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A Cinderella Tale: Can New Shoes Change the Life of a Person With Knee Osteoarthritis?

Dr. Marian T. Hannan, Co-Director of Musculoskeletal Research Center at Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research contributed this editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine detailing findings from a randomized trail that compared shoes designed to unload the knee versus new, conventional shoes.

Delirium in Older Patients after Surgery May Lead to Long-Term Cognitive Decline

BOSTON— July 14, 2016— Researchers from the Harvard Medical School - affiliated Hebrew SeniorLife Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research have found increasing evidence that delirium in older surgical patients may be associated with long-term cognitive decline.

Sub-Sensory vibratory noise augments the physiologic complexity of postural control in older adults.

BOSTON— Researchers from the Harvard affiliated Hebrew SeniorLife Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, have published arecent article in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation which gives evidence that sub-sensory vibrations delivered to the foot sole of older adults significantly augmented the physiologic complexity of postural contro

Call for applications: 2016 Delirium Boot Camp

Delirium Research Boot Camp - applications due July 15, 2016: CEDARTREE will be hosting a three-day intensive course on delirium research November 6-8, 2016 at the Inn at Longwood Medical in Boston, MA. Recognized experts in the field will discuss cutting edge research approaches, from assessment and methodology to novel technologies and interventions. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with world-renowned experts in delirium and related fields. This year, CEDARTREE will also be offering two Pilot Awards, prestigious awards for new research projects related to delerium.

Osteoporosis drugs not taken by many who need them: reports

Fear and a lack of awareness in many older adults that they have the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis has led to a growing public health concern by leading medical organizations.

In a joint statement, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, National Osteoporosis Foundation and National Bone Health Alliance, announced their concerns.

Videoconferencing between hospital staff, nursing home staff offers new dementia treatment

Nursing homes in the United States care for increasing numbers of people with dementia, yet many lack access to geriatric psychiatrists, behavioral neurologists and other specialists who may help manage symptoms associated with dementia, including behavioral issues. As a result, nursing home staff may resort to physical restraints or antipsychotic medications to manage behavioral challenges, which can significantly compromise a patient's health, autonomy and dignity.

A new approach to dementia care

Dementia patients who punch and kick other nursing home residents and staff often are prescribed powerful medications to control their behaviors, but those drugs come with dangerous and sometimes lethal side effects.

Now, a new study from Boston researchers suggests one way that can significantly reduce use of those potent sedatives: by linking nursing home staff with specialists in dementia care, via video consultations.

The Real Secret of Youth Is Complexity

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!” Henry David Thoreau exhorted in his 1854 memoir Walden, in which he extolled the virtues of a “Spartan-like” life. Saint Thomas Aquinas preached that simplicity brings one closer to God. Isaac Newton believed it leads to truth. The process of simplification, we’re told, can illuminate beauty, strip away needless clutter and stress, and help us focus on what really matters.

It can also be a sign of aging. Youthful health and vigor depend, in many ways, on complexity.

The perils of delirium

The Washington Post 

Federal health authorities, who are seeking ways to reduce hospital-acquired complications, are pondering what actions to take to reduce the incidence of delirium, which is not among the complications for which Medicare withholds payment or for which it penalizes hospitals. Delirium is estimated to cost more than $143 billion annually, mostly in longer hospital stays and follow-up care in nursing homes. Sharon Inouye, professor of medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife, is quoted.

Call for applications: 2015 Delirium Boot Camp, Pilot Research Grants, and Best Delirium Paper Awards

The Center of Excellence for Delirium in Aging: Research, Training, and Educational Enhancement (CEDARTREE) is pleased to announce the third annual Delirium Boot Camp.  This highly-rated, two-day, intensive course in delirium research is scheduled for November 12-13, 2015 at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.  Boot Camp attendees will learn about important topics in delirium research from assessment and methodology to novel technologies and interventions, as well as network with colleagues and experts in delirium

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