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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.

Seniors with Type 2 diabetes may have increased risk for fracture

BOSTON-- Though seniors with type 2 diabetes (T2D) tend to have normal or higher bone density than their peers, researchers have found that they are more likely to succumb to fractures than seniors without T2D. In a new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, researchers from Hebrew SeniorLife's Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research found older adults with type 2 diabetes had deficits in cortical bone--the dense outer surface of bone that forms a protective layer around the internal cavity-- compared to non-diabetics.

New Assessment Predicts Fracture Risk for Patients in Long-term Care

BOSTON – Researchers from Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research have developed and validated a new assessment to predict the risk of falls in long-term care patients. The study on the assessment titled “Fracture Risk Assessment in Long-term Care (FRAiL)” was published today in the Journal of Gerontology Medical Science.

Thoracic Kyphosis in those over 50 may not be a predictor of physical decline.

BOSTON –- A recently published study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has found that using CT scans to evaluate early signs of hyperkyphosis (extreme forward curvature of the upper spine) in people over age 50 does not help to identify those at risk of subsequent physical function decline.

Scientists Gain Clearer Picture of How Genes Affect Lean Body Mass

BOSTON — Scientists from the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research 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.

Hebrew SeniorLife’s Susan Mitchell earns coveted NIH MERIT award

BOSTON—Susan Mitchell, MD, MPH of Needham, Massachusetts has been selected by the National Advisory Council on Aging to receive The National Institute of Health’s Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) award in recognition of outstanding achievements as a principle investigator on National Institute of Aging (NIA) research projects.

Severe Foot Pain Linked to Recurrent Falls

BOSTON — Researchers from Hebrew Senior Life’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus 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.

Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research in the Harvard Gazette

An article titled, "The Balance of Healthy Aging" was featured in today's Harvard Gazette promoting Marcus Institute’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 Hinda and Arthur Marcus 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.

How You Can Protect Your Parent From Delirium

Dr. Sharon Inouye, Director of Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research'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.