Message from the Editor

Welcome to our first electronic edition of Parkinson Post. We’re delighted to launch this new format on the 10th anniversary of Parkinson Post and hope that you will share in our excitement in being able to reach more members of the Parkinson’s community. Modern times call for new ways of connecting with people and that’s what … Read more

First Person

Fighting Voice Deterioration: A Therapy That Works for me By George Copeland It all began in the autumn of 2006 when I received a call from Bonnie Bereskin, M. Ed. Speech-Language Pathologist at Baycrest Centre, Toronto, whom I met and worked with while taking a course in self-management of Parkinson’s disease (PD). She proposed that I … Read more

Communication Circles

Communication circles – a guide for people with Parkinson’s and families By Bonnie Bereskin, M. Ed., Speech-Language Pathologist at Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System in Toronto. The challenge of maintaining clear speech can cause many people with Parkinson’s to withdraw from friends and social activities. However, with intensive practice, communication losses can be delayed and minimized. A cost-effective … Read more

SuperWalk extends reach online

This past September, 13,000 Canadians in more than 80 communities laced up their running shoes, filled their water bottles, and came out in support of the 18th annual SuperWalk for Parkinson’s. They raised $2.4 million for Parkinson’s research and support programs for Canadians living with Parkinson’s. A staggering $1.1 million was raised through Internet pledges, with … Read more

New collective generates big research investment

Parkinson Society Canada’s leadership, in bringing neurological charities together, has resulted in the establishment of Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC), a new collective of 15 organizations that represent Canadians with chronic, often progressive, brain diseases, disorders and injuries. NHCC’s role is to provide leadership, evaluating and advancing new opportunities for collaboration specific to advocacy, education … Read more

Telemedicine improves access

Telemedicine improves access for people with Parkinson’s Almost every afternoon, Dr. Mark Guttman closes his office door at the Centre for Movement Disorders clinic in Markham and turns on the TV. The waiting room may be empty, but he still has patients to see – via the Ontario Telemedicine Network. Dr. Guttman describes how it … Read more

What’s new in Parkinson’s disease medications?

Azilect® reported to have potential to affect progression On August 26, 2008 a news release issued by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., manufacturers of the drug, Azilect®, reports that the results of the ADAGIO phase 3 trial indicate that early treatment with 1 mg of Azilect supports the potential for Azilect to have an effect on the … Read more

PSCs national ad campaign hits home

A man is sitting in an armchair in his living room when he hears the phone ringing in the kitchen. He rises apprehensively from his chair to make his way to the telephone. Suddenly, he is tackled by an intruder who physically prevents him from getting to the phone. Books, plates and chairs come crashing … Read more