Motor Symptoms Co-Management: Occupational Therapy and Neurology
Lisa Warren, MHS, OTR/L
UF Health Rehab at the Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases
Michael S. Okun, M.D.
Adelaide Lackner Professor and Chair of Neurology
Executive Director, Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases
University of Florida Health*
In this webinar we will discuss the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s. We will highlight the impact of medication and medication timing and its importance for symptom management. We will discuss how the motor symptoms interfere with daily functioning and we will offer strategies for minimizing difficulties. We will discuss tips for combining medication, activity and exercise to achieve the best results and we will briefly review when referral for DBS or Duopa is appropriate.
- Participants will learn the motor symptoms commonly associated with Parkinson’s.
- Participants will learn the importance of medication timing and the potential impact on symptoms.
- Participants will learn the role of activity and exercise in managing symptoms and in improving quality of life.
Ms. Warren is an occupational therapist and rehabilitation manager at the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases, in Gainesville, Florida. She has participated on expert panels at the World Parkinson's Congress, co-authored posters presented at neurology conferences, provided Parkinson's treatment lectures at the local and international level, and has been a contributing author in research on Parkinson's care.
Dr. Okun is Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Florida, as well as Co-Director of the UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. Dr. Okun has long been dedicated to the interdisciplinary care concept, and since his appointment as the National Medical Director for the Foundation in 2006, he has worked with the 43 international Parkinson’s Foundation Centers of Excellence to help foster the best possible environments for care, research, and outreach in Parkinson disease, dystonia, Tourette, and movement disorders. In addition to his role as National Medical Director for the Parkinson’s Foundation, he is the Medical Advisor for Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure and Co-Medical Director for the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA).