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

August 22, 2016

After a Fracture, It's Time to Rethink Medications

BOSTON – With half of all women and a quarter of all men over fifty expected to suffer a fracture in the years ahead, the number of such injuries exceeds the incidence of heart attack, stroke, and breast cancer combined. By discouraging the use of medications that can cause dizziness or loss of balance and prescribing medications known to prevent bone loss, clinicians can help patients lower their risk of falls and fractures. 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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