Gait, Balance and Falls in Parkinson's Disease

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
01:00 AM to 02:00 AM

Falls are a risk for many people with Parkinson's who experience trouble with gait, yet they can be prevented. What practical strategies can you use to understand falls and prevent them from happening to you, a loved one or a patient? Find out by joining PDF and Dr. Ellis for a one-hour PD ExpertBriefing discussing the topic.

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Learning Objectives: 
  • Gain a better understanding of the nature of walking and balance problems experienced by people living with Parkinson's disease.
  • Learn about the research that demonstrates the benefits of rehabilitation and exercise to improve walking and balance in Parkinson’s disease.
  • Learn practical strategies to help improve walking and reduce fall risk as it applies to you, or a loved one or a patient living with Parkinson's disease.
Becky G. Farley , Ph.D., M.S., P.T. , Physical therapist with over 30 years of experience in neurorehabilitation and CEO and Founder of the nonprofit NeuroFit Networks. She also holds a research appointment in the Department of Physiology at the University of Arizona.

While completing her Ph.D., in neuroscience at the University of Arizona, Dr. Farley developed LSVT® BIG as an exercise approach to target whole body bradykinesia for people with Parkinson’s and completed an NIH-funded randomized clinical trial documenting its short-term efficacy (three-months). Since 2007, she has trained over 5,000 clinicians in the LSVT® BIG protocol and published many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on exercise and Parkinson disease.

Terry Ellis , P.T., Ph.D., N.C.S. , Clinical Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, MA, and Co-Director, Center for Neurorehabilitation, Boston University

Dr. Ellis, a Board certified specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy, conducts research and provides clinical consultations and education to healthcare professionals and to people living with neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, with her research focusing on investigating the effects of exercise and rehabilitation on reducing disability and enhancing quality of life in persons with Parkinson's.  

She lectures nationally in the area of rehabilitation and Parkinson’s disease. She is a co-author of the “BE ACTIVE” exercise manual published by the American Parkinson Disease Association and has developed evidence-based community based wellness programs and an inpatient rehabilitation program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Ellis also served on the faculty for, Parkinson’s Disease: A Practical Approach to Evaluation & Treatment for the Physical Therapista PDF-led online course designed by expert physical therapists in the field of Parkinson’s disease to help other physical therapists better understand how to evaluate, treat, and deliver comprehensive care to people living with Parkinson’s. 

Dr. Ellis has a Ph.D., in Behavioral Neurosciences from Boston University School of Medicine.

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This series has been made possible by educational grants from AbbVie, Inc., Sunovion and Lundbeck LLC.

It is designed in collaboration with Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS); Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS); Michigan Parkinson Foundation (MPF); the Neuro Challenge Foundation (NCF); Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC); Parkinson Association of the Rockies (PAR); Parkinson's Association (PA) and Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana (PSCKY).