Author Archives: kaitlynroland

My latest article: A typology across dementia caregivers (Roland & Chappell, Ageing Soc 2014)

I recently published an article in the journal Ageing & Society addressing the different challenges faced by caregivers across different disease groups. We often send all caregivers who are caring for a loved one with dementia to the same resource (i.e. Alzheimer’s society), when in fact they may be facing very different challenges! After a thorough look at the scientific literature,… Read more »

bits and pics 9/12 Dementia conference in Spain!

Last week I was fortunate enough to travel to Valencia, Spain for a conference on Dementia – specifically, The 2nd International Conference on Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. I presented my research and attended some great sessions on amyloid vs tau hypotheses, therapeutic strategies, the search for biomarkers and considerations for care and diagnosis. Luckily, after the sessions were done, I was… Read more »

Five yoga poses for better waves

Since moving to the west coast, surfing has played a (large?) role in my life. What we do on the weekends (tofino, tofino. tofino), where we travel to (“is there an ocean?” “is there surf?”), when we travel (winter storms = best waves). I’ve written about surfing and yoga poses I do here and recently, lessons from learning to surf here…. Read more »

What I’m learning from learning to #surf

Ever since moving to the west coast, I pictured myself wave sliding. Nose riding on a perfect day. Sliding across the face of a wave; dancing gracefully up and down my board with the wind in my hair. Two years later, I can proudly say that I still can’t nose ride… I can barely slide across the face of the wave… and… Read more »

Yogadopa is coming to Parksville BC (Oct 4)

Mark your calendars, I’m doing a Yogadopa for Parkinson’s workshop in conjunction with the lovely folks at Oceanside Yoga studio in Parksville BC on Oct 4th. The class is open to persons with PD, care partners and other health/fitness professionals who work with persons with PD. Please contact Oceanside Yoga at 250.594.0108 or info@oceansideyoga.com for more information or to register…… Read more »

finding your “core” strength

When many people think about a strong core, they picture someone with “six pack abs”. But our functional core is actually much more complex than this over simplified notion, and whether your abdominals are super defined and underwear model-worthy or not says nothing about how strong your core truly is. Functional anatomy Rectus abdominus, or “six-pack”, muscle is actually just the most superficial (closest to the… Read more »

CIHR cafe scientifique: Dealing with Dementia

I attended a wonderful webinar from Canadian Institutes of Health Research on dealing with dementia. It offered perspectives from two caregivers (one Alzheimer’s and one Parkinson’s + dementia), a nurse and a physician on “living” with dementia. Here are some of the highlights I took away… For caregivers and persons with dementia: dementia is complex! the diseases behind dementia express themselves… Read more »

depression is under-recognized in Parkinson’s

The recent events around Robin Williams’ suicide and the revelation he was battling the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, as well as depression, brings to light the importance of managing the non-motor issues related to neurodegenerative disease. Depression is common in PD, and occurs in approximately one-quarter of those diagnosed. More importantly, depression and anxiety can occur up to 10… Read more »

Fall YOGADOPA classes starting SEPT 11th

Yogadopa and Neuromotion Physiotherapy Victoria are running 12 PARKINSON’S YOGA CLASSES Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm starting September 11th. I have some research/conference travel on a few Thursdays, so the dates are as follows: September 11, 18; October 2, 9, 23, 30; November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 11, 18. Sessions will focus on posture, balance, strengthening the core, opening the chest, flexibility and range of… Read more »