Message from the editor

Welcome to the first edition of e-ParkinsonPost for 2011. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Throughout April, our 10 regional partners have scheduled a variety of events in communities across Canada – tulip sales, concerts, breakfasts, wing nights, scrabble tournaments, art shows, educational workshops and more. Visit, to find out what is happening in your … Read more

Cognitive changes can affect communication in Parkinson’s

(Adapted from an article Parkinson Society Canada submitted to the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists)   New research into the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s is revealing that people with Parkinson’s disease experience subtle changes in thinking ability and language right from the start. In fact, for approximately 5% of people, cognitive changes precede the … Read more

PSC launches ‘Get it on time’ pilot program

Parkinson Society Canada is piloting a new program to ensure Canadians with Parkinson’s get their medication on time, in long-term care facilities and in hospital emergency departments. The ‘Get it on time’ program addresses an issue that is not well known among the health care provider population – the need for people with Parkinson’s to … Read more

Occupational Therapists: Making a difference for people with Parkinson’s

(Written for Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists publication, OT Now) April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Over 100,000 Canadians have Parkinson’s disease, making it the second most common brain disease in Canada. Parkinson’s is a complex disease. It’s not just about tremor, stiffness, rigidity, postural instability and poor balance/coordination; it has cognitive aspects, as well. Occupational … Read more

Parkinson’s: a balancing act

Besides being aware of the physical demands of Parkinson’s, did you know that cognitive changes in Parkinson’s affect people’s ability to understand and produce verbal and non-verbal communications? These changes can result in misinterpretation of verbal instructions, facial gestures and body language; delays in processing information; delayed and/or lengthy responses. When communicating with clients with … Read more

Palliative Care in Parkinson’s

(This article appears in the April 2011 edition of Hospital News) Sandy Sadler was alarmed, when her mother’s neurologist suggested that she might want to start looking into palliative care. “I always connected the term, palliative care, with end of life and I didn’t like that,” says Sadler. “I wondered, is the neurologist telling us … Read more

First Person: Choosing a career in neuroscience and Parkinson’s

By Dr. Isabelle Boileau I chose neuroscience because I wanted to understand how minute changes in brain chemistry can lead to remarkable changes in behaviour and function and can lead to disease. Motivated by my desire to learn about the neurochemistry of human behaviour, the first conscious decision of my scientific career was to work … Read more

Global Parkinson’s Pledge

The Global Parkinson’s Pledge was launched at the World Parkinson Congress in Glasgow, Scotland on September 28, 2010, to help build a global Parkinson’s movement and to make Parkinson’s a health, research, social and economic priority around the world. The goal is to collect 1 million signatures by the next World Parkinson Congress to be … Read more