We are now in our final stages of recruitment for a clinical trial: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and their Caregivers.
This study will investigate potential benefits of a group-based stress reduction intervention on quality of life, physical health, and psychological functioning for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.
Participants will take part in weekly 1.5 hour group sessions for 8 weeks at the VCU PMDC. Therese Cash, MS, an advanced graduate student, is leading this project with Dr. Sarah Lageman providing guidance and oversight.
These weekly sessions will include:
· Instruction in and practice of mindfulness meditation
· Gentle yoga and other exercises
· Daily homework assignments including meditation practice for 30-45 minutes per day
The final series of groups will begin in mid July and run through early September 2014. This project is open to both individuals with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.
Registration will be limited to keep the group sizes small, and this will be the last opportunity to participate in this trial.