Managing Parkinson’s symptoms with exercise

Battling Parkinson’s disease? Fight back with exercise. That’s the message emerging from a growing body of research finding that people with Parkinson’s who exercise fare better over time than those who are not active. “Exercise is not just beneficial for people with Parkinson’s, it’s essential,” says Janet Millar, Clinical Director and Physiotherapist at the Maritime … Read more

Message from the Editor

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and during this 50th anniversary year, more than ever we are determined to put Parkinson’s on the map. While the global quest for a cure continues, closer to home Parkinson Society Canada representatives will meet with key policy makers in Ottawa to present the key priorities of the Parkinson’s community … Read more

Growing a scientist

For Dr. Jean-François Trempe, building a research career is a life-long passion and a family affair. With funding from Parkinson Society Canada National Research Program, Dr. Trempe, 37, along with his wife Véronique Sauvé, were the lead authors on a significant paper related to Parkinson’s disease published in Science in 2013. The two McGill researchers, … Read more

Health professionals are paying it forward with Parkinson’s learning module

Health professionals across Canada, and even internationally, are completing Parkinson Society Canada’s (PSC’s) first online learning module based on theCanadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s Disease and then recommending it to colleagues and using the information at professional seminars and in classrooms. Joanie Gourde-Bellerose, Pharm, D., works in a busy pharmacy in Abitibi, Quebec. She also teaches nursing … Read more

Music, movement and their connection in the brain

Neuroscientist Jessica Grahn already knows that listening to music helps people with Parkinson’s disease lengthen their strides and move faster as they walk, instead of freezing in place. What she doesn’t know is why music helps, and what regions of the brain it stimulates. A psychosocial research grant of $100,000 over two years, from PSC’s … Read more

Government takes a big step forward to address the needs of the Parkinson’s Community

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) are adding Parkinson’s disease to the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System (CCDSS). The decision to include Parkinson’s disease in the CCDSS is a result of Parkinson Society of Canada’s direct involvement in the recent National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions. This welcome development will … Read more

Community spirit helps Parkinson SuperWalk hit the 25-year mark

Back in 1990 when seven members of the Toronto (Ontario) Chapter held the first SuperWalk, it’s likely that they dreamed about bigger success in the future. Twenty-five years later, after steady growth, Parkinson SuperWalk inspires participation by more than 14,000 walkers and volunteers in more than 115 communities from coast to coast. Thousands more Canadians … Read more

End Of The Roll promotes Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Each month, End Of The Roll features a charity to spotlight. End Of The Roll has identified Parkinson Society Canada as their special cause during April, Parkinson’s Awareness Month. As a locally owned company in Canada, they truly care about the communities we both are a part of, and the families that make up those … Read more