Going to bat for people with Parkinson’s

James B. Eastern Ontario When my partner and I bought a property last December, we took out a mortgage with a major bank and were offered mortgage protection. To my surprise, I learned that my application for mortgage insurance was turned down. The reason? Because I have Parkinson’s. Since I have worked in the insurance … Read more

Support groups: a place for learning and sharing experiences

Hazel Berkan Regina, Saskatchewan My husband Floyd and I were encouraged to join the Regina Support Group by the education coordinator, Else Manz, who was our neighbour at one time. In the two years that we have been members, we have found the monthly meetings to be very helpful. We like the fact that they … Read more

Help that is just a phone call, email or click away

National Information & Referral Centre Since Parkinson Society Canada initiated the National Information & Referral Centre – 1-800-565-3000 – in 2001, over 12,000 people have been directly counselled and given up-to-date information on Parkinson’s disease, the latest research findings, treatment and care management. In addition, the Parkinson Society Canada’s  bilingual website,  www.parkinson.ca, receives thousands of … Read more

New in Parkinson’s research

Statin drugs and Parkinson’s disease. Oops. Scientists Construct “Off Switch” For Parkinson Therapy Speak up! New technology helps Parkinson’s patients be heard comments

SuperWalk for Parkinson’s Raises Record $2.46 Million

SuperWalk for Parkinson’s raised a record $2.46 million this year. Lauren Collins, star of Degrassi: The Next Generation, unveiled the new look SuperWalk for 2010 at this year’s Toronto walk. “I want my dad to know how much I support him in his every day struggle with this disease. He’s my hero and I am … Read more

Water workouts: Freedom to move

By Patti Bishop, B.Sc. When you think of strength training, you likely think of the gym and activities such as lifting dumb bells or using rubber tubing and cables. However, there’s another place where people with Parkinson’s can have fun, find freedom and work on fitness goals – the water! Water is a fantastic medium … Read more

Does playing video games benefit people with Parkinson’s?

Beth Holloway held a Wii bowling tournament in her St. John’s, Newfoundland home, recently, with six friends who, like Beth, have Parkinson’s disease. She also performs a tightrope walk, regularly, using her Wii Fit balance board. She says, “I can’t say these video games help my balance because I just don’t know. But I like … Read more

Advocacy

By Yvon Trepanier, Chair, National Advocacy Committee Effective advocacy – a balancing act Effective advocacy is a balancing act involving many people and three key activities: lobbying, use of media, and grass-roots action. Each appeals to different audiences and requires careful thought and planning to ensure coordinated effort and maximum impact. Lobbying is activity aimed … Read more