Blog

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

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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.” 


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. 


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.


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.


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.


'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.


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.


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. 


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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. 

 


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.


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.  


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.


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.


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. 


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.  


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Alliance Comments on the FDA's Commitment Letter for PDUFA VI

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 30th, 2016

In response to a call from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for feedback on its proposed Commitment Letter for the sixth reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), the Alliance for Aging Research submitted comments to the FDA for consideration.


Webcast on Results of the Alliance's Valve Disease Awareness Survey Now Available

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 7th, 2016

Last week, the Alliance held a webcast to discuss new survey results about valve disease awareness in the U.S. and the experiences of valve disease patients as they are diagnosed and seek treatment.


10 Things to Know about Vaccines

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: August 11th, 2016

The Alliance has just launched a new "pocket film" called Our Best Shot: The Importance of Vaccines for Older Adults

To help you learn more about this issue, here are 10 things to know about vaccines and older adults.

 


Flu Season Is Here!

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 10th, 2015

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


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.


Today We Recognize World Immunization Day

Author: Michael Engler

Date: November 10th, 2015

Immunizations are extremely important for preventing disease across the globe.


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.


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: 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.  


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.


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.


#OurBestShot Twitter Chat Archive Available

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 23rd, 2016

On September 22, the Alliance for Aging Research and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) hosted a Twitter Chat on the importance of vaccines for older adults. 


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.


Highlighting Infection Prevention to Keep You Healthy

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: October 20th, 2016

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) ends this Saturday, October 22! The week is an annual “awareness campaign to stimulate interest in and highlight the importance of infection prevention.” The Alliance is committed to highlighting the importance of IIPW through educational materials that raise awareness about infectious disease, HAIs, and the importance of vaccinations.


We're Raising Awareness for World Stroke Day

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: October 27th, 2016

Saturday is World Stroke Day! Find out how we're raising awareness. 


Give Thanks to Public Health Professionals

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: November 21st, 2016

Today is Public Health Thank You Day (PHTYD)! We’ve partnered with Research!America and leading public health organizations to recognize public health professionals who protect our health and safety daily.


Resources to Keep You Informed for National Influenza Vaccination Week!

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: December 6th, 2016

It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) – a national awareness week established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that focuses on the importance of the flu vaccine. We recognize the importance of vaccines, check out some of our listed resources to learn more!


Former Congressman Gingrey: Stronger National Awareness about Heart Valve Disease Needed

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 8th, 2017

More Americans need to know about the effects of heart valve disease.That was the message of an op-ed written by former U.S. Congressman Philip Gingrey, M.D that appeared on The Hill’s website.


New Pocket Film to Encourage Clinical Trial Participation

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: May 4th, 2017

We’re excited to announce that we have a new film that highlights the importance of clinical trials and why people should participate in them!

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