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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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.    


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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. 

 


Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin Featured on Agewyz Podcast

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: August 4th, 2016

Alliance CEO and President Sue Peschin spoke with Agewyz's Jana Panarites about the elders in her family who continue to inspire her and how the Alliance is working to advocate for older Americans and their caregivers.


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.

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