An Inspiring Testimonial from Carole Hartzman
About The Maritime Physiotherapy Clinic
"Besides taking my medication, exercise is the most important thing I do in terms of managing Parkinson's. The Maritime Parkinson's Physiotherapy Clinic is the service provided by the PSMR that I value most.
Shortly after I was diagnosed, I spoke with neurosurgeon Dr. Ivar Mendez, Director of the Brain Repair Centre, and asked him what I could do to help manage Parkinson's. He replied.
‘Exercise, Carole, Stay Active.’
I have a mobility disorder. Teaching my body to move in a variety of ways will, hopefully, establish new habits, new pathways to movement.
The Maritime Parkinson Physiotherapy Clinic has afforded me the opportunity to discuss the psychological as well as the physiological aspects of living and dealing with Parkinson's. I was diagnosed with Parkinson's in late 2003 and in early 2004 was seen by the Clinic. George Turnbull and Janet Millar evaluated my mobility, flexibility, and balance, according to the Berg Balance Scale. George also evaluated my attitude towards living with Parkinson's and found it negative.
He told me to travel now, not later, not to defer or deny life and to exercise.
Encouraged by George, my husband Carl and I have, in recent years, traveled to New York, frequently, and to the Galapagos, Israel, Switzerland, and Iceland.”