Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center (ADAC)

Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center (ADAC)

An Innovative Leader in the Management of Alzheimer's Disease

The SUNY Upstate Medical University Program in Geriatrics has housed the Central New York Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center (CNY ADAC), serving as its clinical site. It has established itself as an innovative leader in the management of Alzheimer's disease

About the ADAC

Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center (ADAC)
Upstate Specialty Services at Harrison Center
Suite A, 550 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-6100
Fax: 315 464-9246

In 1988, the Program in Geriatrics was one of the original recipients of the Central New York Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center, which was established by the New York State Department of Health through a competitive process. Over time, the CNY ADAC has been identified by health professionals of all specialties and disciplines, patients, families, as well as the news media, as the most comprehensive program in the area for diagnosis, management and provision of educational services for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

The CNY ADAC currently has a staff that includes geriatricians who work in conjunction with a geriatric nurse practitioners, gerontological social worker and nurses with expertise in geriatrics. Case management services are provided by our social worker with a particular emphasis on elders at risk, especially those who live alone or with frail caregivers.

The CNY ADAC has a strong working relationship with Onondaga County Adult Protective Services External Icon, which identifies and refers elders, especially those with dementia, who are at risk because of the inability of the patient, family or other caregivers, to seek and comply with medical management.

An individualized care and management plan is developed for each patient, and depends on the disease stage, patient's level of function, and amount of support that is available. Referrals are made to appropriate community resources, such as adult day care, home care, respite or long term care, and the social worker follows each care plan so that it can be adjusted or revised, as needed. The goal of all treatments and care plans is to reduce the stress and burden Alzheimer's disease has on the patient and family.

Our Team

Sharon A Brangman, MD

Sharon A Brangman, MD
Appointed 10/16/89
Women's Health Network
STE A Upstate Specialty Services at Harrison Center
550 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
315 464-5167

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Medicine: Geriatrics
  • Women's Health Network: Geriatric Care

Research Programs and Affiliations

  • Medicine


Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, 1988, Geriatric Medicine
  • Residency: Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, 1984
  • MD: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, 1981

Clinical Interests

  • Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias, depression, polypharmacy, nursing home care and nursing home placement issues, frail older adults, end-of-life care, cultural competence.

Research Interests

  • Alzheimer's disease and exercise, improving hearing/communication for older adults in the hospital setting and delirium after moderate sedation

Clinical Trials

  • Development of Hand-held Biosensors for Rapid Diagnosis and Study of Neural Disease.
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  • SNAP - SUNY Network Aging Partnership: Investigating Frailty and Enhancing Lifespan Across the Health Spectrum - SUNY REACH Project
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Specialties & Certification

  • Internal Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Alzheimer's Disease - Dementia
  • Delirium
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Urinary Incontinence


  • Adults


  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Geriatrics


  • American Geriatrics Society, President (2010-2011), Chair Of The Board (2011-2012)
  • American College of Physicians (ACP)

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital
  • Crouse Hospital
  • VA Medical Center

HealthLinkOnAir Radio Interview

7/30/14 Biosensors for detecting neural diseases

7/30/14 Creating a partnership for research on issues related to aging

11/7/13 The holidays are a chance to check in on aging loved ones


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Betsy Holden, LPN Betsy Holden, RN

Betsy has been working as a nurse specializing in senior care at nursing homes, home visits and outpatient services since 1980. She joined our team at University Geriatricians in 1998.

Cathy McCormick Cathy McCormick, LPN

Cathy is a Licensed Practical Nurse with over 35 years of nursing experience. She has worked in both the private office and operating room settings. Cathy joined University Geriatricians in 2011.