Upstate geriatrician 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.
Judith 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.
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Upstate’s Director of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine Derek 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.
Derek Cooney, MD and James Ciaccio, MD: 'What's Your Emergency?' - Upstate Community campus to open new emergency unit for seniorsPlay Now | Download
As World Sleep Day day approaches, Upstate neurologist 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.
Upstate’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.
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Emergency 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.
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Upstate geriatrician Sharon Brangman describes the differences between normal aging and memory loss and what could signal the signs of an early dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. With the current economic times, and people working longer, Dr. Brangman talks about how this may affect the workplace, and how to proceed if you have a concern about yourself or a coworker.
Oncologist Ajeet Gajra, associate professor of medicine at Upstate and the fellowship director in hematology/oncology, talks about cancer care for senior citizens. About 60 percent of all cancers and more than 70 percent of all cancer deaths occur in the elderly, yet there is a lack of data regarding risks and benefits of cancer therapy in these older adults.