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In response to the global outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Parkinson Society BC (PSBC) has been taking proactive measures to manage the potential for transmission. It is important that we all actively work to protect vulnerable populations, and as such, we have made the decision to close our office. Staff will be working remotely effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. 

PSBC remains committed to serving the Parkinson's community as we monitor the situation. While many of us will be practicing social distancing and/or self-isolation, we encourage folks to continue to connect with one another by phone or email to lend a friendly ear of support. It is particularly important in preventing loneliness as in-person social interactions become more limited. PSBC will also be looking at ways to increase contact with our community by phone, particularly for those who are most vulnerable, during this time. 

We will continue to offer our programs and services, with some amendments made to protect the health and safety of our staff and community. See a complete list of our coronavirus-related resources here.

This includes the following changes:

Phone Lines

Our 1-800 info & referral line and all staff will be available to answer your queries. Calls will be directed to voicemail, with staff checking messages remotely, and returned on a priority basis. Please be sure to leave your name and phone number if you leave a message.

Support Groups

We have recommended that all support groups move their in-person meeting to either a teleconference or webinar format. Any modifications to meetings will be communicated below.

If you are a support group facilitator looking for guidance, please contact Stacey Dawes, Manager, Education & Support Services, sdawes@parkinson.bc.ca

The following groups have made changes to their upcoming meetings:

  • Comox Valley - CANCELLED
    Stevenson Place
    1683 Balmoral Avenue
    4th Tuesday of each month (no meetings in July, August or December)
    1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Kamloops CANCELLED
    Desert Gardens Senior Centre
    540 Seymour Street, Kamloops
    3rd Wednesday of each month (no meeting in July, August and December)
    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Langley (YOPD & Young at Heart) - CANCELLED
    Willoughby Community Centre at Langley Events Centre
    7888 200 Street
    3rd Sunday of each month
    10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • New Westminster - CANCELLED
    Century House
    620 8th Street
    1st Tuesday of each month (2nd Wednesday in January and no meetings July and August)
    1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • North Shore - CANCELLED
    Amica Lions Gate
    701 Keith Rd, West Vancouver
    3rd Thursday of each month
    10:00am - 11:30am
  • Prince George - CANCELLED
    Spruce Capital Senior's Recreation Centre
    3701 Rainbow Drive 
    2nd Saturday of each month (no meetings in July and August)
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • PrincetonCANCELLED
    Princeton General Hospital (Education Room)
    98 Ridgewood Drive
    1st Thursday of each month 

    2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • QuesnelCANCELLED
    Spirit Centre Meeting Room
    246 St Laurent Ave
    2nd Wednesday of each month
    2:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Richmond Carepartners - CANCELLED
    Minoru Seniors Centre
    7660 Minoru Gate
    3rd Wednesday of each month
    2:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Surrey - CANCELLED
    Amenida Senior's Community, Downstairs Activity Room
    13855 68th Ave, Surrey
    2nd Monday of each month
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Trail/Castlegar - CANCELLED
    Colander Restaurant
    1475 Cedar Ave
    3rd Tuesday of each month
    11:30am-1:30pm
  • Tri-Cities (Caregivers) - CANCELLED
    Residences at Belvedere
    750 Delestre Avenue (Near Our Lady of Fatima Parish on the corner of Delestre Ave and Walker St.)
    3rd Wednesday of each month
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Vancouver Arbutus - CANCELLED
    Tapestry at Arbutus Walk, Media Room
    2799 Yew Street (near 12th Avenue)
    2nd Wednesday of each month
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Vancouver (Caregivers) - CANCELLED
    Sunrise Senior Living
    999 West 57th Avenue (4th floor)
    3rd Thursday of each month
    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Vancouver (Newly Diagnosed) - CANCELLED
    Parkinson Society British Columbia
    600-890 West Pender Street
    1st Tuesday of each month
    1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Vancouver West Side - CANCELLED
    St. Mary's Anglican Church
    2490 West 37th Avenue
    Last Thursday of each month (no meeting in July and August)
    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    Weekly exercise from 1-2pm. Please call 1-800-668-3330 for more information
  • Vernon - CANCELLED
    People Place
    3402 27th Avenue, Vernon
    3rd Thursday of each month (no meeting in July and August)
    1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Vernon Carepartners CANCELLED
    Triumph Coffee
    3401 30th Avenue, Vernon
    3rd Friday of each month 
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • West Vancouver (Caregivers) - CANCELLED
    Amica West Vancouver
    659 Clyde Avenue
    4th Wednesday of each month
    1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

 

Education Events

All in-person education events offered through PSBC in the next month will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. We will make every effort to move our events to a webinar format where possible. Any changes to our events will be clearly communicated to registrants and outlined on our website. We expect our webinar-based education events to proceed as planned.

Annual General Meeting & C-OPN Event

We will look to reschedule our Annual General Meeting (AGM) to a date in the fall.

Regrettably, the Canadian Open Parkinson Network (C-OPN) event, which was scheduled for the afternoon following our AGM, has been cancelled. 

Counselling

Until further notice, all counselling sessions will now be conducted by phone. If you had a session previously scheduled for in-person, your counsellor will have contacted you to make alternate arrangements.

Resources

We encourage individuals to access our resources digitally through our website at: /resources-services/resources/

See a complete list of our coronavirus-related resources here.

We will have a limited number of resources available for mailing during the COVID-19 outbreak. 


The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed that there is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:

  • aged 65 and over
  • with compromised immune systems
  • with underlying medical conditions

There are also increased health risks for Canadian travellers abroad. This is a rapidly evolving situation. Please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada's website for the most up to date information.

The virus is most commonly spread by an infected person through respiratory droplets when coughing or sneezing. It can be contracted through close, prolonged contact (such as touching or shaking hands with an infected person), or by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands after contact with an infected surface. 

To protect yourself from COVID-19, the Government of Canada recommends you take the following precautions:

  • Stay home if you are sick. Encourage those you know are sick to stay home until they no longer have symptoms.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap & water for at least 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if soap & water are not available
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm; dispose of any used tissues in a lined wastebasket and wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water)

The BC provincial health officer has declared a public health emergency and has cancelled all events with 50 or more people. 

For more details and updates, visit the Government of Canada website.

(Government of Canada, 2020)


Parkinson's Disease Specific Precautions

  • Check your medications. Take inventory and reorder any that are running low.
  • Talk to your doctor about the pneumonia vaccine. Seniors are most at risk to develop COVID-19 symptoms. While the pneumococcal vaccine does not provide protection against the new Coronavirus, vaccination against respiratory illness is highly recommended to protect your health (World Health Organization). 
  • Stock your Aware in Care kit in the event you need to educate a health care professional about your PD needs. Order one here.
  • Have your Medical Alert Card handy. Keep it with you at all times. Print one here

(Parkinson's Foundation, 2020)