Programs

Parkinson Association of Alberta offers a variety of programming opportunities for people with Parkinson disease, their care partners and families, and health care professionals.  Our programs fall into four categories; all designed to help people living with and affected by Parkinson's lead a healthy and active life!

 

The following icons indicate which category(ies) a program falls under; you will find them beside each program listing below.

 

            

PD & the Arts          PD & Education     PD & Movement     PD & Social

 

Our current programs are listed below in chronological order.  Unless otherwise indicated, please contact 403-243-9901 for more information or to register.



   Spray Lakes – Movers & Shakers (NEW!)

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Location: 800 Griffin Rd East in Cochrane, AB

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cost: $8 drop in or free with yearly membership ($330)

 

Don’t let the challenges of Parkinson’s stop you from enjoying life to the fullest. In this class you will work on specific movement patterns, muscle stability and mobility, range of motion, balance and fall prevention, cognitive functioning, stress management, as well as gentle strength training and cardio, using a variety of techniques such as boxing, chair aerobics, games/sports, dance, and a heck of a lot of laughter because you never know what we will do next.

To register, call Jo-anne Paulgaard at 587-215-7994.


  Personal Training for Parkinson's

 
Location:  Calgary Jewish Community Centre - 1607 - 90 Ave. SW, Calgary
Cost: 1-on-1 sessions -$70.00/session (discounts available if multiple sessions are purchased)
            OR 2-on-1 sessions - $40.00/session (if you would like to train with a friend!)
 
Do you want to develop your skills and feel a group class is too overwhelming? There are other options! Work with one of Calgary Jewish Community Centre's highly certified personal trainers to reach your own personal strength and fitness goals.
 
To register, contact Rebecca Urbat at 403-444-3159. 
 

  Pool for Parkinson’s

Tuesdays

 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Chill Billiards - 134 13226 Macleod Trail SE
 
Some people believe playing pool is the perfect exercise due to its long periods of rest between activities. Others say they like to play pool because it is a social physical activity that can last for a couple hours.
 
What we know from experience is that our Pool for Parkinson’s players come out, listen to music, laugh, have fun…and most of the time, the balls stay on the table. Why not come out and see for yourself?
For information call Ken at 403-616-4411.
 


   Grizzly Awakens: Boxing Exercise Program

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays | Ongoing classes year-round

Location: Grizzly Cage Boxing and Fitness,  416 28th St NE, Calgary

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM or 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Cost: $15.00/class (members) or $20.00/class (punch pass)

Grizzly Awakens is a boxing-based fitness course with innovative training practices in a supportive, safe and motivating environment.

Remarkably, the elements of a boxer’s training and sport-specific skill development are related to helping participants affected by Parkinson disease (PD) to manage their symptoms. Regular frequency and practice over time, may even slow the disease progression itself. 

Our classes currently serve a wide range of participants with Parkinson's - from people diagnosed with Young Onset, all the way to people who have been living with PD for decades.

We offer two levels and will help you discover which one is most suitable based on your current balance, mobility and fitness.  Our group is warm, fun, welcoming and would love to meet you!   

To learn more, visit www.grizzlycage.com. For any specific questions or to register for the next course please contact darcy@grizzlycage.com or phone Darcy at 403-992-8032.

 


   PWR!MOVES® 

Mondays & Wednesdays | Ongoing Program

Location: 305, 6940 Fisher Road SE, Calgary

Times: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Cost: $25.00 (drop-in fee – 1st Time Free) OR $100.00/month (unlimited)


Recent research in neuroscience demonstrates that exercise and learning approaches that promote aerobics and skill acquisition may protect vulnerable neurons, repair damaged circuits, and optimize function in persons with Parkinson disease (PD).


Dr. Becky Farley is a physical therapist, neuroscientist and Parkinson exercise specialist who developed PWR!Moves® to directly target foundational skills shown by research to become impaired in PD and that interfere with everyday mobility.


Syn.ap.tic has certified PWR!Moves® Therapists who have the skills and knowledge to teach an evidenced based neuro-specific approach in a small group setting or on an individual basis.


For more information or to register, email admin@synaptichealth.ca or call 403-984-4909.



   Yoga for Parkinson’s Session 2

November 7 for 4 weeks

Location: Dubasov Dance & Wellness Studio: 12-6325 12 Street SE, Calgary

Times: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Cost: $40 (members), $65 (non-members)

 

This program is designed for people living with Parkinson disease who have challenges with balance, range of motion and initiation of movement. It incorporates a sequence of movements moving in a chair, while learning breathing techniques, based on traditional yoga theory. The program is created to help participants build social relationships, improve gross and fine motor skills, lengthen and relax muscles, increase breath capacity and facial movements, calm and connect body and mind to improve mental wellness, and increase awareness and body control, including initiation of movement.


To register, contact Parkinson Association of Alberta at 403-243-9901.



   Feldenkrais Method: Awareness Through Movement

Beginning Thursday, October 5 (6 weeks)

Location: Parkinson Association of Alberta: 5636 Burbank Crescent SE, Calgary

Times: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Cost: $60 (members), $85 (non-members)

 

For a person with Parkinson disease, there is a disconnection between the intention to move and the ability to start or complete an action. Routine automatic behaviours, such as those involved in walking, speaking, breathing, swallowing, and facial expression, become difficult or unavailable. Through FELDENKRAIS, people with Parkinson’s discover and implement action patterns that can enhance their functional ability.

In these sessions, Guild Certified FELDENKRAIS practitioner Jennifer Herzog will explain how the Feldenkrais Method influences brain and behaviour through a learning process involving movement exploration, trial and error, and problem-solving.


To register, contact Parkinson Association of Alberta at 403-243-9901.



  Singing & PD

Wednesdays, beginning October 25, 2017 (6 weeks)

Time:  10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Calgary:  River Park Church: 3818 14A Street SW, Calgary
Cost: $65.00 (member) & $80.00 (non-member)

 

Facilitated by Brian Farrell, Vocal Coach & Mentor

Research indicates that singing may help improve some of the speech problems commonly associated with Parkinson disease. Higher vocal loudness and better vocal control have been reported after participating in therapeutic singing. Enjoy a creative music class this spring!! Classes are open to all, regardless of singing experience, and will focus on singing music in unison, singing music in parts and singing music by rote. This season, we will be singing oldie goldies and familiar show tunes.

 

To register, contact Parkinson Alberta at 403-243-9901.

 


  Speech & Swallowing Disorders: Cochrane & Airdrie

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM –12:00 PM
Cochrane:  St. Andrew’s United Church - 128 – 1 St. East, Cochrane
Cost: Free

 

In this session you will learn:

How speech & swallowing can be impacted by Parkinson disease.

What normal speech & swallowing look like & how things change with Parkinson disease.

Things you can do to improve these issues.

When to see a speech-language pathologist to help diagnose and treat problems when they arise.

About treatment strategies and research that is being done in the field of speech-language pathology and Parkinson disease.

Class is facilitated by a Speech Language Pathologist.

 

To register, contact Parkinson Association of Alberta at 403-234-9901.



   Holiday Support Group

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM –12:00 PM
Calgary:  Hope Lutheran Church - 3527 Boulton Rd. NW, Calgary
Cost: Free

 

Feeling like you need to connect this winter before holiday break? As regular occurring support groups slow down during December for holidays, we will be offering a support group for those interested. Please register prior for planning purposes. Volunteers to bring a snack would be greatly appreciated!

 

Seats are limited! To register, contact Parkinson Alberta at 403-243-9901.

 


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