About APDA Connecticut

About the APDA Connecticut Chapter
Congratulations to Cristina!

APDA Connecticut Chapter
Board Member

Cristina Colon-Semenza, PhD successfully defended her dissertation titled,
“The Effects of Personal, Social & Behavioral Determinants on
Physical Activity in People with Parkinson Disease”.
Cristina was mentored by Dr. Terry Ellis, Dr. Alice Cronin-Golumb & Dr. Dan Fulford
in the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program in Boston University’s
Sargent College.  She is now working at the Center for Neurorehabilitation at
Boston University as a Research Scientist and is focused upon studies that
increase motivation for exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease.


“Thriving” with Parkinson’s Disease!

Board member Stefan at work. He has Young Onset PD.
Cutting PD off at the knees! Thriving-every day!

Congratulations, to The Fresh River Recreation Team!

Michael Hamilton, Jeanie Yong, Maria Cianciolo, Director of Recreation, Lauren Attenello & Beth Biagetti.

They have all received the certificate of completion of the Parkinson’s Disease Training
for Fitness, Health & Wellness Professionals.  This highly specialized training
program is sponsored by APDA.

The Connecticut Chapter seeks to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and the issues that are important to the Parkinson’s community.

The Chore Service staff members have recently attended
an In-Service for Parkinson’s Disease.
Thank you for your participation!

Center For Hospice Care – Norwich. Volunteers attended a Parkinson’s In-Service recently.

Ellington Group – Bud enjoys LSVT Big therapy with Kim Wanegar-Nation, PT.
Rulanda Simao, Stephanie Brennan, Heather Bale and James Christofori

Fresh River Healthcare
A “new” American Parkinson Disease Association
Support Group!
Meetings will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 1:30 pm
96 Prospect Hill Road, East Windsor
Please call 860-623-9846 for more information.

Board Officers

President – Erika P. Forte
Vice President – Lauren Erardi
Secretary – Amanda Brill
Treasurer – Tanya Spurlin

Board of Directors

Cristina Colon-Semenza, PhD
Duarte G. Machado, M.D.
Michelle Dagostine, MD
Stefan McKosky
Jennifer Barnhart
TJ Goldberg
Lesley Mills
Committee Member
Joanne Berlinski

Information & Referral Center
J. Antonelle de Marcaida, M.D., Medical Director

APDA CT Chapter Program Coordinator
Marlane Argianas

Yellow Dot Program in Connecticut
The National TRIAD initiative affixes a yellow dot in the car’s rear window to alert emergency response personnel to senior drivers’ and passengers’ medical information stored in the vehicle.
Register at Stonington Human Services.  Please bring all current medical information when registering; photos will be taken on site.  Information cards are also utilized to alert emergency personnel of the injured senior’s family members whose care may be dependent upon the senior, such as a homebound spouse.
Call (860) 535-5015 for an appointment.
Sponsored by Stonington Police Department and Stonington TRIAD.