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Parkinson Society British Columbia is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. As a precautionary measure, our events and programs will be held via webinar and teleconference until further notice. Learn more about COVID-19 and how you can protect yourself and the community on this PSBC web page.

Upcoming Events by Parkinson Society BC

The following is a list of our planned education events at present. Those events indicating they are to be determined (TBD) will still require further arrangements with local groups, speakers and venues. 

To view full details on an event or event type, click on the title of the event, and the area will expand to reveal further information.

Consider supporting Parkinson Society BC's educational events, exercise programs, and services with an annual membership. Learn more about becoming a member today!

Activities

SongShine with Sharon

Join Sharon Tomczyk, singer, songwriter, and vocal instructor from Esteem Vocals, as she facilitates our Spring SongShine series! Sharon will lead you through the SongShine program which is intended for those whose speech may be compromised due to Parkinson's. These six online classes focus on body awareness, relaxation and breath exercises, and vocal and singing activities to strengthen voices. Songs are progressively added throughout the six classes as attendees' comfort levels increase. SongShine provides great opportunities to improve your voice, create connection, and lift spirits.

We welcome all individuals with Parkinson's to this webinar, as well as their spouses and/or carepartners/caregivers, as they may benefit from learning more about the disease to assist in supporting their loved one.

Dates: Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, & 8
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Capacity: 50
Cost: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Tuesday, March 2.


Improv for Parkinson's Series: Laughter is the Best Medicine!

This course is designed to introduce students with Parkinson's disease (PD) to the foundations of improvisation and apply improv skills to life with PD. Participants will build community, learn new skills, work together, tell stories, and laugh!

We encourage family members and carepartners to attend with participants, as many games can be played at home after the class. No previous improv experience necessary.

There is a cost to PSBC to run this program. Registration is limited to 12 people. If you have registered for this event, we kindly ask that you commit to attending the full series. If you cannot commit, please contact us so that your spot can be made available to another individual.

Dates: Wednesdays, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, & 19
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Capacity: 12
Fees: This course is being provided free of charge to participants. As the cost to PSBC to run this program is $120 per person, donations are appreciated.

 

Please note that registration for "Laughter is the best medicine" will be prioritized to those who have not participated in improv classes before. If you have participated in improv classes before please contact Courtney Doherty at cdoherty@parkinson.bc.ca to be added to the waitlist for this course.

Register

Registration closes on Wednesday, April 7.


SongShine with Sharon

Join Sharon Tomczyk, singer, songwriter, and vocal instructor from Esteem Vocals, as she facilitates our Spring SongShine series! Sharon will lead you through the SongShine program which is intended for those whose speech may be compromised due to Parkinson’s. These six online classes focus on body awareness, relaxation and breath exercises, and vocal and singing activities to strengthen voices. Songs are progressively added throughout the six classes as attendees' comfort levels increase. SongShine provides great opportunities to improve your voice, create connection, and lift spirits.

We welcome all individuals with Parkinson's to this webinar, as well as their spouses and/or carepartners/caregivers, as they may benefit from learning more about the disease to assist in supporting their loved one.

Dates: Thursdays, April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, & 20
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Capacity: 50
Cost: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Tuesday, April 13.


Waitlisted Events


The events listed below are closed for registration. If you are interested in attending similar sessions in the future, please add your name to the waitlists linked beside the event of your choice. This will allow us to gauge future interest in the subject matter.

Drumming for Parkinson's
Wednesdays, January 13 - March 10
Learn more about this event

Exercise

Please note: Participation in the exercise programs listed below will be done at your own risk within your home. Please ensure you have the space needed to follow the exercises and that there are no obstacles or barriers in your way.

Parkinson Society BC (PSBC), and the instructors of the programs below, will not be held liable for accidents or incidents that may occur in your home. By participating in the exercise programs listed below, you are recognizing that risk of illness and/or injury may be inherent in any movement or exercise class and are participating with the express agreement of, and understanding that the program instructors, and Parkinson Society BC and its directors, officers, employees, partners, and agents are hereby released from any and all claims, costs, liabilities, expenses, or judgements associated with these exercise for Parkinson's programs.

Boxing with Allie Series

Join Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) as occupational therapist, and the first Vancouver certified Rock Steady Boxing coach, Allie Saks, leads this 2-part exercise series! Learn basic boxing moves that will challenge your stamina, coordination, and balance.

The Rock Steady Boxing has been shown to decrease Parkinson’s disease symptoms, delay disease progression, and enhance one’s quality of life. No experience and no equipment is required to participate.

We welcome all individuals with Parkinson’s to this webinar, as well as their spouses and/or carepartners/caregivers, as they may benefit from learning more about the disease to assist in supporting their loved one.

Dates: Fridays, February 26 & March 5
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Capacity: 500
Cost: Free

 

Registration is now closed. If you are interested in attending this exercise series, please add your name to our waitlist. If space is available, you will be registered for the next session automatically, and will receive appropriate login instructions.

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Seated Exercise Circuit Series

Join PSBC’s own Shelly Yu, Neuro Physiotherapist, in a 3-week exercise series, which will be fully seated and moderately-paced. The exercise circuit will focus on producing big movements, challenging coordination, and increasing aerobic output.

No equipment is needed for the class other than a chair to sit in, preferably without arm rests.

We welcome all individuals with Parkinson’s to this webinar, as well as their spouses and/or carepartners/caregivers, as they may benefit from learning more about the disease to assist in supporting their loved one.

Dates: Thursdays, March 11, 18, & 25
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Capacity: 500
Cost: Free

 

Register

Registration for this series closes on Tuesday, March 9.


April Challenger

Let’s get moving! Kick-start Parkinson’s Awareness Month with the April Challenger! Join PSBC’s Shelly Yu, neuro physiotherapist, as she leads you through a fast-paced exercise series aimed at challenging your balance and coordination. Although this class is primarily a standing class, seated modifications will be given to be inclusive of all mobility levels.

Equipment needed for these classes includes:

  • a small cushion or pillow
  • two light-weight scarves or cloths

We welcome all individuals with Parkinson's to this webinar, as well as their spouses and/or carepartners/caregivers, as they may benefit from learning more about the disease to assist in supporting their loved one.

Dates: Thursdays, April 1, 8, 15, & 22
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Capacity: 500
Cost: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Tuesday, March 30.


Chair Yoga

Join Sheron Jutila as she brings a 4-week series of Hatha Yoga and Joint Freeing practices in a gentle seated class. The classes begin with breathing practices and body scans, followed by guided relaxation and calming practices, with stretching and strengthening poses. The class can be experienced sitting or standing using a chair as support. Options and variations will be offered so you can explore poses within your current range of motion and level of energy.

Equipment needed for these classes includes:

  • a chair, preferably without armrests, and with no wheels (including locking wheels)
  • other props, for stability or comfort, will be discussed as needed

We welcome all individuals with Parkinson's to this webinar, as well as their spouses and/or carepartners/caregivers, as they may benefit from learning more about the disease to assist in supporting their loved one.

Dates: Thursdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Capacity: 500
Cost: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Tuesday, May 4.

Education

March Symposium Series

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a unique and complex condition. Common areas of interest in managing Parkinson's include treatment options such as medications, surgical procedures, and non-pharmacological treatments such as exercise.

To assist in expanding your knowledge in these areas, Parkinson Society British Columbia will host three webinars in this symposium series to provide the PD community the opportunity to learn from leading experts.

Please note, separate registration is required for each session.

New Technologies for Parkinson's Disease
Dr. Martin McKeown, Movement Disorder Specialist
Wednesday, March 10
Registration closes on Wednesday, March 3.
Falls Prevention in Parkinson's Disease
Dr. Naaz Parmar, Geriatrician
Monday, March 15
Registration closes on Wednesday, March 10.
Mental Health in Parkinson's Disease
Courtney Doherty, Clinical Counsellor
Tuesday, March 30
Registration closes on Wednesday, March 24.

Online Support Group Meetings

Parkinson's Support Groups


Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD) Support Group

Parkinson Society British Columbia is offering an online YOPD support group. This group is meant for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson's under the age of 60. 

A valid internet connection will be required to participate. Meeting on Zoom. 

2nd Tuesday of each month
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Register


New Diagnosis Support Group

Parkinson Society British Columbia is offering an online support group for those newly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease who wish to get connected with the Parkinson's community and find community while adjusting to their diagnosis.

A valid internet connection will be required to participate. Meeting on Zoom.

1st Tuesday of each month
1:30 pm –3:00 pm

Register Now


Parkinson's Disease Support Group

In an effort to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, many support groups have cancelled meetings until further notice. As a substitute, we have started a new weekly online support group for the Parkinson’s community to help stay connected and support each other during this time.

A valid internet connection will be required to participate. Meeting on Zoom.

1st Friday of each month
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Register Now


Caregiving & Bereavement Support Groups


Early to Mid-Stage Parkinson's Carepartner Support Group

This monthly online support group is geared for individuals caring for someone with early to mid-stage Parkinson's disease. Whether you are a spouse, partner, adult child, or friend, Parkinson Society British Columbia invites you to join our growing online community of support.

A valid internet connection will be required to participate. Meeting on Zoom.

3rd Wednesday of each month 
9:00 am – 10:30 am 

Register Now


Advanced Parkinson's Carepartner Support Group

This new monthly online support group is designed for individuals caring for someone with advanced Parkinson's disease, which can be characterized by complex medical needs and/or changes in cognition that require help in almost all areas of daily life.

Whether you are a spouse, partner, adult child, or friend, Parkinson Society British Columbia invites you to join our growing online community fostering connection with others who share similar experiences.

A valid internet connection will be required to participate. Meeting on Zoom.

4th Thursday of each month
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Register Now


Bereavement Support Group

When a loved one passes away, it is one of life's most difficult experiences. Rebuilding your life after the loss of a loved one is a journey of healing that requires a combination of love, support, and time. It may bring hope and comfort to connect with others who are experiencing similar challenges, and who can relate to your confusion and pain.

The professionally facilitated Bereavement Support Group, is offered by Parkinson Society BC by Zoom, and is open to anyone who is dealing with the challenges of loss and grief. The group will meet every second week on Tuesdays at 1:00pm.

A valid internet connection will be required to participate. Meeting on Zoom. 

Every second Tuesday, starting February 23
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Register Now

 

Other Organizations' Events & Programs

The following list includes upcoming events, resources, and programs from other organizations, which may be of interest to our community.

Important: Please note that the listings below include events not organized by Parkinson Society BC, and organizations with which our Society is not affiliated. Any listing of third-party events or programs should not be considered an endorsement. The Society cannot be held responsible or liable for any loss or damage suffered as a result of participation in third-party events and programs.

Upcoming Education Events

Digital Skills Classes for Seniors

Join Gluu Society for their comprehensive training sessions for iPhone and iPad, now free for Canadian seniors.

To learn more and register, visit gluusociety.org.

Parkinson's Balance & Mobility Classes
Monday - Friday, various times

Hosted via Zoom by Surefeet. To view full calendar, class descriptions, and to register visit www.surefeet.ca.

Parkinson's Foundation Events
Various dates and times

Parkinson's Foundation hosts a number of virtual events, conferences, and educational series open for anyone in the Parkinson's community. To view all events and descriptions, and to register visit www.parkinson.org/get-involved/events

Michael J. Fox Foundation Webinars
Third Thursday of every month, 9:00am PST

Registration & Information

Michael J Fox: An Optimist Considers Mortality
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Michael J Fox has been 'leading us into the future' for several decades now. In our conversation at the Business and Leadership Forum, he will bring experiences from his new book No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality. It is a moving account of his journey, featuring resilience, hope, fear, mortality and how these things resonate in our lives. He has always made lemonade from the lemons that life offers us. With Fox’s trademark humor, he will share what he has discovered during this virtual session. Click here to learn more and register.

For $10 off registration, enter discount code "PARK2021" at checkout! Please note: The registration and book offer is not applicable to Canadian residents.

Chronic Conditions Self-Management Program
Tuesdays, March 2 - April 6, 9:30am - 12:00pm

Also known as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, presented by Self Management BC, the series is a six-week workshop that helps people with chronic conditions better manage their symptoms and daily lives. The workshop provides information and teaches practical skills. It gives people the confidence and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with chronic health conditions.

Call 1-866-902-3767 or email bramwell@uvic.ca for details and registration. 

Exploring Non-motor Symptoms: Neuropathy, Fatigue, & GI Issues
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease can be as disabling as the problems one may experience with their movement. While some non-motor symptoms are commonly related to PD, others do not always have a clear connection. In this collaborative presentation, the ambiguous topics of fatigue, neuropathy, and gastrointestinal issues and how they may relate to medications, Parkinson’s disease, and/or aging will be discussed. Evidenced-based treatments for these non-motor symptoms are addressed as well.

To learn more and register, click here.

Persons with Disabilities Benefits & Credits Presentation
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 10:00am - 11:20am

Don't miss out on the benefits and credits to which you may be entitled! Learn what you can claim on your tax return.
To learn more and register, visit bit.ly/3t7wnzs and click on the link associated with the webinar and date of your choice.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program
Thursdays, March 25 - April 29, 9:30am - 12:00pm

A six-week workshop, presented by Self Management BC, that helps people with chronic pain to better manage their symptoms and daily lives. The workshop provides information and teaches practical skills. It gives people the confidence and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with chronic pain.

Call 1-866-902-3767 or email bramwell@uvic.ca for details and registration.

DBS & Me Webinars
Wednesdays in March, various times

Boston Scientific's live webinars are led by real physicians and patients to offer you the most comprehensive education on all things Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's disease. Whether you're completely new to DBS or already have an implant, gain a more complete understanding of your personalized treatment options.

To learn more and register, visit dbsandme.com/Webinar/.

2021 Living Well Spring Virtual Conference: Mind, Body, & Soul
Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 9:00am - 1:00pm

Presented by Parkinson Society Southwest Ontario, this virtual conference will feature presentations on the role of non-pharmacological interventions for mood disorders, wearable biosensors for PD, and music and the mind. Larry Gifford and Dr. Soania Mathur are keynote speakers. The cost to attend is $30.

Click here to learn more and register.

Exercise Programs & Resources

  • RockSteady Boxing Home Exercises: Rock Steady Boxing, is a nonprofit that improves the quality of life for people with Parkinson's through a non-contact boxing based fitness. They are publishing workouts online.
  • LSVT Global: LSVT Global is offering interactive exercise classes and free online resources! Click here for more information and to view all of the resources available!
  • PWRMoves!: PWRMoves! hosted by Parkinson Wellness Recovery, is an online exercise program designed for those living with Parkinson's and focuses on foundational skills to help manage the symptoms of the disease. Classes run every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00pm-1:45pm PST.
  • Parkinson Society Newfoundland & Labrador Exercise Group: Join Parkinson Society Newfoundland & Labrador with weekly online exercise classes every Thursday at 9:30am! Classes are hosted on the Facebook group, please request to be added in the group before joining.
  • Fundamentals of Functional Movement: In this video series, physiotherapist Naomi Casiro (from NeuroFit BC) demonstrates exercises to help you keep up with your Parkinson's specific exercise routine. These workout videos are posted on Youtube.
  • Parkinson's and Exercise Guide: This guide from Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario provides exercise ideas, and step-by-step instructions for activities designed to help with Parkinson's symptoms.
  • VON Exercise Class Videos: Help maintain your exercise schedule with these videos from VON. This exercise series provides workouts for different skill levels. 
  • Fitness Fridays: Taught by Joellyn Fox, Doctor of Physical Therapy, thesis 10-part videoseries focuses on fitness activities that are relevant to People with Parkinson's. 
  • Parkinson's Exercise Essentials Video: The Parkinson's Exercise Essentials video, created by the David Phinney Foundation, demostrates a variety of workouts designed for People with Parkinson's. 
  • IMPACT Parkinson's is offering various ongoing programs, such as online exercise classes and group voice therapy. Visit their website to view their event listings, or contact info@impactparkinsons.com to inquire about programs suitable for you.
  • NeuroFit BC: Neurofit BC offers a number of live online exercise classes, and in-person group classes (capacity limited). They offer classes of different levels, as well as 1:1 physiotherapy.
  • Ok Move: Local Instructors Sean Dance and Jeremy Bailleul are offering online exercise classes via Zoom. All you need is a sturdy chair and a place to move. Click on date and time on webpage up to 15 minutes before class time to join.
    • Seated PWR! with Sean Dance: Mondays & Fridays at 1:00pm-1:45pm
    • Seated boxing and cognitive flow exercises with Jeremy Bailleul: Wednesdays 1:00pm-1:45pm
  • Online Yin Yoga: Hosted by Shiva Cor. A Yin Yoga class involves a relaxed practice of floor postures that are held from three to five minutes at a time. There are fewer postures, called asanas, in the yin style of yoga, as are found in more active (yang) styles where there are approximately three dozen poses. In a 75 minutes yin class you can expect to do an average of 6-10 poses. Yin yoga is open to all levels of students, ranging from beginner to the advance practitioner.
    • Online Yin Yoga: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9:30am
    • Online PM Yin Hybrid Yoga Classes: Tuesdays at 6:30pm
    • Online AM Yin Hybrid Yoga Classes: Saturdays at 9:30am
  • Online Exercise Classes for People with Parkinson'sMinoru Centre for Active Living will be offering a virtual exercise class for those with PD. The class will improve function and reduce some of the physical limitations with instructor-led exercises taught specifically for those with this degenerative neurological disorder. Classes on Thursdays, February 4-25. Register online here or call 604-276-4300. For more information contact Donna Bishop at 604-238-8009 or dbishop@richmond.ca.
  • Parkinson's Disease Virtual Bollywood Dance Classes: Presented by Enable Occupational Therapy. Move to the beat of the music in this fun and interactive Bollywood dance class tailored towards individuals with Parkinson’s disease! This free, online 40-minute class is a beginner dance class where individuals will learn basic dance moves to Bollywood and Bhangra music. This class will be taught by Registered Occupational Therapist, Gina Fernandez (certified PWR! Moves Therapist). This moderate to high intensity class is open to both caregivers and people with Parkinson’s disease, and is suitable for individuals at any mobility level (can be done seated or standing). Tuesdays, February 9, 16, 23, & March 2 at 11:20am – 12:00pm. Email Jocelyn@enableot.ca by February 6 to register.

Mental Health & Mindfulness Programs

  • Mindfulness and Gentle Chair Yoga: Kate Landreth, Education & Learning Lead at Family Caregivers of BC, offers a mindfulness practice and seated yoga movement practice. Follow along from the comfort of your home. 

  • Mindful Hand Drumming @ Home: Pain BC hosted a new live-stream series for people experiencing pain during COVID-19. Partnered with Rhythm Bliss, the sessions include 45-minute mindful and rhythmic hand drumming (no drum required). Previously recorded sessions can be accessed via Pain BC's Youtube Channel.

Music, Dance, & Voice Therapy

  • Dance for PD Live Classes and Archives: Dance for PD has an archive of video dance classes and are hosting live video dance classes through their website.
  • Dancing for Life with Parkinson'sStay active from the comfort of your own home with these weekly online dance classes! This program is led by Charlotte Fowlow and takes place every Thursday at 8:00am PST. To join, send a request to the Facebook group. This service is offered by Parkinson Society Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Music Therapy Classes: You can join a live stream music therapy class every Tuesday at 9:30am PST Friday at 5:30am PST on Facebook and led by Registered Musical Therapist, Renée White. These video classes are available after they are streamed on the Facebook Group. This service is offered by Parkinson Society Newfoundland & Labrador. 
  • SongShineSongShine uses both vocal and dramatic art to exercise the power of the brain, breath, and emotion for strenghtening your voice. Keep your voice strong with SongShine's online learning tools.
    • SongShine with Sylvia: This program harnesses the power of brain, breath, and emotion to reclaim voices. Sylvia Clerke, Music Director, will engage participants in weekly sessions of SongShine every Tuesday at 1-2pm. To learn more and register, please email info@parkinson.bc.ca
  • Tango pour les Couples: (French) Tango Libre in collaboration with Parkinson Quebec are offering free Argentinian Tango classes for couples who have been touched by Parkinson's. Classes will run 9:00am - 10:00am PST. Course dates will be announced shortly.
  • Let's Talk LOUD with IMPACT Parkinson's: Let’s Talk LOUD is a virtual group voice therapy program offered twice weekly via Zoom with instructor Mia Masters, LSVT LOUD certified Speech Language Pathologist. Learn about communication and swallowing concerns common in Parkinson’s disease, and participate in voice training to help strengthen voice and communication. For more information, email info@impactparkinsons.com or call 604-525-2631.
  • Social Engagement – Sing Out Loud with Parkinson's: Studies show that singing can help maintain strength in the muscles involved in speech and voice in people with Parkinson’s disease. Join Parkinson's Foundation for a fun way to exercise your voice, speech, and swallowing muscles - through SINGING! Wednesday, March 10, 10:00am. For details and registration click here.

 

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