Research

To address the clinical issues and problems that need resolution and recommendations (see Subheading 2.), there must be support for research. The major support for aging research comes from the National Institute on Aging, the Department of Veterans Affairs, foundations, and industry. However, funding for investigations on issues related to infectious diseases and aging is relatively limited. Support for these types of research should also be sought from other agencies within the National Institutes of Health, i.e., National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and National Cancer Institute, because of the cross-cutting nature of diseases affecting the elderly and their secondary complication of infection.

Professional societies hosting meetings for presentation of research findings should reserve a section for aging research in their program. Organizations such as the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Interscience Congress on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (American Society for Microbiology), and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America should consider having a special category of "aging" for abstract presentation. Finally, journals that publish research findings on infectious diseases-related topics should feature a section on investigations in the area of aging (geriatrics and gerontology) and long-term care.

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