The following are resources available free of charge from Parkinson Canada. You may also request copies through, 1-800-565-3000, or by contacting your regional Parkinson office. Your regional Parkinson Canada office will also have books, videos and other resources on a variety of topics related to Parkinson’s.

For people with Parkinson's
For Caregivers
For Health Professionals


For People with Parkinson's

Parkinson's: The Facts Progression of Parkinson's disease 10 Steps to help you cope with a diagnosis of Parkinson's

Parkinson's: The Facts 

Parkinson's medications - What you need to know!

Progression of Parkinson's Disease

10 steps to help you cope with Parkinson's disease


Exercises for people with Parkinson's Where to get the help you need How you can get a better night's sleep

What you can do to prevent and relieve constipation

Exercises for People with Parkinson's

Where to get the help you need

How you can get a better night's sleep


A guide to the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease Multiple System Atrophy
A Guide to the Non-Motor Symptoms of PD

Multiple System Atrophy 




For Caregivers

How you can be a supportive caregiver Effective communication in Parkinson's Effective communication with a person with Parkinson's experiencing cognitive changes Responding to aggressive behaviour from a person with dementia

How you can be a supportive caregiver

Effective communication in Parkinson's

Effective communication with a person with Parkinson's experiencing cognitive changes

Responding to aggressive behaviour from a person with dementia


For Health Professionals

A Physician's guide to non motor symptoms
What you need to know about Parkinson's - for health care staff at long term care facilities
Parkinson Clinical Guidelines
Physician Guide to Non-motor symptoms of PD

What You Need to Know About PD: information for Health Care Staff at Long-term Care Facilities

Accredited Online Learning Module

Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson's disease


Brochures/Pamphlets (PDF format)

New resources available for Young Onset Parkinson’s developed by Mike Ravenek, PhD, through a Parkinson Canada research grant.

Young Onset Parkinson's Disease - Advice for Those Newly Diagnosed

Advice for Physicians from Individuals Living with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease

Disability Claims Under Insurance Policies »

When symptoms of Parkinson’s interfere with employment, workplace disability insurance benefits may be an option, but there may be a lot of work involved. This is a general guide or ‘how to’ apply for disability insurance claims.

Parkinson's Patient Summary »
This is designed to help you track your typical daily routine, fluctuations, and symptoms in an effort to communicate them clearly upon your next visit to your specialist.

A Guide to the Non Motor Symptoms of Parkinson's »
When you visit your doctor, how often do you focus on the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s, but don’t mention the non-motor symptoms? Now a new tool, A Guide to the Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, will help you and your doctor identify the symptoms and best treatment plan. The new patient-friendly booklet is based on research funded in part by Parkinson Canada.

Physical Activity Resource »

Research Highlights 2011-2013 »
Parkinson Canada strives to make an impact on the Canadian Parkinson's research community by working as investors in Canadian Parkinson's research potential. By funding meaningful and innovative projects and promising young researchers in their professional development, PSC aims to encourage continued growth and revitalization in the fields of Parkinson's research in Canada.

Research Highlights 2010-2011 »

Parkinson's: The Facts »
The first thing people hear about Parkinson’s is complicated medical language. It’s often confusing and a little frightening. Here are the simple facts about Parkinson’s in a way everyone can understand.

Progression of Parkinson's Disease »
Parkinson’s can progress at a different rate for each person. As symptoms change, medication will need to be adjusted. As the disease progresses, non-motor symptoms may also appear, such as depression, difficulty swallowing, sexual problems or cognitive changes.

10 steps to help you cope with Parkinson's disease »
You’ve just received a diagnosis of Parkinson’s. You leave your doctor’s office with questions, and you wonder what comes next. The first step is to start thinking about a plan to get information and support to help make informed decisions about your future. Here are 10 steps to consider.

Where to get the help you need »
It can be difficult to ask for help. Now you may find you can’t do all the things you used to, and you may be worried about the future. If you need it, help is available.

Exercises for People with Parkinson's »
Having Parkinson’s does not mean you should sit down and stop being active. Actually the opposite is true. Exercise, which includes being active, stretching, practicing good posture and doing specific exercises, should be a key component of your daily life.

Parkinson's medications - What you need to know! »
This information sheet will help you understand what types of medication are available to treat your Parkinson’s symptoms, the potential side effects, and the importance of working closely with your health care professional.

How you can get a better night's sleep »
At one time or another, everyone has trouble getting a good night’s sleep. However, if you’re a person with Parkinson’s, you might frequently experience fatigue and lack of sleep as part of your condition.

What you can do to prevent and relieve constipation »
For the majority of people with Parkinson’s, constipation can be a major problem. There are certain dietary and lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent constipation.

How you can be a supportive caregiver »
You probably clearly remember the day when someone close to you was told “You have Parkinson’s disease”. Now you are considering how you can develop your role as an effective caregiver/ carepartner to this person with Parkinson’s »

Information for Health Care Staff at Long-Term Care Facilities »
From time to time, you will be dealing with residents who have a neurological disorder called Parkinson’s. Your interest in learning more about the unique characteristics of this disease will help you understand and better meet the special needs of your Parkinson’s residents and their families. Includes tip sheet:Caring for Residents with Parkinson's in Long-Term Care Facilities.

Multiple System Atrophy »
Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) falls into the category of Atypical Parkinsonism, or Parkinson plus syndrome, a group of diseases linked to a lack of dopamine in the brain.

Parkinson Canada's National Research Program »
Since 1981, Parkinson Canada has invested about $16 million in Canadian Parkinson’s research, granting over 300 graduate student awards, basic research fellowships, clinical fellowships, pilot project grants, and new investigator awards.

Stem cell research and Parkinson's disease »
This document has been prepared to help you become more informed about stem cell research. It is designed to answer questions about the status of stem cell research in relation to Parkinson’s disease and what is currently known about therapies.

Parkinson's Disease: Social and Economic Impact »
A better understanding of the full impact of Parkinson’s will ultimately result in better and more efficient use of the Canadian health care system and improved quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s.

From the Nurses Desk

Articles written by our own Parkinson's expert, Sandie Jones.

Bang for Your Buck Protein

Bad Day or Depression


Freezing and Falls

Platypi and Parkinsonisms

Restless Leg Syndrome

Thou Shalt Exercise

When Your “Get-up-and-go” Leaves You Behind: Apathy

When You’re in Trouble with Urine Troubles

When it's a Hard Issue to Swallow

Fact Sheets

The following fact sheets are based on those created by Parkinson Society British Columbia; reprinted with permission.

Apathy and Parkinson's

Balancing and Falling

Bathroom and Safety


Bowel Management Program

Caregiving Grieving and Loss

Caring in the Family

Clinical Trials

Cognitive Health

Communication Challenges in Parkinson's

Dental Care

Depression and Anxiety

Lewy Body Dementia


Enhancing Communication


In Home Safety Check

Information for Teens about Parkinson's

Living Alone with Parkinson's

Levodopa, Protein and Medication

Non-medical Management of Low Blood Pressure

Nutrition and Parkinson's

Parkinson's and Driving

Parkinson's and Travelling

Parkinson & Dementia

Parkinson's, Dementia and Reactive Behaviour

Parkinson's, Dementia and Special Communications Challenges

Personal Care

Planning with Parkinson's

Preparing for a Medical Appointment

Saliva and Drooling

Sleep & Fatigue

Speech Problems and Parkinson's

Stiffness and Slowness


Talking About Abuse

Talking to Children about Parkinson's



Voice and Parkinson's


Your Health Care Team and How to Access It