October News and Events

Ending Parkinson’s Disease webinar recording available

On October 7, Larry Gifford hosted a webinar featuring the authors of Ending Parkinson’s Disease.

In this “must-read” book for anyone in the Parkinson Community, four leading doctors and advocates offer a bold action plan “the PACT” to prevent, care for, and treat Parkinson’s disease – one of the great health challenges of our time. We also learned that Canada has the highest prevalence of Parkinson’s of anywhere in the world (more on that to come).

You can watch the recording, including this surprising news on Parkinson.ca.

ONDRI: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going and Implications for Care of People Living with Parkinson’s

The ONDRI is a research program designed to investigate similarities and differences of dementia among five diseases, including Parkinson’s. Their research focuses on improving the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegeneration.

Logo for Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI)

Join us on October 28 at 1:00pm ET for an update on their ongoing research in Parkinson’s featuring Dr. Mario Masellis, Co-lead, ONDRI, and other PD researchers working on the project, including several who you’ve supported through donations funding the Parkinson Canada Research Program.

Event Details

Date : October 28, 2020 Time : 1:00pm ET Registration Details : Register online via Eventbrite

Parkinson Canada Virtual Education Event: October 29, 2020

Individuals living with Parkinson’s disease, their care partners, family and friends are invited to participate in a free online Parkinson Canada event. Throughout the month of October, Parkinson Canada is embarking on a virtual “road trip” to health regions throughout Manitoba and Northern Ontario, bringing Parkinson’s education, resources and support to local communities. Join Kelly Williams, Clinical Resource Nurse at Winnipeg’s Movement Disorder Clinic along with Parkinson Canada Community Development Coordinators, Donna Greening & Kerri Lynn Gudz on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 PM ET (6:30 PM CT) to learn how to live your best Parkinson’s life; Parkinson’s symptom management, overcoming COVID-19 challenges, Parkinson Canada programs and services, and other virtual programs will be discussed. There will also be a special “Ask the Nurse” session.  Pre-registration for this free Zoom event is required. Register by October 28 by emailing donna.greening@parkinson.ca or kerrilynn.gudz@parkinson.ca or by calling 1-800-565-3000, extension 3440 or 3442.

November is Falls Prevention month

Look for news on a free webinar with Nicole Acerra, PhD, BSc P.T., BA, lead author of  Preventing Falls for People Living with Parkinson’s 

Parkinson Canada Online Exercise

Staying active is key to managing both motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s. Parkinson Canada’s Lance Letain is a certified instructor for the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. Get Active with Lance, Dance Classes or PWR! Moves on YouTube Anytime

You Are Not Alone – e-Book

COVID-19 has placed a strain on all of us, especially people living with Parkinson’s. Our Parkinson’s community has found a way to come together and connect virtually by sharing personal stories and words of encouragement. Many compelling messages of overwhelming courage and vulnerability have been compiled into an e-book to share with community members, with an important reminder: You Are Not Alone.

Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed, or have been living with Parkinson’s for years, this e-book is for you. If somebody close to you is living with Parkinson’s or if it’s the reason you’ve lost someone in the past, this e-book is for you. Because three things are truer today than ever before: We deeply need human connection right now. People and families living Parkinson’s are the most resilient, resourceful, determined people in the country. You are not alone. We’re here for you. You are part of an amazing community.

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