Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type

Project Open Access


● Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects over 10 million people globally.

● There is evidence to suggest that dual-cognitive tasks negatively impact the gait and balance of patients with PD.

● 19-38% of patients with PD will develop cognitive impairments.

● Higher level cognitive functioning dual tasks exacerbate freezing of gait episodes (FoG).

● Research shows potential improvement with dual-tasks during gait secondary to prioritization of motor task of walking.


This project was part of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Messiah University, Mechanicsburg, PA.