Aging Brain Center at the Institute for Aging Research

About the Aging Brain Center

Our Vision
The Aging Brain Center is dedicated to advancing medical knowledge about delirium, dementia, and their interface through research and education.  Our vision is to reduce delirium and its complications worldwide.  Our goal is to develop the premiere clinical research center dedicated to this topic in the world.

Our mission will be realized through conducting high quality research studies, supported by outstanding, dedicated staff, inter-disciplinary collaborators, and trainees in a supportive environment utilizing state-of-the-art methods and technology.  We will mentor the next generation of researchers in the field, and disseminate our findings to clinicians, policy-makers, and the community.

We will be defined by, and valued for, our commitment to excellence, our passion and determination to move the field ahead, our scientific integrity and dedication to the highest ethical standards, our mutual trust and respect for each other, and our collective sense of responsibility for ever-improving patient care and quality of life for older persons.

SAGES- Successful AGing after Elective Surgery Study.
This study is designed to examine the risk factors, causes and duration of changes in thinking and functioning after surgery and hospitalization. Ultimately, our hope is to find ways of helping older adults successfully recover after surgery.  This study is funded by the National Institute on Aging.

The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) is an innovative model of hospital care designed to prevent delirium and functional decline among elderly individuals in the hospital inpatient setting.  HELP uses interdisciplinary staff and targeted intervention protocols to improve patients' outcomes and provide cost-effective care.  Click here for more information on how to establish HELP free of charge at your hospital:

Other Aging Brain Center projects focus on the following major themes:

  • Risk factors and long-term outcomes of delirium
  • Interrelationship of delirium and dementia
  • Elucidation of cognitive reserve capacity and resiliency to cognitive dysfunction
  • Pathophysiology of delirium and cognitive decline
  • Postoperative cognitive dysfunction
  • Interrelationship of delirium and depression
  • Costs of delirium

The Aging Brain Center focuses on examining risk factors, pathophysiology (through neuroimaging, laboratory markers, and neuropathologic studies), intervention strategies, clinical trials, and broader societal implications, including costs, policy and caregiver issues for conditions associated with cognitive impairment in older adults.

Our Sponsor
The Milton and Shirley F. Levy Family Chair in Alzheimer's Disease: This endowed chair has helped to establish the Aging Brain Center. "Endowment of the first-ever chair of this kind in a long-term-care facility represents our commitment to Hebrew SeniorLife as the undisputed national and international leader in the care and treatment of seniors," says Steven Levy, a Levy family member and Hebrew SeniorLife trustee.

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