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Upcoming Events

The following is a list of our planned education events at present. 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!

Parkinson Society BC endeavours to make attendance at events accessible to all those who may benefit. The Society may be able to subsidize attendance fees for those who require financial assistance. Please contact the office at info@parkinson.bc.ca for details.

Activities


DOPABEATS Drumming with Doug Pickard

Join Doug Pickard, REMO Health Rhythms Facilitator and Rock Steady Boxing Affiliate Owner, as he leads DOPABEATS, a six-week drumming class for people with Parkinson's. Express your feelings with easy-to-follow beats and rhythms, and add drumming to your toolbox of therapies and self-management strategies!

Studies have shown that the rhythmic sound and movement of drumming may help improve motor skills, mood, and cognition in people with Parkinson's. Plus, it's a whole lot of fun! We welcome all people with Parkinson's disease and their carepartners to these classes.

Registrants are encouraged to commit to the full series, as each session will build on skills and techniques introduced weekly. No musical experience is necessary.

To learn more about the benefits of drumming for Parkinson's disease, please watch this information session from 2020.

 

February/March Sessions
Dates: Wednesdays, February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm PT
Capacity: 25
Fee: Free

 

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April/May Sessions
Dates: Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm PT
Capacity: 25
Fee: Free

 

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SongShine with Joani

This program harnesses the power of the brain, breath, and emotion to reclaim voices. Joani Bye will engage participants in uplifting sessions of SongShine, a program using singing, breath work, diction, articulation, and creative imagination exercises to strengthen voices affected by Parkinson's or other neurological challenges. SongShine's goal is to help you communicate more easily and clearly, while facilitating a sense of community, camaraderie, and confidence in the process!

Join Joani for immersive, holistic, and fun sessions that will include the following:

  • Singing favorite songs
  • Relaxation
  • Breathing exercises
  • Tongue exercises (for articulation and swallowing)
  • Linguistic and vocal instruction
  • Imagination exercises

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

March/April Sessions
Dates: Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, & April 6
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm PT
Capacity: 25
Fee: Free

 

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April/May Sessions
Dates: Thursdays, April 13, 20, 27, & May 4, 11, 18
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm PT
Capacity: 25
Fee: Free

 

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Improv for Parkinson's: Laughter is the Best Medicine

Parkinson Society BC is proud to partner with Tightrope Theatre to present the virtual Improv for Parkinson's drop-in course, which begins on January 18th and will take place over 12 weeks.

These classes will work with themes such as presence, celebrating mistakes, and teamwork, using fun improv exercises and games.

No prior experience in improv is required, and partners and caregivers are welcome to join as well.

You can join on Zoom to sample one class at $10 a class - or take the entire series of 12 classes for $100!

Dates: Wednesdays, January 18 - April 5
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm PT
Fee: $10/class or $100 for all 12 classes

 

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Group Voice Therapy Class

Improve communication by joining this 45-minute Group Voice Therapy class, which focuses on breath support and voice projection. Participants will learn to produce and maintain speech that is essential for effective communication with family and friends.

This class is appropriate for anyone with Parkinson’s. No prior experience is required.

Natalie Wiebe, MSc, R-SLP is a speech-language pathologist licensed by CSHBC to provide services in British Columbia. She currently works in public healthcare, providing assessment and treatment for voice, speech, language, and swallowing in the hospital setting, and outpatient rehabilitation.

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: Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 3:45pm - 4:30pm PT
Fee: Free

 

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Exercise

Parkinson Society BC's exercise programs are promoted with an assigned level of difficulty. Below you will find a description of each level.

Level 1

Slow-paced, low-intensity, and low-impact class. Suitable for all levels of ability, especially those who are new to exercise and prefer a gentler approach. 

Level 2

Moderately-paced and moderate-intensity class. Suitable for those who are looking for a progression from Level 1. 

Level 3

Fast-paced and high-intensity class for those who are looking for a challenge. Participants must be able to safely participate in without a carepartner/caregiver present. 

If you have any questions about our exercise programs, including the implementation of our intensity levels, please contact us at info@parkinson.bc.ca.

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.

Rock Steady Boxing with Doug

Are you ready...to Rock Steady? Join Doug Pickard, a Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) Affiliate Owner, who will lead a six-week fitness boxing class for Parkinson's.

Persons living with Parkinson's will experience a total workout for both their mind and body as it incorporates cardio, strength, balance, hand-eye coordination, and speed! Common non-motor symptoms such as anxiety and depression may also be alleviated through boxing and exercise.

Rock Steady Boxing is a fitness program dedicated to supporting people with Parkinson's. In an RSB class, exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork, and overall strength. Exercises vary in purpose and form, but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.

No previous boxing experience is required. All you’ll need is:

  • a water bottle to drink from
  • set of dumbbells (or water bottles filled with water)
  • a short wooden dowel (a broomstick will do!)

Besides some basic boxing drills, Doug incorporates balance exercises, vocal exercises, strength training, and lots of stretching.

Dates: Tuesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, & February 7
Time: 12:25pm – 1:25pm PT
Fees: Free
Level: 3 - Fast-paced and high-intensity class for those who are looking for a challenge. Participants must be able to safely participate in without a carepartner/caregiver present. 

 

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Stretch & Strengthen: Low-Impact Exercise Series

Stretch & Strengthen is a low-impact exercise series led by PSBC's neuro physiotherapist, Shelly Yu, for people who prefer a slow-paced class. Exercises will start in a sitting position and progress to standing, with the option of holding on to something sturdy for extra support.

Participants can expect to focus on a range of movements, in a strength-controlled manner, of the trunk, upper limbs, and lower limbs. No equipment is needed for the class.

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, January 5, 12, 19, 26, & February 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm PT
Fees: Free
Level: 1 - Slow-paced, low-intensity, and low-impact class. Suitable for all levels of ability, especially those who are new to exercise and prefer a gentler approach. 

 

*Important: If you will be watching this presentation with a partner or group, only one registration is required. Instructions on how to access the presentation will be sent in an email following your registration, and in a reminder approximately 24 hours before the webinar's start time.*

 

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New Approaches to Daily Activities Applying the Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is an educational and practical self-care method for improving awareness, posture, and mobility. It provides the tools to recognize habits and patterns of responses so that we can change them if needed. The Alexander Technique teaches ways of thinking that combine looking inward and outward to increase awareness to enhance the performance of daily movements and activities.

This eight-week exercise class will be led by Gabriella Minnes Brandes, Ph.D. She has taught the Alexander Technique for over 30 years through extensive work with actors, singers, instrumentalists, horseback riders, engineers, and seniors. Carepartners are welcome to attend, please use one registration per household.

Dates: Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, & April 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am PT
Capacity: 15
Fee: Free
Level: 1 - Slow-paced, low-intensity, and low-impact class. Suitable for all levels of ability, especially those who are new to exercise and prefer a gentler approach. 

 

This class is now full. Please join the waitlist below.

 

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Move & Groove to the Music

Join Janey Enmil for this slower to moderate-paced, low to medium-intensity, and minimal-impact exercise class. Suitable for all levels of ability, especially for those who are new to exercise and prefer a gentler approach. This class focuses on rhythmic movements to the beat of music and will have many modifications, so it can be done seated or standing at any time. Warm-up, mobility exercises, balance, strength, and stretching, will be incorporated. We welcome everyone to join the class for a daily dose of motivation and movement magic!

Dates: Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm PT
Fee: Free
Level: 1 - Slow-paced, low-intensity, and low-impact class. Suitable for all levels of ability, especially those who are new to exercise and prefer a gentler approach. 

 

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Education


Ask the Expert Webinar: Intimacy and Parkinson's

Approximately half of all men and women with Parkinson’s disease will experience problems with intimacy and sexual functioning. These symptoms can be difficult to talk about, but are important to address. The sexual functioning and well-being of people with Parkinson’s and their partners can be affected by many factors, including motor symptoms, non-motor symptoms, medication effects, and relationship issues.

This webinar, led by Elaine Book, Social Worker at the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre, and Tricia Wallace, Clinical Counsellor at Parkinson Society BC, will review challenges with sexual intimacy and will explore options to address emotional distance influenced by physical limitations and role transitions brought on by Parkinson’s disease.

We strongly encourage couples to participate in this webinar together. The content is focused on relationships, sharing, and communication, so the exercises in the webinar are geared toward couples.

Date: Monday, February 13
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm PT
Capacity: 35
Cost: Free

 

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New Diagnosis Workshop Series

REGISTRATION
New Diagnosis Workshop Series

Have you been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in the past three years? Join us for our virtual New Diagnosis Workshop Series this February over Zoom.

Movement disorder specialists, Dr. Jonathan Squires, Dr. Tara Rastin, and Michelle McCarthy (neuro-physiotherapist), Elaine Book (social worker), Rosa Jafari (occupational therapist), Allison Haas (speech language pathologist) from the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia will lend their expert knowledge to better help newly diagnosed individuals understand their diagnosis. Talks on important PD topics are presented weekly on differing days with a 10-minute question and answer (Q and A) session following each presentation.

Following the final talk in the series, we will offer a panel Q and A with all speakers to respond to any final questions from attendees. Attendees are encouraged to consider questions ahead of time and bring them to the relevant session for the presenter(s) to answer. Alternatively, questions by those registered can be emailed to Alana Dhillon, the workshop moderator, at adhillon@parkinson.bc.ca so she can ask the question on the attendee’s behalf if that is preferred.

Please note that only one registration is required to attend all sessions in this series. This series is free for participants.

While this workshop is intended for individuals newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the last three years, anyone who feels they will benefit from the information presented is welcome to attend. Please see full session descriptions and dates below.


Parkinson’s Disease: Etiology, Diagnosis, and Symptoms  | Dr. Jonathan Squires, Movement Disorder Specialist 

In the first session of our New Diagnosis Series, Dr. Squires joins us to discuss what Parkinson’s disease is, with a focus on motor symptoms that may present for diagnosed individuals. Epidemiology, causes of PD, and how a PD diagnosis is made will also be discussed. A 10-minute question and answer session will follow the talk.

Date: Tuesday, February 7
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm PT

 

PD Management and Treatment: Medications, Alternative and Advanced PD Therapies, Non-Motor Symptoms Treatment  | Dr. Tara Rastin, Movement Disorder Specialist

Dr. Rastin discusses treatment options available for persons living with Parkinson’s. This discussion includes information relevant to a range of common questions including: When do I start treatment/medications? Is it beneficial to delay starting medications? Who is suitable for advanced treatments? Is cannabis a beneficial alternative form of therapy? A 10-minute question and answer session will follow the talk.

Date: Wednesday, February 8
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm PT

 

Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease  | Michelle McCarthy, Neuro Physiotherapist

Neuro-physiotherapist, Michelle McCarthy, discusses tips on exercise and staying active to help slow the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms. A 10-minute question and answer session will follow the talk. 

Date: Tuesday, February 14
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm PT

 

How Can a Social Worker, SLP, and OT help?

In this presentation, a range of challenges that persons living with Parkinson’s may experience such as stress, mobility, speech, and ability to carry out activities of daily living, will be discussed by the presenters. The role a social worker, OT, and SLP play on the healthcare team to provide care and support for people living with Parkinson’s will be highlighted.

Date: Thursday, February 23
Time: 1:00pm – 1:50pm PT & Final Panel Q&A from 1:50pm - 2:20pm PT

 

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For more information or to send in your questions ahead of time please contact Alana Dhillon, Education & Support Services Coordinator: 
1-800-668-3330 ext. 245 | adhillon@parkinson.bc.ca 

PD Warrior Level 1 + 2 Certification Course

PD Warrior is an evidence-based, neuro-active exercise approach designed to improve function, quality of life, and long-term exercise behaviour in people with Parkinson's disease (PD). It was created in Australia by Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist, Dr. Melissa McConaghy, and is the founding organization of the Insight Into Parkinson's World Summit Conference. In recent years, PD Warrior has become increasingly popular, expanding to over eight countries, and can be seen at many global conferences, such as the World Confederation for Physical Therapy.

Parkinson Society BC (PSBC) is proud to offer the PD Warrior Level 1 and Level 2 course bundle on Saturday, March 25 in Langley. The bundle is regularly priced at $749; however, PSBC is heavily subsidizing the course to help improve impact and reach for those living with PD in BC. Please note that fees are non-refundable

The PD Warrior course is open to all BC physiotherapists, occupational therapists, kinesiologists, and exercise professionals. New graduates are also welcome.


Level 1

Level 1 is an online theory course (15 hours) that is a pre-requisite for the in-person Level 2 workshop. The course will give you the foundation to apply the core concepts of this intensive and neuro-active exercise approach immediately to your sessions and will cover:

  • The latest evidence underpinning intensive and neuro-active exercise prescription
  • The pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease
  • How to tailor exercise effectively for the three different types of Parkinson's
  • The seven core principles of neuroplasticity and how to implement them effectively
  • How to create an enriched and motivating exercise environment
  • How to empower your clients and create long-term exercise behaviour change

Once you register, you will be given access to the Level 1 online course to complete before the Level 2 in-person workshop date.

Level 2

Level 2 is an eight-hour, in-person, practical course to help consolidate theory learned in Level 1. It offers transferable skills in clinical reasoning and effective coaching that can be used with all clients with Parkinson's disease.

The Level 2 workshop is fast paced and entirely practical. You will have the opportunity to work with live clients with PD, and go through assessment and treatment planning, to ensure you can confidently apply the core concepts of this neuro-active exercise approach immediately. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate and run a PD Warrior circuit class to consolidate your practical skills.

You are expected to fully participate in this practical workshop and should come dressed and prepared to exercise HARD! If you have any injuries or restrictions on exercise, please advise your trainer on the day of the workshop. As you will be working with live clients, sensitivity and confidentiality are expected.


Instructor

Shelly Yu – Physiotherapist and Level 5 PD Warrior trainer

Shelly Yu is PSBC's own neuro physiotherapist based in Vancouver, and is the lead on provincial exercise programs. She comes from a background of working with the Parkinson's community in the United Kingdom, where she worked in various clinics, including spasticity and dystonia, facial rehab, hand, vestibular, and movement disorder clinics.

Shelly is a licensed PD Warrior clinician and a level 5 PD Warrior trainer. Outside of her work with PSBC, she is the lead physiotherapist at a private neurological rehab clinic, and is the Advocacy Officer of the Global Health Division at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. 

To learn more about PD Warrior, please visit: https://pdwarrior.com/


 Langley Workshop:

Date: Saturday, March 25
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm PT
Location: Aldergrove Community Centre Credit Union, 27032 Fraser Hwy, Langley, BC [map]
Capacity: 15 registrants
Fees: Parkinson Society BC (PSBC) will heavily subsidize the fees for this course (Level 1 + 2 bundle is normally priced at $749). Fees paid are non-refundable. Due to popular demand last year, registration dates will be prioritized this year to give those who have not completed prior training in a Parkinson’s course the opportunity to register ahead of their peers.
  • Before February 24 - Priority Registration. You may only register in this period if you have NOT previously taken any Parkinson's specific training. This allows for the expansion of specialized services within the Parkinson's community in alignment with the Society's mission. Cost is $250 and is non-refundable.
  • Beginning Februrary 24 until March 2 at 12:00pm PT - Regular Registration. Anyone that falls into the categories for the workshop requirements can register. Cost is $250 and is non-refundable.
Notes: Lunch will be provided. 


PD Warrior has now sold out. Please join the waitlist below.

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For more information, please contact Shelly Yu at 1-800-668-3330 ext. 232 | syu@parkinson.bc.ca

Global Symposium

Global Symposium Series

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a complex and diverse condition. To assist in expanding your knowledge of PD, Parkinson Society British Columbia will be hosting three webinars in this symposium series, featuring talks from global expertsPlease note, separate registration will be required for each session.

Impact of Exercise on Cognition in PD

Dr. Michael Jakowec, academic researcher and professor of neurology | University of Southern California

Monday, March 13 | 11:00am - 12:00pm PT

Impaired cognition is commonly experienced by persons living with Parkinson’s. It can be mild to severe impairment, and cognitive areas affected include attention and working memory, executive function, and visuospatial function. Dr. Jakowec discusses research on the impact of exercise on cognitive improvement. A 10-min Q and A will follow.
New Research: Exercise Hormones and Future Disease Modifying Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease

Dr. Ted Dawson, MD; PhD, professor in neurodegenerative diseases and director of the Institute for Cell Engineering | Johns Hopkins Medicine

Wednesday, March 22 | 10:00am - 11:00am PT

Dr. Ted Dawson, discusses new research on the exercise-induced hormone, Irisin, and its role in mediating the benefits of endurance exercise in Parkinson’s disease. Discussion of new compounds that could slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease will also be covered. A 10-min Q and A session will follow.
Impact of Exercise on PD Progression

Dr. Daniel Corcos, professor of physical therapy and human movement sciences and engineering | McCormick School of Engineering

Wednesday, March 29 | 10:00am - 11:00am PT

This presentation will define and describe three different forms of exercise: progressive resistance, endurance, and balance exercise - and how they form the basis of the exercise prescription for people with Parkinson's disease. The presentation will also discuss potential neural mechanisms where signs and symptoms are reduced, and the disease is delayed. A 10-min Q and A session will follow.

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 PT

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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 PT

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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 PT

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Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Support Group

Parkinson Society British Columbia is offering an online support group for those who have had Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. Members can expect a safe space to support each other and engage through sharing their experiences, feelings, coping strategies and knowledge about Parkinson’s and DBS.

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

3rd Tuesday of each month
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PT

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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 PT

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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
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm PT

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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 Wednesdays at 1:00pm.

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

2nd Wednesday of each month
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm PT

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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.

Education Events

myCareBase App

A care management platform to help families manage the home support and personal care services being performed for the senior in their family. The mission of myCareBase is to help seniors age in place for as long as possible, by enabling them to access the senior care services they need to remain living at home and supporting their caregivers in delivering the best care possible.

To learn more and join myCareBase, visit mycarebase.com.


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 PT

Registration & Information


Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Webinars
Various dates & times

Don't miss out on the benefits and credits to which you may be entitled! Learn what you can claim on your tax return through webinars hosted by the CRA. Webinars are targeted towards persons with disabilities, caregivers, seniors, and more.

Click here to see the calendar and learn more. Registration is not required for webinars. Just click the link provided in the calendar to access the webinar at the scheduled time.


Chronic Conditions/Pain Self-Management Programs
Various dates & times

These Self-Management Programs are free virtual six-session workshops. The workshop helps people living with chronic conditions or pain to better manage symptoms and activities of daily life. The workshop is open to caregivers and family members. Participants receive the “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” companion book and should attend all six sessions to get the maximum benefit.

Self-Management BC also offers took-kit programs with more resources to help you live better with chronic pain or disease. 

View details and register for the free workshops at www.selfmanagementbc.ca/upcomingworkshops.


Self-Management British Columbia Workshops
Various dates & times

Self-Management BC offers free health programs to adults in the province living with one or more ongoing health conditions. Topics range from chronic pain, chronic conditions, and more. Click here to see the calendar and learn more. Registration is required for these webinars. For more information, and to register visit www.selfmanagementbc.ca

In addition to the Self-Management Workshops, Self-Management BC offers the following:

  • Self-Management Health Coach Program: This is a one-on-one telephone-based coaching program to support people living with chronic conditions to become better self-managers. Each individual is paired with a coach and receives a weekly, 30-minute phone call for a period of 3 months. Coaches are volunteers who may be living with chronic health conditions, and are passionate to help others to achieve wellness. For more information, please visit: selfmanagementbc.ca/healthcoachprogram

  • Better Choices, Better Health™ Online Program: This workshop takes place entirely online. Participants can participate using any computer with an Internet connection, even a dial-up connection. With up to 25 people in each workshop group, interactive sessions are posted each week for six weeks. Participants log on at their convenience two or three times a week for a total of about two hours a week. Participants can remain anonymous and everything takes place on a dedicated, secure website. Participants set their own goals and make a step-by-step action plan to help them feel better and achieve their goals.

See the Fall/Winter 2022 schedule, featuring both in-person and virtual workshops, linked below:


Family Caregivers of British Columbia (FCBC) - Virtual Journal Writing Workshop
Tuesdays, January 10, 2023 - Feb 21, 2023, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. PT.

This online workshop will take place on Tuesday afternoons via Zoom and provides a private and safe writing process focused on self-nuturing for family caregivers in a small group setting. No special writing skills are required.

You must pre-register before Monday, Dec. 20 to attend the workshop. FCBC will send you a Caregivers Journal Workbook through the mail, and you'll also receive a Zoom link and instructions via e-mail to join this virtual group.

For more information, view the promotional poster here and register here.


Speechease Adult Choir
Every 2nd Saturday, 12:00pm-1:00pm PDT

An adult choir for those with Aphasia or Parkinson's and their loved ones. Participants will have supported (multimodal) communication, work on breath control and volume - all while having fun together!

To register, email info@speechease.ca or call 604-492-2919.

Exercise Programs & Resources

Rock Steady Boxing
Pre-recorded sessions

Rock Steady Boxing is a non-profit that improves the quality of life for people with Parkinson's through non-contact boxing based fitness.

Previously recorded home exercise videos can be accessed on their Youtube channel.


LSVT Global
Various dates and times

LSVT Global offers interactive exercise classes and free online resources! New, free exercise classes are being extended during the month of May to support people with PD during these unusual times.

For more information and to view available classes, click here.


PWRMoves!
Monday - Friday, various times

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.

For more information and to view available classes, click here.


Parkinson Society Newfoundland & Labrador Exercise Group
Thursdays, 9:30am PDT

Join Parkinson Society Newfoundland & Labrador with weekly online exercise classes every Thursday!

Classes are hosted on their Facebook group – please request to be added to the group to join classes.


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.

To view and download a PDF version of the guide, click here.


VON Exercise Class Videos
Pre-recorded sessions

Help maintain your exercise schedule with these videos from VON. This exercise series provides workouts for different skill levels.

Previously recorded sessions can be accessed on their Youtube channel.


Parkinson's Foundation Fitness Fridays
Pre-recorded sessions

Each week these free Fitness Friday videos focus on different aspects of exercise designed to support people living with Parkinson’s disease.

Work out to the new range of videos led by Parkinson’s fitness programs from across the country. Create your tailored Fitness Friday experience and take your workout to the next level combining past classes.

Previously recorded sessions can be accessed on Parkinson's Foundation's Fitness Friday Youtube Playlist.


Parkinson's Exercise Essentials Videos
Pre-recorded sessions

Developed by the Davis Phinney Foundation, the Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials video series provides a range of workouts designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s and is easily modified for any fitness level. Follow these activities at home, in a fitness centre, or out in the community.

Previously recorded sessions can be accessed here.


Impact Parkinson's Exercise Classes & Workshops
Various dates and times

IMPACT Parkinson’s was created to make an impact on the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s, and their families and friends, by offering programs that focus on mind, body, and soul.

For more information and to view event offerings, visit Impact Parkinsons website.


NeuroFit BC
Various dates and times

NeuroFit BC offers a number of live online exercise classes and group classes at different fitness levels. They also offer exercise resources, pre-recorded exercise videos, and 1:1 physiotherapy.

For more information and to view their services, visit NeuroFit BC's website.


Parkinson Wellness Projects
Various dates and times

Parkinson Wellness Projects (PWP) empowers, improves function, and increases quality of life for those affected by Parkinson’s disease on Vancouver Island through fun, safe, and effective multidisciplinary, evidence-based exercise programs.

For more information and to view event offerings, visit the Parkinson Wellness Projects website.


Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario
Various dates and times

Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario is offering a number of free, online exercise classes to help keep people with Parkinson's active during COVID-19.

For more information and to view available classes, visit Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario's website.


Parkinson Quebec Exercise Groups
Monday-Friday, various times

Physical activity is a key element in Parkinson’s disease management. It reduces the impact of disease symptoms, improves cognitive function and has a neuroprotective effect. You can join online French/bilingual Parkinson’s exercise groups in the comfort of your home.

For more information and to view their class schedule, visit the Parkinson Quebec website.

Mental Health & Mindfulness Programs

Mindfulness and Gentle Chair Yoga
Pre-recorded sessions

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 and take time and space for yourself during your caregiving journey.

To watch the session, click here.


Mindful Hand Drumming at Home
Pre-recorded sessions

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 on Pain BC's Youtube Channel.


Nia Moving to Heal 
Mondays & Thursdays, 3:30pm PT

Northwest Parkinson's is excited to bring you Nia Moving to Heal! Get every joint and muscle in your body moving with 30 minutes of guided movement to music using Nia: a powerful and playful fusion of dance, martial arts, and mindfulness practices.

Love how you feel! Try it once - and get hooked on a way of exercising that feels more like eating chocolate than hard work. Taught by Irene Pasternack. Class can be done seated or standing. Partners are welcome to join in the fun.

For more information and to register, click here.


Carepartner Program
Pre-recorded sessions

Parkinson's Foundation is excited to announce a new and exciting series of courses designed for carepartners. This self-paced program covers a wide variety of topics, including sleep, cognitive and mood changes in Parkinson's disease, ambiguous loss, staying healthy, and burnout. Each course offers flexible programming with videos, journal prompts, and opportunities to hear from carepartners about the most important topics.

For more information and to register, click here.

Music, Dance, & Voice Therapy

Dance for PD
Pre-recorded sessions and various dates and times

Dance for PD®, founded in 2001, offers specialized dance classes to people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and care partners. Dance for PD classes invite people with Parkinson’s to experience the joys and benefits of dance while creatively addressing symptom-specific concerns related to balance, cognition, motor skill, depression and physical confidence.

Information on live Zoom classes and previously recorded videos can be found on their website.


Parkinson Society Newfoundland & Labrador Dance Classes
Thursdays, 8:00am PT

Stay active from the comfort of your own home with these weekly online dance classes every Thursday! This program is offered by Parkinson Society Newfoundland & Labrador and led by Charlotte Fowlow.

Classes are hosted on their Facebook group – please request to be added to the group to join classes.


Parkinson Society Newfoundland & Labrador Music Therapy
Thursdays, 8:00am PT

During these Music Therapy classes, you will learn vocal exercises & warmups to strengthen your voice and keep your respiratory systems strong, sing familiar & new songs, keeping your mind & memory active, move & groove while learning how rhythm can help coordination & balance, and have a whole lot of FUN! This group music therapy program is offered by certified music therapist Renee White MTA in partnership with Parkinson Society Newfoundland & Labrador.

Classes are hosted on their Facebook group – please request to be added to the group to join classes.


Songshine for Parkinson's
Pre-recorded sessions and various dates and times

Songshine includes vocal music and creative drama-based classes designed for those who have communication issues due to Parkinson’s, stroke, other neurological challenges, or ageing. Our goal is to help you communicate more easily and clearly. SongShine harnesses the power of brain, breath, and emotion to reclaim voices. It creates community, camaraderie, and confidence, and it's fun!

For more information and to view their services, visit Songshine At Home.


Let's Talk LOUD
Various dates and times monthly 

Hosted by IMPACT Parkinson's, Let’s Talk LOUD are virtual monthly group voice therapy sessions. Learn about communication and swallowing concerns common in Parkinson’s. Participate in voice training, including breath and posture work to help strengthen voice and communication. Learn about the importance of hearing in speech. These sessions are for those already experiencing communication and swallowing challenges as well as those who wish to be proactive in their treatment. One support person is recommended and included for free. These sessions are instructed by Emma Cawood, Speech Language Pathologist, LSVT LOUD Certified.  

Cost: There is a fee associated with the monthly sessions, comprised of 8 classes per week (2x/week). Virtual assessment is mandatory for new clients. 1:1 sessions available. Minimum of 5 required, maximum of 8. NOTE: Those having Extended Health Benefits may have coverage for speech therapy and are encouraged to find out.

For more details and to register, email info@impactparkinsons.com or call 604-525-2631.


 

Resources

Neil Squire

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Parkinson's Foundation - Dystonia Resources

Parkinson's Foundation has a number of new, helpful resources to help individuals with Parkinson's disease learn more about dystonia.

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