Online Course: Parkinson’s Lifestyle Medicine – Wellness and Lifestyle Strategies
Lifestyle changes that improve the quality of life of your clients with Parkinson’s
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Approximately 10 million people around the world are currently living with Parkinson's. The prevalence of Parkinson's increases with age, with 1.5-2 percent of the population aged over 60 affected. Parkinson's is associated with the loss of dopamine-producing neurons in the substantia nigra of the midbrain. Common symptoms include resting tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia, and non-motor symptoms such as anosmia, sleep behaviour disorder, depression, autonomic dysfunction, and cognitive dysfunction. While the aetiology of Parkinson's is not fully understood, it is believed that some combination of genetic and environmental factors are involved, including lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, diet, and physical activity. This module focuses specifically on lifestyle strategies that can be beneficial for individuals with Parkinson's, including stress management, avoiding risky substance abuse, improving social connections, and the benefits of being in outdoor environments.
The purpose of this course is to inform healthcare providers of lifestyle medicine approaches that can be beneficial for Parkinson's, including stress management, reducing substance abuse, enhancing social connectedness, and increasing exposure to outdoor environments.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activity
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 Physioplus 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:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- describe five evidence-based strategies to help manage stress
- describe one potential positive effect of smoking cessation on persons with Parkinson’s
- select appropriate strategies for engaging persons with Parkinson’s in activities that improve social connection
- support the recommendation for outdoor exercise with two positive outcomes for persons with Parkinson’s
- list six strategies for keeping patients safe while engaging in outdoor activities
Physiotherapist, South Africa
This course entails exactly how much lifestyle factors impact patients with PD! It is insightful and will enhance your treatment of patients with PD.
Physiotherapist, United Kingdom
The creators have clearly put in an incredible amount of time and effort to create such in-depth courses, and I am grateful for these accessible and worthwhile online courses, especially the international connection they promote. Thank you so much for the courses and all you do for our profession and our patients.
What a wonderful experience! Time well spent.