APDA Training & Certification: Taking Care of the Person with Advanced Parkinson’s Disease

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About Course

This course will present an overview of Parkinson’s disease, or PD, with a focus on the person with advanced PD. It is meant for home health aides and nursing home staff who work one-on-one with people with advanced PD. We know you play an important role in their care, and your ability to handle their increasing symptoms can make a tremendous difference in their lives.  

This course will discuss PD symptoms and treatments. It will highlight the specific challenges of PD as the disease advances and offer strategies about how best to take care of a person with advanced PD. At the end, we hope you will feel better equipped to handle the obstacles that may come your way when caring for someone with advanced PD.

This course is brought to you by the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA). To learn more about APDA, please visit www.apdaparkinson.org.

Course Objectives

  1. The learner will be able to define Parkinson’s disease (PD) and explain the basics of PD progression.
  2. The learner will be able to identify the motor and non-motor symptoms of advanced PD
  3. The learner will be able to explain a) the reason why medications for PD need to be given on time b) the importance of exercise for someone with PD

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Course Content

There are three sections of this presentation. In the first section, we will address the basics of Parkinson’s disease, including the motor symptoms of PD. The second section will address non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The third section will address treatments for PD and advice for living well with the disease.

Section 1 – What is PD & Motor Symptoms
This section will cover why Parkinson’s disease develops and how the disease worsens with time. It will also discuss the movement problems that occur with advanced Parkinson’s disease and will show videos to demonstrate the types of movement problems that you may witness.

Section 2 – Non-Motor Symptoms
This section will cover the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that are not related to movement, such as depression, anxiety, cognitive problems, blood pressure problems and gastrointestinal problems, as well as others.

Section 3 – Treatments & Living Well
This section will cover treatments for Parkinson’s disease including medications, surgery and rehabilitative therapies. It will also focus on steps to live well with the disease including exercise and diet considerations. These steps will help you take better care of someone with advanced PD.

This section contains the final test to receive the certificate of completion.

Course Evaluation
This section includes the Course Evaluation, which is the final step to receiving your Course Certificate. Please do not submit your Course Evaluation until you've completed the entire course and passed the Final Test.

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