Merging Yoga and Occupational Therapy for Parkinson Disease: Phase 2

Overview

The full program is focused on identifying and reducing risk factors surrounding falls. Based on previous research, we believe that occupational therapy group classes and adaptive yoga are an ideal pairing to reduce fall risk. The occupational therapy sessions will consist of lecture, group discussion, and activities designed to target biological, behavioral, environmental, and socioeconomic factors that contribute to fall risk specifically for people with Parkinson's disease.

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Prevention
    • Masking: None (Open Label)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: December 31, 2018

Interventions

  • Behavioral: Merging Yoga and Occupational Therapy for Parkinson disease
    • The group occupational therapy portion focuses on lecture, group discussion, and activities to reduce fall risk. The yoga program is part of an ongoing community yoga program specifically designed for people with Parkinson disease.

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Experimental: Merging Yoga and Occupational Therapy for Parkinson disease
    • The group participates in three assessment periods: August, October, and December. Then in October-December the group will receive group occupational therapy and recommended community adaptive yoga programming 2x/week for 8 weeks.

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Change in Fall Risk Factor Management
    • Time Frame: Baseline, Pre-assessment (8-weeks after baseline), and post-assessment (8-weeks after pre-assessment)
    • Self-report 5 scales measuring the ability to manage fall risk factors

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Individuals with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease OR their care partners
  • Individuals who read and understand English
  • Individuals who can stand with or without an assistive device
  • People who are willing to commit to yoga practice 2x/week for 8 weeks and pay $5/class through Raintree Athletic Club (Scholarships are available if needed!)
  • People who are willing to commit to group occupational therapy 2x/week for 8 weeks free of charge
  • score of at least 4/6 on the short mini mental status exam

Exclusion Criteria

  • less than 18 years of age

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Colorado State University
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Sponsor
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Laura Grimm, MS, Principal Investigator, Colorado State University

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