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Continuing education exam
Parkinson’s disease is considered to be the primary neurological disease of the elderly. Learn the cardinal signs, common symptoms, associated physical impairments of the condition, and factors that may aggravate symptoms. You will also discover appropriate health screening methods and exercise monitoring techniques. A complete section is then devoted to specific exercise management strategies and program design considerations.
Provide a general overview of the clinical condition of PD.
Discuss the benefits of regular physical activity in the management of PD.
Explain the essential components of an exercise program for a client with PD, including general exercise considerations and recommendations.
Discuss exercise design for clients with PD with respect to mode, intensity, duration, frequency, and progression of exercise.
Discuss pain and energy conservation considerations relevant to exercise design.
Identify common classifications of drugs used in the treatment of PD and their effect on the exercising client.
Outline professional responsibilities of the clinical exercise specialist when working with a client with PD.
Identify a multidisciplinary team approach for the PD client.
Section 1. Overview of Parkinson’s Disease
Understanding Parkinson’s Disease
Statistics and Interesting Facts
Pathology and Diagnosis
Etiology of Parkinson’s Disease
Cardinal Signs of Parkinson’s Disease
Progression of the Disease
Common Presenting Symptoms
Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction
Associated Physical Impairments
Mood and Intellectual Functioning
Section 2. Components of Treatment
Multidisciplinary Approach to Parkinson’s Disease
Activities of Daily Living
Section 3. Specifics of Exercise Management
Importance and Benefits of Exercise
Exercise Program Goals
Components of the Exercise Program
Range of Motion
Speech and Vocal Training
General Exercise Guidelines and Considerations
Section 4. Professional Responsibilities
Health Screening for Physical Activity
Scope of Practice
Criteria for Termination of Exercise
Contraindications for Exercise
Establishing Physician Contact
Section 5. Student Handouts
Helpful Hints for Exercise
Parkinson’s Disease Community Resources
Exercise and Video Resources
Coping with Parkinson’s Disease at Home
Section 6. Appendix
Par-Q and You Questionnaire
Self-Check Quiz Answer Keys
A continuing education course for personal trainers working with clients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Lynn Macbeth, PT, MA, MS, GCS, has been a physical therapist since 1976 and has worked as a staff therapist, clinical education coordinator, manager, and neurodevelopmental treatment practioner. She has worked full-time as a home health physical therapist with a predominantly geriatric case load. She received her MS in gerontology from the University of Arizona in May 2000 and is a geriatric clinical specialist in the field of physical therapy.
Macbeth is a member of the Arizona Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association. She serves as a board member for the Tucson Chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association and on the advisory board of the Tucson Loan Chest. Macbeth and her husband, Jeff, have been foster parents since 1986 and serve on the Casey Family Program's Development Committee. She is also a docent (volunteer) at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.
"I will definitely use the information to provide comprehensive and safe programs for my clients at every stage of Parkinson's disease. I especially liked all the facts presented to educate clients on the importance of exercise in managing the disease."
L. Koploy—West Bloomfield, MI
"I have been training a man with Parkinson's disease for four months, and this course answered all my questions and far exceeded my expectations. I appreciate knowing what I am qualified to do and when I should refer to another professional."
R. Fontaine—Denver, CO
"After taking this course, I have an understanding of what causes Parkinson's disease and how exercise plays a role in maintaining certain aspects of the individual's fitness level. I learned the best way to teach balance exercises that translate to activities of daily living (ADLs) and how to explain the correct intensity for cardiovascular and strength training exercises for someone with Parkinson's."