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Upcoming Events

The following is a list of our planned education events at present. To view full details on an event or event type, click on the title of the event, and the area will expand to reveal further information.

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

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

Moving Forward, Together (Provincial Conference)

Moving Forward, Together will foster an educational and inspirational space for enriching the connection between people with Parkinson's, carepartners, friends, and healthcare professionals. The return of this much-anticipated event in-person will feature prominent local and national presenters who will speak to topics related to the treatment and management of Parkinson's and its associated challenges.

The conference will include two morning plenaries and afternoon breakout sessions which aim to offer a diversified itinerary for all attendees. In 2022, we will also offer a stream specifically for healthcare professionals to expand their knowledge of Parkinson's disease.

Looking for more detailed info on the event? Visit our Moving Forward, Together homepage.

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm (registration opens at 8:00am)
Location: Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport
8181 Cambie Rd., Richmond, BC V6X 3X9 [map]
Agenda: View the conference agenda (includes information on topics and speakers)
Fees:

Late Riser (effective September 15th)

Member – Individual: $50; Couple: $80
Non-Member – Individual: $70; Couple: $110

 

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September Symposium Series

September 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 various experts.

Please note, separate registration is required for each talk in the series.

Women and Parkinson’s
Dr. Michelle Fullard, Movement Disorder Specialist
1:00pm - 2:00pm PT on Friday, September 9 
Sexual Wellbeing: The Male Experience
Shea Hocaloski, Sexual Health Clinician
3:00pm - 4:00pm PT on Thursday, September 22 
Navigating Relationship Role Changes
Courtney Doherty, Clinical Counsellor
1:30pm - 2:30pm PT on Wednesday, September 28 

Virtual Open House

Virtual Open House

Join us October 25 for Parkinson Society British Columbia's (PSBC) Virtual Open House! Meet some of our Education & Support Services staff and learn about what we do, as well as how to connect and be involved with our Society

The PSBC Virtual Open House will showcase:

  • Membership benefits
  • Wide variety of educational resources offered
  • Key support services and programs such as PD Link, counselling, physiotherapy, and PSBC's new Healthcare Navigation Service
  • Support group information
  • Exercise classes and PSBC social and activity-based workshops
  • Educational events that feature internationally-renowned expert speakers
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • PSBC website navigation demo

This interactive virtual open house will include a question and answer session. We welcome the Parkinson's community, including all new PSBC members, as well as healthcare professionals.

Date: Tuesday, October 25
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Cost: Free

 

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For more information, please contact Liz Janze: 
1-800-668-3330 ext. 228 | ljanze@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.

Please note: the Virtual Gardening Group will not be meeting in August. Meetings will resume in September.

Dates: Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, March 10 – September 22 (No meetings in August)
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm PT
Capacity: 25
Fee: Free

 

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DOPABEATS Drumming with Doug Pickard

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

Studies have shown that the rhythmic sound and movement of drumming may help improve motor skills, mood, and cognition in people with Parkinson's. Plus, it's a whole lot of fun! We welcome all people with Parkinson's disease and their carepartners to these classes. Registrants are encouraged to commit to the full series, as each session will build on skills and techniques introduced weekly. No musical experience is necessary.

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

**Please note the September 28 class has been cancelled

Dates: Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5, & 12
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm PT
Capacity: 35
Fee: Free

 

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Improv: 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. Registration is limited to 16 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, September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, & 19
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm PT
Capacity: 16
Fees: $30 for the series. The Society may be able to subsidize attendance fees for those who require financial assistance. Please contact us for more details. As the cost to PSBC to run this program is $120 per person, donations are appreciated.

 

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Improv for Parkinson's: The Performance Troupe

Join the first ever Canadian Improv PD Performance Troupe! Those with previous improv experience are invited to join the Performance Troupe to focus on applying the foundations of improv for performance.

In this course, you will develop as part of an ensemble and build skills for two performances (one mid course, and another at the end of the course). You will dive into more specifics, learn and practice games, performance formats, hosting, show shape, and more!

This course will be always delivered via Zoom with some options to join in person in-studio on select weeks, depending on space and interest.

Improv experience is required for registration.

Dates: Wednesdays, September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm PT
Fees: $240 + GST

 

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Getting Started With Writing (Journey to Publication)

Join award-winning author, Cristy Watson, for a four-part series on Getting Started with Writing (Journey to Publication). This workshop will be of interest to anyone wanting to begin their writing and publication journey. Though the sessions are geared towards beginners, all writing levels are welcome!

Topics covered will include tips on getting started with writing, writing prompts and activities for short fiction, fiction, poetry, and information on how to get one’s words out in the world. Genres and word counts, editing tips, information about querying, and the differences between trade, hybrid, and self-publishing will also be shared. Each session will include writer’s tips, a prompt-sprint share portion, and time for a Q&A. Participants’ sharing of written works from exercises is always voluntary and optional.

Dates: Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19, & 26
Time: 1:00pm – 2:15pm PT
Capacity: 25
Fees: Free

 

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SongShine with Joani

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

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

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

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

Fall 2022 Sessions
Dates: Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, & 10
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am PT
Capacity: 50
Fee: Free

 

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Winter 2022 Sessions
Dates: Thursdays, November 17, 24, December 1, 8, & 15
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am PT
Capacity: 50
Fee: Free

 

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Exercise

Please note: Participation in the exercise programs listed below will be done at your own risk within your home. Please ensure you have the space needed to follow the exercises and that there are no obstacles or barriers in your way.

Parkinson Society BC (PSBC), and the instructors of the programs below, will not be held liable for accidents or incidents that may occur in your home. By participating in the exercise programs listed below, you are recognizing that risk of illness and/or injury may be inherent in any movement or exercise class and are participating with the express agreement of, and understanding that the program instructors, and Parkinson Society BC and its directors, officers, employees, partners, and agents are hereby released from any and all claims, costs, liabilities, expenses, or judgements associated with these exercise for Parkinson's programs.
Move with Martial Arts: Karate Fundamentals

Embrace your inner Karate Kid and move your way through the traditional Martial Art of Goju-Ryu Karate-do! Use your mind, body, and spirit to improve eye-hand coordination, physical literacy, and focus with experienced Karate instructor Liz Janze. Participants will progress each week through learning Karate fundamentals such as punching, kicking, and blocking. Karate-do translates to empty hand and way/path. This implies Karate is a way of life that transcends self-defence applications. Practicing Karate emphasizes power, agility, balance, and stress management. Benefits of Karate training include strengthening the musculoskeletal system, balancing the muscles tonus, and helping improve posture. As well as improving concentration and self-esteem. All abilities are welcome and no prior experience is needed to participate. A modified seated version of the movements will also be provided.

We welcome all individuals with Parkinson’s to this webinar as well as their spouses and/or carepartners/caregivers.

Dates: Tuesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, September 6, 13, 20, & 27
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm 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 Neuro Physiotherapist, Shelly Yu, will challenge your balance, coordination, and exercise stamina in this fully standing circuit class. We welcome all individuals with Parkinson’s to this webinar, as well as their spouses and/or carepartners/caregivers, as they may benefit from learning more about the disease to assist in supporting their loved ones.

Dates: Thursdays, September 1, 15, 22, & 29
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm PT
Cost: Free

 

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Move with Shelly

Join Parkinson Society BC’s neuro physiotherapist, Shelly Yu in a four-week series of a standing exercise circuit class. This class is fun, energetic, and will challenge your endurance and balance. Some dual-tasking challenges may be given throughout the class. No equipment is required. Please note, there will be no seated adaptations given. If you require seated exercises, please see the Seated Exercise Series class on Thursdays.

We welcome all individuals with Parkinson’s to this webinar as well as their spouses and/or carepartners/caregivers.

Dates: Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18, & 25
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm PT
Cost: Free

 

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Seated Exercise Series

Join Parkinson Society BC’s neuro physiotherapist, Shelly Yu in a four-week series of seated exercises. This class is suitable for those who would like a slower-paced, yet high-energy, exercise class. All exercises will be completed while sitting. Classes will focus on various components of mobility, strength, and endurance to improve overall day-to-day function. No equipment is required, other than a chair to sit in.

We welcome all individuals with Parkinson’s to this webinar as well as their spouses and/or carepartners/caregivers.

Dates: Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, & 27
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm PT
Cost: Free

 

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Online Support Group Meetings

Parkinson's Support Groups


Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD) Support Group

Parkinson Society British Columbia is offering an online YOPD support group. This group is meant for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson's under the age of 60. 

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

2nd Tuesday of each month
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PT

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New Diagnosis Support Group

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

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

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

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Parkinson's Disease Support Group

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

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

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

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Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Support Group

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

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

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

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Caregiving & Bereavement Support Groups

Early to Mid-Stage Parkinson's Carepartner Support Group

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

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

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

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Advanced Parkinson's Carepartner Support Group

This new monthly online support group is designed for individuals caring for someone with advanced Parkinson's disease, which can be characterized by complex medical needs and/or changes in cognition that require help in almost all areas of daily life.

Whether you are a spouse, partner, adult child, or friend, Parkinson Society British Columbia invites you to join our growing online community fostering connection with others who share similar experiences.

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

4th Thursday of each month
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm PT

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Bereavement Support Group

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

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

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

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

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Other Organizations' Events & Programs

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

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

Education Events

 

myCareBase App

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


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

Digital Skills Classes for Seniors

Join Gluu Society for their comprehensive training sessions for iPhone and iPad, now free for Canadian seniors.

To learn more and register, visit gluusociety.org.

Parkinson's Balance & Mobility Classes
Monday - Friday, various times

Hosted via Zoom by Surefeet. To view full calendar, class descriptions, and to register visit www.surefeet.ca.

Parkinson's Foundation Events
Various dates and times

Parkinson's Foundation hosts a number of virtual events, conferences, and educational series open for anyone in the Parkinson's community. To view all events and descriptions, and to register visit www.parkinson.org/get-involved/events

Michael J. Fox Foundation Webinars
Third Thursday of every month, 9:00am PT

Registration & Information

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Webinars
Various dates & times

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pharmacist-led Parkinson’s Disease Group Appointments

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conscious Aging: A Twelve-Week Writing Adventure
Wednesday, September 21 at 3:30pm PT

Please join Huddol for this twelve-week workshop as they explore the questions, aspirations, and challenges of life after 50 with guided writing exercises designed to prompt healing and insight. Becoming an elder means confronting loss and learning to tolerate new aspects of what it means to be alive. We can thrive in this new landscape provided we understand its coordinates, the rules, limitations, and opportunities that come with aging.

Workshops will take place every Wednesday at 3:30pm PT from September 21, 2022 until December 7, 2022. As you contemplate registering, please take a moment and reflect on your intention - this workshop is a process and each session builds on the other, which is why it takes place over many weeks.

Registration & Information

Working With Parkinson's Webinar 
Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00 pm EDT

Parkinson Canada is pleased to present the Working With Parkinson's Webinar delivered via Zoom.

With the average Canadian retiring at age 65, Canadians diagnosed with Parkinson's prior to this age must navigate difficult decisions when it comes to their work life. Some of these include whether or not they are required to disclose their diagnosis to their employer, the correct time to do so, how to properly prepare to disclose their diagnosis, strategies to use, and more.

Leading the workshop will be Leanne Goldstein of MK Disability Lawyers LLP, who will cover these topics in addition to the potential positive impacts your disclosure may have and how to deal with other outcomes. We will also hear from two individuals living and working with Parkinson's, Larry Linton and Susan Fullerton, on their personal experiences and what successful workplace accomodations can look like. 

Register Here

The Victory Summit Virtual Event - Exercise and Living Well With Parkinson's

Friday, November 4, 2022 at 8:00am PDT

Research shows the critical importance of regular exercise for those with Parkinson's.

The Victory Summit Virtual Event will feature conversations with some of the most highly-acclaimed experts in the field regarding what kind of movement to do, how much to do, when to do it, and how to know it's enough. Additional topics discussed will include neuroplasticity, intensity, the value and differences between cardio and strength training, among others. Short Parkinson's-specific exercise sessions will also be offered for you to try out the different exercise programs.

Register Here

Exercise Programs & Resources

Rock Steady Boxing
Pre-recorded sessions

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

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

LSVT Global
Various dates and times

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

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

PWRMoves!
Monday - Friday, various times

PWRMoves! hosted by Parkinson Wellness Recovery, is an online exercise program designed for those living with Parkinson's and focuses on foundational skills to help manage the symptoms of the disease.

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

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

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

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

Parkinson's and Exercise Guide
This guide from Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario provides exercise ideas, and step-by-step instructions for activities designed to help with Parkinson's symptoms.

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

VON Exercise Class Videos
Pre-recorded sessions

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

Previously recorded sessions can be accessed on their Youtube channel.

Parkinson's Foundation Fitness Fridays
Pre-recorded sessions

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

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

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

Parkinson's Exercise Essentials Videos
Pre-recorded sessions

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

Previously recorded sessions can be accessed here.

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

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

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

NeuroFit BC
Various dates and times

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

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

Parkinson Wellness Projects
Various dates and times

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

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

Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario
Various dates and times

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

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

Parkinson Quebec Exercise Groups
Monday-Friday, various times

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

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

Mental Health & Mindfulness Programs

Mindfulness and Gentle Chair Yoga
Pre-recorded sessions

Kate Landreth, Education & Learning Lead at Family Caregivers of BC offers a mindfulness practice and seated yoga movement practice. Follow along from the comfort of your home and take time and space for yourself during your caregiving journey.

To watch the session, click here.

Mindful Hand Drumming at Home
Pre-recorded sessions

Pain BC hosted a new live-stream series for people experiencing pain during COVID-19. Partnered with Rhythm Bliss, the sessions include 45-minute mindful and rhythmic hand drumming (no drum required).

Previously recorded sessions can be accessed on Pain BC's Youtube Channel.

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

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

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

For more information and to register, click here.

Carepartner Program
Pre-recorded sessions

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

For more information and to register, click here.

Music, Dance, & Voice Therapy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let's Talk LOUD
Various dates and times monthly 

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

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

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

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Neil Squire

Neil Squire has been revolutionizing the lives of Canadians with disabilities since 1984 through accessible assistive technology. Their work enables people with disabilities to achieve their goals, reach their full potential, and continue living life to the fullest. Neil Squire also offers employment support to job seekers with disabilities. Their goal is to provide participants with client-centered service focused on positivity and empowerment, and to help participants gain new skills and advance their employment goals.

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SongShine For Parkinson's Facilitator Training

SongShine is hosting a training conference held in the US, for those interested in being certified or re-cerfitied for the program.

Dates: Monday, September 26 - Thursday, September 29

Time: Check-in begins on Monday, September 26 from 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: The Firs Conference Center, 4605 Cable Street Bellingham, Washington [map]

Cost: $600 USD, a limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Healthcare Professional Scholarships are also available through PSBC.

To learn more and register, visit: https://songshineforparkinsons.com/facilitator-training/

Parkinson's Foundation - Dystonia Resources

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

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