Education

For Patients and Caregivers

Providing Trusted Information: Our web site and our series of educational manuals in English and Spanish provide valuable information about every stage of Parkinson's disease to patients, families and health care professionals around the world.

Tool for the Recently Diagnosed: First Connect My Page is a special online tool developed to help people with Parkinson's get the information they need to successfully navigate the unfamiliar and difficult territory of a Parkinson's diagnosis.

Smartphone App: Parkinson's Central is a free, easy-to-use smartphone app that people with Parkinson's and their caregivers can use to access Parkinson's-related information wherever and whenever they need it. The app is available for iPhone and Android phones.

Aware in Care: The Aware in Care kit includes tools and information that will help a person with Parkinson's and their families prepare for a hospital visit. The kit includes a Parkinson's disease ID bracelet, a Medical Alert Card and a Hospital Action Plan booklet that provides detailed steps for getting the best care possible during a hospital stay.

Yoga for Parkinson's: Navigating a New World: Wellness Retreat for Recently Diagnosed Parkinson's Patients and their Care Partners is a 4-day program, designed for people in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, features leading medical and holistic professionals engaging participants in how best to care for self and your family. Attendees participate in workshops covering the latest information on Parkinson’s, improving their quality of life with PD, and supporting personal relationships in a small group setting of 60 people.

For Professionals

Parkinson's Toolkit: NPF now offers a new website with information and guidance for clinicians providing evidence-based care to patients with PD, and a reference for medications, symptoms, and terms used in PD.  You can access the site from your computer or from your mobile device, and there are iPhone and Android apps to help you do it.  The toolkit isn’t designed to replace the great scientific and clinical references out there, but rather to give quick answers to common questions and to help you better use other materials.  Also, most sections include educational materials for patients and family members, and this may be the fastest way to find those resources.

Educating Health Care Professionals: NPF trains health care professionals in "best practices" for Parkinson's disease. Since its inception, NPF's signature Allied Team Training for Parkinson (ATTP) program has trained over 1,200 medical professionals. This five-day intensive training includes both classroom and clinical training to promote a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to patient care.

Professional Education Webinars: NPF and the Georgia Statewide Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Network have collaborated with care experts in the field of Parkinson’s, to produce live webcasts of educational seminars for CME credit. Recent topics include ‘Sexuality and Parkinson’s Disease’ and ‘How to Deliver the Diagnosis with a Dose of Hope.’ Both sessions are taught by health care professionals and experts in Parkinson’s disease, and both are archived for future reference and continue to be available for CME credit for a limited time.

Annual Center Leadership Conference: The NPF Center Leadership Conference is an annual meeting where Centers of Excellence and Care Centers collaborate and discuss existing and new studies, research and clinical trials about Parkinson's disease. 

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