This week we welcomed guests Pam A. and Katie V. from Parkinson Alberta who shared information about Parkinson Alberta and the services it offers.
 

What is Parkinson disease?

  • First described by James Parkinson in 1817 in “An Essay on Shaking Palsy”
  • It affects 1 in 100 individuals over the age of 60
  • It is a neurodegenerative condition
  • It affects the production of dopamine in the brain
Symptoms can include:
  • Tremor at rest
  • Bradykinesia (slowness of movement)
  • Muscle rigidity (stiffness)
  • Must have two of the three symptoms
 
•Over the past 7 years Parkinson Alberta has contributed over half a million dollars to Parkinson’s research.
•3 research projects Parkinson Alberta has contributed research monies to include:
•Dr Patrick Flood.  Focused on determining the role of inflammation in PD and how can affecting the change in that inflammation alter progression of the disorder.
•Dr Janis Miyasaki.  Focused on advanced care planning involving learning about the types of healthcare decisions that might need to be made for the future, thinking about those decisions ahead of time, and letting others know about preferences.
•Dr Forkert.  Focused on developing and evaluating new image processing methods, and software tools for the analysis of medical images.
 
Services
•Parkinson Alberta offers singing classes that include 6 sessions, $65 for Members, $70 for non-members

Research indicates that singing can help improve some speech problems commonly associated with Parkinson's.  Higher vocal loudness and better vocal control have been reported after participating in therapeutic singing. 

The PD Helpline provides information for people with Parkinson’s, care partners, students, employers, and health care professionals

Events

  • Twice a year, Parkinson Alberta presents our Parkinson Alberta Grows Campaign to raise funds and awareness for Albertans living with Parkinson’s and their loved ones.This March, Parkinson Alberta sold beautiful Canadian-grown red parrot tulips and chocolate tulip lollipops and raised over $10,600 in Calgary!In November, our Parkinson Alberta Grows Campaign will feature mini red poinsettias.
  • Save the Date to ‘set your course’ for support at our 25th Annual Tulip Golf Tournament.Enjoy lunch, followed by a fun day of golf with on-course whisky tastings and more! Our evening program includes a cocktail reception and dinner followed by silent and live auctions and a performance by Calgary’s own Heebee Jeebee’s!
  • FLEXXAIRE PARKINSON STEP 'N STRIDE is Parkinson Alberta’s largest annual fundraising effort to provide the services that make every day better for those with PD and the people who care for them.Fundraising event with wine and food tasting, silent and live auctions and more!Co-hosted by the Champions of Hope Committee October 22nd at J. Webb Wine Market