Map of Parkinson's

Pro Course

for Health Professionals

An innovative, self-study, information and resource course, for Allied Health Professionals and others working with People who have Parkinson’s.

Course Aim:

Enable Allied Health Professionals and others to practice competently in caring for people affected by Parkinson’s.

Target Group:

All health care professionals involved in caring for people with Parkinson’s.


Phoenix-Aragon Education – created by Ana Aragon


The course is provided as a web app. It can be accessed using any web browser, such as
Google Chrome

On all desktop and mobile operating systems.

What is A Map of Parkinson's?

  1. A flexible learning experience that allows you to study around 50 symptoms associated with Parkinson's in the order you choose.
  2. A user-friendly course that lets you to study at the times that suit you personally.
  3. Exploring the full course content will give you a comprehensive understanding of Parkinson’s.
  4. Time invested is entirely flexible, so you can study at your own pace.
  5. The Overview of Parkinson's section in the Free Foundation / Introduction module lets you try before you buy.
Course Introduction Cognition, Perception and Motivation Autonomic, Gastrointestinal and Sensory Symptoms Impacts on Personal and Public Life Pain and Fatigue Motor Symptoms Neuropsychiatric Symptoms Sleep and Night-Time Issues

Modules Cover These Topics

Cognition, Perception and Motivation
  • Attention, Multi-tasking and Learning
  • Executive Thinking Skills
  • Visuospatial Perception
  • Motivation and Apathy
  Autonomic, Gastrointestinal and Sensory Symptoms
  • Breathing (Respiration)
  • Cardiovascular dysfunction
  • Orthostatic hypotension
  • Thermoregulatory dysfunction and excessive sweating
  Impacts on Personal and Public Life
  • The lived experiences of people with Parkinson’s
  • Impacts on family, work and social life
  • Psychological aspects of living with Parkinson’s
  • Quality of life?
  Motor Symptoms
  • Tremor
  • Rigidity
  • Bradykinesia
  • Postural Instability
  • Motor Complications
  Neuropsychiatric Symptoms
  • Dementia and Memory Changes
  • Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Hallucinations, Delusions and Illusions
  • Compulsive and Repetitive Behaviours
  • Delirium, Confusion and Psychosis
  Sleep and Night-Time Issues
  • Insomnia and Day-time Sleepiness
  • Night-time Akinesia and Dystonia
  • (REM) Sleep Behaviour Disorder
  • Vivid Dreams and Night-mares
  • Restless Legs and Periodic Limb Movements
  • Nocturia
  Pain and Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Physical Fatigue
  • Mental Fatigue

Pain and Fatigue challenge classification, so have been presented within a module of their own. As these symptoms commonly cause reduced quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s, this module is recommended as the next step, after setting the scene by viewing the Overview of Parkinson's section in the Introduction.

Expertise used to create this course

This course is based on my experience of talking with and teaching people living with Parkinson’s, their families and friends.
As well as experience teaching a wide variety of Physicians and Allied Health Professionals, and others who work with people with Parkinson’s in other roles - for instance, Care Home staff.

I have also contributed to the journal articles, books, national Parkinson's guideline development projects listed above. I have contributed to Occupational Therapy for Parkinson's research, led Masterclasses and have presented at numerous training events and conferences around the UK, and at the Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society's International Congress in Sydney, Australia. Building on these various perspectives, since 2014 I have designed and created A Map of Parkinson’s.

What happens when you buy the course?

  • You will gain access to all course content for online and offline use via a Hybrid Mobile Web App.
  • Once the course is stored in your browser and, or downloaded to a mobile device, your progress, bookmarks and any changes made to the App will automatically update next time you go online.
  • You will be able to use the course on any platform and gain access with multiple devices as a single user.
  • Your progress will be automatically logged and your place will be kept between sessions, in any partly viewed sections of the course.
  • Usefully invest as little as 10 or 15 minutes or longer - when you have time to spare.
  • Easily find further online materials about symptoms and non-pharmacological management strategies used for coping with the effects of Parkinson's during the course. Viewing additional resources [Information Pages, Peer-Reviewed Articles, Online Seminar Recordings, Video Clips, Webcasts, Podcasts, etc] is entirely optional, but suggested items can provide starting places for further self-guided study.
  • Gain confidence in advising people with Parkinson's about how they can help themselves.
  • Access a personalised Record of Completion - showing total time spent engaged with the course, once you have viewed all 38 sub sections in the 8 modules.

Free Introduction Module

  • Free Access to Introduction Course
  • Limited Interface
  • No Saved Progress
  • No Bookmarks
  • No Support
A Map of Parkinson's PRO Course
£100 / user

  • Professional Standard
  • Single User Access to the Full Course
  • Online Resource Links
  • Online Support
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Option to publish achievements online.
  • Pro Version is Not Intended for Everyone

Learning Outcomes

Free Introduction Module

  1. To gain awareness of the motor and non-motor nature of Parkinson’s.
  2. To explore the modern multi-disciplinary approach to the management of people living with Parkinson’s, including the basics of anti-Parkinson's medications and the roles of a range of healthcare professionals.
  3. To consider the process of diagnosis, alternative diagnoses and related conditions.


Full 8 Module Course

  1. To build on foundation knowledge established in the Overview module, to cultivate an in-depth/specialist understanding of the many motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s.
  2. To learn about the management of Parkinson’s symptoms, the role of medication and other approaches to aid people with the condition in coping.
  3. To spark further self-guided exploration of any chosen topic, according to work roles and interests, through access to additional online resources - and other information signposted within the course.

  • This unique self-guided course can help you to build insight and work more effectively with people living with Parkinson's.
  • A Map of Parkinson's is a condition-specific course for Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and Social Workers. The course is also for Residential Care Home Staff and all others who provide services to people living with Parkinson’s and who wish to explore the condition in-depth.

"I received my login details for the Parkinson’s Map by email and eagerly logged on at the end of a working day. The nature and music sounds incorporated were unexpected but definitely enhanced the learning experience. My body and mind relaxing between each section! The Parkinson's Map is an excellent tool for an Allied Health Professional keen to do self-directed learning about Parkinson's. Ana has done all the research for us and explains each symptom and intervention in very clear terminology. There are links to videos, podcasts, information by Parkinson's UK and other organisations, and suggested research papers to read. I would highly recommend it!”

Debra Gallant,

Parkinson’s service - Occupational Therapist,
South Tees Foundation Trust, UK

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