Treatment Options for Non-Motor Symptoms in Parkinson’s

Lecture Description:

Non-motor symptoms are now recognized to be part of Parkinson’s disease and to affect the majority of patients. These symptoms are common causes of disability and can adversely affect patients and caregivers' quality of life. In this talk, Dr. Kluger will address the most common non-motor symptoms of PD including cognitive impairment, dementia, sleep disorders, fatigue, mood, constipation, blood pressure, hallucinations, and pain. For each set of symptoms, Dr. Kluger will discuss what we know about the causes of these symptoms, how they may impact your life, how to talk about them with your family and physicians, and what therapies or strategies are available to help manage them.

Learner Outcomes:
  • • List three non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
  • • Describe two ways to combat fatigue in Parkinson’s disease.
  • • Explain why communicating the impact of non-motor symptoms to family members might be challenging.

Benzi M. Kluger, MD, MS

Financial Relationship: Received an honorarium for this lecture
Nonfinancial Relationship: None

Benzi M. Kluger, MD, MS completed an undergraduate degree in psychology, medical school, and neurology residency at the University of Colorado before going to the University of Florida to complete fellowships in movement disorders and behavioral neurology. He is currently an associate professor of neurology and the Director of the Neurology Supportive and Palliative Care Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. In addition to seeing patients in the Supportive and Palliative Care Clinic, Dr. Kluger directs a very active research program working towards improving therapies for non-motor symptoms (e.g. fatigue, dementia) and improving standards of care for patients and caregivers through supportive and palliative care models. His research has been funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the Department of Defense, the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, the Davis Phinney Foundation, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.