About Us

For more than 50 years, the Institute for Aging Research has initiated hundreds of studies that challenge health-related assumptions commonly associated with aging. Our findings have a direct and positive impact on the standard of care and quality of life for seniors around the world.

We are a research affiliate of Harvard Medical School and our highly regarded  researchers collaborate with other renowned health care institutions around the world. As a part of Hebrew SeniorLife, our goal is to further our shared mission to redefine the aging experience.

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Focus On: Foot Disorders

Balance and Falls Research
50 Years of Innovation

Research Training

We are focused on building a pipeline of future researchers in the field of aging. Learn more about specific training opportunities within our research centers.

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Latest News

July 20, 2016

A Cinderella Tale: Can New Shoes Change the Life of a Person With Knee Osteoarthritis?

Annals of Internal Medicine

Dr. Marian T. Hannan, Co-Director of Musculoskeletal Research Center at IFAR contributed this editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine detailing findings from a randomized trail that compared shoes designed to unload the knee versus new, conventional shoes. Read more here.

 

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Applied Research

Understanding Falling in Old Age

It's hard for a young, vigorous person to imagine that tripping on a rug or a slippery sidewalk could cause a life-threatening injury. But for some older people, it could mean exactly that. Understanding the causes of falls among the elderly and finding ways to prevent them is a major subject of research at the Institute for Aging Research.

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