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03-02-2015

New Parkinson's Disease Support Group to Start at Clarkson University

A new support group for patients with Parkinson's disease is starting in March at Clarkson University.

Rebecca MartinClinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Rebecca Martin is welcoming individuals and loved ones of individuals with Parkinson's disease to a series of support group meetings at noon on the third Monday of each month.

The first meeting will be held at noon on Monday, March 16, in the second floor conference room in Clarkson Hall at 59 Main St. in Potsdam, N.Y.

Martin, a doctor of physical therapy who is also a clinician for Canton Potsdam Hospital and a board-certified neurologic clinical specialist, will be at all meetings. She said more than 100 individuals in the area are living with Parkinson's disease, and her goal is to help patients connect and realize they are not alone.

"From talking with people in this area who have Parkinsonism, I have come to realize that there is a strong desire for them to connect with each other," she said. "I hope to help make that happen, while providing an opportunity for them to gain more knowledge."

Support groups can be instrumental in helping patients learn about different ways to manage Parkinson's disease from others who are dealing with the same issues, Martin said.

"Support groups can be very important for them to realize they're not the only ones in this situation," she said. "They can find out about tips and tricks that others have found helpful. Any information they can share can be good."

Individuals interested in attending the support group can contact Martin at 315-268-3786 or at rmartin@clarkson.edu .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/rmartin-2.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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