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Webinar: Managing Anxiety 

16 April 2020

The COVID pandemic may cause stress, anxiety or even fear. People living with Parkinson’s disease are particularly sensitive to these reactions.

During this one-hour webinar, Sophie Lecours, Consultant to Caregivers at Parkinson’s Montreal-Laval and Romain Rigal, Director of Programs and Services at Parkinson’s Québec, will discuss with you the importance of these symptoms in this crisis situation and ways to deal with them.

▶️ Monday, April 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM ◀️
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Nutrition Month: Do you know how to eat well?

21 February 2020

In celebration of Nutrition Month, Dietitians of Canada are organizing a campaign.

The idea is to encourage you to think not only about what you eat, but also about how you eat it…

Healthy eating is more than just food!

Nutrition and Parkinson

Having Parkinson’s disease does not mean that you have to have a special diet. It is especially important to continue to eat well, while maintaining a balanced diet.

This behaviour allows :

  • to reach a good nutritional state;
  • maintain or achieve a healthy weight;
  • maintain an optimal energy level;
  • maintain adequate muscle strength;
  • reduce susceptibility to infections.

 

The pleasure of eating

Another aspect related to food that is often neglected is the pleasure of eating. There are all
sorts of ways to stimulate the appetite:

  • present attractive dishes – eat with your eyes first;
    eating in good company;
  • season dishes well (herbs, spices, sauces, etc.);
  • eat more frequently, eat small meals and supplement with nutritious snacks;
  • promote nutritious and energetic foods by enriching, if necessary, dishes with cream, salt, sugar, saltwater, or other ingredients.
  • butter, margarine, mayonnaise, honey, molasses, syrup;
  • if necessary, take multivitamin and mineral supplements, meal replacements such as Ensure, Carnation Instant Breakfast, Boost, Resource, Nubasics, in the form of pudding, beverage, or bar.

 

Constipation problems

Constipation is a common problem in
people with Parkinson’s disease.
Among the causes:

  • decreased appetite
  • lack of exercise
  • drug side effects
  • effects of the disease on the intestines

To maintain regularity, increase your
water intake and your fibre intake and
be more active!

Tips and tricks:

  • Drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluids a day:
    soup, juice, milk, water.
  • Avoid coffee or alcoholic beverages.
  • Favour foods with a high fibre content:
    bran, whole grain breads and cereals, fruit and vegetables.
    vegetables and beans, dried peas and lentils.
  • Consult your doctor if constipation
    persists.

Drugs and nutrition

Conference on “Walking in the Rain” organized by Parkinson Quebec under the honorary presidency of…

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Our Winter 2020 Newsletter is finally here!

11 February 2020

Good news! You can now read our Winter 2020 Newsletter.

Click here to learn more about what is going on this winter in Parkinson Montréal-Laval.

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Better quality of life and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?

5 February 2020

What are the factors associated with improved quality of life and reduced symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?

 

It is often said that Parkinson’s disease is incurable, progressive and degenerative. Many negative words that still hide a very diverse reality. The speed of progression of the disease varies enormously between people. This variability can be explained by internal factors (for example, their genetic capital), but also by external factors, such as their lifestyle habits, therapies, social choices, etc.

 

It’s all about factors

Some of these factors are known, such as physical exercise, healthy eating and social involvement. However, in order to improve their quality of life and reduce the impact of their symptoms, people living with Parkinson’s disease need to have more precise indications on the behaviours to adopt.

While waiting for the drugs that will cure the disease, a team of researchers in the United States has set out to clearly identify these factors. We warmly invite you to participate in their online survey, which should take an hour. Afterwards, if you wish to continue in their study, you will be able to fill out the survey again, which will evaluate the progression of your disease and your new habits.

 

Participate to this survey (only in english)

http://bit.ly/EnquetePDMieuxVivre

In the coming months, we will be taking stock of what we know about the subject. Follow our next newsletters.

 

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Become a decision-maker!

Decide which research projects are relevant to you.

Today, billions of dollars are being invested around the world to better understand the mechanisms underlying Parkinson’s disease, and potentially find new avenues for drug development.
These research projects on causes, biomarkers and medical treatments must be conducted and provide answers as quickly as possible.
While waiting for these results, the disease imposes its burden on patients and their loved ones while there are health interventions that have not yet been deployed but have the potential to improve the situation of those affected.

 

This year Parkinson Québec will fund pilot projects that have the potential to have a direct and short-term impact on the situation of people affected by the disease.

In order to be funded, these projects will be reviewed by committees of scientific peers, but who better than you to know the relevance of these future projects.
You can become an active member of the Quebec Parkinson’s community by joining the committee of patients/family members who will evaluate the relevance of the submitted projects.

 

What is expected of you on this committee?

  • Take a two-hour online training course on research fundamentals…
  • Read about 20 project summaries of 2 pages each.
  • Give your opinion on the relevance of the projects during a telephone meeting.
  • Vote for the most relevant projects.
  • To register, fill out the following form and we will contact you shortly. No minimum level of education is required, nor prior experience.

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