First Person

Staying engaged By Marc Bellefeuille As 2006 was drawing to a close, I noticed that something was not right, especially when I was running. I have always tried to keep in shape with a core set of activities – running, hockey, cross-country skiing and cycling. In fact, sports are an important part of my socializing … Read more

Ask the expert

Balance and mobility in Parkinson’s Neera Garga, B.Sc., P.T. Consultant Physiotherapist, Parkinson’s  Society of Southern Alberta Why does balance become more of a problem with age? As we get older, we stop exploring our environments the way we did as kids. For instance, we don’t do headstands or ride on swings. But those are activities … Read more

Exercise resources

• Exercises for people with Parkinson’s • MOVE IT! An Exercise and Mobility Guide for Parkinson’s Disease (book and DVD) comments

Taking a trip

Careful planning can make travel away from home easier. Try the following suggestions to minimize problems and enhance the quality of your time away. • Never leave the house without a day’s supply of medication • Keep a few extra tablets in a labeled container in the glove compartment of the car. • Use a … Read more

New in Parkinson’s research

• Combination of genetic and environmental ‘hits’ required for Parkinson’s disease • Parkinson’s: Neurons destroyed by three simultaneous strikes • New research shows biking reduces tremors in Parkinson’s patients TEXT | VIDEO • A hand in recovery • Man-made polymer promises Parkinson’s palliative • Nintendo Wii May Enhance Parkinson’s Treatment comments

Research Committee news

We would like to extend a thank you to outgoing committee chairs, Dr. Anne-Louise Lafontaine who served as Chair of the Research Policy Committee and to Dr. Jon Stoessl, who served as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board. Their dedication and commitment to the Parkinson’s community has been invaluable. We welcome Dr. Edward Fon as … Read more

SuperWalk 2009

SuperWalk 2009 announces its first Early Bird Winner! Congratulations to Maxine Thistle of St. John’s Newfoundland, SuperWalk’s first Early Bird winner. Maxine receives a $500 gift certificate to Chapters/Indigo and is eager to start spending. After her best friend was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 16 years ago, Maxine began to volunteer for Parkinson Society Newfoundland & … Read more

Creative Expressions contest

Parkinson Society Canada seeks artistic talent! If you have a painting, photo, or other visual art that you would like to share we would like to hear from you. We are looking for your ‘Creative Expressions’ to display on Parkinson Society Canada’s thank you and holiday cards. Many people with Parkinson’s have discovered creative talents … Read more