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 & direction
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

Andrea I Berg, MD
Andrea I Berg, MD
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Geriatric Medicine; Alzheimer's Disease - Dementia; Delirium; Dementia; Depression; more
Education: George Washington University Hospital

Jeanne E Bishop, MD
Jeanne E Bishop, MD
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Geriatric Medicine; Hospice and Palliative Medicine; Alzheimer's Disease - Dementia; Delirium; Dementia; more
Education: SUNY Upstate Medical Center
Research Interests: Coronary artery disease; congestive heart failure; COPD; cerebral vascular accident; Parkinsons disease; osteoarthritis; osteoporosis; chronic renal failure; hypertension; dementia; depression; psychosis

Sharon A Brangman, MD
Sharon A Brangman, MD
315 464-5167
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Geriatric Medicine; Hospice and Palliative Medicine; Alzheimer's Disease - Dementia; Delirium; Dementia; more
Education: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse
Research Interests: Alzheimer's disease and exercise, improving hearing/communication for older adults in the hospital setting and delirium after moderate sedation
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.
Associations/Memberships: American Geriatrics Society, President (2010-2011), Chair Of The Board (2011-2012); American College of Physicians (ACP)

Christine Heagle Bahn, ANP -BC, GNP-BC, MSN
Christine Heagle Bahn, ANP -BC, GNP-BC, MSN
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Aging Issues; Alzheimer's Disease - Dementia
Education Interests:

Precept nursing students in the clinical area of geriatric care.

Educate public regarding issues affecting the older adult.

Assist formal caretakers in adult home setting to individualize care. Educate about the changes of aging and function.

Clinical Interests:

Care of the older adult and the conditions that impact the ability to maintain health and independence.

Cognitive Impairment and treatment. Family education to enhance the caregiving experience. Assist with appropriate recommendations for community support. 

Isabel J Kliss, ANP-BC
Isabel J Kliss, ANP-BC
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Alzheimer's Disease - Dementia; Delirium; Dementia; Geriatrics
Associations/Memberships: Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State - Syracuse Chapter; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)

Christopher J. Norman, MSN, RN-BC, APRN, AGPCNP-BC Christopher J. Norman, MSN, RN-BC, APRN, AGPCNP-BC

Christopher is Board Certified as an Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Neuroscience Concentration from SUNY Geneseo, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Dominican College of Blauvelt. He completed his Advanced Practice training at Yale University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing with a Global Health Concentration; he graduated from Yale as a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing.


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.

Michael Waters Michael Waters

Michael received his A.A.S. in Nursing from Adirondack Community College in 2010, and will receive his B.S. in Nursing from Upstate’s College of Nursing in 2016. Prior to working in the outpatient setting, he worked at University Hospital under the medical-surgical and trauma services. Michael joined University Geriatricians in 2014.

Social Worker

Marjorie Libling, LMSW Marjorie Libling, LMSW

Marjorie graduated from McGill University in 2006. She has practiced Medical Social Work in Ireland, Canada, and the US. Marjorie has been with University Geriatrician since August 2011.