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OASIS announces staff for new center

Jacqueline Jackson-Young, RN, and Marilyn Sharron, CSW, have joined the staff of the Central New York's OASIS center, an affiliate of the national adult education program The OASIS Institute. OASIS is sponsored locally by University Hospital of SUNY Upstate Medical University and Kaufmann's Department Store, a division of the May Department Stores Company.

Marilyn Sharron: A resident of Syracuse's east side, Sharron is the coordinator of the OASIS Peer to Peer Senior Support Service, a free, confidential volunteer counseling service for OASIS members who are struggling with normal life changes. In this position, she implements and manages the service and recruits and trains peer volunteers. In addition, she also serves as a social worker in University Hospital's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Sharron received her master's degree in social work from the School of Social Welfare at SUNY Albany and her bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from Bowling Green State University.

She joined University Hospital of Upstate Medical University in 1988 as coordinator of the AIDS Care Center, following a career in social work service. In 1990, she accepted the position of social worker for University Hospital's Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.

Jacqueline Jackson-Young: A resident of DeWitt, Jackson-Young serves as the administrator of OASIS HealthStages, the umbrella for the organization's health and wellness programs. As administrator, Jackson-Young oversees the development, implementation, promotion and evaluation of the HealthStages program.

Jackson-Young received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Syracuse University in 1979. She is a candidate for a master's degree and gerontology certification from the State University of New York.

Prior to OASIS, Jackson-Young served as director of University Hospital's Customer Satisfaction Services and as coordinator of the hospital's Patient Relations and Volunteer Services. From 1984 to 1991, she served as a nursing surveyor and consultant for the New York State Department of Health.

OASIS HealthStages provides classes based on a national OASIS core curriculum of knowledge/skill building courses across seven key health topics: nutrition, exercise and movement, chronic disease management, management of sensory changes, stress management/mental health, memory improvement, and general health promotion & disease prevention for older adults.

OASIS' curriculum is geared to enhancing the quality of life for people ages 55 and older. The center creates opportunities for its members to continue their personal growth and meaningful service to the community by offering challenging programs in the arts, humanities, wellness and volunteer service.