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OASIS/HealthLink programs open in new site


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Upstate Medical University-supported OASIS/HealthLink Learning Center will mark its move from ShoppingTown Mall in DeWitt to the former Telergy building in East Syracuse with an Open House Wednesday, Aug. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 6333 State Route 298 in East Syracuse.

The new location sits next to the DoubleTree Hotel, off Carrier Circle. The event is free and open to the public.

The move to the new location gives OASIS/HealthLink 11,000 square feet of programming space, doubling the size of its original space in ShoppingTown Mall.

According to OASIS Executive Director Lauren Feiglin, the new location offers OASIS members sufficient parking and many amenities, including larger classrooms, an additional fitness classroom, anenclosed coatroom, and a break room. "This move allows us to serve more members, offer more classes, reduce long wait lists and provide smoother transitions between classes," she said.

OASIS has grown to a membership of nearly 8,500.

The move also allows the HealthLink programs to serve more people. "To serve our HealthLink participants better, we needed to increase our size," said HealthLink Director, Cynthia Cary, "which also allow us to increase the number and type of programs we offer."

The Open House includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m., tours, presentations and a keynote address at 10 a.m. by Sharon Brangman, M.D., professor and chief of Geriatrics at Upstate Medical University and president of the American Geriatric Society.

OASIS instructors will be available throughout the day to discuss OASIS classes that cover a wide range of topics, from cultural, fitness and health to current events, travel and personal computing.

Registration is requested for the two special HealthLink presentations that will be offered that day from 6 to 7 p.m. To register, call 464-8668. The presentations are:

• Upstate Medical University Oncologist Sara Jo Grethlein, M.D., will present "Cancer 101." Grethlein will use a few examples of specific cancers to highlight ongoing research approaches to the management, as well as discuss general concepts about cancer.

• Every Patient's Advocate Trisha Torrey will present "How to Find Credible Health Information." She will offer tips on ways to find the right resources and how to confirm that the health information offered is accurate.

OASIS membership is free and open to individuals aged 50 years or older. Members receive a catalog of classes, programs and events three times a year. The Syracuse OASIS/HealthLink Learning Center houses a lecture hall, computer lab, HealthLink and studio classrooms. To join or learn more about OASIS, visit www.oasisnet.org/Cities/ SyracuseNY.aspx.

HealthLink provides free health education programs to people of all ages. Programs are offered in the afternoons and evenings and usually run one to two hours with time for questions and answers. For more information about HealthLink, visit www.upstate.edu/uh/healthlink.

Upstate Medical University also presents HealthLink On Air each Sunday, from 9 to 10 a.m. on 570 WSYR-AM. The program features Upstate professionals discussing health and medical issues affecting Central New Yorkers. For more information about HealthLink on Air, visit www.upstate.edu/healthlinkonair.