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Wednesday, April 17 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Effects of Group Exercise on Self-Efficacy and Intrinsic Motivation in Patients With Parkinson's Disease

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Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition characterized by a decrease in the production of dopamine by the basal ganglia in the brain. This contributes to deficits in executive function, mobility, motor planning, and reaction time compared to peers who are not living with Parkinson’s Disease. In addition, living with a progressive neurologic condition influences psychosocial factors including self-efficacy and motivation. Evidence suggests that dance classes or group exercise may improve cognition and self-efficacy as well as decrease depression among individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease. However, the effects of exercise dosage on self-efficacy and motivation requires further study. This presentation will analyze the literature to determine if the frequency of individual or group exercise increases self-efficacy and motivation in individuals with Parkinson's Disease. If self-efficacy and motivation are found to be impacted by exercise dosage, the appropriate parameters relative to the application of exercise will be considered.

Wednesday April 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Lumsden Gym
  • Moderator Christina Kelly