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Parkinson Society BC is hosting events virtually in response to COVID-19. Learn more about coronavirus and how you can protect yourself and the community on this PSBC web page.

Upcoming Events by Parkinson Society BC

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

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

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

Provincial Conference: Moving Forward, Together

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Parkinson Society British Columbia invites you to join us for an exciting opportunity to learn about recent scientific breakthroughs and disease management techniques.

Moving Forward, Together will foster an educational and inspirational space for enriching the connection between people with Parkinson's, carepartners, friends, and healthcare professionals. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's provincial conference is moving online! Featuring presentations from prominent Parkinson's specialists and researchers across North America, this year's Moving Forward, Together will be a fully virtual experience.

The half-day event will offer three 45 minute plenary talks, with opportunities for participants to ask their questions of our expert speakers. Just like our in-person event, we will also offer guided exercise breaks.

Plenary topics covered at the Provincial Conference will include:

  • Focused Ultrasound Surgery and the Future of Treatment | Dr. Suneil Kalia and Dr. Lorraine Kalia, Associate Professors in the Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
  • Sleep Issues and Disorders | Dr. Gary Leo, Neurologist at  St. Mary’s Hospital (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)
  • Nutrition and the Microbiome | Dr. Silke Appel Cresswell, Movement Disorder Specialist at Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Date: Saturday, October 16
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm PT
Agenda: READ FULL AGENDA HERE
Fee:

Late Riser Fee (after September 15)
Member: Individual/couple $25
Non-Member: Individual/couple $35

 

Register

Registration closes on Wednesday, October 13.

Activities

Drumming for Parkinson's Series

This fall, 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.

September Sessions
Dates: Wednesdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, & 13
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Capacity: 50
Cost: Free

 

Register

 

October Sessions
Dates: Wednesdays, October 20, 17, November 3, 10, 17, & 24
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Capacity: 50
Cost: Free

 

Register


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.

PLEASE NOTE: The September 30 session of SongShine with Joani has been cancelled due to a conflict with the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a statutory holiday observed by Parkinson Society British Columbia. There will be no makeup class rescheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Fall Sessions
Dates: Thursdays, September 23, October 7, 14, 21, & 28
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am PT
Capacity: 50
Fee: Free

 

Register

 

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

 

Register


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

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

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

As with all of our programs, there is a cost to delivering this workshop. Because of the nature and expense associated with this program, it is only open to BC residents. Registration is limited to 12 people. If you have registered for this event, we kindly ask that you commit to attending the full series. If you cannot commit, please contact us so that your spot can be made available to another individual.

Dates: Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, & 10
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm PT
Capacity: 12
Cost: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Wednesday, September 29.

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.

Dancing with Latin Rhythms

Explore Latin rhythm and movement in a fun and creative dance series led by Trina Frometa (Dance for PD certified). Through a joyful and non-judgemental process, dancers learn to enhance awareness of grace while focusing on Parkinson’s specific concerns such as balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, and posture. All you need is yourself and some space to move around in. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: The September 30 session of Dancing with Latin Rhythms has been cancelled due to a conflict with the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a statutory holiday observed by Parkinson Society British Columbia. The final session in this series will instead be held the following week, on Thursday, October 7. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Dates: Thursdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23 & October 7
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm PT
Cost: Free

 

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September Challenger

Let’s get moving! Kick-start the fall season with the September Challenger, a high-intensity and fast-paced exercise class suitable for those who can stand and move unassisted. PSBC’s own neuro physiotherapist, Shelly Yu, will challenge your balance, coordination, and exercise stamina in this fully standing circuit class similar to its predecessor, the April Challenger.

Equipment needed for these classes include:

  • A small cushion/pillow
  • 2 light-weight scarves or cloths
  • A high-back chair to hold on to
  • A wall, free of clutter

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, September 7, 14, 21, & 28
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm PT
Cost: Free

 

Register


Tai Chi for Beginners

Embrace your mind, body, and spirit with low-impact, slow motion exercise. Tai Chi, often referred to as "meditation in motion," is an ancient Chinese martial art practice that improves strength, flexibility, balance, and overall health. Join us for 8 classes of gentle movements and stretches with experienced instructors Sylvia Davis and Virginia Lewis. No prior experience is required.

Dates: Mondays, October 4, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm PT
Cost: Free

 

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Hand & Dexterity Exercise Series

Our popular Hand & Dexterity Exercise Series is back for a third time this October with five PD-specific classes. Parkinson Society BC’s own neuro physiotherapist, Shelly Yu, welcomes everyone back with exercises for upper extremity movement, hand dexterity, grip strength, hand-finger coordination, and handwriting practice tips.

All exercises will be done sitting, with a table in front. Required equipment includes:

  • a tea towel/ kitchen towel
  • a small cushion/pillow
  • lined pieces of paper
  • a dark marker
  • a pen or pencil
Dates: Thursdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, & November 4
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm PT
Cost: Free

 

Register

Education

Advanced Therapies Panel Series

Join this three-part panel series to learn how advanced therapies may help ease Parkinson’s symptoms. Each session will feature a movement disorder specialist, person with Parkinson's disease, and carepartner, providing their expertise on Deep Brain Stimulation, Duodopa®, and Apomorphine.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists – please send your questions in advance to Alana Dhillon at adhillon@parkinson.bc.ca.

Please note that separate registration is required for each session. 

Duodopa®
Dr. Daryl Wile, Movement Disorder Specialist
Jan Gibbon, Person with Parkinson's
Terry Gibbon, Carepartner
Friday, September 24
Deep Brain Stimulation
Dr. Christopher Honey, Movement Disorder Specialist
Leslie Davidson, Person with Parkinson's
Naomi Ford, Leslie's daughter & careparter
Friday, October 1
Apomorphine
Dr. Anish Kanungo, Movement Disorder Specialist
David Giesbrecht, Carepartner
Monday, October 4

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.

Please note that separate registration is required for each session. 

Environmental Pollutants & Parkinson's
Dr. Baas Bloem, Movement Disorder Specialist
Wednesday, November 3
Pioneering Parkinson's Research from the
American Parkinson's Disease Association

Rebecca Gilbert, Chief Scientific Officer at the
American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)

Wednesday, November 10
Dystonia and Pain Management in Parkinson's
Dr. Alfonso Fasano, Movement Disorder Specialist
Wednesday, November 24

 

Thank you to our Global Symposium Series sponsor:

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Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare Professional Stream: Digital Health and Parkinson's Disease

Health care professionals (HCPs) of all disciplines working with the Parkinson’s community are invited to join Dr. Jennifer O’Neil (PhD) for this two-part training series discussing clinical applications of digital health for the Parkinson’s population.

During the pandemic, many healthcare professionals have had to adapt to using digital health services, often with minimal prior experience. By participating in this training series, HCPs will elevate their digital health knowledge through applying new concepts to deliver effective sessions while considering the patient’s motor impairments (e.g. balance and mobility) and cognitive impairments (e.g. executive functioning, spatial awareness, aphasia).

Learn to effectively monitor patient health through techniques for preparing the patient, setting up proper video background, “training” and navigating the caregiver, and critically thinking around the use of various technology (e.g. videoconference, activity tracking devices, applications, virtual reality). Participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions about the evolving role and application of digital health in our post-pandemic healthcare system.

Facilitator Dr. Jennifer O’Neil is a physiotherapist with a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on the accessibility of physiotherapy interventions and the use of technology to improve access to rehabilitation in the moderate to severe traumatic brain injury population. Jennifer is a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, coordinating the clinical neurology course within the physiotherapy program. As the founder of Reachable Rehab, she strives to increase accessibility of rehabilitation by providing continuing education and consulting services.

Dates: Saturdays, September 18 & 25
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am PT
Capacity: 50
Cost: Free

 

Register

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

Register


New Diagnosis Support Group

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

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

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

Register Now


Parkinson's Disease Support Group

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

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

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

Register Now


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

Register Now


Caregiving & Bereavement Support Groups


Early to Mid-Stage Parkinson's Carepartner Support Group

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

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

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

Register Now


Bereavement Support Group

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

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

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

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

Register Now

 

Other Organizations' Events & Programs

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

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

Upcoming Education Events

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 and 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 view 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
August – November, various start 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.

Caring for Yourself While Caring For Others Webinar
October 15 at 10:00am PT

This Family Caregivers of British Columbia webinar will discuss compassion fatigue and how the body and mind deal with chronic stress, as well as what caregivers can do to sustain and nourish themselves on their journey.

The presenter, Susana Farinha, is a seasoned therapist informed by a holistic, person-centered, collaborative, and somatic attachment trauma approach. 

Click here to register.

Information Session: Journal Writing Workshop for Caregivers
September 28 at 2:00pm PT

Join Family Caregivers of British Columbia for a one-hour information session about their upcoming Journal Workshop, which will run Tuesdays from October 19 to December 7 from 2:00 - 3:30pm. Attendees will learn from facilitator Bill Israel about this six-week workshop and its benefits.

Click here to 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 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.

Coping with Ambiguous Loss Writing Workshop
Friday, July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2021, 7:30pm PT  

At some point, most people experience some form of ambiguous loss.

How do you deal with the emotions that accompany something that almost defies explanation? Writing is one way to allow yourself to grieve, speak, be seen, and be with the emotions which may accompany unclear and confusing circumstances in your life. Whether an old hurt that happened years ago or something that has occurred recently, join Bonnie Nish and Ali Denno from Pandora’s Collective as they help you to find ways to express what you have been holding.

Cost: $50 for all four sessions

To register please email blnish_pandoras@yahoo.ca

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.

Dance for PD in Mandarin: Summer 2021
Sundays, June 6 – August 29, 11:00am – 12:00pm PT

Enjoy your favourite Dance for PD® classes in Mandarin! Founded in 2001, Dance for PD® offers specialized dance classes to people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and care partners. 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.

Find out more information and register for the Mandarin Summer 2021 program here.

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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By participating in PSBC's events, you grant PSBC the right to use your name and photograph for such purposes.