Hebrew SeniorLife’s Dr. Lewis A. Lipsitz Offers a Vision for Healthy Aging

BOSTON - HealthInAging.org recently published a synopsis of an essay by Lewis A. Lipsitz, M.D., Director of the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research and Chief Academic Officer for Hebrew SeniorLife, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. This website is a trusted source for up-to-date information and advice on health and aging, created by the American Geriatrics Society’s Health in Aging Foundation.

In his essay, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Dr. Lipsitz provided his vision of life at 84 and described what’s needed to optimize quality of life for older people as they age. His insight is gleaned from a distinguished career devoted to geriatric medicine and leadership in the field of aging research.  

Dr. Lipsitz identifies four areas critical to promoting healthy aging:

  • Housing
    • Affordable
    • Easy to maintain
    • Safe
    • Accessible to nutritional services, housekeeping, maintenance, and transportation
  • Engagement
    • Opportunity to remain engaged in meaningful, productive work (paid or unpaid), which provides a sense of purpose, intellectual stimulation, and social interaction
  • Security
    • Food
    • Housing
    • Financial 
    • Health care 
    • Physical 
  • Health Care
    • Centered in the home and community 
      • Home visits would be routine and technology would enable health care to be delivered safely and effectively at home. 
      • Wearable and/or at-home monitors could signal health care professionals of your personal risks so that they could step in to prevent problems
    • Access to services for vaccinations and treatment for chronic diseases would be provided in neighborhood settings.

To learn more about optimizing life at 84 read the full essay.

About the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Scientists at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute seek to transform the human experience of aging by conducting research that will ensure a life of health, dignity, and productivity into advanced age. The Marcus Institute carries out rigorous studies that discover the mechanisms of age-related disease and disability; lead to the prevention, treatment, and cure of disease; advance the standard of care for older people; and inform public decision-making. For further information on the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, please visit https://www.marcusinstituteforaging.org/.

About Hebrew SeniorLife
Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching, and redefining the possibilities of aging. Based in Boston, the nonprofit organization has provided communities and health care for seniors, research into aging, and education for geriatric care providers since 1903. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit http://www.hebrewseniorlife.org and our blog, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn