Fall Prevention and Living Safely at Home with Parkinson’s


Fall Prevention and Living Safely at Home with Parkinson’s
Webinar Addressing Fall Prevention and Home Safety for people with Parkinson’s

Thursday, November 19, 1:00-2:00pm ET


Rose Wichmann, PT, Director of Parkinson’s Programs, Struthers Parkinson’s Center, Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence
Danielle Arigoni, Director of Livable Communities, AARP


Adolfo Diaz, BSBA, PTA, Senior Director, Patient Services, Parkinson’s Foundation


As you age, staying safe in your home becomes more and more important, whether you have Parkinson’s disease (PD) or not. One-third of people over 65 have a fall each year and the risk of falling increases as people age. People with PD experience an additional set of unique challenges particularly as Parkinson’s symptoms change over time and can increase your risk of falling.

Join us for the second webinar in this partnership series from the Parkinson’s Foundation and AARP, committed to providing you with the information and tools to help guide your journey with PD.

During this webinar, learn the best ways to manage and prevent falls in your home especially if you are experiencing postural instability, backwards balance loss and freezing. Understand how to get up safely if you do fall, key ‘tips and tricks’ and when to consider a “home safety evaluation”.

Discover all that AARP’s recently-revised HomeFit Guide can offer to make your home safer, smarter and a better fit for all, regardless of age, ability or income. The Guide includes more than 100 practical tips and suggestions for every room in the house -- and are doable whether you live in a house or apartment, or whether you rent or own.

Led by Rose Wichmann, PT, Director of Parkinson’s Programs at Struthers Parkinson’s Center and Danielle Arigoni, Director of Livable Communities at AARP, this webinar offers educational resources and advice to support you in building a better life with Parkinson's disease today.

There will be ample time to ask questions to our presenters. This webinar will be recorded for later viewing on-demand.

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RoseRose Wichmann, is the director of the Struthers Parkinson's Center, part of Park Nicollet Health Services. Located in Golden Valley MN, Struthers Parkinson’s Center is designated a Center of Excellence of the Parkinson’s Foundation. The Center is nationally recognized for its comprehensive team approach to management of Parkinson’s and related movement disorders. In addition to her 30+ years of experience as a physical therapist, Rose is involved in educational programs designed to improve PD awareness for patients, family care partners, senior residential communities home care agencies, and rural outreach areas. She is a frequent speaker, co-developer of the Struthers Parkinson’s Care Network, past president of Parkinson Association of Minnesota, and a past recipient of the Silverstein Community Service Award for her work to improve programs and services for the Parkinson’s community in the Upper Midwest.

Rose is a graduate from the University of Minnesota School of Physical Therapy. She has been a contributing author to several textbooks on Parkinson’s disease, and is the co –author of a number of publications distributed by the Parkinson’s Foundation. In 2012, she co-authored a book titled “Navigating Life with Parkinson’s Disease” for the American Academy of Neurology. A second edition of this book was recently released in 2020.

danielleDanielle Arigoni is the director of Livable Communities at AARP, where she works to support AARP’s 53 state offices (including DC, USVI and Puerto Rico) – and the nearly 500 localities and several states enrolled in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities –  to create great places for all people of all ages. Danielle leads the team responsible for supporting Age-Friendly Network members; developing free practitioner-focused publications on topics ranging from accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to placemaking to rural livability; and delivering direct technical assistance to nearly 100 communities each year. Her team also disseminates a free weekly newsletter on livable communities-related issues, reaching more than 100,000 local leaders around the country. 

Danielle is an urban planner by education, and has more than 20 years of professional experience contributing to more sustainable and resilient federal, state and local policy, including prior leadership positions at USEPA and HUD.  She also serves as a Board Member for the League of American Bicyclists. Danielle holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning from University of Oregon.

adolfoAdolfo Diaz, Senior Director, Patient Services, has developed, launched and oversees the Foundation’s Helpline, a virtual contact center staffed by eight Parkinson’s Disease Information specialists, and two Intake Specialists, handling approximately 20,000 cases a year. The Helpline provides people living with Parkinson's disease with accurate and up-to-date information, resources, and referrals to care and support services in their community.  Additionally, he is responsible for the ongoing development and expansion of the Helpline’s database, a key asset for the Foundation for measuring impact and real-time tracking of trends affecting people living with Parkinson’s. The reports and information gathered influences strategic initiatives and programming throughout the organization.

Adolfo has served in various capacities since joining the Parkinson's Foundation in 2003. He has been involved with the production of conferences and webcasts, operational components of the Aware in Care Hospitalization program, publications, Centers of Excellence, Chapters, Young Onset and many other Foundation initiatives. Adolfo has degrees in Business Administration and in Physical Therapy, and has treated children, young adults and elderly patients in both the hospital and home settings, including several patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Event Date

Event Time
1:00-2:00pm ET

Event Location

United States



Contact Name:

Parkinson's Foundation

Contact Phone

1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636)

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