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

Jeanne E Bishop, MD

Jeanne E Bishop, MD
Appointed 09/01/93
Women's Health Network
STE A Upstate Specialty Services at Harrison Center
550 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

315 464-8668

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Clinical Section Affiliations

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


Education & Fellowships

  • Additional Training: Harvard Medical School/Center for Palliative Care, 2006, Palliative Care
  • Fellowship: UCLA Medical Center, 1989, Geriatric Medicine
  • Residency: Rochester General Hospital, 1981, Internal Medicine
  • MD: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, 1978
  • MA: Stanford University, 1974
  • BS: St. Lawrence University, 1972

Research Interests

  • Coronary artery disease; congestive heart failure; COPD; cerebral vascular accident; Parkinsons disease; osteoarthritis; osteoporosis; chronic renal failure; hypertension; dementia; depression; psychosis

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

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital
  • Crouse Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
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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.

James Baker James Baker, RN

James graduated from St. Elizabeth College of Nursing, and worked at University Hospital for two years prior to joining the University Geriatricians team. He maintains ACLS certification, and expects to graduate with honors from Utica College B.S.N. program in 2014.

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.

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.


Thelma Jack Thelma Jack

Thelma has worked in the geriatrics field for over 26 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Fayetteville State University, NC. She joined University Health Care Center in 2004 as an Outpatient Administrative Specialist.