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This page features brochures, newsletters, white papers, videos, and other resources devoted to the latest scholarship in aging research, age-related diseases and conditions, and living healthier, longer. Many publications are also available in hard copy

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Testimony
Testimony before Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health, on Examining FDA’s Medical Device User Fee Program

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: March 27th, 2017

On March 28, Alliance for Aging Research Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens testified before the United States House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health, at its hearing
on the FDA’s Medical Device User Fee Program.



Meeting Summary

Exploring Scientific Evaluation and Intake Recommendations of Bioactive Compounds and the Public/Private Path to Get There

Author: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: December 15th, 2014

On October 23, 2014, the Alliance for Aging Research, with support from Mars, Inc., convened key stakeholders from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and other non-profit organizations, the U.S. and Canadian Governments, academia, and private industry to discuss scientific evaluation of bioactive compounds. Dr. Joanne Lupton, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition at Texas A&M University, co-chaired the meeting with Susan Peschin, President and CEO of the Alliance for Aging Research, and described the goals of the meeting as follows: (1) to identify concrete ideas for creating an evaluation process for bioactives, including intake recommendations, and (2) to address issues with and opportunities for public-private partnerships. She also shared a working definition of bioactive compounds and suggested it be used for the discussion: Bioactives, according to the working definition, are “constituents in foods or dietary supplements, other than those needed to meet basic human needs, which are responsible for changes in health status.”

The meeting included four presentations that helped frame the discussion. These presentations were on perspectives from the Subcommittee on Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs), application of the DRI paradigm to bioactives, lessons learned from research on cocoa flavanols, and development of public-private partnerships.

Download the full meeting summary to learn more.



Public Comments

DefeatMalnutrition Letter

Author: DefeatMalnutrition

Date: November 13th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research signed on to a letter from the DefeatMalnutrition coalition, regarding the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Healthy People 2020 Objectives. 



Public Comments

Letter to CMS on Proposed Rule Change regarding Infection Prevention and Control Programs in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs)

Author: Susan Peschin

Date: September 14th, 2015

This is a letter from the Alliance to Centers to the Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its issuing of a proposed rule change regarding Infection Prevention and Control Programs (IPCP) in long-term care facilities (LTCFs).



Pocket Film

MALNUTRICIÓN Una epidemia oculta entre los adultos de mayor edad

Date: May 9th, 2016

La malnutrición no sólo se da en los mayores que sufren hambre o que no tienen acceso a comida saludable. Le puede suceder también a adultos con enfermedades crónicas porque corren más riesgo de sufrir malnutrición. Enfermedades como el cáncer, la diabetes, el Alzhéimer y otras dolencias, pueden tener impacto sobre el apetito, haciendo que sea difícil comer, que haya cambios en el metabolismo y que conlleve restricciones en la dieta. Este corto informa sobre quién puede correr riesgo de caer en la malnutrición, el debilitante impacto que tiene en adultos mayores, ofrece información para identificar la enfermedad y cómo puede tratarse y prevenirse. Este film también está disponible en español. 



Document

Malnutrition: Healthcare Professional Tip Sheet

Date: June 1st, 2016

Many cases of malnutrition go undetected because the signs are subtle, those at risk are often difficult to recognize, and the symptoms may look like a normal part of aging.  This tip sheet helps healthcare professionals identify at-risk patients, screen for malnutrition, and personalize a treatment plan if necessary.  The tear-off section is for patients and includes additoinal resources and information.



Pocket Film

Nutrition for a Healthy Life

Author: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: March 7th, 2016

Constant exposure to our environment, the things we eat, and stresses from both inside and outside our bodies all cause us to age over time. This film explores those biological processes of aging, how we can maintain health throughout our lives with healthy lifestyles, and how scientists are learning more about the specific nutrients that can positively impact health. This film is the first in a series produced in partnership with Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science.  Learn more here.

 

Related Topics: Nutrition



Pocket Film

Healthy Aging with Nutrition

Author: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: March 7th, 2016

A well-balanced diet full of essential nutrients can help support a healthy life. However, people with deficiencies, certain diseases and conditions, or with evolving nutritional needs at different stages of life may consider dietary supplements to add missing nutrients to their diets. Supplements are not regulated as strictly as drugs by the FDA, and headlines on nutritional recommendations seem to change from day to day. Watch this film for tips on a healthy diet, how to safely turn to supplements, and how to be a well-educated consumer. This film is the second in a series produced in partnership with Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science.  Learn more here.



Pocket Film

Heart Healthy Aging with Nutrition

Author: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: March 7th, 2016

Like everything else in our bodies, the cardiovascular (CV) system goes through the aging process. We do know that there are things we can do, however, to positively impact our cardiovascular health. Watch this film to learn more about the aging of our CV system, research on bioactive compounds and how they may help maintain heart health, and a look at how cocoa flavanol supports healthy blood flow.   This film is the third in a series produced in partnership with Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science.  Learn more here.



Pocket Film

Malnutrition in Older Adults: A Hidden Epidemic

Date: May 9th, 2016

As many as one in two older adults are at risk for malnutrition.  And it doesn't just happen to seniors who suffer from hunger, or who don't have access to healthy food.  This pocket film introduces viewers to malnutrition and includes tips on identifying, treating, and preventing this serious condition.

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