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Archive for the ‘ aging’ Category

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


The holidays are a chance to check in on aging loved ones

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Sharon Brangman, MDUpstate geriantologist Sharon Brangman, MD, talks about the importance of assessing how our aging loved ones are getting along on a day-to-day basis, and how the holidays offer an excellent opportunity to do just that.  She will offer suggestions on how to determine their safety, and ways to approach what may be a difficult conversation in a dignified manner. 

University Geriatricians are specialists in the health care of older people and provide outpatient consultations and work in collaboration with the patient’s personal physician and family. You will work with the geriatric team that includes geriatricians – physicians specializing in the care of older patients, fellows in geriatric medicine – physicians learning the specialty of geriatrics, a gerontological social worker, nurse practitioners, and a nurse.

For more information about geriatric care at Upstate, or to schedule a geriatric assessment, call (315) 464-6100. Resources: Caregiver Support Services from the Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth; Additional resource links


What hospice has to offer at the end of life

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Judith Setla, MDBill PfohlJudith Setla, MD, medical director for Hospice of Central New York, is joined by communications officer Bill Pfohl to explain hospice care – what it is, and how it can help you and your family deal with the difficult conversations about end-of-life care. Hospice of CNY provides comprehensive comfort care to patients and families through unique interdisciplinary services, bereavement counseling, education and collaboration. For more information, call (315) 634-1100.


Does your loved one need a feeding tube?

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Upstate geriatrician Sharon Brangman, MD, discusses issues surrounding the use of feeding tubes for the end stage of dementia, and ongoing research that shows it may do more harm than good.


‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – Upstate’s Community campus to open new emergency unit for seniors

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Upstate’s Director of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine Derek R Cooney, MD, FF/NREMT-P, FACEP A James Ciaccio, MD, FACEPDerek Cooney, MD is joined by James Ciaccio, MD to talk about a new geriatric emergency medicine unit called “GEM Care – senior emergency department”.  The unit, led by Ciaccio, is housed in a dedicated section of the emergency department at Upstate University Hospital, Community campus, and will provide a calm, measured approach to care in a quiet environment specifically designed for seniors who may agitate or confuse easily, and may have trouble expressing themselves. 


‘Age-ing’ is a spiritual adventure – are you ready for the journey?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

joel potash mdJoel Potash, MD, retired Upstate family physician and medical ethicist, explores the possibility of adventure as people age without denying that aging can be challenging as well.  Dr. Potash is sponsoring an upcoming seminar on end-of-life issues titled ‘Age-ing is an Adventure in Spiritual Growth  – Are You Ready for the Journey?‘.  For more information, call 315-413-3272.


Sleep and aging

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

As World Sleep Day day approaches, Upstate neurologistAntonio Culebras, MD Antonio Culebras, consultant for The Sleep Center at Upstate University Hospital Community campus, discusses sleep-related problems as we age.  He also shares a recent study that links poor sleep to poor memory retention in older people. 

Read the study: Aging in Brain Found to Hurt Sleep Needed for Memory

To schedule an appointment at The Sleep Center at Upstate, call 315-492-5877.

World Sleep Day 2013-”Good Sleep, Healthy Aging” – YouTube


Help available for advance care planning

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Mark ButtiglieriUpstate’s Director of Social Work Mark Buttiglieri reinforces the importance of advance care planning, in the event that you are no longer able to make your wishes known to your loved ones or caregivers.  Upstate’s Social Work department is available to assist with conversations and decision making regarding health care proxies, living wills, MOLST, DNR, and Assuring Your Wishes.  For more information, call 315-464-4345. 


Does your loved one need a feeding tube?

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Upstate geriatrician Sharon Brangman discusses issues surrounding the use of feeding tubes for the end stage of dementia, and ongoing research that shows it may do more harm than good.


Geriatric emergency department planned for Upstate’s Community campus

Friday, December 21st, 2012

A James Ciaccio, MD, FACEPEmergency physician James Ciaccio reveals the concept of an emergency department that caters exclusively to senior citizens.   Upstate’s community campus plans to open one in late spring of 2013 with new lighting, better sound-proofing and other enhancements that will improve the experience for older adults, called GEM (Geriatric Emergency Medical) Care.