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

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.

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.

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.