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Parkinson’s Lifestyle Medicine – Art-Based or Expressive Therapies and Self-Management Strategies

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

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Z Altug

A physical therapist with a passion for integrative and lifestyle medicine

1-1.5 hours

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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

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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.

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