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Community Exercise for People with Parkinson's Disease

Research has demonstrated the value of exercise for the 1.5 million Americans living with Parkinson's disease (PD) in improving motor function, strength and quality of life. There is a tremendous need for safe, welcoming exercise options that help people with PD live well with the disease. This course will provide participants with the background and unique skills to work with individuals with Parkinson's disease using multiple formats including group exercise classes and circuit training. The workshop will be taught by a top exercise researcher, who is also a certified ACE personal trainer, and two highly trained physical therapists with extensive experience working with people with PD. Didactic instruction will be paired with hands-on exercise experiences to ensure that participants are well prepared to work with populations with special needs. Participants will learn how to adapt exercises for individuals at various levels of disease severity. Participants will learn the symptoms of the disease and a framework for teaching targeted exercises that are PD-specific. The course includes a detailed manual with sample exercise progressions and class formats. Participants will also learn how to network with existing community resources, including the medical community.
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