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IFAR Researchers Take Part in the Football Players Health Study

New iPhone app tests mobility and balance in retired players and the general public

November 9, 2016

New iPhone app tests mobility and balance

It’s said that with the rise of smartphones, we have the world at our fingertips. Now, thanks in part to researchers at the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR), that world includes medical research.

IFAR scientists are part of a collaboration that has created a new iPhone app to test the health of retired NFL players. But you don’t have to be a football player to participate, or to benefit.

IFAR Researchers Investigate Potential New Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

August 4, 2016

IFAR Researchers Investigate Potential New Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

When Josephine Pina of Boston spotted an ad in the Metro newspaper seeking individuals who had difficulty with thinking and who moved slower than usual, she immediately contacted the staff at the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) at Hebrew Senior Life. They were investigating the link between brain function, balance and falls in older adults. “I wanted to be part of the study and to see what the brain does at 67 years old,” she said.

Vibrating Insoles Could be Key to Better Balance, Says IFAR Researchers

July 27, 2016

Vibrating Insoles Could be Key to Better Balance

Recently, researchers from Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) published an article in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation giving evidence that sub-sensory vibrations delivered to the foot soles of seniors can improve mobility and reduce the risk of falls in the elderly.

Evidence-Based Program at NewBridge Independent Living Community in Dedham Reduces Fear of Falls

A Matter of Balance at NewBridge on the Charles

July 29, 2015

Evidence-Based Program at NewBridge Independent Living Community

Did you know that falls are NOT a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented? Hebrew SeniorLife works throughout Massachusetts and in our own senior living communities to educate seniors about this fact through our evidenced-based programs department. Our work supporting evidence-based programs helps empower older adults to become more active partners in managing their own health care.

Preventing Falls in Snow and Ice

March 5, 2015

Preventing Falls in Snow and Ice

There are a number of risks associated with the harsh winter weather—not just the frigid temperatures. One of the most threatening winter hazards is the potential for slipping and falling on patches of ice or snow. These falls can lead to a variety of injuries—from cuts and scrapes to broken bones. In fact, fractured ankles (at any age) and broken hips (especially for those over 50) are two of the most frequent common injuries that can result from falls on ice or snow.

Institute for Aging Research Expands Studies of Balance and Aging Across the Globe

February 26, 2015

Institute for Aging Research Expands Studies of Balance

It was six years ago in 2009 that a colleague of mine had to cancel lunch with Dr. Jue Zhang, a visiting scientist from Peking University, and asked me to stand in as host. At the time I had no way of knowing how profoundly that lunch would affect the course of my career. What started as conversation between two scientists getting to know each other over Chinese food has grown into a robust and productive aging research collaboration.

Rehabilitation Following Hip Fracture

Restoring the ability to do everyday activities

June 3, 2014

Rehabilitation Following Hip Fracture

A hip fracture is one of the most common injuries in older adults, with about 90% of fractures occurring in people over 60. Hip fractures usually require surgery (and possibly hip replacement) followed by intensive rehabilitation.  It is critical that rehabilitation services begin early and continue until the patient reaches his or her maximal functional level.   

Improve Balance and Prevent Falls

How Tai Chi and other balance-focused exercises can help restore mobility

May 15, 2014

Improve Balance and Prevent Falls

Life is a continual balancing act. When we’re young, it may seem as though we’re able to take on everyday activities with ease. But, as we grow older, our senses and ability to efficiently perform multiple tasks at the same time start to slowly deteriorate. Even the simplest of simultaneous activities, such as walking and talking, can disrupt our balance and put us at risk for a serious fall-related injury.

Fall Statistics for Seniors

January 16, 2014

Fall Statistics for Seniors

If you ask older adults, “What are your biggest fears?” many will tell you they have a fear of falling. Some have already fallen, while others have witnessed a friend or family member suffer a fall and its painful or sometimes life-threatening consequences.

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