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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

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 and Mary 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.

June Sessions
Dates: Wednesdays, June 2, 9, 16, 30, July 7, & 14
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm PT
Capacity: 50
Fee: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Wednesday, May 26.

 

July Sessions
Dates: Wednesdays, July 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18, & 25
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Capacity: 50
Fee: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Wednesday, July 14.


Waitlisted Events

The program listed below is currently ongoing and accepting registrants via waitlist. If you are interested in attending this event, please add your name to the waitlist. If space is available, you will be registered for the next session automatically, and will receive appropriate login instructions.

Mindful Moments
Tuesdays, April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, & June 1
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Recreational Singing
Wednesdays, April 14, 21, 28, May 12, 19, & 26
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The events listed below are closed for registration. If you are interested in attending similar sessions in the future, please add your name to the waitlists linked beside the event of your choice. This will allow us to gauge future interest in the subject matter.

Improv: Laughter is the Best Medicine!
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SongShine with Sharon
Thursdays, April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, & 20
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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.

Beginner Bollywood Dance Series

Bollywood dance is a newly popular, fun, and interactive form of exercise! In this beginner’s dance class tailored to people with Parkinson's, participants will learn basic moves set to Bollywood and Bhangra music. This class will be taught by Registered Occupational Therapist and certified PWR! Moves Therapist, Gina Fernandez.

This moderate to high intensity class is suitable for individuals at any mobility level, and can be done seated or standing. This class will:

  • utilize both sides of the body by incorporating big movements
  • improve balance and strengthen muscles
  • improve attention, memory, and executive functioning through the memorization and planning of dance moves
  • decrease anxiety and freezing of gait while moving around in space, due to the relaxation that dance can provide
Dates: Tuesdays, May 4, 11, 18, & 25
Time: 12:00pm – 12:45pm PT
Capacity: 50
Cost: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Wednesday, April 28.


Chair Yoga

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

Equipment needed for these classes includes:

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

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

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

 

Register

Registration closes on Tuesday, May 4.


Dancing with Latin Rhythms

Come explore Latin rhythm and movement in a fun and creative dance series led by Dance for PD certified choreographer, Trina Frometa. 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. No previous dance experience is required.

Dates: Thursdays, June 3, 10, 17, & 24
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm PT
Capacity: 50
Cost: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Tuesday, June 1.


Balance & Falls Prevention Exercise Class

Join PSBC’s Shelly Yu, neuro physiotherapist, for this 8-week balance and falls prevention exercise class. Exercises in this series will focus on lower extremity strength, and agility-type activities required for falls prevention, like multidirectional stepping and weight shifting.

All exercises will be done in a standing position in order to simulate real-life scenarios. However, participants are welcome to hold on to a chair or table for support as needed. No equipment is needed for the class.

Dates: Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, & 27
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm PT
Capacity: 500
Cost: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Wednesday, June 2.


Waitlisted Events

The exercise programs listed below are currently ongoing and accepting registrants via waitlist. If you are interested in attending these events, please add your name to the waitlist. If space is available, you will be registered for the next session automatically, and will receive appropriate login instructions.

April Challenger
Thursdays, April 1, 8, 15, & 22
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Education

Our Journey: Living with Parkinson's

Every year, Parkinson Society BC dedicates the month of April to raising awareness of the unique experiences of people with Parkinson's disease (PD), and the needs of our community. Awareness Month is an opportunity to engage the public in expanding their understanding of Parkinson's, and its profound effects on the lives of over 13,000 British Columbians living with the disease.

As part of Parkinson's Awareness Month, join this special online panel event as four presenters who have lived with PD share their stories of hardship and triumph. Our panel speakers are:

  • Mike Scales, newly diagnosed
  • Gina Lupino, living with Young Onset Parkinson's disease
  • Debbie Hartley, living well with Parkinson's for 8 years
  • Mark Hutchinson, speaking from a carepartner perspective

Every journey with Parkinson's is unique, but many will relate to the emotions that come with navigating its ups and downs. Hearing stories from those who have endured similar challenges may help empower you to overcome your own. This webinar will also feature a question and answer period. People with Parkinson's, carepartners, and families are all welcome to attend.

Date: Wednesday, April 14
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm PT
Capacity: 500
Cost: Free

 

 

Registration for this event is now closed.


Caregiving Series

Parkinson Society British Columbia recognizes the efforts made by carepartners and caregivers every day. We invite you to join our interactive two-part caregiving series with speakers, Dr. Kaitlyn P. Roland and Jolyon Hallows.

Dr. Roland is a research scientist at the Office of the Seniors Advocate and the Insitute on Aging and Lifelong Health. In this series, she will offer her expertise on effective caregiving, and discuss strategies for carepartner self-care and wellness.

Jolyon is a caregiver advocate and author. He will share his experiences as a caregiver, and offer practical advice, tools, and techniques to help you adapt to, and succeed in, your caregiving role.

Please note, separate registration is required for each session.

Part I: Understanding Identity Changes
Dr. Kaitlyn P. Roland, Research Scientist
& Jolyon Hallows, caregiver advocate & author
Wednesday, May 19
Registration closes on Wednesday, May 12.
Part II: Resilience
Dr. Kaitlyn P. Roland, Research Scientist 
& Jolyon Hallows, caregiver advocate & author
Wednesday, May 26
Registration closes on Wednesday, May 19.

June Symposium Series

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

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

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

Non-Motor Symptoms
Dr. Keiran Tuck, Movement Disorder Specialist
Wednesday, June 9
Registration closes on Wednesday, June 2.
Pain in Parkinson's
Dr. Brenda Lau, Physician
Monday, June 14
Registration closes on Wednesday, June 9.
Nutrition & Parkinson's
Leila Goharian, Nutritionist
Friday, June 25
Registration closes on Wednesday, June 23.

Parkinson's Medication Q&A

Medication management plays an important role for many people with Parkinson's disease (PD). It can be overwhelming and confusing as medication regimens are adjusted, new medications are introduced, and side effects arise.

Bring your questions about medications as pharmacist, Amy Tran, joins Parkinson Society BC for this question and answer session. Whether you have questions about the side effects of medications, the types of medications available for people with PD, or about medication management, Amy will be available to answer your questions and to provide resources to empower you to get the most out of your treatment.

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.

Date: Friday, June 11
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm PT
Capacity: 500
Cost: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Wednesday, June 9.


Debriefing the Caregiver Role

When a loved one is lost, 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. Having someone to lean on in this time is important in helping you through the grieving process.

In collaboration with the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre, PSBC offers this workshop to those who have recently lost a loved one with Parkinson’s disease. Grief, coping, and healing will be discussed. Elaine Book, Social Worker at the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre, and Tricia Wallace, Clinical Counsellor at PSBC will facilitate.

Dates: Thursday, June 17
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Capacity: 8
Cost: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Tuesday, June 15.

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
9:00 am – 10:30 am 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. 

Every second Tuesday, starting February 23
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 Benefits & Credits Presentations
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 various webinars hosted by the CRA. Webinars available are targeted towards persons with disabilities, caregivers, seniors, and more. 

To learn more and register, visit bit.ly/3t7wnzs and click on the link associated with the webinar and date of your choice.

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

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

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

INSIGHT into Parkinson's
Sunday, April 11, 2021, 9:00am - 5:00pm PT 

INSIGHT 2021 Brave New World is a 12 month series, launching with INSIGHT Live on World Parkinson's Day, April 11. INSIGHT 2021 Brave New World offers an opportunity for people living with Parkinson’s, as well as their loved ones and associated health professionals the opportunity to hear from world leading experts, academics, specialists, clinicians and other people living with Parkinson’s in a convenient and accessible online platform.

On April 11, the live conference will feature discussions with experts on topics including research updates, new treatments, the COVID-19 vaccines, and medical misinformation. Don't miss this informative virtual conference!

To learn more and register, visit www.insightintopd.com.

Parkinson's Awareness Month Webinar
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 10:00am - 11:00am PT

Presented by Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre. Enjoy talks from UBC Movement Disorders Clinic’s neurologists Drs. Jonathan Squires, Melissa Mackenzie, and Tara Rastin, a musical exercise break, raffle draw, and good company.

To register, click here.

Advance Care Planning Day: An Essential Conversation for Everyone
Friday, April 16, 2021 

Advance Care Planning is the process of thinking and talking about your wishes, values, and preferences for your future care in the event you are unable to speak for yourself. Decide who would speak for you — choose your Substitute Decision Maker.

On Advance Care Planning Day, Canadians are encouraged to set aside time between 6-8 p.m. to talk openly with family, friends and loved ones. Tell them what would be most important to you in a health care emergency. Tell them what brings you joy. Above all, tell them about your values and wishes.

To learn more and register, visit www.advancecareplanning.ca/acpday

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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