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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.

Hebrew Rehab Researcher Looks at Why Older Women Become Disabled

Most people envision a future where they grow old gracefully in their own homes. However for many, disability in old age greatly impacts independence and quality of life. An article co-authored by Suzanne G.Leveille, Ph.D., of the Research & Training Institute at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged in Boston, published recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, answers the question “What do older disabled women report as the main symtoms causing their disability?” Dr.

Eat Your Vegetables – They’re Good for Your Bones

Researchers, including Marian T. Hannan, D.Sc., and Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H., of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged’s Research and Training Institute, have found that high fruit and vegetable intake appears to have a protective effect on bone mineral density (BMD) in men. In contrast, high candy consumption is associated with low BMD in both men and women. These conclusions were published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Beer, Bananas and Beans: The three B’s to stronger bones

Research indicates that silicon is important to bone formation. However, whether or not our bodies can get what we need from the foods we eat has been poorly understood. Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Medical Research at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged Research & Training Institute has co-authored a report indicating that eating the right foods can supply the silicon necessary to build and maintain strong bones. The report, Dietary silicon intake and absorption, appears in the June 2002 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Study Shows Hip Fracture Underestimated as Public Health Threat

Topping the list of current public health threats are lifestyle habits like smoking, overeating and lack of exercise that lead to illness and premature deaths from heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Fast forward a decade or two and other types of health problems will start to loom large as more and more Americans live past 85 years of age. One of those concerns will very likely be the incidence of hip fracture. As with any public health concern, the better prepared the healthcare community is, the better equipped it will be to find ways to prevent an epidemic.

Boston Study Adds Another Piece to Protein Puzzle

The healthful advantages of a vegan diet - one that excludes all forms of animal protein - have been espoused by its proponents in the popular press.

Alzheimer’s Association and Intel Look to Everyday Technologies to Improve Care for Those with Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer’s Association in partnership with Intel Corporation recently awarded a grant to Diane Mahoney, Ph.D., Director of Enhancing Caregiving through Technology at the Research and Training Institute of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged. She was selected, along with five other researchers, for her work concentrating on how everyday electronic devices such as computers and telephones can be used to meet the day-to-day needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease and those who care for them.

Study Shows Vitamin K Intake Significantly Effects Incidence of Hip Fracture

Results of a study published in the latest edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) indicate that a diet insufficient in vitamin K increases the risk for hip fracture in older men and women. That was the conclusion of scientists at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged Research and Training Institute who looked at 335 men and 553 women participating in the Framingham Heart Study. Institute researchers Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H. and Marian Hannan, D.Sc., are contributing authors on the paper that appears in AJCN.

Pumping Iron Improves Strength, Mobility of 80 and 90 Year Olds

Pumping iron at 90? Is there really any point? Absolutely, according to a new study reported in the June 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. In fact, frail long-term care facility residents in their 80s and 90s became stronger and more mobile with high intensity weight training in a clinical trial conducted by Maria Fiatarone, M.D., at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged in Boston.

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