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ULM Gerontology presents free Parkinson’s Disease program Oct. 13-14

Published Oct. 12, 2021

The University of Louisiana Monroe Gerontology program will present a free virtual education and training program on Parkinson’s Disease Management from 8:30 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Oct. 13, and Thursday, Oct. 14.


The two, four-hour sessions are via Zoom, and the link will be provided upon registration. To register, e-mail Anita Sharma, Ph.D., at asharma@ulm.edu. Sharma is director of ULM Gerontology and project director for the Parkinson’s training.


A Parkinson's Foundation Community Grant funds the program. Anyone whose life has been touched by Parkinson’s is welcome to participate. Certificates of completion will be available upon request.


Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder causing tremors, difficulty walking, balance problems, and other issues. The disease is progressive, and there is no cure. Medical options vary, including surgery and medications.


“It is important to educate the patients, their formal and informal caregivers, families, and the general community about the diagnosis, prognosis, symptoms, and treatments for Parkinson’s Disease so that we can improve the quality of life of patients,” Sharma said.



  • Understanding Parkinson’s Disease

  • Nutrition

  • Physical, music, and exercise therapy

  • A session presented by someone diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease

  • A session focusing on family members affected by Parkinson's Disease  


For more information, contact Sharma at asharma@ulm.edu.