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Health Bulletin : Taking medication

2 September 2016

A complex reality

Managing medication is a complex role that often falls on a caregiver. It can mean going to the pharmacy, remind the person the time to take the medication or to help the person manage the side effects and interactions with other drugs.
Whether to save time, ease the management of the medication or to prevent omissions, here are some general tips to help you with this sometimes complex aspect of your role as a caregiver:

  • Always keep in your possession an updated list of medication, including natural health products.
  • Most pharmacies offer a delivery service, often free for seniors. You can also save some time by using the phone or online renewal service.
  • In order to facilitate identification, you can ask that the labels for drugs to be printed in large characters.
  • To prevent oversight or mistakes, Dispill medication distribution system may be a good solution. It’s a disposable pill dispenser, prepared by the pharmacist, where each dose is sealed individually.
  • If your loved one takes medication that is not in a pill form (pump, dermal patch, cream), place it near its pill dispenser to help the person to remember to take it.
  • If you work outside the house or have to leave the house during the day, you can program an alarm on your cell phone (or alarm clock or computer) for each time a medication needs to be taken. A simple phone call to the person you are helping, to remind her to take the medication, will reassure you.
  • Never change the medication without discussing with your doctor first.
  • If you suspect a medication over-consumption or under-consumption problem for your loved one, talk to the pharmacist. He can evaluate the situation and suggest adapted solutions.
  • Certain medication may affect behavior and increase…

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Only a week left before the webinar on exercise!

We are only a week away from the broadcast of our first Daily living webinar on exercise, which will be held on September 14th!

This event will be presented in French, but we are currently working on an English version which will debut in February 2017.

How I can register and participate to this event?
You can register online through the website of The Caregiver Network.
You can watch these videos for more help (in French):

– How to subscribe and register to an event?
– How to connect to an event?

If you don’t have access to a computer or if you have difficulty with technology, you can join a viewing group near you. Click here to consult the list of viewing groups.

How can physical activity help people affected by Parkinson’s disease?
The movement disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease limit people’s physical capabilities. However, it has been shown that physical activity, combined with medication can help improve some of the symptoms. Unfortunately, people with the disease are often sedentary, because they feel that the movement disorders limit their capacity to be physically active.

Our second webinar will try to answer the following question: what exercises can help combat the movement disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease?

The objective of this conference is to help people understand the benefits and the importance of physical activity when fighting this disease, and also the negative impacts of inactivity. This webinar will be an excellent way to guide people with the disease and help their caregiver to choose the best activities for them.

Presented by Professor Julie Messier Ph. D
Professor Julie Messier is a teacher in the kinesiology department at Université de Montréal. Initially a kinesiologist, Mrs. Messier is also a researcher with a specialty in neurosciences…

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Special newsletter – Webinars

17 August 2016

Here is our special newsletter for our Webinars : click here to read.

Please note that all of the web conferences mentionned will be presented in French, but we are currently working on English versions which will debut in February 2017.

 

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Our first webinar is now available in replay!

12 August 2016

The first session of our Daily living Webinar is now available in replay on The Caregiver Network‘s web site. You can also join a viewing group near you. To find out more about the list of groups, please click here!

This event will be presented in French, but we are currently working on English version which will debut in February 2017.

The goal of this webinar is to learn more about the recent available drugs in Quebec, such as Neupro and DuoDopa. This conference will explain the action mechanisms of these drugs, whose form is different than the usual tablets.

This session is presented by Dr. Chouinard, a neurologist specialized in movement disorders and the co-director of the Unité des troubles du movement André-Barbeau of CHUM.

Don’t forget to register for our 2nd session of Webinars on The Caregiver Network‘s web site. We will be talking about how physical activities may help patients affected by Parkinson’s disease.

 

For more information :
Claudie Noël
Project manager, Parkinson Québec
cnoel@parkinsonquebec.ca
514 861.4422, poste 222

 

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Only a week left before the medication webinar!

1 August 2016

We are only a week away from the broadcast of our first Daily living webinar on new medications, which be held on August 10!

This event will be presented in French, but we are currently working on English version which will debut in February 2017.

You can register online through the website of The Caregiver Network.

You can also join a viewing group near you. To find out more about the list of groups, please click here!

What are the recent drugs available in Quebec to treat Parkinson’s disease?

In Quebec, many different types of drugs are available on the market to manage Parkinson’s disease’s symptoms. However, some of them are not well known.

The goal of this webinar is to learn more about the recent available drugs in Quebec, such as Neupro and DuoDopa. This conference will explain the action mechanisms of these drugs, whose form is different than the usual tablets.

Presented by Sylvain Chouinard, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Chouinard is a neurologist specialized in movement disorders. He completed his medical training at Université de Montréal, where he is currently an associate professor. He also completed a fellow in movement disorders at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. Following his studies, Dr. Chouinard founded the Unité des troubles du movement André-Barbeau à the Hôtel-Dieu – CHUM, where he is currently co-director.

In the research department, Dr. Chouinard is interested in the diagnostic and treatment of Parkinson’s disease as well as their efficiency. He also studies the genetic aspect of Parkinson’s disease and various movement disorders.

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