Message from the editor

Get active. Stay informed. Those are the key messages in Parkinson Society Canada’s new Awareness Month materials. For April, Parkinson’s Awareness Month, we are focusing on the many benefits of physical activity for people with Parkinson’s. In this issue of e-Parkinson Post, you will read how one person with Parkinson’s has successfully incorporated exercise into … Read more

Stories from the Front: Staying active

Five mornings a week, Carole Hartzman and her exercise buddy take a 50-minute stroll along the waterfront. Twice a week, she attends a seniors’ fitness class. Carole, 70, has always been physically active, but after she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in November 2003 and evaluated at the Maritime Parkinson Physiotherapy Clinic in Halifax, she … Read more

PSC creates new Physical Activity and Parkinson’s Disease resource

Parkinson Society Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, has created a new Physical Activity and Parkinson’s Disease tip sheet that explains why aerobic, strengthening, flexibility and balance activities are important in Parkinson’s and gives examples of activities within each category. It also includes a handy log to help you stay on track with … Read more

April 17 webinar on cognitive impairment and Parkinson’s

Parkinson Society Canada is hosting an hour-long free webinar on Cognitive Impairment and Parkinson’s disease, on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 1 p.m. EST. In recent years, research has identified cognitive changes, such as dementia, depression and psychiatric symptoms, as part of the progression of Parkinson’s disease. This webinar provides an opportunity for both people … Read more

Can exercise help improve cognition, language, voice or swallowing in Parkinson’s?

(An article on a similar topic was submitted to the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists) Angela Roberts-South, Speech-Language Pathologist National Parkinson Foundation Centre of Excellence, London Health Sciences Centre PhD Student, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders University of Western Ontario London, Ontario Traditionally the role of exercise has fallen under the realms of … Read more

Challenges with movement only half the story in Parkinson’s

New Handbook reveals the non-motor side Toronto, March 21, 2012 – People with Parkinson’s disease have a new tool to help them identify the non-motor symptoms they are experiencing with their Parkinson’s disease. A Guide to the Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, the first of its kind in Canada, is a user-friendly, educational booklet, designed … Read more

Advocacy Update

By Joyce Barretto and Yvon Trepanier, Co-Chairs, National Advocacy Committee Brain Awareness Month – March 2012 Joyce Barretto For Brain Awareness Month, an announcement recognizing March as Brain Awareness Month was read in the House of Commons, Senate and the Ontario legislature. A Brain Awareness information package was sent to all members of Parliament, senators, … Read more

Research highlights 2011-2013

For a look at projects currently funded under Parkinson Society Canada’s National Research Program in the areas of causes of Parkinson’s complications of Parkinson’s cognitive impairment and Parkinson’s biomarkers neuroprotection quality of life clinical fellowships that enable medical specialists, neurologists and neurosurgeons to acquire specialized expertise in Parkinson’s and other movement disorders See Research Highlights … Read more