Can exercise benefit people living with Parkinson's disease? How do different types of exercise affect the brain and symptoms of PD? Learn more about this important issue by joining a one-hour online seminar led by Margaret Schenkman, P.T., Ph.D., F.A.P.T.A., Associate Dean for Physical Therapy Education, and Director, Physical Therapy Program, University of Colorado School of Medicine.
- Understand the importance of exercise and activity for living well with Parkinson’s disease.
- Learn about the evidence and gaps in knowledge concerning the benefits of exercise and activity for people with Parkinson’s disease.
- Appreciate evidence suggesting that vigorous activity might have neuroprotective benefits in Parkinson's disease.
Dr. Schenkman has worked with people with Parkinson’s disease for more than 30 years, beginning with her time on the faculty of the MGH Institute of Health Professions in the 1980s and continuing during her years at Duke University and now at the University of Colorado.
She has developed and tested approaches to physical intervention that can help people in the early and mid-stages of Parkinson’s disease to stay active and independent. In 2012, she published the first long term study of exercise, comparing outcomes from 121 people who participated in one of three types of exercise for 16 months.
Currently she is co-leading a multi-site study (taking place in the Denver area, Chicago, and Pittsburgh) to determine whether two different intensities of aerobic conditioning slow down progression of symptoms of people not yet on medications for PD.
Dr. Schenkman received her M.S. in Physical Therapy from Boston University and her Ph.D. in microbiology at Yale University.