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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.

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.


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.


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.  


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


A Cancer Survivor's Story

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 5th, 2015

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


The Healthspan Imperative Kickoff

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 31st, 2014

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


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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'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. 


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


Experts to Debate Whether 'Lifespans Are Long Enough'

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 2nd, 2016

Experts debate the pros and cons of longer lifespans.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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 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.


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. 


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


How Older Adults Are Benefiting from the Internet of Things

Author: Julie Potyraj

Date: August 19th, 2016

With continued advances in health information technology and other factors, there is more data being collected about our health and behaviors than ever before. One of the major enablers of this dynamic is the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT)—a phenomenon that offers a growing array of benefits. Here, we’ll take a closer look at the Internet of Things—including how older adults are both contributing to and benefiting from these increasingly common technologies.


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.


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.


Meet Our 2016 Award Winners

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: September 15th, 2016

Next Tuesday, September 20, the Alliance will hold the 2016 Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner. Each year, we recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions to advancing the science of human aging, and this year is no exception. Meet this year’s award winners!


A Wonderful Celebration of 30 Years

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: September 26th, 2016

On Tuesday, September 20, the Alliance held the Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., with our peers and supporters to celebrate aging research and recognize outstanding people who help to advance the science of aging. The night was particularly special because it also marked 30 years since the Alliance was founded.


Resources to Stay Heart Healthy

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: September 29th, 2016

Today is a special day at the Alliance! It’s World Heart Day – a day to increase awareness and prevention of cardiovascular 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.


Her Life Is Anything But Ordinary, It's Extraordinary

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 17th, 2016

Arlene Lockhart is extraordinary. Learn why in this latest entry in the Aging in the 21st Century series.


Author Beverlye Hyman Fead to Host Talk at TEDWomen Event

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: October 26th, 2016

Award-winning author and speaker Beverlye Hyman Fead will host a talk at this year's TEDxUpperWestSideWomen.


Alliance Hosts Panel Discussion on the Value of Healthy Aging with the Bipartisan Policy Center

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: October 25th, 2016

Today, the Alliance and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosted a panel discussion, titled “Maximizing the Value of Healthy Aging to Society,” to discuss the work of David A. Wise, Ph.D., and the broader issues of assessing value in aging.


Are You Ready for the Health Care Costs of Retirement?

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 10th, 2017

Are you ready for the health care costs of retirement? Find out.


Alliance’s Peschin Presents at Reimagine Aging Conference in Baltimore

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 10th, 2017

The Alliance’s President and CEO Sue Peschin joined a distinguished line up of speakers at the Reimagine AgingSenior Solutions Conference last week in Baltimore, Md. 


Meet Expert Dr. Sheldon Rowan

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: June 15th, 2017

Meet Sheldon Rowan, Ph.D., from the Tufts University Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. He shares his knowledge about age-related macular degeneration, nutrition, and healthy aging. 


Senior Patient and Family Caregiver Network Holds First Advocate Mentor Training

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 22nd, 2017

On May 23 and 24 in Washington, D.C., the Senior Patient and Family Caregiver Network held its first-ever training session for its patient and family caregiver advocates. 


HROTW: Celebrate Healthy Aging Month with Proper Nutrition

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: September 1st, 2017

September is Healthy Aging Month! For our Health Resource of the Week, we’re highlighting the role nutrition plays in healthy aging with a short “pocket film.”


A Memorable Night of Honoring Heroes in Health

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: October 2nd, 2017

On Tuesday, September 26, the Alliance held the Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., with our partners and supporters to celebrate advancements in aging research and honor heroes in health who are dedicated to aging issues.

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