ATrain Education


Continuing Education for Health Professionals

Parkinson’s Disease: Moving Forward

This course is approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification.

For OT professionals, please click here for your course.


Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT

Lauren Robertson earned a BA in Biology from Mills College in Oakland, California, and a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of California at San Francisco.

Lauren is the founder and co-owner of ATrain Education ( and she has written or co-written more than two hundred courses on a wide range of topics for her continuing education website. She is certified as a trainer on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

  • Contact hours:
  • Pharmacotherapy hours: 2
  • Expiration date: December 1, 2020
  • Course price: $55

Course Summary

A thorough review of Parkinson’s comprising its history, genetics, biomarkers, and rating scales, with particular emphasis on preserving gait and other motor and cognitive functions over the course of the disease. Includes a personal narrative by a patient who has Parkinson’s.

ATrain Education, Inc. is an approved provider by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate

Criteria for Successful Completion

80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Accreditation Information

Objectives: When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Trace the history of “shaking palsy” in Western medicine.
  • Discuss the role of dopamine and Lewy bodies in Parkinson’s disease.
  • Spell out the role of gene therapy in the treatment of PD.
  • Explain biomarkers and appraise commonly used PD rating scales.
  • Specify the most common motor symptoms found in PD.
  • Evaluate risk factors for fall and the various clinical tests for balance.
  • Describe non-motor aspects and symptoms associated with PD.
  • List common cognitive changes that occur as PD progresses.
  • Identify current strategies and those in development for the treatment of PD.
  • Evaluate rehabilitation treatment approaches for PD.
  • Discuss the issues related to providing excellent hospital care for patients who have PD.
  • Relate the difficulties associated with caring for a person with PD.
  • Describe the complications that arise in those with advanced PD.

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