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Parkinson’s disease, a movement disorder, is one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases affecting over 1.5 million people in the United States. Movement disorders affect motor performance including decreased balance and dexterity, slowness of movements, and rigidity as well as disturbances in speech, swallowing, sensation and cognition. Therefore, interdisciplinary care is essential in the management of Parkinson’s disease. This course, taught by experts in the field, will impart current standards, evidence-based clinical practice and innovative research in the medical, surgical, pharmacological and rehabilitative care for this population living with Parkinson’s disease. In addition the importance of motor learning in treatment, the effects of exercise, and issues related to caregivers’ involvement will be presented for discussion. Workshops will address the assessment of motor, speech and cognitive functions, driving ability, and interdisciplinary case presentations.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Discuss the non-motor manifestations of Parkinson’s disease and their effect on function and rehabilitation
Describe principles of motor learning applied in interventions in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease
Summarize the tools appropriate for use in the assessment of motor, cognitive and speech functions in individuals with Parkinson’s disease
Explain the physiological basis of exercise for individuals with Parkinson's disease, and how exercise may affect the disease process
Outline new and innovative assessment and treatment protocols in the management of dysphagia in Parkinson’s disease
Summarize the important components of caregiving for persons assisting with someone who is living with Parkinson’s disease.
Who Should Attend
Physiatrists, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, and Other Professionals Interested in Parkinson’s Disease.