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PD ExpertBriefing: Occupational Therapy and Parkinsonís: Tips for Healthy Living

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET 

Did you know that occupational therapy can provide practical strategies for people with PD? Learn more about its potential by joining us for this one-hour online seminar led by Sue Berger, Ph.D., O.T.R/L., B.C.G., F.A.O.T.A., of Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, and Linda Tickle-Degnen, Ph.D., O.T.R/L., F.A.O.T.A., of Tufts University.

The recording of this online seminar will be available on Tuesday, September 16.

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Learning Objectives

  • Understand how occupational therapy can help people with Parkinson’s disease and their families.
  • Learn practical strategies for increasing satisfaction with daily activities such as self-care, leisure and work.
  • Find tips for preparing for changes in life activities and roles on the road ahead after a diagnosis.


Sue Berger, Ph.D., O.T.R/L., B.C.G., F.A.O.T.A., is Clinical Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College in Boston, MA.

Dr. Berger’s research focuses on individuals living with neurological changes, specifically those with stroke and Parkinson’s disease, and older adults with vision loss, exploring the barriers and strategies to participation in social and leisure occupations. Her extensive clinical experience with adults and older adults spans the health care continuum, including environments of acute care, rehabilitation, long-term care and home care.

She is the American Occupational Therapy representative for the partnership for Health in Aging and a recipient of the BU Sargent College Whitney R. Powers award for teaching excellence.

Linda Tickle-Degnen, Ph.D., O.T.R/L., F.A.O.T.A., is Professor of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University in Medford, MA.  Dr. Tickle-Degnen holds additional appointments in the Psychology Department and in the Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science Program at Tufts.  

She is also the Director of the Health Quality of Life Lab, which studies quality of life and wellness in people living with chronic health conditions that affect their ability to participate in daily life activities. Her primary focus is on understanding how people living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners are able to participate in their personally-valued activities and social roles. She develops rehabilitation interventions that promote health and satisfying participation in life activities. Her work is funded by the US National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.  

Dr. Tickle-Degnen has received national and international recognition for her leadership in the field of occupational therapy and rehabilitation.  

Questions? CEUs?

If you have questions about how to join this PD ExpertBriefing, by phone or online, please see our PD ExpertBriefing FAQ. 

Are you a health care professional seeking continuing education units? CEUs are provided via PDF's sponsorship of the American Society on Aging for professionals who view the seminar and complete a CEU application within 30 days of the live event. Participants receive a link to the CEU application within one day of the live event, or if viewing the recording, immediately after viewing.

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This series has been made possible by an educational grant from AbbVie, Inc.