For people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), physical activity is more than an important part of healthy living — it is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and activities of daily living. This program will discuss the importance of regular and daily movement and how extended breaks of physical activity may worsen PD symptoms.
Miriam Rafferty PT, DPT, PhD, Research Scientist II, Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Shirley Ryan Abilitylab
Dr. Miriam Rafferty is a Research Scientist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Psychiatry & Behavioral Science. She is also an active physical therapist clinician specializing in neurologic physical therapy, particularly for people with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Rafferty’s research focuses on health services delivery models for people with Parkinson’s disease, particularly proactive delivery models. She also uses implementation science methodology to study the implementation of evidence-based practices and novel technologies into real-world rehabilitation settings.
In this program, we will offer tips on how to make a positive impact in the life of your loved one living with Parkinson’s while also supporting yourself.
This program addresses some of the challenges of advancing PD and explores strategies to prepare for the future.
Hear about ongoing research, current treatments, and resources available to help you live your best life with Parkinson’s.