Who we are
The Alliance for Aging Research, www.agingresearch.org, is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health. The Alliance was founded in 1986 in Washington, DC, and has since become a valued advocacy organization and a respected influential voice with policymakers.
What we believe
The Alliance believes that advances in research help people live longer, happier, more productive lives and reduce healthcare costs over the long term. Access to the latest scientific information empowers people to take control of their health. The Alliance strives to advance science and enhance lives through a variety of activities and initiatives—from policy issues to provider and consumer health programs—that generate knowledge and action on age-related issues..
What we do
Simply speaking, we strive to advance science and enhance lives through a variety of activities and initiatives. The Alliance has made aging research a fast growing priority for medical research today. Since 1986 federal support for aging research has more than tripled, private research and development in aging-related health has reached an all time high, and new discoveries are making a lasting difference to the lives of millions of Americans.
- Fights for legislation that will advance medical breakthroughs by working with policymakers in the nation's capital and across the country;
- Builds coalitions of diverse organizations and individuals to bring visibility and support to health research and its goals;
- Encourages greater funding for the National Institutes of Health and other public health agencies;
- Promotes greater private sector research efforts which complements public funding;
- Advocates for more research dollars to go to age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and Parkinson's disease, as well as better scientific understanding of the underlying aging process;
- Conducts grassroots education campaigns for health professionals and the public on diseases which disproportionately effect the elderly, such as congestive heart failure, incontinence, macular degeneration and high blood pressure;
- Conducts studies and surveys that examine important medical, behavioral and social issues associated with longevity, including a widely-quoted survey of American's attitudes toward health and aging;
- Serves as a source for reliable information on the health and well-being or older people, and on trends associated with with seniors; and
- Creates and disseminates health education materials to consumers in a variety of formats.