Parkinson’s Disease Wellness, Recovery, and Physical Therapy

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Click to register for 10:30am – 12:00pm   OR   Click to register for 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Video will be available on July 15, 2017

This course is offered for .15 ASHA CEUs.
(Intermediate level, Professional area)


Becky Farley, PhD, MS, PT

Becky Farley, PhD, MS, PT received her MS in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina and her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Arizona. During her post doctorate studies, she co-developed the LSVT®BIG therapy program and completed the initial National Institutes of Health research on its benefits. She now advocates that amplitude-focused skill training should be just one part of a comprehensive neuroplasticity-principled framework that integrates the latest research on rehabilitation, exercise, and wellness. This proactive framework is called PWR!4Life™, and it is being implemented and validated at the PWR!Gym®in Tucson, Arizona. In 2010, Dr. Farley founded the nonprofit, “Parkinson Wellness Recovery|PWR!” to help subsidize PWR!Gym®programs and research. She explains the essentials of how this type of proactive and ongoing integrated healthcare paradigm offers the best hope to slow Parkinson’s Disease progression.

Lecture Description

Exercise for people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) reduces symptoms and can improve mobility, balance, motor coordination, and flexibility. Targeted exercises that are physically and cognitively challenging can also trigger physiological mechanisms that may slow down disease progression. Regular physical exercise can empower those with Parkinson’s and improve their quality of life. Attend this session to learn how a new paradigm offers lifelong access to progressive aerobics and PD-specific functional skill training. PWR!4Life™ is a proactive program that allows individuals with Parkinson’s to optimize their brain change (neuroplasticity) and remove the barriers that could prevent those with Parkinson’s from participating fully in exercise and in LIFE!

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

• Analyze the evidence regarding the benefits of exercise to reduce motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's Disease;

• Summarize the essential components of a Parkinson's Disease specific exercise program to optimize brain and body benefits;

• Discuss how a Parkinson's Disease specific skill training can counteract symptoms, improve function, and be integrated into any movement exercise program.


Becky Farley developed the PWR!4Life exercise protocol. Individuals who attend this lecture should be advised that this lecture will only address the PWR!4Life! exercise protocol.

Financial: Ms. Farley received an Honorarium and travel expenses for this lecture.
Non-Financial: None

Continuing Education Units

Participants who are members of ASHA may attend the 10:30am or 1:00pm lectures and receive .15 CEUs. CEU assignment is subject to ASHA approval and may only be assigned if participant registers in and out of the lecture, is a current member of ASHA, completes a post survey, and makes payment of a $30 administration fee. Please note: payment must be made at the beginning of the lecture. Participants who leave prior to the end of the lecture will not be eligible for a refund or partial credit.