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Webinar - Parkinson's disease: Understanding causes, mechanisms and treatments for falls


Seniors Health Knowledge Network

Online, Webinar, No physical Address, Online

Cost: Free

Registration: Required

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive disorder that affects 4.1 million world-wide and costs health care systems billions of dollars annually. While dopaminergic therapies remain the gold

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive disorder that affects 4.1 million world-wide and costs health care systems billions of dollars annually. While dopaminergic therapies remain the gold standard of treatment, pharmaceutical interventions only mask the symptoms of PD, rather than addressing the underlying cause of symptoms. In addition, many motor symptoms, such as balance control, are resistant to dopaminergic treatments. In other cases, medications can cause additional motor complications or side effects that increase the risk of falls. (including wearing off, motor fluctuations, dyskinesias; see Almeida & Hyson, 2010 review).

Balance and mobility deficits are arguably the most debilitating symptoms associated with PD, and studying them can serve as a valuable model that can shed light on mechanisms underlying all motor symptoms in PD and other movement disorders). One example is the so-called ‘freezing phenomena’, in which patients report feeling like their feet are glued to the ground leaving them unable to make their next step and at very high risk of falling. This symptom is also argued by many to be unresponsive to typical drug treatments, and often leads to an increased risk of trips and falls. Thus, it is considered the most severe gait and balance issue associated with advanced PD.

Thus the goal of the presentation is to systematically consider the underlying factors that may underlie balance symptoms as well their interactions, in order to identify novel treatment strategies for PD. 

Presented by the Fall Prevention Community of Practice. For more information, please contact Cristina Cicco, Project Coordinator, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation.
 
Registration is limited. Please sign up early. Please note this webinar beings at 11:30 a.m.

Contact: Christina Cicco
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Email: cristina@onf.org

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