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January 2020

8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

January 31, 2020

February is American Heart month, which makes it a great time to make changes that can improve the health of your heart. As a geriatrician at Center Communities of Brookline, I’m thrilled when patients want to make changes to positively impact their health, especially the health of the heart. Cardiovascular disease (which includes heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure) continues to be the number 1 killer of men and women in the U.S. This amazing organ needs to be protected and properly cared for to remain healthy for years to come. 

Preventing Loneliness and Isolation for Seniors

Did you know having dinner with a friend can extend your life?

January 24, 2020

When winter weather hits us with cold and icy conditions, it’s no surprise that many of us can feel isolated or lonely. What may be surprising is that social isolation and loneliness can have negative health consequences, especially for older adults.

Recent National Institute for Aging research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of diseases and conditions, including heart disease, depression, cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, some research suggests that chronic loneliness may shorten life expectancy just as much as smoking.

New Research to Prevent Falls

Examining the Use of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation to Improve Mobility

January 3, 2020

Hookie Darack knows no limits.

The tennis-playing centenarian is the oldest subject in the tDCS and Steady Gait Study at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research. Her participation is proof that there’s no age when curiosity stops.

Hookie eagerly volunteered for the study, where investigators are seeking to reduce the risks of falls and promote safe, independent mobility for older adults through transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). This type of non-invasive brain stimulation holds promise as a novel intervention for improving walking, balance, and even cognition among older individuals. 

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