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Are Calcium Supplements Safe?

December 20, 2012

are calcium supplements safe?

While calcium supplements are considered effective for bone health, there have been reports linking potential adverse effects between calcium supplements and the risk of heart disease. This information has led many seniors to question the safety of calcium supplements and whether they should take them. As lead author of a recent study completed by a team of researchers at the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) at Hebrew SeniorLife, I can offer reassuring insight into these concerns. 

ReAge and Teaching

October 23, 2012

Ten thousand people are turning 65 every day. The need for geriatric leaders in healthcare will only continue to grow. As the only senior care organization affiliated with the Harvard Medical School, we are in a unique position to fulfill the promise of ReAge through all aspects of aging.

What’s so Scary about Hearing Loss?

October 18, 2012

elderly man with doctor

What is so scary about hearing loss? Everyone gets a little hearing problem as they age, right? Well….yes. Most people do acquire age-related hearing loss, or presbycusis, as they get older. Untreated hearing loss, however, can be a scary thing! Its onset is usually slow and gets worse gradually, making it easy to ignore until much damage is already done.

Research out of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, presents us with evidence of some frightening correlations between hearing loss and its subsequent effect on cognitive brain function.

ReAge and Research

September 18, 2012

ReAge research

Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research has helped transform the experience of aging in America through innovative studies. Our researchers have deconstructed many of the myths about what it means to age, replacing those notions with realities based on sound scientific inquiry. They have shed new light on the mechanical, physiological, and biochemical functions, as well as environmental factors that contribute to age-related conditions and decline.

The future of osteoporosis care: are personalized treatments next?

Latest osteoporosis research could lead to better treatment, outcomes

July 24, 2012

Osteoporosis care

There are plenty of genetic traits that we can thank our parents for—could weak bones be one of them?

My fellow researchers at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife (IFAR) believe they’ve discovered links between 56 different genetics variants and subsequent bone loss.

After examining a wide scope of osteoporosis studies as part of the largest analysis of genome-studies ever conducted, our researchers were able to pinpoint 56 different genetic variants that negatively affect bone mineral density (BMD).

Alzheimer’s + hospitalization + delirium: not a good mix

Study could lead to better care and outcomes for hospitalized seniors

July 17, 2012

Among hospitalized Alzheimer’s patients, a substantial proportion of risk for adverse outcomes could be attributed to delirium, including 6.2 percent of deaths, 15.2 percent of institutionalization, and 20.6 percent of cognitive decline. This information, yielded from a study recently conducted by the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR), confirms that for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, the combination of a hospital stay and delirium can pose increased risks.

New frontiers in geriatric research

Revolutionary Researchers

July 17, 2012

Twenty years ago, if a 70-year-old man visited the emergency room after falling, he would be said to have fallen accidentally. He might have been treated for a broken bone and sent home. We’re now realizing that the things we used to blame on aging, like falling, actually have an underlying reason and a cause – an understanding that motivates everything we do at the Institute for Aging Research.

Long-Term Chronic Care Hospital

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