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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IFAR Overview

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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

October 4, 2016

Dr. Sharon Inouye and Team of Delirium Experts Awarded Federal Grant to Develop Network to Advance Delirium Research Worldwide

BOSTON – A team of delirium experts led by Sharon K. Inouye, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Aging Brain Center at the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) at Hebrew SeniorLife, have been awarded a projected $3.7 million grant over five years. This award is the first of its kind from the National Institute on Aging / National Institutes of Health to build an interdisciplinary collaborative network of delirium researchers nationally and internationally. "We are delighted to support the launch of this team effort to build a research infrastructure advancing our understanding of how delirium impacts the aging brain," said NIA program officer Molly Wagster, Ph.D. "This highly collaborative and innovative effort promises to inform delirium research and clinical care for years to come."


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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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