Tag Archives: Parkinson’s disease

Being a woman with Parkinson’s disease – does it make a difference? A call for research and advocacy.

Absolutely. – We have different bodies, different hearts, different experiences and have different care needs. We know that Parkinson’s disease is very individual from person-to-person, but both sex (biology) and gender (social/cultural constructs) may contribute to these differences. There is a need to understand the particular impact of this disease on women, in general – we need to better understand and address… Read more »

Community Scientific Talk: Dr. Erich Mohr from Medgenesis Therapeutics

There is a new trial in the UK that is testing whether a drug called GDNF has the potential to slow the course of Parkinson’s, which is something no current treatment can do. Harnessing growth factors, such as GDNF, is though to help dopamine-producing nerve cells from dying in the Parkinson’s brain. This trial is sponsored by Parkinson’s UK, with support from… Read more »

An intimate look at caring for Parkinson’s disease from TIME Magazine

Every month, in their series “Taking Care”, Times Magazine does a article covering the lives of caregivers and the people they care for. This month, they take an intimate look at Parkinson’s disease. The article, and accompanying video (HERE), depicts the life of Eleanor Copeman. How her story was one of vibrant, joyful cook, dancer and matriarch who gradually became… 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 »

summer yoga series: cat cow

Last summer I did a weekly book review series “summer reads” (life in the balance, the great work of your life, WHOLE, enlightenment for idiots, prions, may you be happy, and poser) and this year I’m going to provide you with a weekly yoga pose. Something simple that you can integrate into your own yoga practice, or maybe inspire you to start… 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 »

Check out the NEW ParkinGO Wellness Society!

ParkinGO is a new wellness organization starting up on Vancouver Island. It’s mission is to focus attention on people with Movement Disorders and their caregivers, and to emphasize the role of exercise in helping improve quality of life. Jillian Carson PT and her team aim to provide a community centre that will enable clients to exercise, together or individually, under… Read more »

GET INVOLVED in Parkinson’s awareness

As we enter the last week of Parkinson’s awareness month (April!), I have to ask; what are YOU doing to draw awareness to this disease? – I had an interesting discussion with a colleague who attended the World Parkinson Congress in Montreal last October. His area of focus is self-care and chronic disease management and it was his first time being… Read more »

Mind, Mood and Parkinson’s: Headway Conference

Last month I attended Headway’s annual conference on cognitive aspects of Parkinson’s disease. The event was wonderfully organized and had a great lineup of speakers! The event started with watching Jillian Carson‘s video submission on her experience with Parkinson’s that won the people’s choice award at WPC 2013 in Montreal. You can watch her video HERE Dr. Gheis did a… Read more »