The Effects of Exercise on Parkinson’s Disease

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, as part of their PD ExpertBriefings series

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Includes Complimentary CEUs

Can exercise benefit people living with Parkinson's Disease? How do different types of exercise affect the brain and the symptoms of Parkinson’s? Learn more about this important topic in a one-hour online seminar led by Margaret Schenkman, associate dean for Physical Therapy Education, and director, Physical Therapy Program, University of Colorado School of Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver. 

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of exercise and activity in how to live well with Parkinson’s Disease;
  • Understand the evidence-based knowledge, as well as the gaps in knowledge concerning the benefits of exercise and     activity for people with Parkinson’s Disease; and,
  • Appreciate evidence suggesting that vigorous activity might have neuroprotective benefits in Parkinson's Disease.


Margaret Schenkman, P.T., Ph.D., F.A.P.T.A., is a physical therapist clinician, educator and researcher. She currently serves as associate dean for Physical Therapy Education and director of the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Schenkman has worked with people with Parkinson’s Disease for more than thirty years, beginning in the 1980s when she served on the faculty of B MGH Institute of Health Professions, continuing during her years at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and now at the University of Colorado in Denver. She has developed and tested approaches to physical interventions that can help people in the early and mid-stages of Parkinson’s Disease to stay active and independent. In 2012, Schenkman published the first long-term study of exercise, which focused on outcomes from 121 people who participated in one of three types of exercise for sixteen months. She currently is co-leading a multi-site study (sited in the Denver area, Chicago, and Pittsburgh) that is exploring whether two different intensities of aerobic conditioning slow down the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms in people not yet on medications for the disease. Dr. Schenkman received her M.S. in Physical Therapy from Boston University, Massachusetts,  and her Ph.D. in microbiology at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

PLEASE NOTE: This webinar is being hosted by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), and registration will be handled through their website,

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