Living With Parkinsons

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Parkinson Niagara now on Twitter!

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM

August 1, 2013 - Parkinson Niagara is now on Twitter!  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook from the links at the top of the home page!

You Have Just Been Diagnosed with Parkinson's, Now What?

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM

You Have Just Been Diagnosed with Parkinson's, Now What?  First, don't panic. Go ahead and get mad, throw a fit, cry for a while, then get over it and get on with your life. It's just Parkinson's disease, it won't kill you. It could be a lot worse, you could have cancer.

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Parkinsons Rehab Centre coming to Niagara

Posted on June 2, 2013 at 3:55 PM

May 13, 2013 - The Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre has announced the formation of the Steve Ludzik Centre for Parkinsons Rehab.

The new center is named after Niagara Falls resident and former NHL hockey player and coach, Steve Ludzik.  He was diagnosed and has been living with Parkinsons for about twelve years.

Ludzik and St.Catharines Member of Parliament, Rick Dykstra, have collectively provided nearly $85,000 in seed money to start the new local health center of excellence.

The new multi-disciplinary rehabilitation program for Parkinson’s patients will include: occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech language. The facility and program is the first of its kind for Parkinsons patients in Niagara.

Ludzik and a volunteer committee of organizers host an annual celebrity roast while Dykstra facilitates an annual "Hockey Night in St.Catharines"  event.  Both events are used to raise funds for local charities and Ludzik and Dykstra elected to pool and donate the proceeds from the previous events to facilitate the new center.  They have announced that they will continue to help fund the new center with the proceeds of future events.

The 2013 Steve Ludsik Celebrity Roast will take place on Friday, August 9 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.  Rick Dykstra's "Hockey Night in St.Catharines" will take place Saturday, August 10 at Jack Gatecliffe Arena in St.Catharines.  For more information and tickets, see Exstream Roasts.

For more information about the new Steve Ludzik Centre for Parkinsons Rehab, see Hotel Dieu Press Release.

Spring Website Refreshing

Posted on June 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

The Parkinson Niagara website is undergoing a "spring refreshment" for the next few weeks.

During this time, users may noticed inconsistencies with the esthetics.  All of the information and resources will continue to be displayed.

The improvements to this site are as a result of feedback that has come in from the users.  Most of those that visit this site are Parkinsons patients and many of them are seniors.  As such, one of the major changes will be to the fonts.  We have changed the font type and sized it up so as to make the information more readable.

We welcome any feedback about this site and would be glad to consider suggestion for improvements.  Please feel free to contact us with your feedback and suggestions.

Thanks so much.

J Mark Robinson, Site Manager

Parkinson's alters your sense of yourself: Andy Barrie

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Former radio personality Andy Barrie, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease nearly a decade ago, says one of the biggest challenges with his illness is “the disconnect between who you are and what people see.”

In a candid discussion with Dr. Marla Shapiro, Barrie spoke openly about how he has dealt with the disease, including having to carefully moderate his diet and medication schedule in order to get through an interview.

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Bridges brings healthy living to south Niagara

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Bridges Community Health Care Centre is one of Ontario's seventy-three community based health care centres.  Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, they utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to delivering health care to local communities.

Although many services are open to anyone, Bridges CHC specializes in providing support to of individuals and families with low incomes, newcomers to Canada, seniors, children and youth.

Bridges offers the services of doctors, nurses (NPs and RNs), physiotherapists, social workers, dietitions and other professionals.  Although many of these services are reserved to rostered patients of the Health Care Centre, there are many programs offered to the general public.

Some programs that may be beneficial to Parkinsons patients and caregivers includes:  Caregiver Support Network, Chronic Pain Support Group, Demystifying Depression Workshop, Mindful Living Program and others.

Each Community Health Care Centre services a specific geographical area.  Bridges serves the south Niagara communities of Fort Erie, Port Colborne and Wainfleet.

For more information, see the Niagara Resources page. (Link on main menu bar at top of page)

Parkinson 101 Workshop

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Have you been diagnosed with Parkinson's and don't know what to do next?  If so, this education program is designed just for you and your care-giver(s).  The workshop is held over 3 consecutive weekly sessions.

New Series begins November 6, 2012!  See Events for details.


Patients Pedal Past Parkinsons

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM

01Apr10 - ABC News - Just a few minutes of bicycling creates lasting improvements in motor functions.

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Video: Michael J Fox returns to TV

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM

21Aug12 - CNN - Television star and Parkinson's sufferer and advocate Michael J Fox returns to television in the Fall of 2012!  The new sitcom will feature Fox playing a role as a father with Parkinson's.

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Video: Boxing good therapy for Parkinsons patients

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM

23May12 - CTV - At the Cummings Centre in Montreal, Parkinsons patients are battling the disease with boxing. Brian Wilde has more on boxing therapy.

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Easing Depression In Parkinson's Patients Without Worsening Other Symptoms

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 12:25 AM

13Apr12 - Medical News Today - Today's anti-depressant medications can ease depression in Parkinson's patients without worsening other symptoms of the disease, according to a study published online in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Eating Flavonoids Protects Men Against Parkinson's Disease

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM

04Apr12 - ScienceDaily — Men who eat flavonoid-rich foods such as berries, tea, apples and red wine significantly reduce their risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to new research by Harvard University and the University of East Anglia.

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Smart phone app for Parkinsons patients

Posted on March 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

24Mar12 - University of Calgary - Do you need to find the best restaurant in town? There’s an app for that. What about the latest snow report? There’s an app for that! What about if you have Parkinson’s disease and you’re working on improving your walking abilities? Guess what? Yes, there’s an app for that too.

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Parkinson's, Doubled By REM Sleep Disorder

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM

15Mar12 - Medical News Today - People with symptoms suggesting rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder, or RBD, have twice the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or Parkinson's disease within four years of diagnosis with the sleep problem, compared with people without the disorder, a Mayo Clinic study has found.

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Parkinson's patients test video games as therapy

Posted on March 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM

13Mar12 - CNET News - Physical therapy can ease symptoms of Parkinson's and may delay progression of the disease. Now, cutting-edge tech is transforming everyday therapy into entertaining exercises.

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Early detection of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 10:30 PM

27Feb12 - Oslo, Norway - A new joint European research project aims to improve diagnostics for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to detect the diseases as early as possible.

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Parkinson's 101

Posted on February 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM

What is Parkinsons disease?  What range of symptoms are part of Parkinson's disease?  How is Parkinson's disease diagnosed?  Find out the answers to these and many other questions in Parkinson's 101.

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Study: Weight Training Improves Parkinson's Symptoms

Posted on February 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM

16Feb12 - New Orleans/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research suggests weight training for two years significantly improves the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease compared to other forms of exercise such as stretching and balance exercises.

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Iron Intake In Teen Years Can Impact Brain In Later Life

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

13Jan12 - Iron is a popular topic in health news. Doctors prescribe it for medical reasons, and it's available over the counter as a dietary supplement. And while it's known that too little iron can result in cognitive problems, it's also known that too much promotes neurodegenerative diseases.

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Treating Parkinson's At Its Inception

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 2:25 PM

18Jan12 - Imagine if doctors could spot Parkinson's disease at its inception and treat the protein that triggers it before the disease can sicken the patient.

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