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Organizational Overview 

Members of SARA are gerontologists who are engaged in study of the problems of aging in all its aspects but with special education, training and interest in the practice of clinical gerontotherapeutics.  These practitioners devote a significant part of their career to the evaluation and management of patients during mid-life and beyond.  Although the majority of SARA members are medical or osteopathic physicians, many others are trained in health related fields.  All members of SARA are recognized clinicians, educators and scientists, many of whom are affiliated with medical schools and universities. Members of SARA contribute on a regular and continuing basis to the scientific literature on interventions in aging and conduct medical education programs on the subject.

 History

 There is a large body of unsubstantiated information, false claims and innuendo about how physical and mental "rejuvenation" can be achieved during aging.  This emerged in large part during the 1990’s as the result of business and commercial interests rather than medical research and clinical investigational efforts.  However, the anti-aging movement which was exploited by these financial interests was based upon sound scientific data reported in respected medical journals.  Nonetheless, practical application of clinical interventions in aging was not readily accepted by the main-steam medical community.  The reason was that anti-aging medicine does not use the traditional model of treating disease and its symptoms.  Instead, it is based upon the assumption that interventions to counter the maladaptive changes associated with aging would delay or oppose the onset of intrinsic disease and thereby extend life.  With increasing acceptance of this alternative view, the concept of an ethical society consisting of professionals seeking to take a health maintenance-oriented approach to medical practice rather than the traditional disease-oriented approach emerged with the new millennium.  That idea materialized in 2005 with the organizational meeting and First Annual Scientific Symposium of the International Society for Applied Research in Aging (SARA).  The new society was founded by a visionary group of individuals dedicated to serving as the active voice for clinical practitioners of anti-aging medicine around the world. 

Currently, anti-aging practitioners are not officially recognized or represented in the health policymaking bodies of influential medical/professional societies.  In order to address this need, a steering committee was organized to accept responsibility and dedicate a great deal of time and effort to creating SARA. Much care was given to choosing a proper name for the organization that would accurately reflect its emphasis on providing anti-aging practitioners an avenue for the study of scientific, social, political, and economic aspects of longevity medicine consistent with the highest levels of patient care and standards of clinical practice.

The impetus behind SARA's efforts has always been quality and cost-effective patient care for those hoping to extend good health and vitality for the duration of their lives.  The need for SARA was evidenced by the phenomenal growth of “anti-aging businesses” that recognized and exploited the enthusiasm of practitioners to become educated in the novel approach to health care.  In one of its most ambitious undertakings to provide a legitimate educational alternative, the founding Board of Directors organized and presented the first SARA Annual Symposium and Organizational Meeting in Tampa, Florida during the last week of October, 2005.  The Board planned and executed on a limited budget and in less than six months time, a high quality academic program that included clinical, legal and socioeconomic sessions.  

As it continues to grow, SARA is working to build a strong network of political and professional allies enhancing recognition of its role as the representative of anti-aging medicine around the world. As part of that effort it has established effective liaisons with multiple Anti-Aging medical societies from various countries, including those from Italy, Japan and Switzerland.

Today, SARA reaches out to anti-aging practitioners throughout the nation and abroad to enlist their participation in an association dedicated to the principles of patient care, education and clinical research.  SARA's continued growth is a testament to the importance of its mission and the need for such an organization now and in the future.

 Mission Statement

The Society for Applied Research in Aging (SARA) is a professional community of clinicians that is committed to improving and extending the quality of human life by providing leading edge, ethical, evidence-based and cost-effective interventions in aging for their patients.

Vision for the Future

The success of SARA in meeting its goals and specific objectives by the year 2010 is that it will be viewed as the anti-aging society most:

  • Valued by health care providers engaged in the practice of longevity medicine,
  • Trusted by patients,
  • Respected by health care decision makers worldwide for its efforts in maintaining the highest standards for patient-focused, integrative and holistic care.

 

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