Alliance for Aging Research

American nonprofit organization

The Alliance for Aging Research is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that promotes medical research to improve the human experience of aging.[1] Founded in 1986 by Daniel Perry, the Alliance also advocates and implements health education for consumers and health professionals.

The Alliance is governed by a board of directors. Susan Peschin is the chief executive officer and president.


Main policy areas include aging research funding, FDA funding, stem cell research funding and improving health care for older Americans. The Alliance holds congressional briefings to increase awareness of such diseases and conditions as osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, oral care and diabetes.


The Alliance also serves on a number of coalitions and committees including: Friends of the National Institute on Aging (NIA),[2] the Alliance for a Stronger FDA,[3] Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR),[4] Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease,[5] and the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging.[6]

White House Conference on Aging

The Alliance has been a part of the once-a-decade White House Conference on Aging, helping the President and Congress adopt resolutions to make aging research a national priority.[7]

Task Force on Aging Research Funding

The Alliance collaborates with many patient and advocacy organizations on the annual Task Force on Aging Research Funding, a call to action to Congress and other national policymakers.[8]

ACT-AD Coalition

ACT-AD (Accelerate Cure/ Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease) is a coalition of more than 50 organizations working to accelerate the development of treatments and a cure for Alzheimer's disease.[9]


The Alliance produces materials focused on healthy aging and chronic disease, particularly for the Baby Boomer population. The Alliance has developed resources on the following topics: Age-related macular degeneration, Alzheimer's disease and caregivers, osteoporosis, heart disease, Parkinson's disease and cancer, among others.

The Baby Boomer population now includes about 78 million Americans—27 million are ages 55–62 and 51 million ages 44–54.[10] This generation will begin reaching age 65 in 2011—increasing the need for healthy aging and chronic disease research.[11]

The Alliance has also developed a database called The Silver Book that compiles facts, statistics, graphs and data from hundreds of sources. A brief version of the online database is available in print form. Data is available for diabetes, vision loss, neurological diseases, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.


Every year the Alliance holds its Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner to highlight how policymakers work together to advance aging research and celebrate recent achievements.[12]

In 2008, the Alliance presented the Florence S. Mahoney Making A Difference Award, which honors an individual for his or her contribution to the medical research community, to Erik Fatemi.[13] The award remembers Florence S. Mahoney, who was instrumental in the foundation of the National Institute on Aging.[14]

From 2002-2008, the Alliance has hosted "Aged to Perfection", a wine tasting fundraiser bringing together individuals and experts from the biotechnology, health, finance, political and wine communities in order to show support for aging research.[15]

See also

  • Aging-associated diseases
  • Geriatrics
  • Research into centenarians


  1. ^ Alliance for Aging Research - About Us Archived 2008-09-17 at the Wayback Machine, Alliance for Aging website, accessed Oct 9, 2009
  2. ^ The Volunteer Center
  3. ^ Alliance for a Stronger FDA
  4. ^ CAMR
  5. ^ PFCD
  6. ^ NCMHA
  7. ^ The Volunteer Center
  8. ^ "American Chronic Pain Association". Archived from the original on 2009-01-11. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  9. ^ "ACT-AD". Archived from the original on 2008-07-05. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  10. ^ "2008 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
  11. ^ National Review
  12. ^ "Congressional Awards Dinner". Archived from the original on 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  13. ^ Legislative Issues[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "NIA. Accessed 15 October 2008". Archived from the original on 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
  15. ^ "California Healthcare Institute". Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-10-15.

External links

  • Alliance for Aging Research
  • The Silver Book: Chronic Disease and Medical Innovation in an Aging Nation
  • ACT-AD (Accelerate/Cure Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease)
  • National Institute on Aging
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