Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute Releases “Practical Skills for Better Living with Parkinson’s Disease” Program

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Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute expands its education offerings with the release of its new DVD and Online Video, titled: “Practical Tips for Better Living with Parkinson’s Disease.”

"Practical Skills for Better Living with Parkinson's Disease", available on DVD and Online Video streaming

Knowing how to utilize rhythm to temporarily improve a person’s walking skills, or how to use touch to trigger a muscular response to help a person sit are skills that will make a vast difference in the quality life of those affected by PD.

Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute expands its education offerings with the release of its new DVD and Online Video, titled: “Practical Tips for Better Living with Parkinson’s Disease.”

Produced in partnership with neurologist Dean Sutherland, M.D., Ph.D., and occupational therapist Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, this new program is an educational toolkit for those affected by Parkinson’s disease:

In the first workshop, Dr. Dean Sutherland provides the medical foundation necessary to understand what happens in the brain, who is at risk, how it is diagnosed, and which medications or treatments might be helpful.

In the second workshop, internationally renowned trainer Teepa Snow offers practical techniques to empower caregivers. Using physical and visual cues, caregivers learn how to help a person with PD to overcome freezing, improve walking through rhythm, or how to assist in transferring from standing to sitting without fear or stress.

JoAnn Westbrook, Director of Education, explains: “Living with Parkinson’s disease can be challenging, for both the affected person and caregiver alike. We wanted to create a comprehensive program that gives viewers both the medical as well as practical knowledge needed to improve day-to-day life. Knowing how to utilize rhythm to temporarily improve a person’s walking skills, or how to use touch to trigger a muscular response to help a person sit are skills that will make a vast difference in the quality life of those affected by PD.”

The workshop is available on DVD and Online Video Streaming. For more information visit https://www.pineseducation.org/product/practical-tips-for-better-living-with-parkinsons-disease/ or call 1-800-672-1310.

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About Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute:
Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute is the educational department of not-for-profit Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community, providing cutting-edge, specialized education, outreach programs, support, and resources to family members and geriatric caregivers. For more information visit http://www.pineseducation.org.

About Pines of Sarasota:
Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community provides excellent and compassionate inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation services, skilled nursing, memory care, assisted living as well as educational programs for seniors and their families in order to help enhance their quality of life. Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community epitomizes innovative initiatives including; an on-campus child care and learning center which fosters intergenerational interaction and learning; Falls Prevention Programs which help minimize the risk of falling and; a comprehensive Volunteer Program that supports every aspect of campus life. Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community is a not-for-profit organization that leads the way in holistic senior care. For more information visit http://www.pinesofsarasota.org.

About Dean Sutherland, M.D., Ph.D.:
Dr. Sutherland is board-certified in Adult Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Sutherland earned a Master's degree and Ph.D. in Neuroscience. During this training, Dr. Sutherland received several prestigious awards for teaching from faculty and from peers at FSU and at UF. Today, he is an Assistant Professor and the Clerkship Director for the Clinical Neurology at The FSU College of Medicine in Sarasota. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Sutherland entered medical school at the University of Florida, where he completed both internship and residency in Neurology. For more information visit http://parkinsonsclinic.com.

About Teepa Snow:
Teepa Snow is a dementia expert who trains and consults for healthcare professionals and families. As a certified Occupational Therapist, and founder of Positive Approach®, Teepa has the unique clinical perspective on how the brain controls our body and our behaviors giving her the perfect perspective to explain how a brain disease like dementia affects a person. For more information visit http://www.teepasnow.com

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