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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


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.


Dementia in the workplace

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

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.


3/25/12 End of life care

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Patricia Knox, NPNurse Practitioner Patricia Knox explains palliative care, a comprehensive service for hospitalized patients and their families dealing with serious, chronic, or terminal illnesses.   Palliative care helps patients deal with physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and supports families by helping them with questions and concerns.

Read more about:
The palliative care conference: Palliative Care – Across Health Care Settings and Palliative Care Services at Upstate University Hospital