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Age is just a number. It’s your DNA that counts.

Could DNA hold the secret to how we age?

March 22, 2017

Could DNA hold the secret to how we age?

My grandfather lived to be 96-years-old, surviving mostly on red wine and M&Ms. He started smoking a pipe before World War II, and probably never saw the inside of a gym. He outlived two wives and one girlfriend, and died peacefully in his bed—without ever succumbing to an injury, illness or disability.

The Concerning New Trend in Osteoporosis Treatment

Too many are eschewing osteoporosis treatment and risking fatal injury

December 20, 2016

The Concerning New Trend in Osteoporosis Treatment

For thirty years, the incidence of hip fractures in older adults had been in decline. That is, until recently. Since 2012, that number has hit a plateau, which is very concerning to Dr. Douglas P. Kiel, Director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research. According to Dr. Kiel, “By 2050, the worldwide incidence of hip fracture is projected to increase by 310% in men and 240% in women compared to rates in 1990.”

Caring for Elderly Parents? There’s an App for That

New InfoSAGE app will assist multiple family caregivers coordinate care of loved one

December 6, 2016

Caring for Elderly Parents? There’s an App for That

These days we rely on hand held devices to manage almost every aspect of our daily lives. Alarm clocks? Forget it. We wake up to the beeping of our phones. Maps? Gone. Siri can direct us anywhere we need to go. Whether we’re communicating with our loved ones, reading the daily news, or updating slides for our next meeting, we’re often doing it with the help of a mobile device.

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.

Envisioning the Future of Senior Living Communities: Emerging Technology

An Interview with Dr. Lisa D’Ambrosio of the the MIT AgeLab

November 2, 2016

Envisioning the Future of Senior Living Communities: Emerging Technology

Earlier this year Hebrew SeniorLife Communities sponsored the “Senior Living Communities of the Future Forum” at NewBridge on the Charles as an opportunity for our residents’ adult children to hear from experts in their fields on the future of senior living communities.

We sought insights to some of their most significant concerns as they relate to aging as well as important questions about their vision of the life they want to lead in later years.

Institute for Aging Research Scientists Contribute to Dementia Care Best Practices

Aging research helps directly inform treatment care of elderly patients

September 28, 2016

Susan L. Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H. Senior Scientist and Director of Palliative Care Research Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Recently, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) highlighted the dramatic decrease in feeding tube use by patients with end stage dementia over the last 15 years.

Fellowship Training Program at Hebrew SeniorLife Creates Future Leaders in Geriatrics

August 25, 2016

Hebrew SeniorLife is a key teaching partner for the Harvard Medical School Multi-Campus Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine, which trains doctors to lead interdisciplinary teams caring for medically complex older patients.

The numbers are sobering: According to the American Geriatrics Society, there are 7,500 geriatricians in the U.S. – but 17,000 are needed now to care for our aging population. And with the growing numbers of Baby Boomers entering their senior years, this shortage is only getting worse.

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.

10 Tips to Reduce Delirium Risk in Hospitalized Older Loved Ones

May 18, 2016

10 Tips to Reduce Delirium Risk in Hospitalized Older Loved Ones

Delirium is a state of confusion that develops suddenly, often following an acute medical illness, a surgical procedure or a hospitalization. Although delirium is estimated to complicate hospital stays for more than 2.5 million older adult patients in the U.S. each year, this common condition often goes undetected. The end result can be serious complications with sometimes devastating consequences for vulnerable hospitalized elders.

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