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Parkinson Society British Columbia is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. As a precautionary measure, our events and programs will be held via webinar and teleconference until further notice. Learn more about COVID-19 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!

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
Cost: Free

 

 

Registration is now closed.

 

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

 

Register

Registration closes on Wednesday, July 14.


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.

There is a cost to PSBC to run this program. 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, July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, & 18
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm PT
Capacity: 12
Cost: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Wednesday, July 7.


Virtual Gardening Group

Summer is here, and it's the perfect time for green thumbs to get together 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, led by Linda Boehm, for an opportunity to  socialize and share gardening tips and tricks. Linda Boehm is a gardener with 20 years’ experience, who has a special interest in ornamental gardening. This group is open to those who want to learn more about gardening, as well as share their gardening knowledge, projects, and pictures. 

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

Dates: Thursdays, July 15 & 29 and August 12 & 26
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am PT
Cost: Free

 

Register

 

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

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

 

 

Registration is now closed.


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

 


Laughter Yoga

Join Kathryn Kimmins, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, as she leads you through laughter exercises to boost good health! Living with a chronic illness such as Parkinson’s can negatively impact one’s mood and stress levels. Research shows that laughter can help combat low mood and manage stress, which can improve Parkinson’s symptoms.

Laughter positively connects us with others, can reduce the level of stress hormones such as cortisol and increase mood enhancing hormones such as endorphins. Physical benefits linked to laughter include exercising the diaphragm, abdominal muscles, and shoulders which leaves you physically relaxed.

Date: Thursday, July 15
Time: 1:00pm – 1:45pm PT
Capacity: 100
Cost: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Tuesday, July 13.


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 5 classes of gentle movements and stretches with experienced instructor, Sylvia Davis. No prior experience is required.

Dates: Tuesdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm PT
Capacity: 200
Cost: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Wednesday, July 28.


Stretch & Strengthen: Low Impact Exercise Series

Stretch & Strengthen is a low-impact exercise series led by PSBC's own neuro physiotherapist, Shelly Yu, designed for those who prefer a slow-paced class. Exercises will start in a seated position and progress to standing, although there is an option to remain seated for the duration of the class. Participants can expect to focus on ranges of movement of the trunk, upper limbs, and lower limbs, in a strength-controlled manner. No equipment is needed for the class.

Dates: Thursdays, August 5, 12, 19, & 26
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm PT
Capacity: 500
Cost: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Tuesday, July 13.

Education

Ask the Expert Webinar: Balancing Health, Family, & Work for People with YOPD

Parkinson’s disease is a unique and complex condition. On top of the complexities of PD, individuals diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD) face unique challenges that can be overwhelming.

YOPD was not part of your life plan. Yet now you are faced with managing your health, your work demands, and life's responsibilities. In this webinar, Clinical Social Worker at Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre, Elaine Book, will discuss some challenges and possible solutions that will create more balance in your daily experience.

This webinar will be offered through the YOPD Support Group and is open to non-support group members as well.

Please note: both YOPD Support Group members and non-members must register for this event to reserve a spot.

We welcome all individuals with YOPD 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: Tuesday, July 13
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm PT
Capacity: 500
Cost: Free

 

Register

Registration closes on Tuesday, July 13.

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

Register Now


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 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.

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.

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

Practical Tools for Positive Mental Health
Friday, June 25, 10:00am PT  

This webinar hosted by Family Caregivers of BC is for family and friend caregivers and those who support caregivers. Dr. Lisa Van Bussel, a geriatric psychiatrist with the Fountain of Health organization will present on:

  • The importance of positive ageing
  • How to promote brain health by modifying 5 key health behaviours
  • How to set a SMART goal
  • Easy-to-use tools that will help you promote health and well-being

Fountain of Health is a Canadian non-profit organization that translates the science of brain health and resilience to the public and healthcare providers. Please visit their website here to learn more.

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.

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.

Theatre Terrific
Various dates & times 

Theatre Terrific pioneers inclusive opportunities for artists of all abilities to develop performance skills and collaborate in the production of theatrical works. Through its work, Theatre Terrific challenges audiences to be open to the impact of thought provoking art.

All of Theatre Terrific’s classes, workshops, community, and professional productions are made up of people of all colors, abilities, genders, and backgrounds. This means that at any given time, a cast or class may include people who may have mental health issues, developmental challenges, physical challenges, or simply practicing actors who want to learn new methods of inclusive theatre development.

We are currently offering FREE online dancing, acting, and choral classes:

  • Dancing with Daniel and Ashley: Mondays, April 12 - 26, 7:00 - 8:00pm PT
  • Acting and Choral Classes: Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 13 - June 10, 1:30pm - 2:30pm PT
  • Drumming with Coast Salish Elder and Activist Kat Norris: Mondays, May 10 - 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm PT
  • Puppetry: Mondays, June 14 - 28, 7:00pm - 8:00pm PT

For more information and to view their full class offerings, visit www.theatreterrific.ca/classes or email info@theatreterrific.ca.

Singing For Parkinson's
1st three Tuesdays of the month, 11:00am PT

The Tremolo Singers meet at 11:00AM PT, the 1st three Tuesdays of each month for an enthusiastic 60 minutes of vocal exercises and songs that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and have your toes tapping. 

Did you know that singing can improve your voice?

  • Singing can help you speak LOUDER!
  • Singing can help you enunciate your words more clearly!
  • Singing can help you with balance and walking!

For more information and to register, click here.

 

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