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Staving off Alzheimer’s with exercise

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

http://www.upstate.edu/search/?tab=people&ID=aversd 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


Biosensors for detecting neural diseases

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Sharon A Brangman, MDAlex Travis PhDGeriatrician Sharon Brangman, MD, is joined by researcher Alexander Travis, PhD, to talk about their collaborative work on a new research project that hopes to improve the diagnosis of neural diseases and neurotoxins, including stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, and traumatic brain injury.  In addition to Upstate, the following campuses are participating in the project: University at Buffalo, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Cornell University and SUNY Cortland. Brangman is professor of Medicine and division chief of Geriatrics at Upstate, and director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center (ADAC). Travis is associate professor of Reproductive Biology at the Baker Institute for Animal Health at Cornell University. 


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.


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

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Sharon Brangman, MDUpstate 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.

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