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Sharan Brangman on Cover of 55Plus PDF IconLiving a Longer, Healthy Life

- 55Plus, Aug/Sep. Issue 2015

Alzheimer's segment on WCNY - Cycle of Health

- WCNYConnected External Icon, February 4, 2014; With Richard O'Neill, PhD

Obesity linked to mobility problems in older women

- NBC News, November 15, 2013

Why Am I Making So Many Pit Stops?

- The New York Times, January 24, 2013

Sharon A. Brangman, M.D.

- February 4, 2012

"Preparing for the Dementia Tsunami"

Sharon A. Brangman, MD, Professor of Medicine and Division Chief of Geriatrics at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY is participating in TEDMED's 20 Great Challenges of Health and Medicine. Dr. Brangman answers a series of questions on "Preparing for the Dementia Tsunami Part 2 of 10".

View the series on our conferences page

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10 Dedicated and Deserving Social Workers

- Social Work Today, January/February 2012 issue

Nancy Calhoun

Nancy Calhoun, LMSW
Retired Social Worker for SUNY Upstate Medical University, University Hospital in Syracuse, NY

Years ago, Nancy Calhoun became a single parent and needed to pursue a new career. Her next-door neighbor, who was the dean of Syracuse University's School of Human Development, suggested pursuing an MSW because it could be the "key to multiple careers."

Calhoun says that's exactly what social work has been for her, and since obtaining her degree, she's used it for service, teaching, applied research, advocacy, and counseling. Now retired, Calhoun provided decades of dedication to the social work field and says if it weren't for her current battle against breast cancer, she'd be doing even more.

Though she's held various positions, for the last 15 years, Calhoun worked at SUNY Upstate Medical University, providing care to older adults with dementia and supporting their caregivers. She says she's become accustomed to looking at the big picture and always asking herself, "How can I make this happen?" She never gets discouraged and is always looking for solutions. In fact, Calhoun says that even today the "ideas are there, just not the energy to follow through," as she fights cancer.

Along the way, Calhoun has taught and developed a gerontology curriculum and a course on aging. "I taught until I realized I was approaching the aging population myself," she says while laughing. "I always saw myself as the link between the younger generation of up-and-coming social workers and the older generation, but once I realized I was part of the latter group, I decided that wasn't the role I wanted. I was no longer the middle-aged person that could interpret for both groups." Calhoun says that even in retirement, she can't stop herself from always looking for a solution. That's the life-long social worker in her.

"There's always a way through a problem. I'm an eternal optimist," she says. "Along with that, I have the ability not to dwell on the things that don't turn out so well. I can move on and accept the next challenge. That's part of how I live my life. If it weren't for my health situation, I'd be out there now. But I'll never stop looking around and seeing opportunities to help."

Depression or Dementia

- September 14, 2010, 5:00-6:00 pm

Spend an innovative hour with Dr. Brangman discussing the difference between depression and dementia.

Alzheimer's and Exercise

-, August 10, 2010

A New Charge for Upstate University's Dr. Sharon A. Brangman and Syracuse University's Stefan Keslacy. Read how you can make a difference and participate in this study.

Geriatricians: Preserving Life

- CBSNews, July 25, 2010

John Blackstone, CBS-TV News, reports on the professional lives of geriatricians who specialize in the complex needs and primary care required by the elderly.
Featuring Drs. Brangman and McCloud.

Dr. Brangman Becoming President-Elect of American Geriatrics Society

- May 11, 2009

Sharon A. Brangman MD, Division Chief, is the new President-Elect of the American Geriatrics Society External Icon

The American Geriatrics Society also named a new President-Elect and new Board of Directors and committee members today: Sharon Brangman, MD, FACP, AGSF, professor of medicine and division chief of geriatrics at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, was named President-Elect of the AGS. Dr. Brangman is director of the Central New York Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center; an attending physician at James Square Health and Rehabilitation Centre; and Medical Director of Greenpoint/The Hearth Senior Living Communities in Syracuse.


- USA Today, June 6, 2006

- USA Today, June 6, 2006

Lifting the "Silver Ceiling"


Recently, University Hospital geriatrician Sharon Brangman MD testified before the U.S. Senate about an endangered natural resource: older Americans. Appearing before the Senate's Special Committee on Aging, Brangman addressed the issue of "the Silver Ceiling"-the growing concern that America will face a productivity crisis when its baby boomers retreat from the workforce



-Washington Post, November 1, 2005:

Staying Physically Active

- The AP story has appeared in dozens of media outlets and on news websites, including,, FOX, July 11, 2005

Bush's 59th Birthday reminds boomers to take stock of health. Sharon Brangman, MD., is quoted in an Associated Press story on the need for older Americans to be physically active. The story comes in advance of President Bush's 59 birthday Wednesday. Brangman notes that older adults need to make exercise part of their daily routine, like brushing teeth and combing hair.