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Group helps stroke patients avoid social isolation

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Carrie Garcia, MSA stroke can damage a person’s ability to perform many day-to-day functions, which can lead to social isolation, according to Carrie Garcia, MS, speech language pathologist with the Physical Rehabilitation and Medicine Department at Upstate Medical University. Partnering with a nearby hospital, she helped create a stroke support group that provides patients, loved ones and caregivers with a way to find information and emotional support as well as to socialize and express themselves.


New support group for head and neck cancer

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Jenna Gardner, SLPAnn Ray, RNSpeech language pathologist Jenna Gardner and oncology nurse Ann Ray discuss different types of cancers that arise in the head or neck region (nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, throat, or larynx), and how the disease and treatments can affect the patient.  They talk about the new head and neck cancer support group they run, what the group is designed to accomplish and why they decided to start one.  Patient support groups at Upstate. For more information, call (315) 464-5819 or (315) 464-5262


Living an active life with Parkinson’s disease

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Dragos L Mihaila, MDCarol Sames, PhDDragos Mihaila, MD, director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program at Upstate Medical University will talk about Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement  He is joined by Carol Sames, PhD, director of Upstate’s Vitality Fitness Program to describe how people can live an active life with the disease.

The Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth sponsors two groups that meet monthly to provide education and support to patients and families dealing with this disease: On the first Monday of each month, 12:30 – 2 pm, at The Hearth at Greenpoint, 150 Old Liverpool Road, Liverpool; and on the second Tuesday of each month, 6 – 7:30 pm, at The Villas of Summerfield, 100 Summerfield Village Lane, Onondaga Hill off Velasko Road.  For information, call 315-435-2362 x140 or email


6/24/12 Lyme Disease support group in central New York

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Kristin SchofieldKristin Schofield, director of Volunteer Services at Upstate University Hospital at Community General, shares her personal experience with Lyme disease, and explains her motivation to begin a local support group.

The CNY Chapter – Empire State Lyme Disease Association meets the third Monday of every month at the Onondaga Free Library at 7 pm.  Email

Empire State Lyme Disease Association


1/1/12 Brain cancer survivor begins support group

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

natalie lafebvre, RNRegistered nurse Natalie LeFebvre, after surviving a brain tumor, started the ‘Healing Ways’ support group as a way to heal, and it has renewed her enthusiasm for life.

Read Natalie’s story in the Post-Standard

For more information about the Healing Ways support group for cancer patients and their families/caregivers, call (315) 415-5305