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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 SeniorLife Researchers Find Link Between Low Bone Density and Alzheimer’s Risk

In an article published recently in JAMA’s Archives of Neurology, researchers from the Research and Training Institute of Hebrew SeniorLife reported the results of a study that indicated a significant association between low bone mineral density (BMD), particularly in the lower femoral neck portion of the skeleton, and an increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in women.

Plasma Homoscysteine Concentration Predicts Hip Fracture in Older Persons

A paper published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine presented new information about a novel new risk factor for hip fracture in older adults. The paper revealed a strong statistical association between elevated homocysteine levels in the blood and incidence of hip fracture. A paper appeared in the same issue that reported similar findings from another study conducted by researchers in the Netherlands.

Much Like the Rings of a Tree, Bones Reveal Biological Age in Humans

Researchers at the Research and Training Institute at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged have been studying bones to assess the impact of genes versus the environment on how an individual ages. In an article published recently in the Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences, lead author David Karasik, Ph.D., and colleagues describe how bones can reveal an individual’s biological age and how they used this information to conclude that genes seem to trump environmental factors when it comes to the aging process.

New Study Aims to Help Boston Seniors Stay Healthy and Remain Independent

Researchers in the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife have begun recruiting seniors, age 70 and older, from Boston’s neighborhoods to take part in a study designed to assess their current health and any changes that may develop over a two-year period. The hope is that the information they gather will help those in the field of aging research, as well as clinicians and caregivers, discover ways to help adults remain healthy and independent as they age.

Hebrew SeniorLife Researcher Recognized for Impact on Hospital Clinical Practice

A paper by lead author Susan Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H., associate scientist in the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, was selected by the Annals of Internal Medicine as one of the 11 most important papers published in 2004 for physicians with active inpatient practices. According to the journal, the articles were identified through a MEDLINE search and 15 major medical journals. Experts were also consulted to help identify the topics that were most important to these physicians.

More Than One-Third of Nursing Home Residents with Severe Cognitive Impairments Have Feeding Tubes

The use of feeding tubes among nursing home residents with severe cognitive impairment is common and is associated with patient characteristics as well as nursing home-related factors, according to a study in the July 2 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Why Don’t More Physicians Order Bone Scans for Postmenopausal Patients?

An article recently published online by Osteoporosis International confirms findings of earlier surveys that many physicians seldom order  bone mineral density scans for postmenopausal patients; this despite evidence that the tool is useful in diagnosing osteoporosis. Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H., director of medical research in the Research and Training Institute of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged, was among the report’s authors.

Center Researcher Joins efforts of World Health Organization

Marian T. Hannan, DSc, MPH, senior researcher in the Research and Training Institute of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged (the Center), was recently invited to join the National Bone and Joint Decade Committee, part of a World Health Organization  initiative. The goal of this global campaign is to improve quality of life for people with musculoskeletal conditions, such as arthritis and osteoporosis, and to advance understanding and treatment through research, prevention and education.

Study Shows, with Help, We Can Stay Sharp in Old Age

It is not news that Americans over 65 represent one of the fastest growing segments of the population. And, a popular notion is that age dulls the senses, making it difficult for seniors to perform activities that are mainstays of independent living.

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.