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APDA Launches First-of-its-Kind Parkinson's Rehab Resource Center
Date:1/13/2010

ehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. The new resource is an outgrowth of the Center for Neurorehabilitation's Community Wellness Programs, which are exercise programs designed to improve mobility, quality of life and communications for persons with PD. These programs have benefited more than 400 people in 14 New England communities.

Dr. Marie Saint Hilaire, director of the APDA Center for Advanced Research at Boston University, points out the importance of exercise in the management of Parkinson's disease.  "Exercise helps to improve quality of life and day-to-day function in people with Parkinson's disease," said Dr. Saint Hilaire, who recommends that patients with PD consult with a physical therapist early in the disease process in order to reap the benefits right from the start.

Vlad Lyczmanenko, president of APDA's Massachusetts Chapter, which is co-funding the center, said that his chapter strongly supports the initiative. "It is imperative that people with PD are first motivated to exercise and then have access to professionals who can help them with practical information about how to exercise correctly for their particular needs."

Cathi Thomas, coordinator of the APDA Information & Referral Center at Boston University's Medical Campus, noted the value to other healthcare providers and said the center will maintain updated lists of community rehabilitation specialists.

"Our objective is to share this knowledge with patients, caregivers, students and healthcare professionals," said Dr. Ellis. "This partnership with APDA, also known for its pioneering efforts in physical therapy, will give anyone interested an easy, free pathway to the most up-to-date information."  

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