Online Course
Parkinson’s Lifestyle Medicine – Art-Based or Expressive Therapies and Self-Management Strategies
Using art-based therapies and self-care strategies to improve outcomes for individuals with Parkinson’s

1-1.5 hours





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A physical therapist with a passion for integrative and lifestyle medicine

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Approximately 10 million people live with Parkinson's. The prevalence of Parkinson's increases with age. 1.5-2% of the population aged over 60 are affected. Parkinson's is associated with the loss of dopamine-producing neurons in the substantia nigra of the midbrain. Clinical signs include tremor, rigidity, and bradykinesia. Other non-motor features include anosmia, sleep behaviour disorder, depression, autonomic dysfunction, and cognitive dysfunction. While the aetiology of this disease is not fully understood, it is believed that genetic and environmental factors play a role. This course, the third in a series on Parkinson's, explores how art-based therapies and self-management strategies can address a range of issues for individuals with Parkinson's, such as anxiety, mood, and stress, and improve physical, cognitive, emotional and social function.


This course aims to introduce art-based therapies and self-management strategies for persons with 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.


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 1-1.5 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 - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. 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 0.9 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:

  • list five benefits of art-based therapies for persons with Parkinson’s
  • describe at least two self-management strategies for monitoring medications for persons with Parkinson's
  • describe at least four strategies to use in a multidimensional approach to falls prevention for persons with Parkinson’s
  • discuss at least three non-pharmacologic strategies a physiotherapist may use to help manage constipation in persons with Parkinson's
  • choose an appropriate lifestyle strategy for a person with Parkinson’s
Featured reviews
This course offers really good information on how the arts can improve PD patients' well being. I never realized how much of impact constipation can have in the life of a PD person.
Carolien Benade
South Africa