How can I get the most out of my relationship with the members of my healthcare team?

Dr. Douglas Everett Hobson Neurologist Director, Movement Disorders Clinic, Deer Lodge Centre Winnipeg, Manitoba • Stay in touch with your family physician. Even if he or she defers decisions about Parkinson’s disease to a specialist, your primary care physician is often the person who will carry out the specialist’s suggestions. • Arrive on time for appointments or … Read more

Parkinson disease alliance: researchers meet in Calgary

Researchers from across the country met with PSC to share their progress in Parkinson’s research, at the Parkinson Disease Alliance meeting, in Calgary, on January 9th and 10th. This third Alliance meeting was hosted by the Movement Disorder Clinic of the University of Calgary and supported by TEVA. “One of the great things about a … Read more

Message from the Editor

Welcome to our first electronic edition of Parkinson Post. We’re delighted to launch this new format on the 10th anniversary of Parkinson Post and hope that you will share in our excitement in being able to reach more members of the Parkinson’s community. Modern times call for new ways of connecting with people and that’s what … Read more

First Person

Fighting Voice Deterioration: A Therapy That Works for me By George Copeland It all began in the autumn of 2006 when I received a call from Bonnie Bereskin, M. Ed. Speech-Language Pathologist at Baycrest Centre, Toronto, whom I met and worked with while taking a course in self-management of Parkinson’s disease (PD). She proposed that I … Read more

Communication Circles

Communication circles – a guide for people with Parkinson’s and families By Bonnie Bereskin, M. Ed., Speech-Language Pathologist at Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System in Toronto. The challenge of maintaining clear speech can cause many people with Parkinson’s to withdraw from friends and social activities. However, with intensive practice, communication losses can be delayed and minimized. A cost-effective … Read more

SuperWalk extends reach online

This past September, 13,000 Canadians in more than 80 communities laced up their running shoes, filled their water bottles, and came out in support of the 18th annual SuperWalk for Parkinson’s. They raised $2.4 million for Parkinson’s research and support programs for Canadians living with Parkinson’s. A staggering $1.1 million was raised through Internet pledges, with … Read more

New collective generates big research investment

Parkinson Society Canada’s leadership, in bringing neurological charities together, has resulted in the establishment of Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC), a new collective of 15 organizations that represent Canadians with chronic, often progressive, brain diseases, disorders and injuries. NHCC’s role is to provide leadership, evaluating and advancing new opportunities for collaboration specific to advocacy, education … Read more

Telemedicine improves access

Telemedicine improves access for people with Parkinson’s Almost every afternoon, Dr. Mark Guttman closes his office door at the Centre for Movement Disorders clinic in Markham and turns on the TV. The waiting room may be empty, but he still has patients to see – via the Ontario Telemedicine Network. Dr. Guttman describes how it … Read more