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Keep up-to-date with the latest news from the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife.

New Assessment Predicts Fracture Risk for Patients in Long-term Care

BOSTON – Researchers from Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research have developed and validated a new assessment to predict the risk of falls in long-term care patients. The study on the assessment titled “Fracture Risk Assessment in Long-term Care (FRAiL)” was published today in the Journal of Gerontology Medical Science.

Thoracic Kyphosis in those over 50 may not be a predictor of physical decline.

BOSTON –- A recently published study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has found that using CT scans to evaluate early signs of hyperkyphosis (extreme forward curvature of the upper spine) in people over age 50 does not help to identify those at risk of subsequent physical function decline. The article’s conclusions are based on a study conducted at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife using information from The Framingham Heart Study - a collection of data from Framingham, MA residents and their offspring dating back to the 1940s.

Scientists Gain Clearer Picture of How Genes Affect Lean Body Mass

BOSTON — Scientists from the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) at Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), along with several other research institutions are making great strides in understanding the genetics behind lean body mass, which is largely made up of muscle mass. A new study, published today in the journal Nature Communications, outlines their findings in what is the largest, most comprehensive genetic study of lean mass to date.

Hebrew SeniorLife’s Susan Mitchell earns coveted NIH MERIT award

BOSTON—Susan Mitchell, MD, MPH of Needham, Massachusetts has been selected by the National Advisory Council on Aging to receive The National Institute of Health’s Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) award in recognition of outstanding achievements as a principle investigator on National Institute of Aging (NIA) research projects.

Severe Foot Pain Linked to Recurrent Falls

BOSTON — Researchers from Hebrew Senior Life’s Institute for Aging Research have discovered that foot pain - particularly severe foot pain - correlates to a higher incidence of recurrent falls. This finding also extends to those diagnosed with planus foot posture (flat feet), indicating that both foot pain and foot posture may play a role in falls among older adults.

IFAR in the Harvard Gazette

An article titled, "The Balance of Healthy Aging" was featured in today's Harvard Gazette promoting IFAR’s mobility and falls research.

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.

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