People with Parkinson’s disease and their partners may experience challenges related to sexuality and intimacy that can affect quality of life and intimate relationships. Yet these challenges are rarely discussed among people with Parkinson’s disease and their doctors. Join PDF and Gila Bronner, M.P.H., M.S.W., C.S.T., of Sheba Medical Center in Israel to find strategies for making real changes in this sensitive aspect of life.
- Understand the effects of non-motor and motor symptoms of PD on sexuality and intimacy.
- Increase your awareness of basic sexual health rights, and the fact that that people with PD are sexual persons with an ability to share love, bonding, intimacy and sexual experiences.
- Learn about alternatives to overcome difficulties and options to increase intimate communication and intimate pleasure.
Gila Bronner, M.P.H., M.S.W., C.S.T., is a certified sex therapist and the Director of the Sex Therapy Service in the Sexual Medicine Center, Sheba Medical Center, Israel. Since 1984, Ms. Bronner has been training physicians and health professionals in coping with issues of sexual health promotion, sexual rehabilitation and sex education.
From 1997 to 2003, Ms. Bronner worked as a sex therapist in the departments of neurology, psychiatry, oncology and cardiology at Tel-Aviv Medical Center. In the neurology department, she specialized in treating people with Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and CVA. Focusing on sexual aspects of PD enabled Ms. Bronner to construct a multidisciplinary approach to coping with sexual changes in people with PD and their partners. In cooperation with the Israeli PD association, Ms. Bronner is currently organizing special PD training for health professionals (nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, psychologists and occupational therapists).
She has published scientific articles, chapters in scientific books, sex education books for children, adolescents and elders and articles in the media. She was the Chair of the scientific committee of the European Congress of Sexology 2002, and a member of the scientific committees of the World Congress of Sexology 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Her international activities also include training of physicians and healthcare professionals in Portugal, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Ireland, Australia, Korea, Greece, Scotland, Germany, Trinidad, United States and Cyprus.
Her volunteer work involves counseling and leading the Israeli Family Planning Association (1985-2000), the Israeli Association of Sex Therapists (2002-2010), as well as active contribution to the European Parkinson's Disease Association and to various national and international PD organizations.
Her language proficiency includes: English and Hebrew (very good), German (good), French, Spanish & Polish (fair).