Message from the Editor

It’s been a busy fall at Parkinson Society Canada and we’ve got a packed issue for you with news on the latest education resources, research funding and advocacy initiatives, as well as tips on eating well, recognition of our national volunteer award recipients and an inspiring story on keeping active – the equine way. Parkinson … Read more

Tips for healthy eating and to alleviate symptoms of Parkinson’s

Eat a balanced diet. Read Canada’s Food Guideand select foods from each of the four food groups each day, including vegetables and fruits, whole grains, milk and milk alternatives and meat and meat alternatives. Using the Food Guide as your base, you’ll be well on the way to making sure your body gets the nutrients … Read more

The tiny bubbles that may spread Parkinson’s disease

Research into the causes of Parkinson’s disease has increasingly begun to focus on damaged forms of a protein called alpha-synuclein that can form clumps in dopamine-producing brain cells and kill those cells, which are a critical part of motor control. At Laval University, neuro-biologist Francesca Cicchetti is investigating the way damaged alpha-synuclein travels from cell … Read more

Getting the Parkinson’s voice included in dementia initiatives

Parkinson Society Canada is working diligently to achieve positive change for people living with Parkinson’s disease, as well as dementia. Up to 70 per cent of people with Parkinson’s disease will develop some form of cognitive impairment or dementia in their lifetime. The following are some of our recent initiatives to raise awareness among parliamentarians, … Read more

Honouring extraordinary volunteers

There was plenty of applause at three Parkinson Society gatherings in Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal this fall when our National Volunteer Award recipients were honoured for their outstanding contributions to the Parkinson’s community in Canada. The National Volunteer Award program recognizes extraordinary volunteers, nominated by people in their own communities. Jenna Sigurdson, 13, is the … Read more

Become a Parkinson’s Ambassador in your riding

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of Canadians affected by Parkinson’s disease? If so, join our Parkinson’s Ambassador Network and play an important role in the upcoming federal election. “Only you can present that personal perspective, whether you live with Parkinson’s or you have family or friends with the disease,” says … Read more

Natasha discovers her perfect therapy at Giddy Up Acres

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” — Winston Churchill This quote introduces one of Natasha McCarthy’s recent blogposts about her life with young onset Parkinson’s disease. The 37-year-old mother of two young daughters shares her journey and her joyous re-connection with horses, the … Read more

Online learning module accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada

Parkinson Society Canada’s first online learning module for family physicians was recently accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. This means physicians completing the interactive program will receive a Mainpro-M1 credit toward their required continuing professional development. Assessment & Management of Parkinson’s Disease: Clinical Application of the Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s Disease(CGPD) is … Read more