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

A Tiny Stumble, a Life Upended

After a fall, life is upended in an instant — a sudden loss of independence, an awkward reliance on family and friends, and a new level of fear for those who fall, and their contemporaries. 

SAN FRANCISCO — Joan Rees, 79, had hardly been ill a day in her life. Her biggest problem was arthritis, mostly in her knees, but at home in San Francisco she walked every day and she traveled frequently.

Bracing for the Falls of an Aging Nation

As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape, the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring.

SAN FRANCISCO — Eleanor Hammer, 92, executes a tightly choreographed, slow-motion pas de deux with her walker during meal times at The Sequoias, a retirement community here. She makes her way to the buffet, places her food on the walker’s built-in tray and returns to her table.

Pain and Depression Place Older Adults at Risk of Delirium Following Surgery

BOSTON — New research reports that preoperative pain and depressive symptoms in older adults place them at greater risk of delirium following surgery.  According to the findings published today in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, both pain and depression are independent and interactive risk factors for delirium, suggesting a cumulative effect.


Mo Rocca and Mitch Albom among guests at Hebrew SeniorLife event

BOSTON — “Tuesdays With Morrie” author Mitch Albom, humorist Mo Rocca, and nutritionist Keri Glassman joined Boston-area businesspeople, philanthropists, and folks from Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research for an evening of networking and talking at the Calderwood Pavilion.

Study Shows Vibrating Insoles Could Reduce Falls Among Seniors

Boston researchers find vibratory stimulation applied to the sole of the foot using novel piezoelectric technology shows promise for fall prevention.

Could Age of First Period Influence Development of Diseases in Older Women?

Genetics involved with menarche may hold keys to preventing diabetes or osteoporosis in later life

BOSTON – A novel study shows that the age girls reach puberty is influenced by 'imprinted genes‘—a subset of genes whose activity differs depending on which parent contributes the gene. This is the first evidence that imprinted genes can control the rate of development after birth and details of this study were published today in the journal Nature.


Boston-Area Researchers Develop New Delirium Severity Measure for Older Adults

New method to measure delirium offers potential to improve clinical care, prognosis and response to treatment

BOSTON – A new method for measuring delirium severity in older adults has been developed by researchers from Harvard, Brown, and UMASS. The new scoring system, CAM-S, is based on the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) and standardizes the measurement of delirium severity for both clinical and research uses. Details of this study are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Research Sheds New Light on Heritability of Disease

Study explores the role DNA plays to predispose individuals to diseases such as type 2 diabetes