How individuals age will continue to be greatly impacted by the medical and health research being conducted today. While living well and exercising is important, many American are also counting on research to find new and better ways to treat, diagnose, prevent, and cure a number of diseases and disorders that present themselves as a person ages. The National Institute of Health (NIH) is key to advancing this research.
The Alliance for Aging Research believes that providing appropriate funding for the NIH is the only way that our country will be able to meet the health care challenges confronting it. Rather than debating how to cover the nation's health care bills, the dialogue needs to shift to how we prevent those bills in the first place. With the aging of the Baby Boom generation, this is more urgent than ever.
Document, TestimonyAlliance Calls for Increased NIH Appropriations in FY 2014
On March 15, 2013, the Alliance for Aging Research submitted testimony to the House Appropriations, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee, calling for $32 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in FY 2014. To justify this increase, the Alliance highlighted important NIH-supported work administered through the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and other of the NIH's 27 Institutes and Centers. Particular attention was paid to advances in understanding the basic biology of aging and its link to chronic disease and the formation of a Geroscience Interest Group (GSIG) comprised of 20 Institutes and Centers to coordinate discussion and action across the NIH on research into the processes of aging that underpin most major age-related disease.
To read the Alliance's testimony, click here.
Press ReleaseGrowing Burden of Persistent Pain Calls for More Medical Innovation
February 20, 2013
Related topics: Access to Breakthroughs   Aging Research Cancer Federal Funding Health Medical Innovation Persistent Pain Policy ResearchCynthia Bens, Alliance for Aging Research
Penney Cowan, American Chronic Pain Assoc.
Nicole Grady, American Osteopathic Assoc.
Paul Gileno, US Pain Foundationuspainfoundation@gmail.com, 860-788-6062
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Alliance for Aging Research released a new volume of The Silver Book®: Chronic Disease and Medical Innovation in an Aging Nation. This latest addition to The Silver Book series paints a comprehensive picture of the burden of persistent pain, and the value of innovation that helps reduce that burden. The briefing--held in partnership with the American Chronic Pain Association, the American Osteopathic Association, and the US Pain Foundation--featured a medical expert, a pain patient, and leaders from the partnering organizations.
Document, Feature ArticleTranslating Innovation to Impact
December 17, 2012 | Katie Maslow, MSW, Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine
Related topics: Aging Research Alzheimer's Disease Policy Quality of Care ResearchThis white paper presents the findings and recommendations from a review of the state of the art non-pharmacological treatments and care practices for people with Alzheimer's or other dementias and their family caregivers. It is intended to support deliberations by the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and other government and private organizations about hot to make effective non-pharmacological treatments and care practices available to people who will benefit from then. Its development resulted from a public-private partnership between AoA and the Alliance for Aging Research, with funding from the Metlife Foundation.