Online Course
Fitness and Exercise Strategies for Persons with Parkinsons
Gain the skills to design effective, evidence-based exercise programmes for your clients with Parkinson's

1.5-2 hours





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Z Altug
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Ziya "Z" is a physical therapist specialising in lifestyle medicine

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Approximately 10 million people around the world are currently living with Parkinson’s. The aetiology of this disease is not fully understood, but it is believed that some combination of environmental and genetic factors are involved, including lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, dietary intake, and physical activity. Physiotherapists are uniquely positioned to enhance a person's quality of life by encouraging appropriate exercise and physical activities. This course, the last in a series on lifestyle medicine for Parkinson's, will discuss mind-body and exercise strategies to maintain fitness for individuals with Parkinson's.


The purpose of this course is to introduce a variety of fitness strategies that are beneficial in the management of Parkinson’s.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.8 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe five mind-body fitness strategies for persons with Parkinson’s
  • discuss aerobic, strength, and flexibility exercises for person’s with Parkinson’s
  • describe three forms of neuromotor training beneficial for persons with Parkinson’s
  • create a task-specific circuit training regimen for a person with Parkinson’s
  • discuss three leisure fitness activities beneficial for persons with Parkinson’s

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Financial disclosure by Z Altug: I published the book, The Lifestyle Medicine Toolbox with Jessica Kingsley Publishers (London) on February 21, 2024.
No relevant non-financial relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
This course discussed how many popular activities could enhance the lives of people with Parkinson's. Z Altug searched the research literature to back up this information. I liked that quite a number of his articles are from non-English journals. (which they often get overlooked). My takeaway message is that when working with patients with Parkinson's, you can be creative and look at treatment options with a much broader focus.
Elizabeth Ahern
This course is a great addition to the overall series in PD management. It is an excellent refresher on the available types of exercise therapy for patients with PD.
Carolien Benade
South Africa