Category Archives: Parkinson’s disease

Upcoming Campbell River BC events!

  Join ME for back-to-Back events in Campbell River! I will be speaking with caregivers on Tuesday Dec 9th about how to manage ‘healthily’ as a caregiver and improve self-efficacy; and on Wednesday Dec 10th, I’ll be discussing how are muscles work, how that is impacted with Parkinson’s disease, and how exercise (incl. yoga) can help! …. looking forward to… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

yogadopa summer workshops!

I’m excited to announce that Yogadopa and Neuromotion Physiotherapy are running TWO YOGA FOR PARKINSON’S SUMMER WORKSHOPS! Thursday July 17th will cover some core (abdominal) work, focus on postural alignment and gentle opening of the chest… Great for anyone with a stooped posture and will provide some take-home tips! Thursday August 21st will focus on finding our feet on the floor, work on… Read more »

yoga for parkinson’s kripalu retreat with the national parkinson foundation

Hey everyone! Sorry for the radio silence around here! My schedule has been full of yoga, research and visitors 🙂 I was grateful to be included as a speaker at the latest A Wellness Retreat for People with Parkinson’s and their Care Partners. The retreat was hosted again at the Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health in partnership with the… Read more »

addressing inner thoughts, reactions and emotions with yoga and compassion

  Last week in our Yogadopa class we spent a lot of time moving and stretching slowly, focusing on connecting with our bodies and noticing what goes on inside our heads when we are practicing yoga. I wanted to share some of the thoughts I had, notes I wrote and discussions we had as a class on emotional response, judging… Read more »

Navigating Parkinson’s with this great book!

I was recently gifted a book from the Sechelt Parkinson’s group called “Navigating Life with Parkinson’s disease”. Not only does this book do a great job of breaking down the basics of Parkinson’s, including motor symptoms. dopamine, lewy bodies and non-motor symptoms like sleep, depression, bowel/bladder issues; BUT it also addresses how to life and manage in your day-to-day life…. Read more »