Exercise Can Change the Parkinson Brain

20 contact hours

Seminar Description:

Exercise can change the Parkinson brain! For persons living with PD, a disease specific approach to exercise is medically necessary to improve the quality of their life. This course will introduce the latest evidence based etiology, prevalence, anatomy, physiology and medication needs of the person with idiopathic PD as well as the types of evidence based exercise concepts that are known to induce behavioral and brainy changes. The concept of a Parkinsonism disease process vs the specific degenerative nature and location of damage in idiopathic Parkinson’s will be discussed to understand the motor (ie bradykinesia, rigidity and tremor), nonmotor (i.e. decreased cognition and motivation) and autonomic (sleep, constipation and pain symptoms) symptoms of PD across the disease severity. Clinicians will be able to successfully address the needs of the whole patient to optimize function and improve lives. We know that exercise can improve strength, agility and fitness level, but that is just the beginning! Evidence will be introduced that exercise is medicine for persons with PD when delivered with the appropriate skill and aerobic essentials addressed. It is NEVER too late for persons with Parkinson Disease (PD) to change their function and improve their lives. Please join the revolution to change the Pakinson’s brain!

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and discuss the basic anatomy and physiology of Parkinson’s Disease across the disease process
  • Demonstrate awareness of the latest research insights to the etiology and prevalence of PD
  • Discus the learning and dual task capabilities of persons with PD throughout the disease process
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the various evidence based exercise concepts that are known to improve movement and induce neuroplasticity in persons with PD
  • Gain insight to the evidence based principles of the LSVT BIG and LOUD™ protocols
  • Gain insight to the evidence based principles of Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery PWR! (PWR4Life.ORG)
  • Discus and improve awareness of the latest evidence introduced at the World Parkinson’s Congress held in Portland, Oregon Fall 2017
  • Demonstrate awareness of various evidence based outcome tools that can be utilized across the Parkinson’s Disease process
  • Gain insights of the need for a diverse battery of outcome tools to assess, reassess and follow a persons with PD across their disease process
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the necessity of an ongoing Parkinson specific battery of outcome tools needed for effective documentation and reimbursement throughout their individual degenerative disease process.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the need for a sustained specific community support and outreach program for the person with PD throughout their life span

Your Instructor

Valerie A. Carter

PT, DPT, NCS

For Mail/Email/Fax registrations, click here or call us at 877-794-7328.

Note: We cannot take online registrations beginning on the Monday of the week of the seminar. Instead, please call our office at (877) 794-7328 to register so we can ensure there will be a handout at the course for you.


CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: 

Cancellations must be received in writing at least two weeks prior to the seminar date for tuition refund less a $75 administration fee. NO refunds will be made after this date.


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