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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

Drumming for Parkinson's Series

Doug Pickard, REMO Health Rhythms Facilitator and Rock Steady Boxing Affiliate Owner, leads a six-week drumming class for 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.

This series will apply the REMO Health Rhythms protocol — a holistic and evidence-based program for healthy, non-strenuous workout with a focus on socialization. One of the main goals of Health Rhythms is to understand the mind-body connection in the context of music-making. Doug and his colleagues are adapting this program to target the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

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. 

February & March 2022 Sessions
Dates: Wednesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2 & 9
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Capacity: 50
Cost: Free

 

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March & April 2022 Sessions
Dates: Wednesdays, March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13 & 20
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Capacity: 50
Cost: 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 six 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.

November & December 2021 Sessions
Dates: Thursdays, November 4, 18, 25, December 2, 9, & 16
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am PT
Capacity: 50
Fee: Free

 

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February & March 2022 Sessions
Dates: Thursdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3 & 10
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am PT
Capacity: 50
Fee: Free

 

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March & April 2022 Sessions
Dates: Thursdays, March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14 & 21
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am PT
Capacity: 50
Fee: Free

 

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Virtual Gardening Group

Get together with other green thumbs and connect with nature! Gardening is a relaxing and healthy way for people affected by Parkinson's to exercise, with the potential for improving hand dexterity and tremors. 

Join our Virtual Gardening Group for an opportunity to socialize and share gardening tips and tricks. This group is open to those who want to learn more about gardening, as well as share their gardening knowledge, projects, and pictures. 

No experience is required. Both beginners and those with more experience are welcome to attend.

Dates: Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, March 10 – September 22
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm PT
Capacity: 25
Fee: Free

 

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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.

Dance the Holidays

Dancing begins with our spirit! Enjoy dancing through the winter weeks with holiday music and movement that will inspire, guide, and organize the body-mind connection to create a joyful practice of mobility, balance, coordination, and imaginative playfulness. Megan Walker Straight has been teaching Dance for Parkinson's classes throughout the Lower Mainland since 2015. She is affiliated with the Brooklyn Parkinson's Dance Group / Mark Morris Dance Group and is Dance faculty at SFU's School for Contemporary Arts. Join Megan in using themes of the winter holiday season to explore and expand both the physical and expressive landscape of movement and gesture. No previous dance experience is required.

We welcome all individuals with Parkinson’s to this webinar, as well as their spouses and/or carepartners/caregivers. If you are participating in the class as a couple/household, only one registration is required.

Dates: Thursdays, November 18, 25, December 2, 9 & 16
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm PT
Cost: Free

 

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PD Warrior 10 Week Challenge

Ring in the new year with PD Warrior’s signature program, the 10 Week Challenge! PD Warrior is a Parkinson’s-specific exercise program based on the principle of neuroplasticity and is designed to help you live better with Parkinson’s. The 10 Week Challenge is a moderate- to high-intensity exercise program suitable for those who are able to walk independently with or without a walking aid, as well as follow verbal and visual instructions. The program will use a variety of physical and cognitive activities to challenge your stamina, strength, balance, and dual-tasking abilities.

To get the most out of the program, the 10 Week Challenge requires participants to:

  • complete two individualized exercises daily (determined during initial consultation)
  • partake in a weekly one-hour group exercise class

To participate in the 10 Week Challenge, an initial consultation session with physiotherapist, Shelly Yu, is necessary to determine eligibility and safety, as well as to obtain an individualized exercise program to complement the weekly group exercise class.

No equipment is needed. For more information, please visit www.pdwarrior.com

Are you up for the challenge?

Dates: Tuesdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1 & 8
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm PT
Capacity: 30
Cost: Free

 

Important: Please contact syu@parkinson.bc.ca or call 1-800-668-3330 ext. 232 to register. Registration is available through Wednesday, December 22.


Parkinson's Pilates

Join Parkinson Society BC's own neuro physiotherapist and APPI-Pilates (The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) trained instructor, Shelly Yu, for four weeks of morning Pilates! Pilates is a great low-impact form of exercise, which can help improve mobility, posture, and balance, and reduce fall risk. This series will explore gentle yet challenging movements in both sitting and lying positions.

All exercises will be done on a couch, starting while seated and then moving into a lying position. Focus will be given on breath, form, posture, and muscle activation in the arms, legs, and trunk. No prior experience or equipment are required. If you have trouble transferring from a sitting to lying position, you may wish to have a support person present to assist.

Dates: Thursdays, January 6, 13, 20 & 27
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm PT
Cost: Free

 

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Education

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 experts.

Environmental Pollutants & Parkinson's
Dr. Bas Bloem, Movement Disorder Specialist
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

 

Thank you to our Global Symposium Series sponsor:

Sunovion Logo Web 2020

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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Bereavement Support Group for People with Parkinson's

Rebuilding your life after the loss of a loved one is a journey of healing that requires the combination of love, support and time. Dealing with the challenges of Parkinson's disease as well as your grief, can contribute to feeling even more alone and alienated. It can be very comforting in those darker times to be with others who are experiencing some of the same challenges and who understand your confusion and pain. Meeting others who are beginning to experience some of the joy of life again can be can bring hope, if you have yet to experience it.

The professionally facilitated Bereavement Support Group for PwP, is offered by Parkinson Society BC by Zoom, and is open to anyone who has Parkinson's and is dealing with the challenges of grief and loss. The group will meet the third Wednesday of each month at 11:00am.

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

3rd Wednesday of each month
11:00 am – 12:30 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 Tuesdays at 1:00pm.

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

2nd Tuesday 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.

Upcoming 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) Benefits & Credits 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.

Upcoming webinars that may be of particular interest include:

Click here to view a list of all the available webinars.

Pharmacist-led Parkinson's Group Appointments 
August – December, various dates & times

Are you living with Parkinson's disease (PD)? The Pharmacists Clinic at the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences invites you to learn more about PD in an interactive group setting facilitated by a pharmacist! 

The free, virtual appointments are faciliated by an expert pharmacist to help you learn about your health condition and treatment options. They bring together up to 10 people experiencing similar health issues to learn with and from each other. Attendees get support through connection, discussion, and hearing practical medication strategies. 

There are two cohorts being offered: 

  • Group 1 sessions are on August 3, September 7, and October 5 from 11:00am – 12:00pm PT
  • Group 2 sessions are on October 6, November 3, and December 1 from 6:00pm – 7:00 pm PT

Click here to register, and contact Tiana Tilli at tiana.tilli@ubc.ca with any further questions.

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.

Expert Briefings Webinars
October 2021 - April 2022, various dates

Parkinson's Foundation Expert Briefings offer first-hand access to the latest Parkinson's disease (PD) research and updates from experts in the field. Designed with the Parkinson’s community in mind, each hour-long webinar offers an opportunity to learn more about managing PD symptoms, progression, treatments, and more.

Each webinar takes place from 1:00  2:00pm ET. The following sessions are available for registration:

You may register for all five 2021-2022 Expert Briefing webinars by clicking here.

Topics in Neurorehabilitation: Parkinson’s Disease
Course available from October 20 to December 15 

Join Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre in Brazil for this free, 15-hour online course that will cover the main aspects of neurological rehabilitation of people with Parkinson’s disease. This course is suitable for healthcare professionals and researchers, as well as graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in health sciences programs. Basic knowledge of neurological rehabilitation is recommended. Classes will be delivered by specialists, professors, and researchers from several universities around the world. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of 75% of the course contents.

Click here to learn more and register.

Advanced Parkinson's Care & Estate Planning Webinar
Pre-recorded webinar

Parkinson Canada was pleased to offer this recent webinar, featuring Dr. Sean Udow, who discussed the advanced symptoms of Parkinson's, including cognition and hallucinations, and Erin Bury, co-founder of Willful, who went over the importance of having a will prepared. 

Click here to watch the recording.

Caregivers Connect: Learning Series
November – December, various dates & times

Family Services of the North Shore is hosting a series of learning sessions for caregivers. This free series will offer support, connection, and resources for family and friends caring for older adults. It will be offered at three locations in North Vancouver:

North Shore Neighbourhood House at John Braithwaite Community Centre, Mondays from 1:30pm - 3:00pm

  • Session 1: November 22, Caregiver Basics 
  • Session 2: November 29, Caregiver Challenges 
  • Session 3: December 6, Caregiver Health and Wellness
  • Session 4: December 13, Caregiver Well-being

Parkgate Society, Fridays from 10:30am - 12:00pm

  • Session 1: November 26, Caregiver Basics 
  • Session 2: December 3, Caregiver Challenges
  • Session 3: December 10, Caregiver Health and Wellness
  • Session 4: December 17, Caregiver Well-being

Silver Harbour Seniors Centre, Thurdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm

  • Session 1: November 25, Caregiver Basics 
  • Session 2: December 2, Caregiver Challenges
  • Session 3: December 9, Caregiver Health and Wellness
  • Session 4: December 16, Caregiver Well-being

To reserve your spot contact Robin Rivers at caregiversconnect@familyservices.bc.ca or call 604-988-5281 ext. 354

After Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Surgery Webinar
December 8, 3:30pm - 5:00pm PT

Join the University Health Network for a webinar on the pros and cons of DBS surgery, from the perspective of those who are considering it and those who have had the procedure. Diversity of viewpoints will be encouraged, including those who have had a difficult experience. This webinar is intended for patients and carepartners who have questions about DBS. Attendees will get to hear some of the world's leading experts on Deep Brain Stimulation answer difficult questions from the people most affected by it – their patients and carepartners.

Click here to learn more and register.

Saliva and Swallowing Challenges Webinar
December 9, 9:00am - 10:00am PT

Ianessa Humbert, Ph.D., will be joining Parkinson Canada to share her expertise on swallowing, including excessive saliva, drooling and aspiration, and what you can do. Dr. Humbert is an accomplished scientist, professor, and highly sought-after speaker with expertise in swallowing and swallowing disorders.

Click here to learn more and register.

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 Project
Various dates and times

Parkinson Wellness Project (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 Project website.

Nimi Nikkei Home Zoom Outfight PD Class
Tuesdays, 9:30-10:00am PT (for participants who use a walker or chair)
Tuesdays, 11:30am-12:00pm PT (for participants who can move independently)

Nimi Nikkei Home is hosting their Outfight PD Class, which emphasizes how exercise may enhance quality of life, physical ability, and enjoyment of daily living. The classes take place every Tuesday, with the last sessions hosted on December 28.

Both classes are free, but require participants and their doctor to sign a waiver.

For more information, please contact Hiro Goozee at KWLInstructor@nikkeishc.com or call 604-777-5000 ext. 2000

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.

 

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