Opportunity to participate in a Statistics Canada Survey: How the pandemic is affecting people who have a long-term condition or disability

Have you faced challenges as a person with Parkinson’s during the pandemic? Statistics Canada is conducting a survey to learn more about how the pandemic is affecting people who have a long-term condition or disability. This information will be used by government organizations to evaluate the delivery of health and social services and economic support, and to ensure best practices are adopted when reopening workplaces and public spaces. Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes. Caregivers may also respond on behalf of someone who cannot participate on their own.

Survey is open now through July 6th.

If you are interested in participating, please visit: http://statcan.gc.ca/covid-series-e

Sunovion Announces Health Canada Approval of KYNMOBI™ (apomorphine hydrochloride) Soluble Film for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease OFF Episodes

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Sunovion) announced today that Health Canada has approved KYNMOBI™ (apomorphine HCI) soluble film for the acute, intermittent treatment of OFF episodes in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). OFF episodes are the re- or worsening of PD symptoms otherwise controlled with oral levodopa/carbidopa. They may be characterized, in part, by tremor, stiffness, slowed movement or other symptoms. These disruptive episodes can occur any time throughout the day and get worse as the disease progresses. KYNMOBI was previously approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 21, 2020.

“As the disease progresses patients with Parkinson’s are faced with challenging and disruptive OFF episodes that come with impaired mobility,” said Karen Lee, PhD, CEO of Parkinson Canada. “Today’s Health Canada approval is an important step forward for people living with Parkinson’s disease, as they now have more options that can help manage the effects of OFF episodes as they occur.”

to read the entire press release, visit https://news.sunovion.com/press-releases/

Man with Parkinson’s disease refuses to give up on dream of sailing
July 18, 2019 || CTV News Toronto

As they prepare to set sail, Steve Van Vlaenderen takes his time.

“Physically, I’m a lot slower on the boat so I’m a lot more cautious,” he tells CTV News Toronto.

That’s because he is living with Parkinson’s disease and his motor skills are deteriorating.

Van Vleanderen was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease back in 2011.

Riding for a cure
July 15, 2019 || Belleville Intelligencer

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY – Cyclists spun their wheels in Prince Edward County this past weekend for a cure at Pedal for Parkinson’s.

Pedal for Parkinson’s is an annual three-day cycling event where participants and donors raise funds to help fight Parkinson’s disease. Since beginning in 2011, the Pedal for Parkinson’s fundraiser originally took place in Parry Sound. Jim Redmond and Krista Simonett have recently taken up the position as the head organizers for the event and 2019 if the first year for it taking place in Prince Edward County.

Michael J Fox Foundation’s Big Strides in Parkinson’s Research: “We are much closer to finding a cure”
November 13, 2018 || YouAreUNLTD Magazine

As the spotlight-seeking keener he portrayed as Alex P. Keaton on the 1980s sitcom Family Ties, Michael J. Fox seared his boyish good looks and infectious energy into the minds and hearts of millions. Today, the 57-year-old is parlaying his enduring popularity into an even greater role – mobilizing patients and researchers to bring an end to Parkinson’s disease, which affects one in 100 people over age 60.

Lows in Motion 2018 – fond farewell to a major Canadian fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease
November 12, 2018 || Parkinson Canada News

On Saturday, November 3rd, the Lows in Motion organizing committee welcomed yet another sellout crowd to Saskatoon’s Prairieland Park to celebrate its 10th – and final – anniversary.

Lows in Motion’s mission has always been twofold: raise funds to support Parkinson Canada, and shed light on what it means to live with Parkinson’s disease. Founded by Travis Low in honour of his grandfather, more than 9,000 people have attended his fundraiser over the years.

We at Parkinson Canada are honoured to be the chosen donor recipient for this event. Since 2009, Lows in Motion has raised an impressive $650,000 in net proceeds for our organization.
Listen to the video prepared by Joyce Gordon, CEO of Parkinson Canada, to acknowledge the dedication of Travis Low, along with all the volunteers who make it happen!

To view the video, click here.

The Fix – One Peel nursing home took a gamble on fun, life and love.
June 21, 2018 || The Toronto Star

One Peel long-term care home transformed its dementia unit with a radical pilot program. The simple approach threatens to upend the status quo. A 4-part series looking a transformed long-term care home, with a new model for patients with dementia.