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Limiting Patient Mobility in Hospitals May Do More Harm than Good

Despite hospitals’ best efforts, there is little proof that policies to inhibit patient mobility actually prevent falls and may actually increase the risk of serious side effects, according to Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH, Director of the Aging Brain Center at the Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife.

Predicting Long-term Cognitive Decline following Delirium

BOSTON — Evidence suggests that experiencing delirium after surgery can lead to long-term cognitive decline in older adults. However, not everyone who experiences delirium will suffer this fate. After a recent study, researchers at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research and Brigham and Women’s Channing Division of Network Medicine (both Harvard Medical School affiliates) have discovered that we can predict cognitive decline after postoperative delirium using pre-surgery information from patients, particularly information on pre-surgery cognitive function.


How You Can Protect Your Parent From Delirium

Dr. Sharon Inouye, Director of IFAR's Aging Brain Center was recently quoted in Forbes article which explains the long-term effects of delirium and best practices for reducing delirium risks in older adults. Read the article here.

Dairy and Vitamin D Supplements Protect Against Bone Loss

BOSTON — Researchers from Harvard affiliated Hebrew Senior Life’s Institute for Aging Research and University of Massachusetts Lowell have discovered that specific dairy foods such as milk, yogurt, and cheese are associated with higher bone mineral density in the spine and are protective against bone loss in the hip - but only among older adults who take Vitamin D supplements.

The study, titled “Dairy intake is protective against bone loss in older vitamin D supplement users: the Framingham Study” was published today in The Journal of Nutrition.

Dietary Protein Associated with Musculoskeletal Health Regardless of Food Source

BOSTON — Researchers from Hebrew Senior Life’s Institute for Aging Research and University of Massachusetts Lowell have discovered that adults with higher intakes of dietary protein from both animals and vegetables see greater benefits in muscle mass and strength. Results from this study were published today in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Dr. Sharon Inouye Appointed to Prestigious National Fellowships

BOSTON—January, 2017—Sharon K Inouye, M.D., M.P.H., of Boston’s Hebrew SeniorLife will be spending a lot of time in DC this year. The doctor, known for her work in furthering our understanding of Delirium, has been named a 2017 Health and Aging Policy Fellow and an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.

IFAR Study Featured in JBMR Commentary

We are pleased to share that “Heritability of Thoracic Spine Curvature,” has been featured in the commentary of the December issue of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.   

Harvard and Brown-Affiliated Researchers Receive $4.5M Grant to Test Videos for Advance Directives

A new NIH-funded project will assess whether videos can help nursing home residents, family members and staff have the difficult but important conversations about advanced directives for care.

Hebrew SeniorLife's Dr. Marian Hannan Recieves Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award

BOSTON – November 23, 2016 – The American College of Rheumatology has recently chosen Marian T. Hannan D.Sc., M.P.H. of Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research as this year’s recipient of the Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award.

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.