OT, OTA: Introductory
Approved Status applies to “Live” requirement for:
PT: AR, DC, FL, IL, IN, KY, NE, NJ, NC, OK, TN, TX, VA
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Worldwide people are living longer. Over the next 30 years the number of people living over the age of 60 is expected to almost double with those over 85 being the fastest growing segment. While improvements in healthcare and lifestyles contribute to these numbers, diseases like Parkinson’s still make living well a challenge. As the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) advance into the later stages, functional mobility, activities of daily living performance, and quality of life all decline. At these stages, pharmaceutical and surgical management are quite limited. This is where the role of therapists and fitness professionals is vital in helping people with PD remain safer and mobile longer. Late stage does not mean it is too late for treatment.
This webinar will equip clinicians with the strategies and the specifics of working with individuals with late stage Parkinson’s disease. It will cover the challenges of providing care with advancing disease, proper evaluation methods, outcome measurement tools, goal setting, treatment options, and collaborating with care partners to improve overall delivery of care to individuals with late stage Parkinson’s disease.
In order to receive credit for this webinar participants must attend the webinar for the full duration, complete the quiz with a minimum score of 70%, and complete the participant survey.
Those who do not pass initially are given the opportunity to re-take the quiz.
Meet Your Instructor
Heather Cianci, PT, MS, GCS
Heather Cianci, PT, MS, GCS is the Outpatient Neurological Team Leader and founding therapist of the Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center (Penn Therapy & Fitness) at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA – part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Heather received her Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA and her Master’s in Gerontology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She has been a physical therapist since 1994, and has dedicated her career to individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Atypical Parkinsonisms. Heather is an LSVT® BIG certified clinician, a PWR! certified clinician, a graduate of the Rock Steady Boxing program for PD, and certified in Music and Memory®. She serves as an LSVT® BIG Faculty Instructor for LSVT Global, Inc., and Co-coordinator and PT Faculty for the Parkinson’s Foundation’s (PF) Allied Team Training Program (ATTP). Heather has authored book chapters on rehabilitative strategies for PD, and Frontotemporal Degeneration. She also is the author of the PF educational manual “Fitness Counts.” Heather has lectured for various state Physical Therapy Associations, the former Parkinson Disease Foundation, the PF, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, national continuing education companies, and Philadelphia-area conferences and support groups. Her research includes movement strategies for bed mobility, falls, freezing of gait, and functional movement disorders. She teaches about rehabilitation and PD at Thomas Jefferson University’s (Philadelphia, PA) and Neumann University’s (Aston, PA) departments of PT. Heather is a former Board member of CurePSP® and team member of the COPE program (Comprehensive Outpatient Atypical Parkinsonism Evaluation) at Pennsylvania Hospital’s Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Center.