Message from the editor

Welcome to the first edition of e-ParkinsonPost for 2010. This year, Parkinson Society Canada celebrates 45 years of supporting and serving Canadians with Parkinson’s. We have a proud tradition of providing information and support to enable a better life and a brighter future for people with Parkinson’s disease. We thought that over the next several … Read more

Parkinson’s much more than a movement disorder

Parkinson’s disease is usually considered to be a movement disorder characterized by tremor, rigidity, slow movement or poor balance. Yet when many people with Parkinson’s look back they can point to early changes in areas unrelated to movement, such as, loss of smell, lack of motivation, tiredness, and slower responses when answering questions. A visitor … Read more

New in Parkinson’s research

Reducing brain inflammation in Parkinson’s Dr. Shawn Hayley, associate professor at the Institute of Neuroscience, Carleton University and Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience, is studying an immune system protein in the brain that can reduce inflammation and promote cellular growth. The protein, GM-CSF (granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor), may be able to protect dopamine-producing brain … Read more

After the diagnosis

You are in charge of your own health. But if, and when, you need advice about Parkinson’s, there are many resources available in your community and people willing to help. Your local Parkinson organization is an integral part of your support. Educate yourself. Learn all you can about Parkinson’s. Seek information from reputable sources. Start … Read more

We help families

general.info@parkinson.ca A recent e-mail we received began: “My Dad has Parkinson’s. My Mom needs help….” It was signed, A daughter in distress. After asking some questions, making a few suggestions and enclosing some information sheets, we heard back from her: “Thank you so much for your info and speedy reply.  I don’t feel quite as … Read more

Celebrating 45 years of accomplishments

2010  marks Parkinson Society Canada’s 45th year of supporting Canadians with Parkinson’s. Take a look at some of the milestones we achieved as the organization evolved. 1965 Canadian Parkinson’s Disease Association / Association Canadienne du Parkinson is incorporated with a mandate of research, education and services. Directors attending the first meeting include the mayor of … Read more

Test Your Parkinson’s IQ

Just in time for April, Parkinson’s Awareness Month, this handy little info card tests your knowledge of Parkinson’s.