Dr. Terry Ellis to Deliver Online Seminar on Gait, Balance and Falls in Parkinson’s: Tuesday, January 15

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WHAT: “Gait, Balance, Falls and Parkinson’s Disease” is the third in a series of free, interactive online and phone seminars, or PD ExpertBriefings hosted by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF).  It will focus on ways people living with Parkinson’s can improve balance and prevent falls. PD ExpertBriefings provide people with Parkinson’s disease, families and health professionals with first-hand access to the leaders in Parkinson’s disease care and research.  Health care professionals may apply for continuing education credits.

WHO: Terry Ellis, P.T., Ph.D., N.C.S., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Boston University (BU) College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College.  She is also Director for the BU Center for Neurorehabilitation. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation ® (PDF®) supports the scientific research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people who are touched by Parkinson’s disease.  Since its founding in 1957, PDF has invested more than $136 million in research, education and advocacy programs.

WHY: As many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease.  They have twice the risk for falling as their peers.  Falls can result in minor or serious injuries, impacting a person’s quality of life.  Research suggests that exercise and physical therapy may lessen a person’s risk of falls.  This PD ExpertBriefing will provide evidence-based strategies for coping with gait and balance problems, to lessen a person’s risk of falls.

WHEN:  Tuesday, January 15, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET.

WHERE: Participants can take part in the PD ExpertBriefing via phone, using a unique toll-free number and/or can also watch and listen online, through PDF’s website.

HOW: To participate in this seminar online or by phone, contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, email info@pdf.org, or visit www.pdf.org/parkinsononline.  Pre-registration is highly recommended.  Online viewers will be able to ask questions directly to Dr. Ellis during the second half of the seminar.

CEUs: Continuing education credits are available for health care professionals who view live or within 30 days of the PD ExpertBriefing via PDF’s sponsorship of the American Society on Aging.  Costs are underwritten.

Those interested in learning more about PD ExpertBriefings may contact the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation by calling (800) 457-6676, emailing info@pdf.org, or visiting http://www.pdf.org.