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Franklin Williams Dies

Franklin Williams, former director of the National Institute on Aging and a specialist of geriatric medicine, has died, reports The New York Times. Williams was 89. Williams led NIA from 1983 to 1991, where he urged researchers to study geriatrics and aging. In 1985, NIA spent more than $800,000 on research grants specifically devoted to the healthcare needs of people 85 and older, the Times says. He also started programs on Alzheimer's disease, elder health after retirements, and international collaborations on aging. The Times, which spoke to Williams in 1985, quotes him as saying, "We used to say, 'Too bad, you're old, nothing can be done.' Now we know that much can be done."

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