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Thank you for joining us at this year's Moving Foward, Together conference. Click through the links below to learn more about our exhibitors, and view their resources.

Exhibitors

Abbvie

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AbbVie's ~47,000 employees are scientists, researchers, communicators, manufacturing specialists and regulatory experts located around the globe. They come up with new approaches to addressing today’s health issues—from life-threatening illness to chronic conditions. AbbVie is constantly working to create solutions that go beyond treating the illness to have a positive impact on patients’ lives, on societies—and on science itself.

View their guide to treatments for Parkinson's disease here. This resource summarizes the treatment options available to Canadians, and suggests therapies you may come across. It can also serve as a starting point for talking with your doctor, so you can decide together which treatment is best for you as an individual.

BC Brain Wellness

Bc Brain Wellness

The BC Brain Wellness Program is an interactive effort to establish clinically relevant lifestyle approaches to complement medical treatment in the clinics at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Our goal is to establish a provincial network of wellness programs to support people living with chronic brain disorders, their care partners and healthy agers.

By combining clinical care with interventions that support healthier lifestyles, the BC Brain Wellness Program team hopes to improve and sustain each individual’s quality of life.

View the BC Brain Wellness Program website here to view their events, programs, and resources. 

Dance for PD

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Dance for PD® offers internationally-acclaimed dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease in Brooklyn, New York and, through our network of partners and associates, in more than 300 other communities in 25 countries.  In Dance for PD® classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. Launched as a non-profit collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, the Dance for PD® program also provides teacher training, creates innovative instructional media, and nurtures relationships among other organizations so that classes based on our model are widely available. Evidence from 38 peer-reviewed scientific studies serves to underpin the effectiveness and benefits of the Dance for PD® teaching practice.

View the Dance for PD® website here to view their events and programs. 

During COVID-19, Dance for PD® is offering a Dance at Home program. Participants can tune in to watch dance class videos at home, or join live classes via Zoom. Learn more here.

Family Caregivers of BC

Family Caregivers Bc

Family Caregivers of British Columbia is a registered non-profit dedicated 100% to supporting family caregivers. Most of their staff have cared for aging, ailing or disabled loved ones and have experienced firsthand the stress, joy, confusion, and feelings of purpose that come with caregiving. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers through support, information, and education. They provide leadership to strengthen the voice of family caregivers and the significance of their role.

View the Family Caregivers of BC website here to learn more about their programs and services, and listen to their podcase, Caregivers Out Loud

For more information on their free services for caregivers, view their brochure.

  

LSVT Global

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LSVT Global, Inc. developed and researched the LSVT LOUD® speech therapy and LSVT BIG® physical and occupational therapy programs. These treatments improve communication, movement, and quality of life in people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions. We train and certify speech, physical, and occupational therapists in these effective and scientifically supported treatments, so therapists can then impact the lives of patients in their own communities. LSVT Global has a reach of 45,000 LSVT® Certified therapists in 73 countries and offers educational webinars, seminars, and exercise support resources to patients globally.

View the LSVT Global website here to learn more about their programs.

For more information on their free educational tools and resources, and how you can find an LSVT certified clinician, view their brochure here.

  

Nidus

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The Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization and was incorporated in 1995 as the Representation Agreement Resource Centre. Nidus is currently the only community-based resource in Canada devoted to personal planning. Its existence sets British Columbia apart as a leader in addressing the critical needs of an aging population. Nidus is the expert on Representation Agreements, which are a legal model for supported decision making.

View the Nidus website here to learn more about personal planning.

To learn more about the programs and services Nidus is offering during COVID-19, view their brochure here.

Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre

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The VCH Movement Disorders Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic located at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, UBC Hospital. The clinic is dedicated to the diagnosis and management of Parkinson and other related disorders, such as tremor and dystonia, and has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Parkinson’s Foundation in the US.

In addition to treatment of patients, they conduct a strong research program that spans preclinical, clinical and population studies. Under the direction of Dr. Martin McKeown, an internationally recognized expert on Parkinson’s disease, the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre (PPRC) has the largest peer-reviewed research program in Canada on Parkinson’s disease.

View the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre website here to learn more.

The PPRC is currently recruiting research participants for the Vancouver Parkinson's Research Initiative. People over the age of 18 with Parkinson's disease or Parkinson's Plus Syndrome are invited to participate. Learn more here.

Parkinson's Wellness Recovery

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Parkinson Wellness Recovery's mission is to develop and implement worldwide access to Parkinson disease-specific, neuroplasticity-principled programming shown by research to reduce symptoms, restore function, and improve quality of life, with promise to slow disease progression.

Visit the PWR website to learn more about their programs here.

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PD Warrior

Pd Warrior

PD Warrior is a rehabilitation program tailored to fit the needs of people with Parkinson's disease. With PD Warrior, you’ll learn how to move well, believe in yourself and live better with Parkinson’s.

View the PD Warrior website here to view their programs and sign up today.

To learn more about the PD Warrior program, view their brochure here, and check out a presentation on on their services here.

 

PerceiveMD

Perceivemd

PerceiveMD is a multidisciplinary team-based, patient-focused centre providing free, comprehensive assessments for medical cannabis.

To learn more about PerceiveMD, view their brochure here or their handout here.

Telus Health

Telus Health

LivingWell Companion™, from Telus Health, makes living an independent life more secure at any stage of life. Whether you’re at home, on the go, or caring for a loved one, enjoy peace of mind with access to help when and where it's needed.

View the Telus Health website here to learn more about the LivingWell Companion™.

An overview of the LivingWell Companion™ product can be found in their brochure here.

 

Other Resources

Subsidized and Assisted Transportation

Transportation arrangements can be a challenge for many people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). For those experiencing advanced symptoms, driving may no longer be an option. For others, navigating public transit can also be difficult due to mobility issues, medication concerns, and affordability. Fortunately, there is a wide range of cost-efficient transportation options for people requiring extra assistance when traveling locally.

Finding your best options

When planning a trip using public transit, consider all of the concerns you may typically encounter when traveling by car, bus, or train including:

  • Are you travelling during peak transit times, or during your medication “off” times?
  • Do you require extra time to get in and out of your seat?
  • Which vehicle type will offer you the most comfortable ride?
  • Is your destination within a comfortable walking distance from a bus stop or train station?
  • Which routes would require you to make transfers to reach your destination?

Regardless of your chosen mode of transportation, the distance you are travelling, or your trip’s duration, it is important to always consider your wellbeing. It is helpful to bring a back-up dose of your medications with you wherever you go, along with medical information on your condition and specific needs, in case of an emergency. 

BC Bus Pass Program

On January 1, 2018, the Province introduced the BC Bus Pass Program, granting people receiving disability assistance an additional $52 each month for transportation, to be used for a transit pass or other transportation needs. This program also offers a reduced-cost bus pass for low-income seniors. The pass, called a Compass Card, is valid in areas covered by TransLink (Metro Vancouver) and BC Transit (the rest of BC).

TransLink users can tap to scan their Compass Card when entering buses, and when entering and exiting Skytrain and Canada Line stations. BC Transit users receive an annual validation sticker for their Compass Card, which needs to be shown to the driver in communities outside of Metro Vancouver. To apply for the BC Bus Pass, contact the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction at 1-866-866-0800. 

HandyDART

HandyDart provides door-to-door, shared-ride services to those with physical or cognitive impairments, for whom conventional public transit can be difficult to use without assistance. Drivers arrive at the passenger’s home or other departure point, help them board the vehicle, and assist them to their destination. This service is available across BC, with independent services operated by BC Transit and TransLink. Visit your local transit authority’s website to learn more and apply.

If you are unable to travel with a carepartner, friend, or loved one, there are options available across the province for community care services that can connect you with staff or volunteers to accompany you on transit when needed. These services can help you reach your destination in a safe, enjoyable, and low-cost manner. 

HandyCard & handyPASS

If you require an attendant to travel with you, they can ride for free on TransLink vehicles if you have a HandyCard, or on BC Transit if you have a handyPASS. These are picture identification cards that are provided to eligible individuals who can provide verification of their medical condition. To learn more and register for a card, visit your local transit authority’s website.

Taxi saver program

The taxi saver program is available across the province, offering a 50% subsidy towards the cost of taxi rides for you and your carepartner or travel attendant. To qualify for this program, passengers must have a HandyCard or handyPASS. 

Volunteer ride programs

Volunteer ride services provide reliable assisted transportation through various agencies across the province. Many are available through the Better at Home program, funded by the Government of BC, and managed through the United Way of the Lower Mainland. Local organizations within the Better at Home network also provide additional support services, like help with housekeeping, groceries, yard work, and minor home repairs, as well as friendly visits.

Navigating local services

To find transportation services or subsidies available in your community, contact your local health and transit authorities. Most major communities across the province can also access bc211, a 24/7 information hotline that can connect you with support services locally. Call 2-1-1 to access the hotline.

TransLink users across Metro Vancouver can request station assistance on the SkyTrain by calling 604-520-5518, or the Canada Line, at 604-247-5703. For those using the SeaBus, attendants are available at the ferry terminal to assist as needed.

BC Transit users can also access the Community Travel Training Program, which offers free guidance to seniors and people with disabilities looking to use regular transit services. This program trains individuals how to use their local transit system independently and confidently. A similar program is available in Vancouver through the Coast Mountain Bus Company, which offers sessions to those using mobility aids on the bus.

To find more information on transportation services available through your transit authority, visit the links below.

TransLink (Metro Vancouver only)

BC Transit

Additional resources

For help navigating resources and services available in your community, contact Parkinson Society British Columbia at info@parkinson.bc.ca or 1-800-668-3330. Our friendly and knowledgable staff are committed to offering support, sharing reliable information, and providing education. 

 

We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors

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