Exercise Can Change the Parkinson Brain!

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 that are known to induce behavioral and brain based anatomical 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 (i.e. bradykinesia, rigidity and tremor), non-motor (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. Therapists will leave with numerous new exercise and intervention strategies to use in the clinic immediately. 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 Parkinson’s brain!

What Participants Are Saying . . .

Fresh new ideas to help patients with PD

This course offers a very clear and concise synopsis of the latest Parkinson’s Research and very innovative treatment ideas…So much great information in such a short period of time! Thank you so much!

Lots of examples of exercises – really liked the dual exercises

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

EDUCATIONAL CREDIT: A certificate of attendance for 20 contact hours of educational activity (20 CEUs or 2.0 CEUs depending on how your Practice Act determines CEUs in your state) will be awarded to registrants upon completion of the seminar. Great Seminars and Books is an Approved CE Provider for PTs and PTAs in DC, NY, KY, IL, TX and NC. Approved in NJ, OK, CA, AR, SC, TN, and MD for 20 Clinical Contact Hours. Have applied for approval in VA and GA. This 20 contact hour course meets the guidelines of the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy for an acceptable continuing education activity. Our courses also meet the guidelines for approval in UT, PA, AL, GA, MI, IN, WY, VA, AZ, DE, NH, OR, RI, WI, WY and MO. Courses are accepted for CEUs in NE, ID, MT, WA, CT, IA, and ND.

GREAT Seminars is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #5363. This course is not approved by ASHA or Board of Certification. If you do not see your state listed, please give our office a call. Your tuition is tax deductible. Any reference to or mention of state rules or regulations concerning continuing education requirements are true and accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of print. If you have questions, please contact your board or regulating body.

Day 1

7:30 AM – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – Introduction: The Anatomy and Physiology of Parkinson’s Disease. What do we really need to know to effectively treat persons with Parkinson’s Disease? (Does the basal ganglia really do all of this?)

10:00 AM – Break

10:15 AM – Plasticity and learning in PD (Introduction to exercise concepts designed to change the Parkinson’s brain)

12:30 PM – Working Lunch (Video Case Study and Discussion)

1:30 PM – Evidence Based Exercise Concepts in Parkinson’s: People with Parkinson’s can get better and stay better through exercise.

Parkinson’s Exercise Concepts (LAB)

(Boxing, bicycle, tango anyone, pole walking, scarves, stretching)

3:30 PM – Break

3:45 PM – Amplitude Based Therapies for Parkinson’s: Introduction to LSVT BIG & LOUD (LAB)

4:45 PM – Introduction to Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR!) (LAB)

6:00 PM – Questions and Answers

6:30 PM – Adjourn


Day 2

7:30 AM – Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – What People with Parkinson’s and People at Risk for Parkinson’s Need to Know: Late breaking evidence from the World Parkinson’s Congress (WPC)

9:00 AM – Exercise Prescription in Parkinson’s Disease: A disease specific exercise approach for the many issues found in PD; (Freezing and cognition, movement and executive functioning in PD)

10:00 AM – Break

10:15 AM – Dual Task Practice in Parkinson’s Disease: Yes, persons with PD can get better at doing this as well. (The what, why and “wins” of adding dual task practice to your exercise program)

12:30 PM – Working Lunch (Practicing Outcome Tools)

1:30 PM – Late Stage PD Exercise Concepts (Don’t hide from stage 4 & 5)

3:00 PM – Break

3:15 PM – Documentation/Outcomes: A look at outcome tools for early, mid and late stage PD (One size does not fit all… G-Code and reimbursement tips for PD)

5:00 PM – Parkinson’s Disease Community Program Design Ideas: A bright future for persons with PD (Join the PD exercise revolution)

6:00 PM – Questions & Answers

6:30 PM – Adjourn

Participant 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.

In the event that a course is cancelled by Great Seminars and Books, participants will be offered the equivalent number of hours of online or live courses, or a refund. Great Seminars and Books is not responsible for course related expenses that participants may incur such as transportation, lodging or meals.

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.

Registration Cost

Early Bird = $50 discount

Regular = $545

Late Fee = add $25

Hawthorne, NJ – May 21-22

Course Location: Van Dyk Park Place
644 Goffle Road
Hawthorne, NJ 07506

Please Note: The host facility for this location is requiring course participants to show his/her COVID vaccination card before entry into the course. Only vaccinated participants will be permitted to attend this course location in Hawthorne, NJ. We apologize for any inconvenience. This is only for the Hawthorne, NJ location.

Early Bird (thru 4/28/22) = $495

Regular Price (4/28/22 – 5/12/22) = $545

Late Fee (5/12/22 – 5/21/22) = $570

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Atlanta, GAOctober 15-16, 2022

Course Location: Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
1968 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309


Early Bird (thru 9/15/22) = $495

Regular Price (9/15/22 – 9/29/22) = $545

Late Fee (9/29/22 – 10/15/22) = $570

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Richmond, VANovember 5-6, 2022

Course Location: Henrico Doctor’s Hospital
1602 Skipwith Road
Richmond VA 23229


Early Bird (thru 10/6/22) = $495

Regular Price (10/6/22 – 10/21/22) = $545

Late Fee (10/21/22 – 11/5/22) = $570

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Your Instructor

Valerie A. Carter, PT, DPT, NCS