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Distance Learning: Sexuality in Parkinson’s disease: Dynamic and Unpredictable

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Important: This program contains graphic content and explicit language, and may not be appropriate for all viewers. Please be advised that this program is recommended for mature audiences only.


Gila Bronner, MPH, MSW, Sheba Medical Center, Israel

Statewide AHEC Network Program Office
National Parkinson Foundation

Session Description:
Relationships are crucial in Parkinson's Disease (PD). Spouses are typically the primary caregivers, and maintaining a positive relationship in the midst of all the stress associated with coping with the disease can be challenging. Gila Bronner has established a world-wide reputation for understanding and assisting couples with managing this stress, in part through maintaining healthy sexual relationships. Bronner's approach includes but extends beyond the psychological barriers, as PD symptoms can affect emotional connections, sexual function, and sexual satisfaction. Inquiry about sexual functioning is often overlooked by primary care physicians due to time constraints, confusion about sexual conversation, and lack of proper training.

Session Objectives:
Participants in this webinar will:

  • understand the nature of sexual dysfunction in people with PD and their partners.
  • be empowered to address sexual problems in PD.
  • encounter tools to overcome common barriers to open sexual communication.
  • be able to choose their own level of addressing sexual health issues.

Technology Requirements:
Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:

  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
  • Latest version of Adobe Flash which can be downloaded for free at

This activity has been planned in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine and the Statewide Area Health Education Centers Network. The Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.