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Management of the older patient with Parkinsons 28 August 2024

Course Description:

The Caring for Older Adults with Parkinson’s Disease course is designed to provide healthcare professionals with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills to effectively care for older adults diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Through a combination of theoretical instruction and case studies,  participants will develop the competencies necessary to deliver person-centred care and improve the quality of life for older adults living with Parkinson’s disease.

Course Aims

This course aims to enhance participants’ understanding of the unique challenges associated with Parkinson’s disease in older adults, including symptom management, functional limitations, and psychosocial aspects.

Course Objectives: By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the pathophysiology, aetiology, and clinical features of Parkinson’s disease in older adults.
  2. Recognize the unique challenges in diagnosing Parkinson’s disease in older adults and differentiate it from other movement disorders.
  3. Assess and monitor the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in older adults.
  4. Implement evidence-based strategies for symptom management and functional improvement in older adults with Parkinson’s disease.
  5. Develop individualized care plans that address the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial needs of older adults with Parkinson’s disease.
  6. Apply principles of medication management and understand the role of pharmacological interventions in older adults with Parkinson’s disease.
  7. Identify and manage the complications and comorbidities associated with Parkinson’s disease in older adults.
  8. Provide education and support to older adults with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.
  9. Utilize interdisciplinary collaboration and community resources to optimize care for older adults with Parkinson’s disease.

Course Outline:

Introduction to Parkinson’s Disease in Older Adults

  • Overview of Parkinson’s disease: aetiology, pathophysiology, and epidemiology
  • Age-related considerations in Parkinson’s disease

Clinical Presentation and Diagnosis

  • Recognizing motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in older adults
  • Differential diagnosis and diagnostic criteria for Parkinson’s disease in older adults

Assessment and Monitoring

  • Monitoring of motor and non-motor symptoms
  • Recognising standardised scales and tools for evaluation and monitoring

Module 4: Symptom Management

  • Pharmacological interventions for motor symptoms (e.g., dopaminergic agents)
  • Non-pharmacological approaches for symptom management (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy)
  • Addressing common non-motor symptoms (e.g., sleep disturbances, cognitive impairments, autonomic dysfunction)

Care Planning and Person-Centred Care

  • Working with individualised care plans based on the specific needs of older adults with Parkinson’s disease
  • Incorporating functional goals and strategies to enhance independence and quality of life

Medication Management and Adverse Effects

  • Principles of medication management in older adults with Parkinson’s disease
  • Recognizing and managing medication-related adverse effects and interactions

Complications and Comorbidities

  • Managing complications of Parkinson’s disease, such as falls, dysphagia, and psychosis
  • Addressing common comorbidities, including depression, anxiety, and dementia

Patient and Caregiver Education

  • Providing education to older adults with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers
  • Supporting self-management and promoting adherence to treatment plans

 Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Community Resources

  • Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team for comprehensive care
  • Utilizing community resources and support groups for older adults with Parkinson’s disease

Teaching Methodology:

  • Lectures with multimedia presentations
  • Case-based discussions and interactive sessions
  • Q&A sessions

Who should Attend

This update is for nurses, doctors, paramedics, pharmacists and allied health professionals who want to update their knowledge of specific conditions such as Parkinson’s 


Lecturer : Dr Nora Vyas

Dr Nora S Vyas is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Kingston University. Dr Vyas completed her PhD in psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), University of London in 2008. Following her PhD, she worked at the Child Psychiatry Branch, National Institutes of Health (Washington DC, USA) as a Lindemann Trust Fellow (English-Speaking Union), preceded by a Fulbright Distinguished Fellowship in 2010.

Dr Vyas  teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level in child/adolescent and adult mental health, health psychology, and clinical/cognitive neuroscience.

Dr Vyas’s research focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of schizophrenia using clinical, cognitive and neuroimaging techniques. She is interested in (a) studying the pattern and magnitude of neurocognitive functioning in patients with early-onset schizophrenia (EOS; onset before age 18) and their first-degree relatives; (b) using neuroimaging techniques such as magnetoencephalography  (MEG), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and positron emission tomography (PET) to study brain oscillations and structural/functional (whole brain differences in white matter integrity) abnormalities in first-episode and chronic schizophrenia; and (c) exploring the effectiveness of mindfulness on well-being in typical children

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Enrolled: 12 students
Duration: 3
Lectures: 4
Video: 3
Level: Beginner