Ageing Wisely with Parkinson's disease

Ageing Wisely with Parkinson's disease

Who is this treatment for?

Up to 50% of people with Parkinson’s disease will experience depression and anxiety. This effects quality of life, can lead to poorer functioning and greater physical and cognitive decline.

We are seeking people with Parkinson’s disease, over the age of 50 years, who are experiencing symptoms of low mood and anxiety (or worry) to participate in an evidence-based treatment program. The program can be completed individually, or the person’s spouse or carer may also participate.

What is involved?

We have taken our successful evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy program for older adults, which treats co-occurring anxiety and depression, and modified it for use with people who have Parkinson’s.

The program involves 10 weekly 30-50 minute sessions conducted over the phone with a registered psychologist.
This study aims to see if the modifications made to the program will lead to significant reductions in anxiety and depressive symptoms and whether these improvements can be maintained 6 months after treatment.

As carers play a vital role in helping those with Parkinson’s, we have developed the program to include the involvement of the spouses or carers if they wish to participate. They will also learn the skills taught and can assist their family member/friend with the skills if needed.

Improvements in both individual and carer distress will be compared between the intervention and treatment as usual.

For more information download the flyer PDF, 68.13 KB.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in participating, please call (02) 9850 8711 or email kate.blundell@mq.edu.au for more information on the study.

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