimer's

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 25th, 2015

Since June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, we think this Health Resource of the Week would be appropriate.


Three Things to Know about Alzheimer's Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 24th, 2015

We want to share three facts you should know about Alzheimer's disease; facts that are both sobering and encouraging.


Friends of the NIA Holds Capitol Hill Briefing

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 23rd, 2015

The Friends of the NIA (FoNIA) held a Capitol Hill briefing on June 22 on "Turning Discovery into Health: Learn about the Latest at the National Institute on Aging."


HROTW: Safe Medication Infographic

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 18th, 2015

Our Health Resource of the Week puts the focus on medication safety and kids.


Friends of the NIA Comments on House NIH Funding Bill

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 18th, 2015

The Alliance's Friends of the NIA initiative has released the following statement on the House NIH funding bill.


Four Ways This New Website Educates about Heart Valve Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 16th, 2015

We've launched a new website aimed at educating about heart valve disease, a condition affecting more than five million Americans.


The 21st Century Cures Act: A Critical Bill to Improve the Future of Medical Research in America

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 12th, 2015

The 21st Century Cures Act represents a positive change in how American biomedical research will be conducted and streamlines the processes intended to deliver new medical cures and treatment to patients.


Noted Speaker and Author Beverlye Hyman Fead Shares Her Cancer Story

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 10th, 2015

Beverlye Hyman Fead is a nationally recognized speaker, writer, and producer. She also happens to be a cancer survivor.


HROTW: Valve Disease Quiz

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 9th, 2015

We feature a resource to test your knowledge about heart valve disease. More than five million Americans are diagnosed with valve disease each year. 


A Cancer Survivor's Story

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 5th, 2015

We share a story of a cancer survivor, Barbara Buck. 


Alliance Joins White House Effort to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 2nd, 2015

Today the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship was held in Washington, D.C., to “bring together key human and animal health stakeholders who are eager to take positive action to improve antibiotic use and prescribing in the U.S.” 


New Heart Valve Disease Site Helps Make Every Heartbeat Matter

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 1st, 2015

Today we have announced the launch of our new Living with Valve Disease website, an online resource hub where people can gather to learn and share about heart valve disease.


The Impact of Cancer (and Value of Research) in Three Infographics

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 28th, 2015

We share three infographics from a factsheet on the human and economic burdens of cancer as well as the value of research.


The Alliance Comments on White House Aging Conference Policy Brief

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 27th, 2015

This summer the 2015 White House Conference on Aging will take place in Washington, D.C.


Alliance Launches The Silver Book®: Cancer with Capitol Hill Briefing

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 21st, 2015

Today the Alliance debuted its 10th volume in its Silver Book®: Chronic Disease and Medical Innovation in an Aging Nation series. 


Elie Metchnikoff: Gerontology Pioneer

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 15th, 2015

Today we recognize the 170th anniversary of Elie Metchnikoff, who is considered to be the founder of gerontology. 


May Is Older Americans Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 13th, 2015

In 1963, Older Americans Month was established to annually recognize older Americans for their contributions to the nation. More than 50 years later, this tradition continues each May.


Webinar: Targets for the Next Generation of Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 11th, 2015

On April 27 the Alliance's ACT-AD Coalition held a webinar on the future of research, therapeutic development, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.


Stay Aware about the Dangers of Stroke

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 8th, 2015

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.  In fact, every four minutes someone in the U.S. dies from a stroke. Here are some things to know.


NIA Seeks Volunteers for Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trials

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 5th, 2015

Right now across the U.S. there are more than 150 Alzheimer’s disease and related clinical trials being conducted.


Pocket Film Gives Intro to Sepsis in Older Adults

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 27th, 2015

 The Alliance offers a short "pocket film" on how to recognize the signs of sepsis and how you can take action.


AIM Coalition Presents at Sarcopenia Conference

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 23rd, 2015

The Alliance's Aging in Motion (AIM) Coalition conducted a symposium today at the International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research (ICFSR) in Boston, Mass.


NIH Puts Focus on Alzheimer's

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 16th, 2015

Over the last couple of weeks, the National Institutes of Health has shared several updates about its work surrounding Alzheimer's disease and dementia. 


Dr. Rudolph Tanzi to Be Honored as Alliance's 2015 Silver Innovator Award Winner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 7th, 2015

Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., has been announced as the Alliance's 2015 Silver Innovator Award winner.


New Video on the History of the Alliance

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 20th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research has just released a new video chronicling the first three decades of our organization.


This Week Is National Poison Prevention Week

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 17th, 2015

This is an opportunity to raise awareness about the danger that poisonings create to people of all ages and to help prevent accidental poisonings.


A Bleak Future for American Medical Research...Unless We Act Now

Author: Dan Perry

Date: March 16th, 2015

Alliance Founder Dan Perry on the current state of medical research in the U.S.


Infographic on Pain Incidence and Management

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 10th, 2015

Today we released a survey of 1,600 Americans ages 18 and over that reveals insights on pain and OTC pain medications. This infographic offers a summary of the results.


Alliance Offers Comment on FDA Testosterone Prescription Labeling Communication

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 4th, 2015

Type: Blog Post

We wanted to share our reaction to communication from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding updates to the labeling of prescription testosterone products.


New Educational Videos on Atrial Fibrillation

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 26th, 2015

As part of our recently launched Living with Atrial Fibrillation campaign, we have two educational short videos available that we encourage you to both watch and share.


CDC Releases Alarming Study on Rise in Deadly C. Difficile Infections

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 26th, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a sobering report in The New England Journal of Medicine about Clostridium difficile (C. difficile).


Facts on the Value of Vaccinations

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 20th, 2015

As we continue through what has been a historically tough flu season, especially for older adults, we wanted to share some facts on the benefits of vaccinations.


Matching the Needs of Patients with Those of Our Federal Health Agencies

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: February 12th, 2015

On Tuesday, the Alliance for Aging Research responded to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee 21st Century Cures Initiative and its recently released discussion draft.


Learn More about AFib during American Heart Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 6th, 2015

This February we launched an educational effort on atrial fibrillation. 


We Are More Alike Than We Realize

Author: Susan Peschin

Date: January 22nd, 2015

Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin gives comments on precision medicine, MHS.


Alliance Takes Part in Hill Briefing on Medicare Advantage

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 15th, 2015

Type: Article

Yesterday the Alliance had the privilege of participating in a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) on the value of Medicare Advantage.


Healthspan Explained in Four Points and Six Minutes

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 15th, 2015

Here is a series of short videos that communicates why we believe the extension of healthspan is such an important priority.


What You Need to Know about Venous Thromboembolism

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 14th, 2015

We share some info about a condition that affects 600,000 Americans each year.


New Video on Life of Claude Pepper

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 7th, 2015

Our friends at the Claude Pepper Foundation have put together this moving tribute about the life of this great man. We invite you to take a few minutes to watch his story.


'Tis the Season for Medication Safety

Author: Guest Blogger

Date: December 23rd, 2014

We are sharing this guest blog post from our friends at the Up and Away Campaign about medication safety during the holidays.


Considering an End of Year Gift? Consider the Alliance!

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 22nd, 2014

Since you have come to this blog post, we thought we'd share why we believe you may want to consider supporting us with an end of year gift.


Alliance Submits Suggestions for NIA's Aging Well in the 21st Century

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 15th, 2014

The National Institute on Aging recently put out a call for comments and ideas for a draft of its strategic directions document, Aging Well in the 21st Century.


Geroscience and the Links Between Aging and Chronic Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 10th, 2014

The journal Cell recently published an article titled “Geroscience: Linking Aging to Chronic Disease.” It was authored by some of the leading lights in the field of geroscience.


#GivingTuesday Is Today; Consider Giving to the Alliance

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 2nd, 2014

Today is #GivingTuesday.


Alliance Founder Dan Perry Talks FOGO on December 2

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 1st, 2014

Dan Perry joined Pfizer chief medical officer, Dr. Freda C. Lewis-Hall, to talk about FOGO, or fear of getting old. 


Letter to President Obama: More Funding Needed for Aging Research at NIH

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 30th, 2014

The Friends of the National Institute on Aging has sent a letter to President Obama requesting an increase of $500 million to support biomedical, behavioral and social sciences aging research efforts at the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2016.


Conference on Quality Measures Set for This Thursday, October 30

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 28th, 2014

We wanted to share info about a conference that happens this Thursday, October 30, in Washington, D.C.


Linda Fried and Dan Perry Explore Aging in Society at Town Hall Interview

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 24th, 2014

Dr. Linda P. Fried and Alliance Founder Dan Perry participated in a town hall event on October 22 before a packed room at Columbia University in New York City. 


2014 Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner a Great Success

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 3rd, 2014

Last Tuesday evening, September 30, we held our 21st Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.


Superbugs and Seniors

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: September 26th, 2014

Type: Blog

The Alliance for Aging Research was fortunate enough to host an amazing group of leaders from the fields of aging, infectious disease, health care and government to discuss the disproportionate impact of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) on older adults.


Meet This Year’s Congressional Dinner Honorees

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 25th, 2014

One of the big highlights of our Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner is the distinguished individuals we honor for their contributions to advancing the science of human aging.


World Alzheimer’s Month: Improving Prevention and Treatment

Author: Bryan Luce and Jean Slutsky

Date: September 23rd, 2014

This is a guest post from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute on World Alzheimer's Month. 


Alliance Celebrates 21st Annual Dinner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 11th, 2014

Type: Blog

It’s that time again for our Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner.


This Grandparents Day Put Your Medications Up and Away

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 4th, 2014

This Sunday we celebrate National Grandparents Day.


Rally for Medical Research Is September 18

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 3rd, 2014

We wanted to share news about an important event taking place on Capitol Hill on September 18, 2014.


Don’t Just Act Out, Act to Increase Representation in Clinical Trials

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: August 29th, 2014

Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens talks about clinical trials.


Let This Be a Lesson for Change

Author: Susan Peschin, MHS

Date: August 26th, 2014

Alliance President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, on mental health in older adults


What Is the Silver Tsunami?

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 21st, 2014

The Silver Tsunami. It's a term we often hear in the news. But what is it actually?


Condolences to Martha Stewart

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 6th, 2014

We wanted to send our sincerest condolences to Martha Stewart and her family on the passing of her sister Laura Kostyra Plimpton. 


Consumer Reports Is Feeling No Pain

Author: Susan Peschin

Date: August 4th, 2014

Type: Blog

Alliance President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, writes about a Consumer Reports article on opioids and acetaminophen.


The Healthspan Imperative Kickoff

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 31st, 2014

The Healthspan Imperative made its big-screen debut in Washington, D.C.


Revised Guidance on Medicare Hospice Benefit by CMS Deserves Praise

Author: Sue Peschin

Date: July 24th, 2014

Type: Blog

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a policy this past week that is really important for people with terminal conditions who receive the Medicare hospice benefit, and it deserved to be noted.    


Update: Talaya Waller Birthday Update

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 1st, 2014

We want to thank Talaya Waller for her commitment to Alzheimer's research and for including us in her special tribute to her grandmother.


New Educational Resource on Acetaminophen Now Available

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 26th, 2014

Today, the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition released a superb new report called Acetaminophen: How It's Used, Preventing Overdose and What We Can Do to Promote Safe Use.


Alliance Public Policy VP Cynthia Bens on Aging and Chronic Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 23rd, 2014

Our Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens was recently asked: As Americans live longer, how can we tackle aging as a major risk factor for chronic disease?


Capitol Hill Briefings Lend Insights into Aging Research at the NIA

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 9th, 2014

The Friends of the NIA, a coalition led by the Alliance for Aging Research, hosted two briefings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on the National Institute on Aging and its aging research efforts.


A Birthday Party to Celebrate Aging…and the Research Behind It

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 4th, 2014

Talaya Waller turns 29 this month, and she’s throwing a big party in Washington, D.C., on June 21.


CER for More Patient-Centered Care

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: May 23rd, 2014

Type: Blog

There is increasing emphasis on shaping a system that makes optimal patient outcomes a priority. The Alliance has been paying close attention to Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) initial work to provide information on which treatments and technologies deliver the best results. 


Turning a Blind Eye on Patients

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: May 22nd, 2014

Type: Blog

Alliance Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens discusses AMD and older adults. 


NIH Geroscience Conference Recommendations and Summaries Now Available

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 15th, 2014

The NIH anounced it has released recommendations and summaries from the Advances in Geroscience: Impact on Healthspan and Chronic Disease summit.


Help the Alliance Celebrate Moms Everywhere

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 9th, 2014

Type: Latest News

At the Alliance, we are celebrating Mother's Day and everything they do.


Alliance Hosts Alzheimer's Film Screening at French Embassy

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 28th, 2014

On Thursday evening, April 24, the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., played host to the big screen debut of A Quick Look at Alzheimer's.


Paving a Path to Useful CER

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: September 23rd, 2013

My colleagues and I have written previously about the promise and potential of comparative effectiveness research (CER) and the work of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), but also of the challenges in defining the objectives of this research.


The Alliance's Cynthia Bens Interviews with A Place for Mom

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 12th, 2013

Our Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens interviewed with A Place for Mom about the work of the Alliance.


Robert Fogel: The Passing of a Great Scholar

Author: Dan Perry

Date: September 4th, 2013

As summer drew to a close this year we learned with great sadness of the passing of Dr. Robert Fogel, a brilliant Nobel laureate who in recent years focused on the economics of aging. 


Putting the cart before the horse?

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: July 29th, 2013

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) held a roundtable today on “implementation and dissemination” of PCOR findings.


Reasonable and Necessary

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: July 25th, 2013

The Alliance for Aging Research joined with others in the Alzheimer’s and aging community to call on CMS to provide coverage of Beta Amyloid PET without further evidence (also known as CED, or Coverage with Evidence Development).


Let’s Get Loud

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: April 5th, 2013

To quote Jennifer Lopez ,“C’mon people, let’s get loud!” Hang up your lab coat, leave your pad folios and ipads behind, and dust off your protest sign, it’s time to make some noise for medical research!


Scratching your head over CER implementation?

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: March 15th, 2013

You are not alone! Comparative effectiveness research (CER) is a tool that can have a significant effect on those receiving health care, particularly older Americans.


Yes, I'm Asking you to Sign a Petition

Author: Sue Peschin

Date: January 9th, 2013

This Alzheimer's petition holds the White House’s and Congress’ feet to the fire on the goals of the first national Alzheimer’s plan—and I am asking you to sign it. 


Recommendations for Advancing Alzheimer’s Interventions

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: December 18th, 2012

This week the Alliance for Aging Research and the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) released a new white paper titled Translating Innovation to Impact: Evidence-based interventions to support people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers at home and in their communities.


Heterogeneity or Just Plain ol’ Differences?

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: December 14th, 2012

The Alliance for Aging Research was pleased to be a co-sponsor of the National Pharmaceutical Council’s Myth of the Average Patient Conference in Washington, D.C.


The Medicare Advantage Experience

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: December 13th, 2012

The most effective way to slow Medicare spending is to reduce the cases of preventable chronic conditions and incorporate evidence-based care coordination into the traditional Medicare program.


TAKE on Glaucoma

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: November 30th, 2012

Millions of people live with glaucoma without knowing that they have the disease. 


David Stipp and the Transformative Promise of Aging Science

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: September 26th, 2012

David Stipp is a prominent science writer who has focused on medicine, science, and aging for decades for publications like The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Slate, Science, and more. The Alliance for Aging Research was very fortunate to have Stipp author a whitepaper--The Transformative Promise of Aging Science--to help launch our Healthspan Campaign earlier this year.


How Close Are We To Preventing the Diseases of Aging

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: August 8th, 2012

This summer the President & CEO here at the Alliance for Aging Research, Dan Perry, was asked to participate in the annual melding of the foremost medical minds known as TEDMED. At the meeting, Dan gave a fantastic 13 minute talk that really summed up how “tantalizingly close” researchers are to that “fountain of youth."
 


Getting the Balance Right on ACOs

Author: Dan Perry

Date: July 26th, 2012

It sounds simple: to fix American health care we just need to spend less on ineffective treatments and invest more in high quality medical care. And like solutions that sound simple, getting this balance right can be devilishly difficult.


IOM Recommends Boost to Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: July 16th, 2012

Groups like the Alliance for Aging Research and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) have long been calling attention to the looming crisis that we face with extreme current and projected shortages in our geriatric workforce. According to recent data from AGS there are currently only 7,029 certified geriatricians in the U.S. —half of what we currently need—and those numbers are in steep decline. Just imagine what these numbers will look like when our 65 and older population grows from 40.3 million now to 72.1 million in 2030.


2012 MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award Goes to Dr. Linda Fried

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: June 25th, 2012

We are very excited at the Alliance for Aging Research to announce that Linda Fried, MD, MPH, Dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, is the recipient of this year’s MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award. Dr. Fried is a well-respected and well-known scholar and was selected in honor of her innovative work contributing pragmatic solutions to address the rising cost of health care associated with the aging of our nation, preventive strategies aimed at keeping aging populations healthier longer, and thought leadership on the positive contributions that greater longevity brings to society.


Dan Perry Talks about Healthspan at TEDMED 2012

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: May 2nd, 2012

TEDMED left its home in San Diego this year to debut at the Kennedy Center in DC, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The speaker line-up was full of big names like Francis Collins, Katie Couric, and Billie Jean King and the big ideas ranged from designing new DNA, to using mathematics to personalize cancer treatments, to the shift of the scientific method in the face of a data-dominated world. One particularly interesting talk came from our own President & CEO Daniel Perry, who spoke about whether or not “Cells Have a Mid-Life Crisis.”


Scientists Boosting Device Reliability by Decreasing Consumption

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: March 14th, 2012

Ask a patient with an implantable medical device what they hope to get out of their device, and they’ll likely say reliability, small size and longevity. Unfortunately, according to a report by the Community Report Development Information Service (CORDIS) of the European Commission, implantable medical devices face a fundamental flaw; the more complex they become, the more power they consume, and the more prone they are to failure. 


Release of The Silver Book: Vision Loss Volume II

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: March 12th, 2012

Last Wednesday the Alliance for Aging Research released the 7th volume of The Silver Book series. This latest volume focuses on vision loss and was released in partnership with the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) during their Decade of Vision: 2010-2020


Big Boost for Alzheimer's

Author: Sue Peschin

Date: February 9th, 2012

This week’s press event announcing an immediate $50 million infusion of NIH funding to Alzheimer’s research—along with commitments to include an additional $80 million in research dollars and $26 million in services and supports in the President’s FY 2013 budget—was monumental on a number of fronts.


New Air Standards will Improve Health

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: February 3rd, 2012

New air standards issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December are expected to have far-reaching effects on both pollution and public health. 


Challenges and Opportunities for PCORI and CER

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: January 30th, 2012

In a time of skyrocketing health care costs, both the private and public sectors struggle to balance economics with access to high quality health care. Evidence from comparative effectiveness research (CER) and “head-to-head” clinical trials is increasingly being used in health care treatment decision-making around the globe, but how will this affect access to quality care? More importantly, where will the public draw the line between cost and access?


A Grand Challenge in Need of a Grand Solution

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: January 26th, 2012

The President announced plans late last year to create a National Bioeconomy Blueprint. This Blueprint would detail government-wide steps “to harness biological research innovations to address national challenges in health, food, energy, and the environment.” The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recently solicited comments to inform the Blueprint.


PhARMA Patents; Fueling Innovation, Padding Portfolios, or Good Clean Fun?

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: January 25th, 2012

This week in the Wall-Street Journal Dr. Els Torreele, director of the Access to Essential Medicines Initiative of the Open Society Foundation's Public Health Program based in New York, and Dr. Josh Bloom, director of chemical and pharmaceutical sciences at the American Council on Science and Health also based in New York, were asked an interesting question; should patents on pharmaceuticals be extended to encourage innovation?


Learning about Safe Medication Use--It's a Must!

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: January 19th, 2012

Older Americans make up 13% of our population but account for 34% of all prescription medication use and 30% of all over-the-counter (OTC) medication use. This is due in large part to the fact that 4 out of 5 older Americans has 1 or more chronic conditions—often requiring multiple medications at once.


Responding to the Aging of the Population

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: January 9th, 2012

A group of aging and Alzheimer’s advocates will be meeting this week with the senior leadership of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to call for an increase in funding for the National Institute on Aging (NIA). In advance of this meeting, the group has orchestrated a sign-on letter to demonstrate widespread support for $1.4 billion, an increase of $300 million, in the FY 2013 NIH Budget to support the NIA. A similar letter was generated last year and garnered more than 400 signatures.


Are we there yet?

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: January 6th, 2012

Many of you may still have this phrase ringing in your ears if you traveled with children for any length of time this past holiday season. Representatives from the ACT-AD Coalition, chaired by the Alliance for Aging Research, heard these same words almost two years ago, not uttered from the mouths of babes, but rather by prominent officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a conversation regarding evidence to support the use of biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease in clinical trials for “disease-modifying” therapies.


The Battle Over Science in America - Where are you?

Author: Dan Perry

Date: January 6th, 2012

Conventional political wisdom holds that economics will dominate the Presidential contest this year. That may be true, but increasingly clashes over scientific issues roil the American political waters: think global climate change, sex education, evolution, and Plan-B the so-called morning after pill. 


Cold Weather Linked to Boost in Heart Attack Risk

Author: Kaitlin Reinert

Date: January 4th, 2012

A study published online in the British Medical Journal reported each 1.8 degree Fahrenheit reduction in average daily temperature was associated with a cumulative 2% increase in risk of heart attack over a 28-day period, with the highest risk reported within two weeks of exposure to cold weather.


Alliance Announces New Science Advisors

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: January 3rd, 2012

We are really excited at the Alliance to announce the addition of five new members to our Science Advisory Board including a prominent bioethicist, a world-renowned neurologist, a Nobel Prize winner in economics, a leading longevity researcher, and the only cardiologist to receive all four major cardiovascular research awards. 


Drumroll please...

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: December 19th, 2011

And the winner is…medical research? Just in time to avert a government shutdown, Congress passed a $1 trillion spending package on Friday. This bill will fund all of the government agencies through the end of the current fiscal year.


Moving Along the Guiderails with CER

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: December 15th, 2011

In a time where health care spending is sky-rocketing, where will the public draw the line? Evidence from comparative effectiveness research (CER) is increasingly being used in health-care treatment decision-making around the globe, yet there is still a lot to be learned about how the public feels and where they think the lines should be drawn.


Breakthroughs in Understanding Diseases of Aging Earn Top Honors

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: December 14th, 2011

This November, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) released its “Top Ten Medical Innovations” list for 2011, and five of those top ten show great promise for diseases of aging,


Taking a Closer Look at Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: December 13th, 2011

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in people over the age of 65. Until relatively recently, people diagnosed with AMD faced an almost certain road of progressively worsening vision. For many, that road led to legal blindness. Thanks to new drugs, much of the vision loss from wet AMD can now be prevented—or at least slowed. In many cases, it can even be reversed.


The Aging Brain

Author: Dan Perry

Date: December 6th, 2011

The Washington Post has an interesting graphic in the newspaper today on the effects of aging on the brain. 


100 over 100

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: December 1st, 2011

The Archon Genomics X Prize Presented by medco® offers $10 million to the first team of researchers that can quickly and affordably sequence 100 genomes—of people at least 100 years old that is!


Rest in Peace, Dr. T. Franklin Williams

Author: Dan Perry

Date: November 29th, 2011

Those who care about increasing the good years of life through medical advances have lost another champion with the passing of Dr. T. Franklin Williams.


Thankful for More Years - And Hopeful for Better Ones

Author: Dan Perry

Date: November 22nd, 2011

Americans are living longer than ever – and that’s something to be thankful for. As Time points out, our oldest population is getting older as well.


Forget the Finger Wagging: It's Aging, Stupid

Author: Dan Perry

Date: November 17th, 2011

It was reported on the NBC Today Show that type 2 diabetes is on the rise worldwide – the number of adults suffering from the disease has doubled since 1980, and will double again by 2030. Why the uptick? Anchor Natalie Morales attributed the increase to “weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle.” There’s only one problem: It’s not true.


Age Reversal In Human Cells Points Way to Treatments

Author: Dan Perry

Date: November 15th, 2011

A story from the Agence France-Press wire service documents the strides being taken toward greater understanding of the aging process. The AFP highlighted a new technique out of France by which “cells from elderly donors can be rejuvenated as stem cells, erasing the ravages of age and showing that aging is reversible.”


FDA Under Fire

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: November 14th, 2011

Last month, the FDA published a long awaited report on biomedical innovation, their only course of defense in the recent onslaught against the agency. Historically, the FDA has played a significant role in the protection of our health, assuming sole responsibility for the approval of medical products, but it appears that congressional confidence in the agency is waning.


Why Isn't Alzheimer's Research Keeping Up with the Disease?

Author: Dan Perry

Date: October 26th, 2011

Alzheimer’s is the only top 10 killer disease in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even treated effectively over time. One big barrier: there are not enough volunteers for experimental drug trials for Alzheimer’s disease.


Losing Sight to a "Silent" Disease

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: October 18th, 2011

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the U.S.—yet in most cases, catching it early and treating it properly can mean saving sight. So why aren’t people taking the steps to find out if they have the disease, and treat it if they do?


And Naked Came the Mole Rat

Author: Dan Perry

Date: October 13th, 2011

Here at the Alliance for Aging Research we are huge fans of the African naked mole rat. Now, why would anyone love a 4-inch squinty-eyed hairless wrinkled rodent with buck teeth?


One More Step to Reasoned Understanding of Stem-Cell Research

Author: Dan Perry

Date: October 7th, 2011

Scientists at the New York Stem Cell Foundation Laboratory have done what scientists do best: they have narrowed the question. By creating cells capable of growing into any cell type in the human body, research is moving us beyond fear mongering over cloning technologies to study these cells as potential weapons against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes and other medical maladies.


PDUFA V Can Help Patients and the FDA

Author: Dan Perry

Date: June 30th, 2011

On June 26, 2011 I was interviewed by BioCentury This Week to share the Alliance for Aging Research’s impressions on the fifth reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration’s Prescription Drug User Fee program. Thanks to Congress, we and other active patient groups were able to lend an early voice in helping to shape how user fees might be used to help speed the delivery of better treatments and cures to patient in need of relief from Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Parkinson’s and many more diseases.

 


"Rescuing Cognition": CA vs. Alzheimer's Disease ~ By Don Reed

Author: Dan Perry

Date: February 2nd, 2011

This is one of the best articles on Alzheimer's I’ve seen to date. It is written by Don C. Reed, a stem cell activist in California, on the promise of current research, and on embryonic stem cells; bringing attention to a subject that is often forgotten and underfunded.

 


Sargent Shriver's Gift

Author: Dan Perry

Date: January 20th, 2011

Twenty-five years ago a young lawyer fresh out of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government came to a fledgling group called the Aging Research Policy Council volunteering free legal services. But first he needed support for pro bono work from his firm’s senior partner, Sargent Shriver.


Final Countdown...

Author: Dan Perry

Date: December 23rd, 2010

For years we have been urging federal funding increases in biomedical research by citing the countdown to the first wave of Baby Boomers turning age 65 and joining the Medicare rolls.


A Doctor Who Prefers 'The Dark Side'

Author: Dan Perry

Date: October 21st, 2010

It seems Dr. Carl Elliott has let his instincts as a provocateur get the better of his perspective as a physician and healer. Promoting his book "White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine,” Dr. Elliott, a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, finds it deplorable that physicians who use drugs to relieve human misery have any actual contact with companies that research, develop and sell those medicines.


An Early Salvo

Author: Dan Perry

Date: July 14th, 2010

When world class scientists and physicians call for a global project to modify human aging, it is time for policymakers in Washington and elsewhere to take notice.


Dr. Robert N. Butler, 1927-2010

Author: Dan Perry

Date: July 7th, 2010

The sudden and unexplained death of a beloved grandfather set Robert Neil Butler on the road to be a pioneer in the science and medicine of health and aging.


A Champion Falls

Author: Dan Perry

Date: May 25th, 2010

U.S. primary elections have taken down a fierce champion of medical research. For all of us who count on cures and treatments for the diseases that shorten and stunt human lives, the absence of Arlen Specter from the U.S. Senate will be deeply felt.


Not a Part of Normal Aging

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: January 26th, 2010

Even though it’s a serious condition that typically leads to death after the onset of serious symptoms (such as angina and syncope), aortic stenosis (AS) is under-diagnosed—and even more scary—under-treated.


A Long Time Coming

Author: Dan Perry

Date: October 6th, 2009

When I learned this week that Dr. Carol Greider will receive the 2009 Nobel Prize for Medicine I was happy for her and for the recognition this brings to science in pursuit of answers for human aging. But it is also disquieting to know how long it has taken for her contributions on the role of telomeres in cancer and aging to achieve the pinnacle of scientific recognition.


Obesity Found to Decrease Brain Mass in Older Adults

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: September 8th, 2009

Researchers from UCLA and the University of Pittsburgh have found more support for the benefits of exercise on dementia.


Organizing Your Health

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: August 10th, 2009

No matter your health status, a health organizer is a simple yet very helpful tool to keep track of important health information, so you don’t have to search high and low every time you or your health care provider needs to know information related to your health.


Preventing Injuries at Home

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: June 16th, 2009

Seniors age 85 and older are five times more likely to die in a fire than those younger mostly because of physical impairments. In addition, falls in the home can cause fractures, which can lead to loss of independence and health complications. During home safety month seniors and their caregivers should take steps to create a safer home environment.


Home Therapy: Improving and Extending the Lives of Older Adults

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: May 14th, 2009

Results from a new study show that a home-based occupational and physical therapy program extended the lives of those who received the therapy compared to those who did not.


NIH Accepts Public Comments on Draft Stem Cell Guidelines

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: May 7th, 2009

In response to President Obama’s March 9th Executive Order lifting the Bush Administration’s restrictions on stem cell research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued draft guidelines on the federal funding of this research. The public comment period for the draft is open through May 26th so there’s still time to have your voice heard!


Exercise Safe, Beneficial for Individuals with Heart Failure

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: April 22nd, 2009

If you are one of the 5 million Americans that have heart failure, a new study published in JAMA provides evidence that exercise may help you feel better. Researchers found that moderate exercise is not only safe, but beneficial for heart failure patients.


The Alzheimer's Epidemic Marches On

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: March 26th, 2009

Alzheimer’s disease has taken an unfortunate step in front of the national news spotlight as of late. The last two evenings, I have seen features on the evening news highlighting the devastating effects of the disease both as a public health epidemic and as a personal, family struggle.


Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: February 27th, 2009

Colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that can be prevented. Through a routine colonoscopy, physicians can remove pre-cancerous polyps which grow along the colon wall. Take the time during March, colorectal cancer awareness month, to learn more about risk factors and preventative measures for this disease.


A Research Jolt for Economic Stimulus

Author: Dan Perry

Date: February 17th, 2009

Medical research will get a huge boost from the economic stimulus about to be signed into law by President Obama.

 


Benefits of Caloric Restriction on Memory Shown in Humans

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: February 17th, 2009

In January, the Alliance held a briefing that discussed obesity in the U.S. aging population. Two experts in the field discussed the negative effects of obesity on chronic disease in this group. A new study presents more evidence that obese and overweight aging Americans could be putting their health at risk.


Major Step for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: February 13th, 2009

Reaching a major milestone for embryonic stem cell research (ESCR), the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first human clinical trial for a treatment based on embryonic stem cells. The trial—to be conducted by biotechnology company Geron Corp.—will focus on the safety of a treatment for spinal cord injury. The trial will start with up to 10 paralyzed patients who can be treated within 14 days of their injury. If it’s found safe, the company will expand the trial and shift its focus to effectiveness.


Improving Access to Dental Care for Seniors

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: February 10th, 2009

The health and overall well-being of seniors can be improved with regular dental services. In many circumstances, ignoring oral care can lead to the development of oral diseases, tooth loss, infection, and if left untreated, death.


A "Pro-Cures" FDA

Author: Dan Perry

Date: January 28th, 2009

One week into the Obama Administration and the choice of a new Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration may be only days away. This is a critical moment for anyone who will face a life-threatening or life-shortening disease or disability. Aging Baby Boomers take note: in time, if not right now, the FDA choice will affect you directly and personally.


Wear Red for Heart Disease Awareness

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: January 27th, 2009

During the past couple years, you may have noticed red dress pins being worn by women across the country. Maybe you also noticed the red dresses printed on some food labels in your local grocery store. This red dress has become the national symbol for heart disease awareness in women. On February 6, National Wear Red Day, wear red and encourage those around you to talk about heart disease—the number one cause of death for women in the U.S.


Eyeing a Healthy 2009

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: January 15th, 2009

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month--perfect timing to add an eye exam to your list of New Year’s resolutions.


Gearing Up for the Silver Tsunami

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: December 5th, 2008

As the Silver Tsunami approaches, more and more families will be faced with the choice of staying at home and caring for their loved one or finding outside assistance. The uBOT-5 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst may be available to help.


Gap between Beliefs and Actions in Early Detection of Alzheimer's

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: November 18th, 2008

While most people in a recent survey said they would encourage a loved one to seek early diagnosis if they suspected Alzheimer’s disease, when faced with the reality, only a small number sought out early diagnosis.


Nissan's Design Strategy Emphasizes an Aging Population

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: November 17th, 2008

Automaker Nissan has created a suit that simulates the affects of aging. This suit, worn by auto designers, mimics a bulging stomach, slow reflexes, physical weakness, and even vision problems. The designers’ goal is to make vehicles that are very friendly and drivable for an ever growing aging population thanks to the baby boom generation.


Silver Alerts for Missing Seniors

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: November 12th, 2008

One frightening reality Alzheimer's caregivers face is the potential for a loved one to wander and not be able to find their way home. A new idea has emerged--an Amber Alert system for the elderly, appropriately called Silver Alert.


Early Detection of Alzheimer's a High Priority for Consumers

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: October 29th, 2008

Voters for the American Express Members Project recently chose the Alzheimer’s Disease: Early Detection Matters campaign as the project they would most like to see funded. Close to 90,000 card members cast a vote—choosing from more than 1,000 potential projects. In the end, the winner was a campaign that will educate people about the importance of early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s—receiving $1.5 million in funding.


Chronic Disease and Depression

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: October 20th, 2008

Two studies have been published recently that talk about depression—but not as a stand-alone diagnosis. They discuss both heart disease and diabetes and the high comorbidity of depression.


Aortic Valve Surgery is Best Treatment for Aortic Stenosis

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: October 7th, 2008

Misconceptions about aortic stenosis can be deadly. About 4% of older Americans have been diagnosed with aortic stenosis, and in a recent Alliance survey, relatively few general practice physicians reported feeling confident when diagnosing and recommending treatment for the disease. Most general practitioners and geriatricians choose to refer their patients to a cardiologist instead of diagnosing or treating patients themselves.


Standing up to Cancer

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: October 1st, 2008

A couple weeks ago, NBC, ABC, and CBS aired a special entitled Stand Up To Cancer. Stand Up To Cancer is a charitable services fund of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and its purpose is to raise funds for what the campaign founders call “dream teams” of interdisciplinary and multi-institutional researchers. The founders believe that the scientific knowledge to beat cancer is there, but funding is preventing advancement from occurring.


Test Your Techno Tolerance

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: August 22nd, 2008

How do you feel about genetic engineering? What’s your position on stem cell research? Is it ok for us to invest technology that could make us immortal? What kind of restrictions should be placed on our use of technology? Are you a neo-luddite? Transhumanist?


Professor Rich Miller on Delaying Aging

Author: Dan Perry

Date: August 14th, 2008

University of Michigan’s Rich Miller has a telling eye for the symmetry and beauty of the natural world. Spend time appreciating his nature photography – which he brings back from the Galapagos Islands, Kenya, Patagonia and the Antarctic – and you will be entranced and enriched.


Data on Chronic Disease Helps Inform the Debate

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: July 11th, 2008

While Senators Obama and McCain agree on few things when it comes to overhauling the American health care system, both have acknowledged the importance of a plan that addresses chronic disease—the primary driver of health care costs. 


From Baby Boom to Baby Bust

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: June 2nd, 2008

The most recent podcast series on the SAGE Crossroads website focuses on the economics on longevity science. During a conversation with Daniel Perry, the executive director of the Alliance for Aging Research, the topic of the “baby bust” arose. The baby bust, as Mr. Perry explained it, is the period when the baby boom generation retires from the paid workforce in droves, leaving a huge staffing and experience gap across the spectrum. This could have very damaging effects on the US economy.


What Can You Do to Stop Alzheimer's

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: May 22nd, 2008

Last week, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor shared personal testimony before the Senate Special Committee on Aging about the burden of Alzheimer’s disease. O’Connor stepped down from the court in 2006 to care for her husband, who has the disease. As many people know, Alzheimer’s is an overwhelming disease-both on a personal level for families and for society. 


Easing the Burden for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: May 9th, 2008

About 10 million of the almost 45 million caregivers in the United States care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Most of these caregivers are not prepared for their new role, which takes a toll on their mental and physical health. Furthermore, Alzheimer’s disease is often called a “family disease,” because the daily stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects the whole family.


Well-Being Index -- The Dow Jones of Health

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: May 2nd, 2008

Earlier this week, Gallup and Healthways released the first data from their collaborative Well-Being Index—a Dow Jones type measure of the daily health and well-being of American adults. Polling 1,000 Americans every day for the next 25 years, the Index will be the largest data collection ever assembled on the health and well-being of large populations.

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New Documentary Helps to Debunk Stereotypes of Old Age

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: April 16th, 2008

Last Thursday morning during my usual routine of eating breakfast while listening to NPR’s “Morning Edition,” movie critic Kenneth Turan was discussing a new documentary, Young at Heart.


Is Diabetes Threatening our Economy

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: April 14th, 2008

A recent report from the American Diabetes Association confirmed that in addition to being a major public health threat, the increasing cost of diabetes is threatening the health of our economy.


Podcast Series on Personalized Medicine

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: April 9th, 2008

According to the a recent Washington Post article, more than 20 companies today offer personalized genomics tests that promise to help you determine what diseases you may get and gain insight into your personality and behavior.


Osteoporosis -- Something to Talk About

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: April 3rd, 2008

Ten million Americans have osteoporosis, and 34 million suffer from osteopenia or low bone mass, which increases the risk of developing osteoporosis. The aging of the baby boomer generation will boost these numbers to 52 million by 2010.


Spending or Investing? -- The Silver Book & Innovation

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: March 26th, 2008

With the presidential election looming and the state of our economy in question, it’s not surprising that health care spending continues to be a hot topic.


FDA Needs More Funding to Fulfill Its Mission

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: March 18th, 2008

On February 4, 2008, the Bush administration released its proposed budget recommendations for funding all federal agencies in fiscal year 2009. Under this proposal, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would receive a 2.9% overall increase in funding this year.


A Tribute to a Great Scientist

Author: Dan Perry

Date: March 11th, 2008

Not so very long ago, a medical researcher who chose to study aging was in some danger of committing career suicide. Gerontology was often associated with a dreary listing of physical and mental declines associated with old age.

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