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August 2016

The Decline of Tube Feeding in Dementia Patients

The New York Times features the work of Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research's Susan L. Mitchell, M.D., MPH and its impact on decreasing feeding tube use in patients with end-stage dementia.

Prevent Delirium and You May Reduce Dementia Risk: 10 Tips for Seniors Before Surgery

Sharon K. Inouye, M.D., MPH outlines her top ten tips for reducing dementia risk in seniors for the Huffington Post.

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.

Tube-Feeding in Dementia Nursing Home Residents Drops Dramatically

BOSTON—August 16, 2016— The proportion of nursing home residents with advanced dementia and eating dependency who received feeding tubes decreased by approximately 50% between 2000 and 2014 according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Trajectory of Functional Recovery after Postoperative Delirium

BOSTON—August 10, 2016— Researchers from the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Hebrew SeniorLife Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, in collaboration with scientists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brown University, and Northeastern University, have discovered that postoperative delirium negatively impacts recovery in older adults.

Nutrition Advice for Active Seniors: An interview with celebrity nutritionist Keri Glassman and HSL researcher Dr. Shivani Sahni

In a recent interview for, Dr. Shivani Sahni, a Nutritional Epidemiologist from Hebrew SeniorLife's Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research along with Keri Glassman, R.D., M.S., a celebrity nutritionist and registered dietitian gave their advice on healthy eating tips for seniors. Read their thoughts here.

Heritability of Thoracic Spine Curvature

BOSTON – August 2, 2016 – Researchers from the Harvard affiliated Hebrew SeniorLife Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research recently published a study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, suggesting that hyperkyphosis may be heritable, or passed on from parents to offspring.