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Upstate alum enlists website in massive project to fight Alzheimer’s disease

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Michael Weiner, MDA leading researcher hopes to monitor millions of people online in a long-term study to find out who is at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Michael Weiner, MD, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, has created the website, which encourages people to take free brain function tests twice a year and hopes to find candidates for Alzheimer treatment trials. Weiner, who earned his MD degree at Upstate in 1965, explains how Alzheimer’s differs from normal memory loss and how he helped create the world’s largest Alzheimer’s research project.  

Aging can bring both negative and positive attitudes, SU researcher finds

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Merril Silverstein, Ph.DMerril Silverstein, PhD, a professor of sociology and social work at Syracuse University, describes the decline in people’s “sense of coherence,” or how to find life meaningful and manageable, as they age. His research showed a predictable decline after midlife, but he also found a surprising result that suggests the positive effect of wisdom.

Why running is better than walking

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Carol Sames, PhDPeople who walk regularly for exercise may notice that their speed declines and they tire more easily as they age.

But is that because they are aging? Could that reduction in walking economy be slowed or reversed by other types of exercise, such as running?

Upstate Medical University exercise physiologist Carol Sames explains how running was found to be more beneficial than walking in an intriguing study that compared walkers and runners in Boulder, Colorado. She says running is not appropriate for everyone, and she offers some other ways walkers can add intensity to their workouts.

Dance classes for people with Parkinson’s

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

A dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease improves balance, gait and strength. Part of the Movement for Healthy Aging program, the classes are held every Thursday, and they are free. For details, email Syracuse University organizer Tumay Tunur, PhD at

Expert Advice: When to take an aging loved one’s car keys away

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Sharon Brangman, MD

Upstate geriatrician Sharon Brangman, MD, offers advice on how to determine when it’s time to take an aging loved one’s car keys away.

Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Kelly Dolan and Deb WillsonRegistered nurses Kelly Dolan and Deb Willson describe the “Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders” (NICHE) program, the largest national geriatric nursing care program for hospitals. As a NICHE-designated hospital, Upstate University Hospital is committed to improving care for geriatric patients. Dolan is the program’s coordinator and Wilson is the clinical training specialist.

Epilepsy in older adults

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Rebecca O'Dwyer, MDNeurologist Rebecca O’Dwyer, MD, talks about the increase in prevalence of epilepsy among older adults, and how symptoms in the elderly are often not recognized as seizures and thus treated incorrectly. O’Dwyer is a clinical instructor and epilepsy fellow in the Department of Neurology at Upstate Medical University. For more information, call 315 464-4243 and ask for Dr. O’Dwyer.

Staving off Alzheimer’s with exercise

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 Dale Avers, DPT, explains that the key to staving off Alzheimer’s is maintaining a healthy brain – through exercise and mental stimulation. Avers is associate professor in the department of Physical Therapy Education, College of Health Professions at Upstate Medical University. Read the story in What’s Up at Upstate blog: How to stave off Alzheimer’s with exercise

Creating a partnership for research on issues related to aging

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Sharon Brangman, MD

Upstate geriatrician Sharon Brangman, MD, serves as the principal investigator for a new project that will establish the State of New York (SUNY) Network Aging Partnership (SNAP) to coordinate collaborative research across SUNY’s four medical universities to facilitate competition for scientific funding, accelerate publication of research projects, and recruit and mentor trainees. The partnership will investigate frailty, and ways to enhance lifespan across the health spectrum. In addition to Upstate, project participants include the University at Buffalo, Downstate Medical Center and Stony Brook University. Read the story: Upstate Medical University among nine SUNY campuses to share $900,000 funding

Summer safety for seniors

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

James Ciaccio, MDEmergency physician James Ciaccio, MD explains how changes in the sensory abilities of seniors may impact their lives, specifically during the summer months, and offers some helpful suggestions. GEM Care, the senior emergency department at Upstate University Hospital’s Community campus, offers special emergency services in a comfortable, quiet, and calming environment especially conducive to seniors.

Understanding the beginning of menopause

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Heather ShannonCertified midwife Heather Shannon, CNM, NP, director of  Midwifery and Gynecology at Upstate, helps us understand the symptoms and treatments for menopause and its precursor peri-menopause.  Upstate University Hospital’s Midwifery Program offers personalized care options for women at all ages and stages of life.  Read the story: Tackling Menopause’s Side Effects

For more information, call (315) 492-5875.

Coping with caregiving

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Social worker Michael Close, from Hospice of Central New York, offers advice and strategies to be an effective and well prepared caregiver.
Resources: Caregiver Support Services and The Institute for Caregivers, from the Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth
For more information, call Hospice of CNY at 315-634-1100