ULM Gerontology presents a free program on Parkinson’s disease from October 13 to 14



Posted on October 12, 2021

The University of Louisiana’s Monroe Gerontology Program will present a free virtual Parkinson’s disease management education and training program from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, October 13 and Thursday, October 14.

The two, four hour sessions are via Zoom, and link will be provided during registration. To register, email Anita Sharma, Ph.D., at [email protected]. Sharma is director of ULM Gerontology and project director for Parkinson’s training.

A community grant from the Parkinson Foundation funds the program. Anyone whose life has been affected by Parkinson’s disease is welcome. Certificates of completion will be available upon request.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease causing tremors, difficulty walking, problems with balance, and other problems. The disease is progressive and there is no cure. Medical options vary, including surgery and medication.

“It is important to educate patients, their formal and informal caregivers, families and the community at large about the diagnosis, prognosis, symptoms and treatment of Parkinson’s disease so that we can improve the quality of life of the patients, ”Sharma said.

The subjects

  • Understanding Parkinson’s disease

  • Nutrition

  • Physical, musical and physical therapy

  • A session presented by a person diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

  • A session focused on family members affected by Parkinson’s disease

For more information, contact Sharma at [email protected].



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