'Caring for Caregiver Through the Appropriate Use of Technology' talk to be held in Massena Jan. 24
Monday, January 21, 2013 - 2:09 pm

MASSENA -- Clarkson University Professor Charles Robinson speaks on “Caring for the Caregiver Through the Appropriate Use of Technology” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Massena Public Library, 41 Glenn St.

Robinson will explore technology that can help maintain abilities for those who will gradually become paralyzed by a degenerative neuromuscular disease.

Robinson lost his wife to Lou Gehrig’s Disease after a two and a half year struggle. He will explain 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.