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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!

Global Symposium Series

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.

Personality & Behaviour Changes
Dr. Antonio Strafella, Movement Disorder Specialist
Friday, May 20 | 11:00am - 12:00pm PT


Please note, separate registration will be required for each session.

Caregiving Series

Caregiving Series

Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC) recognizes the efforts made by carepartners and caregivers every day. We invite you to join our interactive three-part caregiving series. This series includes a moderated panel discussion of carepartners who will share experiences of their caregiving journey. The series also includes information on legal and long-term healthcare planning, and addresses achieving emotional wellbeing in caregiving. Specifics on the topics and speakers are provided below.

We welcome all carepartners/family caregivers as well as their loved one living with Parkinson's disease (PD) to attend this series as they may benefit from learning more about the caregiving role.

Separate registration is required for each series session, however, carepartners are encouraged to register for Part I, Part II, and Part III of the series.


Part I:

Panel Talk: Our Caregiving Stories | Mark Hutchinson, carepartner, Terry-Lynn Otto, daughter/caregiver, and Pat Mauch, recently former carepartner

This panel of PD carepartners/family caregivers discusses what being a carepartner/caregiver means to them and how they have advocated for themselves in the role. The challenges and rewards of caregiving, as well as wisdom acquired through lived experience, will be explored. Madelaine Ross, Parkinson Society BC counsellor, will moderate the panel session.

Date: Friday, June 3
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm PT
Cost: Free

 

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Part II:

Legal Considerations: Plan Ahead | Joanne Taylor, Executive Director at Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre

Joanne Taylor, Executive Director of Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre, and previous volunteer chair of the Representation Agreement Task Force (RATF), shares her knowledge and expertise on advance care planning in this webinar. She will discuss what advance care planning is and why it may be appropriate to consider. Important legal documents for caregivers in advance care planning will also be reviewed, including Representation agreements, Advance Directives, and Enduring Power of Attorney in Advance Care Plans. A 10-minute Q&A will follow the talk.

Date: Wednesday, June 8
Time: 1:00pm - 1:40pm PT
Cost: Free


Long-term Healthcare Planning
 | Jenn Allen, MSW; Social Worker; PSBC Healthcare Navigator

With chronic conditions like Parkinson's disease, increasing care may be needed as the disease progresses, such as more help with daily activities. Providing additional care may be beyond the scope of family members and/or carepartners, as they may not be equipped with the necessary tools. Ensuring your loved one’s needs are fully taken care of requires long-term healthcare planning.

In this webinar, Jenn Allen, Social Worker and PSBC Health Navigator, will discuss how a caregiver and their loved one can plan for future long-term healthcare. Available public and private options for long-term healthcare, as well as practical steps, will be reviewed. For many caregivers, navigating this information on one's own can feel overwhelming. Therefore, Jenn will provide clarity, and will discuss how her role as the PSBC Healthcare Navigator can assist caregivers.

Date: Wednesday, June 8
Time: 1:40pm - 2:20pm PT
Cost: Free

 

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Part III:

Caregiving Stages: Learn Optimism, Discover Hope | Sky Lee, MSW; RSW, Clinical Counsellor in Vancouver, BC

This webinar will discuss the stages of caregiving and what carepartners/caregivers can expect at each stage. Sky Lee, Clinical Counsellor, draws from her more than 14 years of experience and expertise in providing intensive caregiver support services, and will discuss how caregivers can learn optimism and discover hope, even in the most challenging times. Sky will offer concrete methods caregivers can utilize to cultivate practical optimism in their caregiving. She will explore how hope is an important psychological resource for carepartners and family members to maintain and improve their own holistic health. 

Date: Wednesday, June 15
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm PT
Cost: Free

 

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For more information, please contact Alana Dhillon: 
1-800-668-3330 ext. 245 | adhillon@parkinson.bc.ca 

Debriefing the Caregiver Role

Debriefing the Caregiver Role 

Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC) understands that Parkinson's disease (PD) affects more than just the individual diagnosed. It impacts the lives of families, friends, and carepartners.

When a loved one passes away, it is one of life's most difficult experiences. You may find yourself struggling with many intense and frightening emotions leaving you feeling isolated or alone. Connecting with others at this time guides the grieving process.

To help you through this journey and find that you are not alone, we invite you to join us on Thursday, June 9 for an online group session to learn and share experiences about loss and grief. Parkinson Society BC (PSBC) offers this workshop to those who have recently lost a loved one with Parkinson’s disease within the last two years. This session will be led by Elaine Book, Social Worker at the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre, and Madelaine Ross, Clinical Counsellor at PSBC.

Please note that the webinar access link and teleconference numbers will be sent via email 24 hours before the session to those who register.

Registration is open through Monday, June 6.

Date: Thursday, June 9
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Capacity: 25
Cost: Free

 

Register

For more information, please contact Madelaine Ross at: 
604-662-3240 or 1-800-668-3330 | mross@parkinson.bc.ca 

PD Warrior Level 1 + 2 Certification Course

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, 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 September 17 and 18, 2022, in Vancouver and Kelowna. The bundle is regularly priced at $720; however, PSBC is subsidizing the course to help improve impact and reach for those living with PD in BC.

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 will also offer 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 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.

Fees

PSBC will heavily subsidize the course using the tiered registration schedule below (Level 1 + 2 bundle is normally priced at $720). Register early, as space is limited to 30 participants per date:

  • Super Early Bird – Register before June 15: $100 for Level 1 + 2 Bundle
  • Early Bird – Register between June 15 and July 14: $200 for Level 1 + 2 Bundle
  • Regular – Register between July 15 and August 15: $300 for Level 1 + 2 Bundle

Registration closes on August 15 at 12:00pm (noon) PT. Space is limited. Register early to avoid disappointment.


 Vancouver Workshop:

Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm PT
Location: Creekside Recreation Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver BC, V5Y 0B1 [map]

Please note, registration for the Vancouver Workshop is now closed and sold out.

Kelowna Workshop:

Date: Sunday, September 18
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm PT
Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna BC, V1Y 4P9 [map]

 

Register


Instructors

Melissa McConaghy – Physiotherapist and Founder of PD Warrior

Melissa is a specialist neurological clinician, educator, author, and health entrepreneur. She is the founder of PD Warrior and INSIGHT, an online conference that is part of the global education calendar for people with Parkinson's.

Melissa is the current Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Branch Councilor, a fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, and on the Executive Committee of the International Neurological Physical Therapy Association at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. She is a Clinical Lecturer at Macquarie University and has taught on a range of topics, including neuroplasticity in Parkinson's, Parkinson's and other movement disorders, and hydrotherapy for neurological populations, and has contributed to the production of the APA Level 1 Neurological Rehab course.

Melissa was awarded Australian physiotherapist of the Year in 2019 and received the Australian Physiotherapy Association New South Wales Branch Council award for Contribution to the Profession, including recognition for her book, The New Parkinson's Treatment: Exercise is Medicine.

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/

 

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

Activities

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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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.

Dates: Every Thursday, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and July 7
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am PT
Capacity: 50
Fee: Free

 

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Getting Started with Writing Workshop Series

Join award-winning author, Cristy Watson, for a four-part series on getting started with writing.

In these one-hour online sessions, participants will get author tips on how to get started with writing or reinvigorate existing writing skills. Additionally, you will have the opportunities to write accordingly to picture and word prompts, and the chance to ask any overall questions about writing and publishing. Each session will offer different tips on the world of writing.  

Cristy Watson is an award-winning author of eight hi-lo novels for middle-grade (Orca Book Publishers, Victoria) and young-adult readers  (Formac/Lorimer,  Toronto). Her books are also read widely by an adult audience. She loves to enter writing contests and won Editor's Choice in Contemporary Verse 2’s two-day poem contest and won first place. She volunteers regularly with the Surrey International Writer's Conference and The Beach House Theatre, as well as hosting 'Zero to 360' - an open mic held in the Turnbull Art Gallery, through Semiahmoo Arts. This past year, she supported the BC Federation of Writers as the Committee Chair for a new program: WISE WORDS, funded by the Government of Canada's NEW HORIZONS program for seniors.

Novice, to experienced writers, are all welcome. Individuals may join the four-part series on any of the dates but are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

An informational session will be held by Cristy for those who would like to learn more about the workshop before registering for the four-part series.

Information Session

Date: Wednesday, June 22
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm PT
Capacity: 500
Fee: Free

Registration for this information session is open until June 21.

Register

Workshop Series

Dates: Every Wednesday, June 29, July 6, 13, & 20
Time: 1:00pm – 2:15pm PT
Capacity: 20
Fee: Free

Registration for the workshop series is open until June 28. 

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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.
Step by Step

Step by Step is a 12-week walking program, beginning in April, aimed at improving physical fitness to combat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Walkers are encouraged to gradually increase the distance walked for a self-determined end goal distance. We hope that at the completion of the program, individuals will continue a regular exercise routine.

Those interested in participating should contact Shelly Yu, who will connect you with a volunteer leader in your area for weekly group walks where available. If there is no walk leader in your community, this program can be completed solo or with a partner/group of your choosing. Program booklets will be mailed to all participants to help them track and achieve their walking goals!

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Balance Exercise Series

Join Parkinson Society BC's neuro physiotherapist, Shelly Yu, in a five-week, low-impact balance exercise class. This class will focus on lower extremity strength and agility-type activities required for falls prevention, such as multidirectional stepping, weight shifting, and turning. As this is a balance and falls class, all exercises will be done while standing in order to simulate real-life scenarios. However, participants are welcome to hold on to a chair or table for support as needed. No special equipment is required.

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, May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm PT
Cost: Free

 

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Rock Steady Boxing with Doug Pickard

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

Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) is a fitness program designed for 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.

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!)
Dates: Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18 & 25
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Cost: Free

 

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Hand & Dexterity Exercise Series

Overcome hand and dexterity challenges associated with PD in this exercise series! Shelly will guide you through a variety of exercises targeting upper extremity movement, hand dexterity, grip strength, hand-finger coordination, and basic handwriting practice. Given this is a hand and dexterity class, ideally all exercises will be done while seated in a chair without arm rests. Equipment to prepare for the exercise series include:

  • Tea towel/kitchen towel
  • Small cushion/pillow
  • Two cups (ideally without handles)
  • Blank lined piece of paper for each class
  • Marker and a pencil/pen
Dates: Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, & 28
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm PT
Cost: Free

 

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Voice Aerobics®

Voice Aerobics® is a 50-minute class that combines voice practice with movement. It was developed as a three-part program with a focus on posture, breathing, and voice. During each session of this series, Mary Spremulli (Speech-Language Pathologist) will focus on a different aspect of speech production and interject swallowing exercises. We welcome all individuals with Parkinson's to this webinar, as well as their spouses and/or carepartners/caregivers. All exercises can be done seated.

Dates: Thursdays, June 16, 23, & 30
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm PT
Cost: Free

 

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Dancing with Parkinson's

Join Megan Walker-Straight, Dance for PD certified instructor, for an hour of dancing, instilling confidence and nourishing creative impulse. In this exercise series, the fundamentals of dancing will be explored, including balance, flexibility, movement sequencing, rhythm, as well as spatial and aesthetic awareness. Narration, imagery, music, and community will engage minds, hearts, and bodies in a joyful experience of movement expansion and creative enthusiasm. Mostly, it will just be fun! Everyone is welcome!

Classes provide opportunities to dance both seated and standing. No prior experience is needed.

Dates: Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19, & 26
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm PT
Cost: Free

 

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Education

Regional Conference: Kelowna

Parkinson’s disease is a unique and complex condition. To assist in expanding your knowledge of the disease, on June 18th Parkinson Society BC will be hosting an afternoon of learning. This event will be available to attend in person in Kelowna or virtually via livestream through Zoom webinar.

Our regional conferences are immersive and interactive opportunities for people affected by the disease to learn from leading experts while connecting with the Parkinson’s community. The conference does not include a meal, however light refreshments and snacks will be provided to on-site attendees.

As per Parkinson Society BC policy, a valid vaccine passport must be provided prior to event entry. Masks are required within the banquet hall, except when seated.

Topics covered at this conference include:

  • Postural Hypotension in PD | Dr. Melissa Mackenzie, Movement Disorder Specialist in Vancouver
  • Bladder and Bowel Issues in PD | Dr. Jennifer Locke, Urologist in Kelowna
  • Nutrition for PD | Dr. Sally Stewart, Associate Professor of Teaching in Health and Exercise Sciences and the Director of the Nutrition Education Center at UBC Okanagan
Date: Saturday, June 18
Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm PT (in-person registration opens at 12:30pm PT)
Location:

Ramada Kelowna Hotel & Conference Centre, 2170 Harvey Ave, Kelowna [map]

An option to attend virtually is also available. For those attending virtually, instructions on how to access the live streamed event will be sent out approximately 24 hours in advance.

Capacity: 100 (in-person)
Cost:

IN-PERSON fees:

  • PSBC Member: $15
  • PSBC Member [Couple]: $25
  • Non-member: $25
  • Non-member [Couple]: $45

ONLINE (virtual Zoom attendance) fees:

  • PSBC Member: $15
  • Non-member: $25

 

Registration open through Thursday, June 9.

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.

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.

Some upcoming events that may be valuable for people with Parkinson's include:

  • Benefits & Credits for Newcomers – April 28 at 1:30pm
  • Digital Services for Individuals – May 3 at 1:30pm PT
  • CRA Benefits & Credits for Family Caregivers  – May 5 at 1:30pm PT
  • Scam Awareness – May 11 at 1:30pm PT
  • CRA Benefits & Credits for Adults 65 years and older - May 12 at 1:30pm PT
  • CRA Persons with Disabilities – May 17 at 1:30pm PT
  • CRA Benefits & Credits for Family Caregivers – May 19 at 1:30pm PT 
  • Digital Services for Individuals – May 25 at 1:30pm PT
  • Scam Awareness – May 26 at 1:30pm PT

Click here to see the calendar and learn more. Registration is not required for these 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.

Pharmacist-led Parkinson’s Disease Group Appointments

Tuesdays on May 31, June 28 from 11am – 12pm PT
Thursdays on September 8, October 13, November 10 from 11am – 12pm PT

The Pharmacists Clinic at the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences invites you to learn more about Parkinson’s disease in an interactive group setting facilitated by a pharmacist.  

These group appointments:

  • Bring together up to 10 people experiencing similar health issues
  • Are led by an expert pharmacist to help attendees learn about their health condition and treatment options
  • Provide support through connection and discussion with others who have similar experiences
  • Provide the opportunity for attendees to learn practical medication management strategies

Spring 2022 sessions: Tuesdays from 11:00am - 12:00pm PT

  • Session 2: May 31
  • Session 3: June 28 

Fall 2022 sessions: Thursdays from 11:00am - 12:00pm PT 

  • Session 1: September 8
  • Session 2: October 13
  • Session 3: November 10

 This virtual event is offered at no cost to attendees. It is highly encouraged to keep your video on and attend all three sessions. Register or view group appointments available for other health conditions at www.tinyurl.com/groupappointments.

Please contact pharmacists.clinic@ubc.ca or call 604-827-2584 with any questions.

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

Some upcoming events that may be valuable for people with Parkinson's include:

  • Chronic Pain
    • Wednesdays, May 25 - June 29 from 1:00pm - 3:30pm PT
    • Fridays, May 27 - July 8 from 9:30am - 12:00pm PT
    • Mondays, June 6 - July 11 from 10:00am - 12:30pm PT
  • Chronic Conditions
    • Wednesdays, May 25 - June 29 from 4:00pm - 6:30pm PT
    • Thursdays, June 9 - July 14 from 10:00am - 12:30pm PT
    • Mondays, June 13 - July 18 from 9:30am - 12:00pm PT

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.

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.

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.

Healthcare Professionals

Changing Parkinson's: The Fundamentals of Functional Movement with Naomi Casiro
at the BC Physiotherapy Conference 2022

Date(s): Sunday, May 1st & Monday, May 2nd, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: The Westin Bayshore Hotel [map]

The number of people living with Parkinson’s disease is rapidly rising and the amount of relevant research on exercise and Parkinson’s has skyrocketed. This course will use a combination of lectures and practical work to provide practitioners with the information and tools needed to develop effective research-based exercise treatment programs for people living with Parkinson’s disease.

For more information and registration visit the BC Physiotherapy Association's Conference 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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