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Benefits and effects of pharmaceutical treatments

31 July 2020

Parkinson Quebec is pleased to offer you the viewing of the conference (french only) on pharmacological treatments delivered at the 2019 Provincial Conference by Dr. Tahar, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC, Neurologist and Head of the Neurology Department of the Hull Hospital, Neuro-Outaouais Clinic.

“Parkinson’s is a host that invites itself into life in inappropriate ways. However, by working together, we can make less room for this embarrassing guest.” Dr. Tahar

His lecture focuses on the progression of the disease. Thus, everyone will have the chance to grasp that at each stage, better support is possible.

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Communication disorders and Parkinson’s disease

30 July 2020

The observed changes in speech are:

❏ Bradykinesia: articulatory movements of the mouth, tongue and lips are slower and less rapid.

❏ Trembling and small repetitive movements of the lips and tongue

❏ Frozen and rigid face that gives the impression that the person speaking has no emotions

❏ Decreased saliva control

❏ Fast speech rate and acceleration: the person speaks very fast and it may seem as if they are stuttering and parts of words are missing.

❏ Palilalia: resembles stuttering due to frequent repetition of syllables in a word (e.g., pa-pa-pa-parachute)Hypokinetic Dysarthria, a speech disorder, can manifest itself in different ways, meaning that the symptoms may differ from one person to another. In addition to changes in speech, the most common symptoms found in hypokinetic dysarthria are as follows:

 Changes in voice

❏ Hoarse and hoarse voice

❏ Monotony and monointensity: the voice is not very melodious or “flat” and is always produced with the same strength (intensity) which also gives the impression that the person speaking has no emotions.

❏ Reduced voice strength: the person does not speak loudly and it can be difficult to hear them

Changes in language

❏ Delay in voice initiation or long pauses that give the impression that the person does not wish to take a turn in the conversation

❏ Difficulty following a conversation

❏ Difficulty remembering words

❏ Difficulties identifying and understanding emotions

❏ Difficulty detecting humor or sarcasm

 

Changes in writing

❏ Micrography (Writing gets smaller and smaller)

❏ Less accurate…

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Workshops to help you cope better with life after lockdown

8 July 2020

You were practically housebound for three months because of the pandemic. Faced with all the constraints that this situation created, you were anxious for things to get back to normal.

But now that the “normal” life has begun, you are anxious to get out of the house. Don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal.

 

Give yourself time

The constraints of the pandemic have prompted you to change your behaviours and habits during containment. You have had to limit your outings, wash your hands all the time…

You also know that the pandemic is not yet completely under control, it may be more difficult for you to change all these behaviours. Give yourself time to dispel this fear.

 

 

You can defeat the fear of deconfinement

You must have experienced other challenges in your life before this pandemic. You were able to overcome them. Then you can overcome this one as well.

In collaboration with various professionals and organizations, Parkinson Québec has set up a platform offering many free online activities.

The end of lockdown does not mean that we are going to close this platform of activities, on the contrary, we know that it is essential for those who are still isolated, those who can’t get around, or those who don’t feel completely ready to “face” physical appointments.

Our desire is to accompany you, to help you stay healthy and keep your morale up in these difficult times.

https://vousavezlepouvoirdagir.parkinsonquebec.ca/

 

Physical activities

Choose from several physical activities that you can practice in the comfort of your own home and sign up to reserve your spot:

  • Gymnastics;
  • Yoga;
  • Meditation;
  • Boxing;
  • Voice training; etc.

You’re sure to find an activity that will please you.

 

Culture and leisure

Without leaving your home, you will be able to carry out many cultural and leisure activities such as :

  • Visit 2500 museums and art galleries around the world;
  • Climb Mont Blanc;
  • Watch…

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Series of 3 new webinars “Together”

2 July 2020

You’re not alone!

We’ve come up with a brand new series of 3 webinars.
Our wish is to give you practical tools to better meet your daily challenges in your domestic, emotional and relational life.

In this series of three (3) one-hour webinars, you will discover that you are not alone in facing certain challenges in your daily life:

 

WEBINAR 1

Learn how to:

  • Manage your energy level so you can do more and better.
  • Move around and change positions (getting out of bed, getting up from a chair, etc.).
  • Prevent falls and what to do in case of a fall.

 

WEBINAR 2

  • Stimulate your ability to organize and plan.
  • Perform certain tasks at home more easily and safely (bathroom, dressing, bedroom, maintenance, etc.).
  • Mealtime strategies.

 

WEBINARY 3

  • Strategies to promote better sleep.
  • Manage stress and stimulate your memory and concentration.
  • Manage the effects of aging and changes in your abilities.
    Relax and unwind!

And much more…

 

DATES AND TIMES

  • Webinar 1: Monday, July 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Webinar 2: Monday, August 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Webinar 3: Monday, September 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

All webinars are free of charge, online and live.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

We understand that although the challenges may be similar, your situation is unique!

The week following each webinar, an specialist of “l’Espace Ergo”will lead two (2) one-hour sessions to answer all your questions!
This will help you better apply the tips and tricks to your situation.

Space is limited!
Selected participants will be informed as soon as possible.

 

REGISTRATION

Participate in the activity by clicking on the blue button below.
One (1) registration per person.
Hurry up and spread the word!

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Les Chevaliers de Colomb have committed themselves to Parkinson Quebec

30 June 2020

Parkinson Québec is pleased to announce its most recent partnership with the “Chevaliers de Colomb”.

The “Chevaliers de Colomb” is a non-profit charitable organization, dedicated to charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. Their mission is to help organizations in need of support or assistance. To this end, they choose every 2 years (each time the mandate of the State Deputy changes) and for a period of 2 years, a cause for which they are committed.

It is with great enthusiasm and kindness that Mr. Richard Paratte, State Deputy of the “Chevaliers de Colomb”, who took office on July 1, 2020, announced the name of the organization chosen for the next two years.

The Women’s Committee of the “Chevaliers de Colomb” under the chairmanship of Mrs. France Paratte has chosen Parkinson Québec as its cause for the next two years.

Working together in a spirit of mutual aid and driven by the common goal of helping their fellow human beings, this new partnership will allow members of the Order to help Quebecers whose lives are touched by Parkinson’s disease by raising funds, contributing to awareness campaigns, supporting research and also by improving the visibility of the services offered by Parkinson Québec.

 

Mr. Paratte and his wife are already intimate with the disease since their family is directly affected by Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is part of the lives of more than 25,000 people in Québec. It is a disease that affects not only the daily lives of patients but also their spouses, families, friends and colleagues.
In total, more than 100,000 people in Québec are affected by the incapacitating effects of this disease.

Mr. Paratte and his spouse therefore called on all members of the Quebec districts of the “Chevaliers de Colomb” to help Parkinson’s Québec’s mission through their participation in the fundraising activities they will be organizing…

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