Resources for Patients and Families

While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD), many people with this condition find that exercise programs and/or physical therapy can be greatly beneficial. Studies confirm that people with PD can improve their mobility, flexibility, strength and fitness, and overall quality of life through exercise.

Whether you are newly diagnosed or have had Parkinson’s Disease for a number of years, our physical therapists can help you manage your symptoms over your lifetime. To inquire about our services, including our Community Wellness group exercise programs, or to schedule an appointment, please call 617-353-7525.

The Center for Neurorehabilitation Research Update

If you are interested in the latest research about exercise, click here to watch part 1 of the PD Research Update presentation by Dr. Terry Ellis (May, 2017) or here to view a copy of the slides.

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) National Rehab Resource Center at Boston University

The APDA National Rehab Resource Center at Boston University is available to medical professionals and people with PD nationwide, serving as a central resource for information about PD-related rehabilitation and exercise. To learn more about this Center, please click here. The Center encompasses a toll-free exercise helpline and Community Wellness Programs.

The “Be Active & Beyond” Booklet

Explore the “Be Active & Beyond” booklet, which includes exercise guidelines along with instructions for a number of exercises that can be done within the comfort of one’s own home. You can download “Be Active and Beyond” to your computer by clicking here or order paper copies by clicking here, both free of charge. be active and beyond

The APDA Spotlight Webinar Series

  • Listen to this webinar presentation by Terry Ellis, PhD, PT, NCS titled”Staying Healthy, Keeping Fit”. This webinar, presented by the director of the Center for Neurorehabilitation at Boston University, includes information on the importance of exercise and physical therapy for people with Parkinson Disease.
  • Listen to this webinar presentation by Tami DeAngelis, PT, DPT, GCS on the challenges of maintaining balance for people with Parkinson’s Disease. The presentation includes information on factors that might impact balance as well as tips on how best to maintain balance.
  • Watch the rest of the Spotlight series here. This series of webinars focuses on various aspects of Parkinson’s disease and are presented by experts. New webinars are released periodically.

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The Department of Veteran Affairs

The Department of Veteran Affairs, Employment Education System and PADRECC (Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers) provide access to “My Parkinson’s Story” a video library series including topics from medication to exercise to falls (and more).

Davis Phinney Every Victory Counts Manual

The Every Victory Counts manual provides reliable, practical information to improve quality of life everyday for people with Parkinson’s Disease. To learn more and order your own copy, please click here.

Michael J. Fox Foundation and Partners in Parkinson’s Webinar Series

To learn more about the educational opportunities available through the Michael J. Fox Foundation, please click here. The Partners in Parkinson’s Webinar Series has a variety of prerecorded and planned webinar presentations with experts from the field. Check out this webinar about how to optimize your care across all stages of the disease or this one about assembling and managing your care team. To view a list of all webinars, please click here.