Category Archives: aging/geriatrics

Warmth, kindness and radiation, too

BY AMBER SMITH It had been a rough 2019 for Joan Gorton of Hamilton. Starting early in the year, the 83-year-old woman had a series of medical issues — a lingering cough, then a suspicious lump on her leg that … Continue reading

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‘Pets’ for patients

Upstate has a dozen animatronic pet puppies and kittens available to help older patients who are hospitalized with dementia, loneliness or depression related to a prolonged hospitalization. Donations from the Upstate Foundation’s “Friend in Deed” fund made this program possible. … Continue reading

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What’s Up at Upstate: In case you missed it …

CANCER CENTER EXPANDS When the Upstate Cancer Center opened in July 2014, only the first three floors of the five-story building were completed and occupied. The fourth and fifth floors were constructed but left empty, anticipating future Upstate needs. The … Continue reading

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Putting heads together: Brain researchers collaborate to understand and battle dementia, addiction, schizophrenia and more

BY AMBER SMITH What do drug addiction, neurodevelopmental disorders and dementia have in common? All three disorders have origins in the brain, with causes and potential treatment methods that tend to overlap. For instance, they are all caused, at least in … Continue reading

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7 ways to care for aging skin

BY AMBER SMITH What causes our skin to look old? You can blame intrinsic processes, such as changes in lipid content and shortening of the capillaries, which are universal and inevitable. But the most visible signs of aging — including … Continue reading

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8-story institute, laughing gas, model village, concussion marker: news about Upstate you may have missed:

The Nappi Longevity Institute at Upstate Medical University — an eight-floor, 360,000-square-foot health and wellness complex — will be built at East Adams and Almond streets, across from the Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse.   It will house services related … Continue reading

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Advanced imaging, clot-retrieval help save stroke patients during holiday at Upstate Comprehensive Stroke Center

The Christmas feast was about to begin. Twenty-three of Judy Klein’s loved ones were gathered in her Syracuse home. Her grandson had prepared a plate for her mother, Fannie Barber, 101. Klein’s daughter was talking with the matriarch, who was … Continue reading

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So you’re looking to hire a caregiver …

You’ve posted an ad, received responses and invited your top candidates to interview for the position of caring for you at home. What should you ask of them? — How long have you been doing this kind of work? — … Continue reading

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Are you age 52 to 72? Three health conditions to check

  BY JIM HOWE  Baby boomers can save their health, their lives and lots of money and trouble by getting themselves checked for three major but often neglected health problems, says New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD. The … Continue reading

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Sleep trouble leads to depression, which leads to medication, which leads to sleep trouble

BY AMBER SMITH When patients begin taking antidepressants, their health care providers typically warn that the medication may reduce sexual desire and performance and may increase appetite and weight gain. Often missing is a discussion about how the medication may … Continue reading

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