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Sharon Brangman

Coronavirus and the Elderly: FAQ With Upstate's Chief of Geriatrics

Elderly people are at-risk of developing more serious complications due to COVID-19, particularly since they are more likely to have underlying health conditions. Even if someone over the age of 70 is a picture of perfect health, experts say, they still have an immune system that might not be able to combat the disease..."  Read more --- including tips to minimize your risk --  here,

Photo: Upstate Medical University,, Accessed 3/27/2020
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Upstate is part of national trial evaluating a drug that may slow Alzheimer’s disease

Upstate Medical University is now screening participants for a new, national Alzheimer’s disease clinical research study evaluating the potential benefits of an investigational medicine for people with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Sharon Brangman, Chief of Upstate's Department of Geriatrics, is "hopeful this drug presents an opportunity to address the disease and not just the symptoms." Read more about it here.

Photo: Upstate Medical University,, Accessed 9/15/2019

"Unusual acts by loved one may signal dementia"

"It's one thing to find your glasses on your head - it is something else to find them in the freezer". Read more about it here.

Photo: "A doctor and couple talking" by Rhoda Baer is licensed under CC BY 1.0 (

"Many Americans Will Need Long-Term Care. Most Won’t be Able to Afford It."

A decade from now, most middle-income seniors will not be able to pay the rising costs of independent or assisted living. Read more about it here.

bar chart showing steadily increasing numbers

"New study shows alarming statistics on Alzheimer's disease"

"If there's no breakthrough in research, it's estimated that by the year 2050, the number of Americans with the disease will more than double"
Dr. Sharon Brangman, Chair of Geriatrics at Upstate Medical University, was interviewed about these growing numbers. Read more about it here.


"Changing ‘the tragedy narrative’: More people try joyful approach to Alzheimer’s"

Caregivers, families, and organizations across the country are joining "a growing camp of people determined to approach dementia care differently, coming at it with a sense of openness, playfulness and even wonder."  Read more about it here.