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01-18-2013

Clarkson University Professor to Discuss Technology's Role in Caregiving

Clarkson University Professor Charles Robinson knows from experience that technology can ease struggles for sufferers of neuromuscular disorders and their caregivers.

Clarkson University Professor Charles RobinsonRobinson will present “Caring for the Caregiver Through the Appropriate Use of Technology” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, at the Massena Public Library, 41 Glenn Street, in Massena, N.Y.

The informational session will explore different forms of technology that can help maintain abilities for those who will gradually become paralyzed by a degenerative neuromuscular disease. 

Robinson, the Herman L. Schulman Endowed chair in Rehabilitation Engineering and the founding director of Clarkson’s Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology, lost his wife to Lou Gehrig’s Disease after a two and a half year struggle. He will share how technology helped compensate for her declining functional movements over the course of the disease.

The talk is geared to those with progressive disabilities and neuromuscular diseases like ALS and Muscular Dystrophy, their caregivers and therapists, nurses, hospice personnel, social and church groups and local ALS and MDA chapters. The presentation will help caregivers decide what technology is appropriate and how to acquire it.

ALS of Upstate New York Chapter Executive Director Kathy Lahey and Care Services Coordinator Kate Cavan will provide information designed to help North Country patients, caretakers and families.

Robinson is a rehabilitation engineering specialist and neuroscientist, who is retired from the VA Medical Center in Syracuse where he was a senior rehabilitation research career scientist.
 
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 health sciences, 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/robinsonc.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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