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Educating Physical Therapists About Parkinson’s While no treatment can prevent or reverse Parkinson's, research suggests that physical therapy can help improve strength, fitness level, walking speed and balance, leading to reduced disability and greater independence. Unfortunately, there is a lack of trained physical therapists to care for the growing Parkinson’s community. To address this need, PDF launched in April 2012 a free online course, “Parkinson’s Disease: A Practical Approach to Evaluation and Treatment for the Physical Therapist.” The course was designed by expert physical therapists in the field of Parkinson’s to help other physical therapists provide better care to people with the disease. PDF led the development of this course in collaboration with the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY). The course includes ten educational sessions and two interactive panel discussions. Since its launch, more than 6,000 physical therapists have participated in this program. This program was made possible with the support of Kenneth M. and Susan Granat Weil in memory of John and Joan Haine; the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation and the American Physical Therapy Association. It also received kind support from Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center. Additional promotion was provided through our media partners, which include the Houston Area Parkinson Society, National Parkinson Foundation, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation and Parkinson Association of the Carolinas.

“THIS COURSE PUTS THE

LATEST

EVI-

DENCE-BASED FINDINGS IN THE HANDS OF

PRACTITIONERS

AROUND THE COUNTRY TO HELP THEM PROVIDE THE BEST CARE POSSIBLE.” Terry Ellis, P.T., Ph.D., N.C.S. Clinical Associate Professor at Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

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Impact: Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Biennial Report 2012-2013  

How is the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) making an impact? Browse this report for the answers. Learn about our programs of research,...

Impact: Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Biennial Report 2012-2013  

How is the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) making an impact? Browse this report for the answers. Learn about our programs of research,...

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