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A series, by Ellen Abbott, on the issue of concussions in CNY.

This week: specialized nursing care for overweight patients and senior citizens

This week, HealthLink on Air is airing an entire episode devoted to nursing. We will hear about two types of specialized nursing care, plus we’ll hear from the author of the American Nurse Project.

Cazey Hammerle, a nurse at Upstate University Hospital, talks about the challenges of caring for patients who are overweight or obese. Many of these patients have diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, degenerative joint disease and/or high cholesterol -- which can complicate their medical care.

Senior citizens may also require special consideration during their hospitalization. Upstate nurses Kelly Dolan and Deb Willson explain the training program called Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders.

Also this week: Concussion expert Brian Rieger has some advice for athletic coaches, and author Carolyn Jones presents her American Nurse Project.