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 on 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 780-425-6400 for more information or to register 

 

 Speaker Series:  PD & Massage

November TBD

Time:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Edmonton: PAA Edmonton Office, 11209-86 St.
Cost: Free
*Mark your calendar and Pre-register for this Speakers Series.  More details to come!
 

  PD & Boxing (in partnership with Avenue Boxing) - Session 1

Mondays and Wednesdays, October 2 - November 13 (6 weeks)*

Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Edmonton:  Avenue Boxing Club - 8812 118 Ave
Cost: $150 (members), $160 (non-members). Payments made at PAA office.
 
For people with PD this boxing class will focus on fast action exercises to build strength, power, flexibility and balance.  A $10 annual membership to Boxing Canada is required and may be purchased at the club along with gloves and hand wraps at $42
*Please note – New participants will take part in a short assessment at the boxing club.
*A minimum of 12 participants required, maximum of 14 participants. 
 
Instructor: Gaspar Bonomo, boxing coach
*no class October 9
 

  PD & Boxing (in partnership with Avenue Boxing) - Session 2

Mondays and Wednesdays, November 15 - December 27 (6 weeks)*

Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Edmonton:  Avenue Boxing Club - 8812 118 Ave
Cost: $150 (members), $160 (non-members). Payments made at PAA office.
 
For people with PD this boxing class will focus on fast action exercises to build strength, power, flexibility and balance.  A $10 annual membership to Boxing Canada is required and may be purchased at the club along with gloves and hand wraps at $42
*Please note – New participants will take part in a short assessment at the boxing club.
*A minimum of 12 participants required, maximum of 14 participants. 
 
Instructor: Gaspar Bonomo, boxing coach.  
*no class December 25


  Thinking, Memory and Concentration

Mondays, November 5 - December 18, 2017 (6 weeks)

Time:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Edmonton:  PAA Edmonton Office 11209 86 St
Cost: $40 (members), $50 (non-members)
 
This 6-week program will offer you the opportunity to train your cognitive skills in a supportive environment. The cognitive skills of interest will include concentration, attention, reasoning, creativity, and the various forms of memory. 

  PD & Massage – Drop In Service   

November 15

Time: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Edmonton:  PAA Edmonton Office 11209 86 St NW
Cost: Free
 
MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy is offering free massage for those with Parkinson’s.   Help massage students gain valuable experience treating those with PD and enjoy the benefits of massage!
No Appointment needed – Just show up. Open to people with Parkinson’s and their care partners.
 

  PWR!™ (Parkinson Wellness Recovery) - Level 1, Level 2, & PWR! Circuit™ Session 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 17 - November 23 (6 weeks) 

Moves Level 1: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Moves Level 2: 11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Circuit: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Edmonton:  PAA Edmonton Office 11209 86 St
Cost: $130 (members), $140 (non-members)
 
PWR!™ Moves and Circuit is a class designed to help you move better, think faster, feel more confident and energetic. Participants must be able to get onto the ground and up again with minimal assistance. 
*Minimum 10 participants per class.
Instructor: Margaret Orr. Margaret has been have been a coach in baseball, basketball, and flag football for over 30 years. She is an instructor for the Strathcona County, in both the water and in the gym. Many of you will remember Margaret as she has substituted for Lisa. 
Click to watch this PWR! video: https://www.youtube.com/user/exercise4brainchange
 

  PD & Massage – Drop In Service   

November 22

Time: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Edmonton:  PAA Edmonton Office 11209 86 St NW
Cost: Free
 
MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy is offering free massage for those with Parkinson’s.   Help massage students gain valuable experience treating those with PD and enjoy the benefits of massage!
No Appointment needed – Just show up. Open to people with Parkinson’s and their care partners.
 

  PWR!™ (Parkinson Wellness Recovery) - Level 1, Level 2, & PWR! Circuit™ Session 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 17 - November 23 (6 weeks) 

Moves Level 1: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Moves Level 2: 11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Circuit: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Edmonton:  PAA Edmonton Office 11209 86 St
Cost: $130 (members), $140 (non-members)
 
PWR!™ Moves and Circuit is a class designed to help you move better, think faster, feel more confident and energetic. Participants must be able to get onto the ground and up again with minimal assistance. 
*Minimum 10 participants per class.
Instructor: Margaret Orr. Margaret has been have been a coach in baseball, basketball, and flag football for over 30 years. She is an instructor for the Strathcona County, in both the water and in the gym. Many of you will remember Margaret as she has substituted for Lisa. 
Click to watch this PWR! video: https://www.youtube.com/user/exercise4brainchange
 

  Sit, Stand & Strengthen (Session 2)   

Mondays and Wednesdays, October 25 - December 4 (6 weeks) 

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Edmonton:  PAA Edmonton Office 11209 86 St - Large room
Cost: $150 (members), $160 (non-members)
 
Start with a beginner exercise class with a focus on sitting exercises to reduce stiffness and improve strength. Practice standing balance, posture and walking tasks that challenge you in a safe environment. Exercises will target specific movement challenges experienced by persons with PD. This class is ideal for those who cannot get down on the floor and participate in PWR Moves.
*Minimum of 6 and maximum 8
Assessment Fee: $30
Instructor: Cari Cooke, has over 20 years of experience as a physical therapist and half of those working exclusively with PD clients of all stages.
 

  Voice Enhancement

Mondays and Wednesdays, Dates TBA (4 weeks) 

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Edmonton:  PAA Edmonton Office 11209 86 St - Large room
Cost: TBA
 
A creative combination of speech, language and voice therapy skills with singing to help people speak and enhance respiratory conditioning and actually improving breath support, voice quality in the speaking voice. 
 
Instructor: Merrill Tanner is a Registered Speech – Language Pathologist, is LSVT certified and has a Masters of Music in Voice Performance.
 

  Goal Setters

Fridays, November 10 - December 15, 2017

Time:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Edmonton:  PAA Edmonton Office 11209 86 St
Cost: $15 (members), $20 (non-members)
 
Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated and we need encouragement to go forward with day to day living. Whether it’s because of PD, depression, anxiety, apathy, or other health related issues, setting goals and meeting regularly with others can help keep us moving forward.
 

  Holiday Potluck

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Edmonton:  PAA Edmonton Office 11209 86 St
Cost: Free
 
Bring your favorite dish to share with us as we celebrate the holiday season with food, beverages, laughter and joy.
 

   Social Singing

Fridays, September 1 - December 22, 2017

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Edmonton:  PAA Edmonton Office 11209 86 St
Cost: $2 drop in
 
This drop-in sing-a-long program is a great way to have fun and keep your vocal chords active.  No singing skill required. 
 

      Young Onset / Young at Heart Social 

November 27 , 2017

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Edmonton:  TBD
Cost
 
Please call the office for details.Join others with Parkinson’s and their Care Partners in a fun filled atmosphere. There are a variety of different activities in various areas of Edmonton that take place once a month.  This is welcomed for all those who are young at heart! 


      Young Onset / Young at Heart Social 

December 18 , 2017

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Edmonton:  TBD
Cost
 
Please call the office for details.Join others with Parkinson’s and their Care Partners in a fun filled atmosphere. There are a variety of different activities in various areas of Edmonton that take place once a month.  This is welcomed for all those who are young at heart!
 
 

  On Pace with Parkinson’s (In partnership with the West-end Seniors Activity Centre) Session 1

Thursdays, September 14 - October 26 (6 weeks) 

Time: 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Edmonton:  9629-176 St
Cost: $45
Registration: 780-483-1209
 
Have you been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and unsure what one can do? Exercise is one of the top prescriptions to help keep people motivated and provide the strength needed to continue enjoying hobbies and opportunities in life. An instructor led workout that delivers exercises best suited to abilities in a progressive manner to keep members moving.
 

  On Pace with Parkinson’s (In partnership with the West-end Seniors Activity Centre) Session 2

Thursdays, November 2 - December 14 (6 weeks) 

Time: 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Edmonton:  9629-176 St
Cost: $45
Registration: 780-483-1209
 
Have you been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and unsure what one can do? Exercise is one of the top prescriptions to help keep people motivated and provide the strength needed to continue enjoying hobbies and opportunities in life. An instructor led workout that delivers exercises best suited to abilities in a progressive manner to keep members moving. *No class November 16th 
 

  Parkinson’s Exercise Program (In partnership with the Camrose Primary Care Network)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning September 19 (10 weeks) 

Time: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Camrose: Recreation Centre (4512 – 53 Street)
Cost: $150 (members), $165 (non-members)
Registration: Camrose PCN 780-608-4927
 
This Parkinson Exercise Program is a twice weekly group class designed to help you move better, think faster, feel more confident and energetic.  Bring a water bottle, floor mat, and walking poles and remember to wear comfortable clothing!   www.camrosepcn.com
Instructor: Connie Harrison is a PWR! trained physiotherapist 
 

  Parkinson’s Pole Walking (In partnership with Dow Centennial Centre)

Mondays, September 11 - December 18(15 weeks) 

Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am
Fort Saskatchewan: Dow Centre, 8700 – 84 St.
Cost: $86
Registration: 780-992-6400 OR 780-992-6280 
 
 Being active is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your physical and mental wellbeing. Studies show that people with Parkinson’s need to exercise to prevent the negative effects of inactivity. Walking with poles gives greater stability as well as a boost in the calorie burn by engaging your arms, shoulders and back muscles increasing upper body strength. Gain strength, flexibility and balance by being active.
Instructor: Trina
 

  Up, Rock, Twist and Step (In partnership with Dow Centennial Centre)

Thursdays, September 7 - December 14 (15 weeks) 

Time: 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Fort Saskatchewan: Dow Centre, 8700 – 84 St.
Cost: $78
Registration: 780-992-6400 OR 780-992-6280 
 
A research based approach to exercise as medicine for Parkinson‘s Disease and other movement disorders. Exercises that promote aerobic capacity and motor learning control will be taught in a fun progressive way. The focus will be on large expansive body movements using high effort and sensory awareness. Participants will learn how to use these foundational exercises to target the symptoms that interfere with daily movement.
Instructor: Candace


 BYOB – Build Your Own Balance – NEW! (In partnership with Millennium Place)

Thursdays, October 5 - December 14 

Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am
Sherwood Park: Millennium Place 2000 Premier Way 
Cost: $99 for PAA members
Registration: Contact Terry at 780-416-7234
 
This program uses the PWR! Moves series of exercises for people with Parkinson's as its foundation to benefit everyone looking for better balance, stability, strength, and mobility, Various exercises are linked together into gradually longer sequences that mimic everyday movements and improve overall function.
 

 BYOB – Build Your Own Balance – NEW! (In partnership with Millennium Place)

Thursdays, October 5 - December 14 

Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am
Sherwood Park: Millennium Place 2000 Premier Way 
Cost: $99 for PAA members
Registration: Contact Terry at 780-416-7234
 
This program uses the PWR! Moves series of exercises for people with Parkinson's as its foundation to benefit everyone looking for better balance, stability, strength, and mobility, Various exercises are linked together into gradually longer sequences that mimic everyday movements and improve overall function.
 

 Fighting Back – Aqua Edition (In partnership with Millennium Place)

Fridays, September 15 - October 27 (7 weeks)

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sherwood Park: Emerald Hills Leisure Centre
Cost: $59.50 for PAA members
Registration: 780-464-2112
 
This warm water exercise program provides a powerful dose of benefits for those with Parkinson’s disease including muscle relaxation and reduced stiffness. Resistance, created by boxing and other movements in the water, will also help improve muscular endurance and strength.
 

 Fighting Back – Aqua Edition (In partnership with Millennium Place)

Fridays, November 3 - December 15 (7 weeks)

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sherwood Park: Emerald Hills Leisure Centre
Cost: $59.50 for PAA members
Registration: 780-464-2112
 
This warm water exercise program provides a powerful dose of benefits for those with Parkinson’s disease including muscle relaxation and reduced stiffness. Resistance, created by boxing and other movements in the water, will also help improve muscular endurance and strength.
 

 Fighting Back (In partnership with Millennium Place)

Mondays, September 11 - October 23 (6 weeks)

Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am
Sherwood Park: Millennium Place 2000 Premier Way
Cost: $48 for PAA members
Registration: Terry at 780-416-7234.
 
For people with Parkinson’s and other chronic conditions, this boxing and circuit training class will help you battle your symptoms so you feel and function better. With a focus on fast action exercises as well as strength, power and flexibility, this class is designed to enhance quality of life.  
 A pre-screening form must be completed prior to class commencement.  The program is overseen by a Certified Exercise Physiologist and requires a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 16
Instructor: Cori Tremblay, Margaret Orr and Tracy Divencenzo.  
 

 Fighting Back (In partnership with Millennium Place)

Wednesdays, September 6 - October 25 (8 weeks)

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am, 10:45 am - 11:45 am
Sherwood Park: Millennium Place 2000 Premier Way
Cost: $64 for PAA members
Registration: Terry at 780-416-7234.
 
For people with Parkinson’s and other chronic conditions, this boxing and circuit training class will help you battle your symptoms so you feel and function better. With a focus on fast action exercises as well as strength, power and flexibility, this class is designed to enhance quality of life.  
 A pre-screening form must be completed prior to class commencement.  The program is overseen by a Certified Exercise Physiologist and requires a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 16
Instructor: Cori Tremblay, Margaret Orr and Tracy Divencenzo.  


 Fighting Back (In partnership with Millennium Place)

Mondays, October 30 - December 18 (7 weeks)

Time: 10:15 am - 11:45 am
Sherwood Park: Millennium Place 2000 Premier Way
Cost: $56 for PAA members
Registration: Terry at 780-416-7234.
 
For people with Parkinson’s and other chronic conditions, this boxing and circuit training class will help you battle your symptoms so you feel and function better. With a focus on fast action exercises as well as strength, power and flexibility, this class is designed to enhance quality of life.  
 A pre-screening form must be completed prior to class commencement.  The program is overseen by a Certified Exercise Physiologist and requires a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 16. *No class November 13.
Instructor: Cori Tremblay, Margaret Orr and Tracy Divencenzo.  


 Fighting Back (In partnership with Millennium Place)

Wednesdays, November 1 - December 20 (8 weeks)

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am, 10:15 am - 11:15 am
Sherwood Park: Millennium Place 2000 Premier Way
Cost: $64 for PAA members
Registration: Terry at 780-416-7234.
 
For people with Parkinson’s and other chronic conditions, this boxing and circuit training class will help you battle your symptoms so you feel and function better. With a focus on fast action exercises as well as strength, power and flexibility, this class is designed to enhance quality of life.  
 A pre-screening form must be completed prior to class commencement.  The program is overseen by a Certified Exercise Physiologist and requires a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 16
Instructor: Cori Tremblay, Margaret Orr and Tracy Divencenzo.  
 

 Exercise for Health (In partnership with the Tri Leisure Centre) Session 1

Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 12 - October 26 (7 weeks)

Time: 1:15 pm - 2: 15 pm 
Spruce Grove: TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, 21 Jennifer Heil Way 
Cost: $105 Tri Leisure members, $133 non-members
Registration: 780-960-5080, Course # 43495 
 
This specialized exercise program is designed for those with chronic health conditions to help manage symptoms and improve overall physical health through exercise. Featuring instruction and guidance from the TLC's Certified Exercise Physiologist, this program guides you in a safe, small group environment. 
 

 Exercise for Health (In partnership with the Tri Leisure Centre) Session 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 7 - December 21 (7 weeks)

Time: 1:15 pm - 2: 15 pm 
Spruce Grove: TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, 21 Jennifer Heil Way 
Cost: $105 Tri Leisure members, $133 non-members
Registration: 780-960-5080, Course # 43496 
 
This specialized exercise program is designed for those with chronic health conditions to help manage symptoms and improve overall physical health through exercise. Featuring instruction and guidance from the TLC's Certified Exercise Physiologist, this program guides you in a safe, small group environment. 
 

 Board Games

Monday, September 11

Time:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Stony Plain: (FCSS Building) #4613, 52 Ave – 107 Forest Green Plaza
Cost: Free
 
Do you sometimes have difficulty finding the words you want to say?  Would you like to have an opportunity to use strategic thinking, challenge your mind and improve your fine motor skills? Speech and Occupational Therapists use board games to practice these skills.  Join us for a fun afternoon of learning and playing recommended board games. 
 

 Board Games

Monday, October 9

Time:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Stony Plain: (FCSS Building) #4613, 52 Ave – 107 Forest Green Plaza
Cost: Free
 
Do you sometimes have difficulty finding the words you want to say?  Would you like to have an opportunity to use strategic thinking, challenge your mind and improve your fine motor skills? Speech and Occupational Therapists use board games to practice these skills.  Join us for a fun afternoon of learning and playing recommended board games. 
 

 Board Games

Monday, November 13

Time:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Stony Plain: (FCSS Building) #4613, 52 Ave – 107 Forest Green Plaza
Cost: Free
 
Do you sometimes have difficulty finding the words you want to say?  Would you like to have an opportunity to use strategic thinking, challenge your mind and improve your fine motor skills? Speech and Occupational Therapists use board games to practice these skills.  Join us for a fun afternoon of learning and playing recommended board games. 
 

 Board Games

Monday, December 11

Time:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Stony Plain: (FCSS Building) #4613, 52 Ave – 107 Forest Green Plaza
Cost: Free
 
Do you sometimes have difficulty finding the words you want to say?  Would you like to have an opportunity to use strategic thinking, challenge your mind and improve your fine motor skills? Speech and Occupational Therapists use board games to practice these skills.  Join us for a fun afternoon of learning and playing recommended board games. 
 

 Boxing for Parkinson’s (In partnership with Servus Credit Union Place)

Fridays, September 15 - December 15 (14 weeks)

Time: 11:45 am - 12:30 pm
St. Albert: Servus Place 400 Campbell Road
Cost: $122.50
Registration: 780-418-6088 
 
The goals of this class will be tailored for participants with PD and other neuromuscular issues based on research in the area and developing group exercise programs. The class will learn fundamental movement skills, establish and increase body awareness as well as balance and flexibility. You will increase joint mobility and cardiorespiratory fitness while also building strength and power. This class is open to those with other chronic diseases.
*Please have a Par-Med X or doctor’s clearance filled out and completed to bring to the first class.
 

 Foundations for Parkinson’s (In partnership with Servus Credit Union Place)

Wednesdays, September 13 - October 25 (7 weeks)

Time: 10:45 am - 11:30 pm
St. Albert: Servus Place 400 Campbell Road
Cost: $61.25
Registration: 780-418-6088 Course # 43768
 
This class encompasses large functional movements and high effort intensity to challenge and re-train the brain to make you move!  Combating against the effects of Parkinson Disease, moving your muscles and creating cognitive challenges for your brain will help you feel better and focus more. This class will help you increase your activity level, aid in better kinesthetic awareness and get your heart rate up all while having fun and meeting new people.  This class is not exclusive to those with just Parkinson's disease and is open to other participants with neurological disorders.  As a note: Servus Place offers other programs for mobility illnesses that you may join such as Yoga for Myself and Seniors Gentle Yoga.
* Please have a Par-Med X or doctor’s clearance filled out and completed to bring to the first class.
 

 Foundations for Parkinson’s (In partnership with Servus Credit Union Place)

Wednesdays, November 1 - December 13 (7 weeks)

Time: 10:45 am - 11:30 pm
St. Albert: Servus Place 400 Campbell Road
Cost: $61.25
Registration: 780-418-6088 Course # 43777
 
This class encompasses large functional movements and high effort intensity to challenge and re-train the brain to make you move!  Combating against the effects of Parkinson Disease, moving your muscles and creating cognitive challenges for your brain will help you feel better and focus more. This class will help you increase your activity level, aid in better kinesthetic awareness and get your heart rate up all while having fun and meeting new people.  This class is not exclusive to those with just Parkinson's disease and is open to other participants with neurological disorders.  As a note: Servus Place offers other programs for mobility illnesses that you may join such as Yoga for Myself and Seniors Gentle Yoga.
* Please have a Par-Med X or doctor’s clearance filled out and completed to bring to the first class.
 
 
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