Programs

There are over 40,000 people with Parkinson Disease in Ontario. The Passion for Parkinson’s Foundation is committed to funding essential programs that make a positive impact in their lives. Programs will focus on Parkinson specific therapeutic and recreational therapies.  

For individuals with Parkinson’s improved mobility decreases the risks of falls and can help manage other complications of the disease. A recent Ipsos study indicates that 73% of all Canadians living with Parkinson’s rate regular exercise as the service most important to them.
Research has shown that various forms of tailored exercise can improve gait, balance, tremor, flexibility, grip strength, cognition and overall motor coordination in people living with Parkinson’s.

Art therapies can foster healing by developing self-awareness, exploring emotions, coping with stress and improving social skills. 90% of those living with Parkinson’s experience voice and speech challenges and Singing can help improve communication, respiratory and swallow control. 

The Passion for Parkinson’s Foundation will collaborate with accredited Community Partners and fund the following programs:

Current Programs

Parkinson’s
In The
Park™


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Walk/Pole Walk

This 30 to 60 minute low impact cardio workout is the perfect first step for individuals looking to improve their stamina and get active. Walk at your own pace with the guidance of your instructor and assistants. Warm-up and stretches at the start and finish of each session.  Suitable for all abilities including those who use walkers.

Location: Mississauga & Burlington

Instructor- Isolde Spies

Registration open

Email
registration@passionforparkinsons.org
or
Call Tamara @ 416-230-3215

Age Wise Exercise

This series is designed to improve strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and mobility with the use of resistance bands and light-weight hand held equipment. It also focuses on abdominal strength to improve balance, posture and functional core. This multi component exercise program (MCEP) will reconnect and challenge the mind-muscle connection.  

Location: Mississauga

Instructor- Isolde Spies, BA HMSc (Hons) Sports Science) H.E.D. Aging and Gerontology

Registration closed for the season, watch for 2022 announcements.

Stretch/Tai Chi

This “meditation in motion” class is a low-impact activity that consists of rhythmic flowing movements to encourage balance and flexibility. These practices typically involve moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm meditative state of mind.

Location: Mississauga & Burlington

Instructor- Paul Condinho

Registration closed for the season, watch for 2022 announcements.

Future Programs

Creative Arts
For
Wellness™


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Enjoyable activities are essential to replenish mind, body and spirit. It is important for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners to stay active through mental and social stimulation and to engage in activities that promote relaxation and imagination.  While physical and occupational therapies play important roles, there are complimentary therapies which stimulate the creative process, foster self-awareness and involve many neurologic mechanisms which may be affected in people with PD.

Painting with Parkinson’s

This unique class has been developed specifically for our Parkinson’s community.   Painting can foster cognitive thought, confidence, improved motor control and strengthen concentration. As a complimentary therapy, expression through art and painting can spur ongoing improvement in mental and physical well-being. Each class will  begin with exercises to warm up muscles, the instructor will demonstrate the techniques to develop participants skills. Exploring watercolour and acrylic paint techniques , colour theory and line and space. Each class will end with the opportunity to reflect and show works. 

Watch for future programs.

Singing with Parkinson’s

Singing is an accessible and popular form of musical activity which engages the vocal and respiratory system as well as mental functions through emotional expression. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in voice therapy while singing, performing,  and experiencing the joy of music. The class will focus on vocal fitness, with a new exercise introduced each week.

Watch for future programs.

Moving
For
Wellness™


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Research has shown that various forms of tailored exercise can improve gait, balance, tremor, flexibility, grip strength and overall motor coordination. For individuals with Parkinson’s improved mobility decreases the risks of falls and can help manage other complications of the disease. The Passion for Parkinson’s Foundation (PFPF) will partner with local accredited Community Programs to ensure access and feasibility for the Parkinson community.

Spinning

This program offers recreational indoor cycling developed to meet the needs of those living with Parkinson’s. The benefits of tandem cycling or Spinning comes from “forced exercise” (pedaling at a 30% faster rate of speed than normal).  As you force your rate of speed,  your  movements become faster, more regular and efficient thereby increasing the quality and quantity of information to the brain.  Participants are led through the warm up, intervals and cool down in a safe, fun and engaging atmosphere.

Watch for future programs.

Stretch/Tai Chi

This “meditation in motion” class is a low-impact activity that consists of rhythmic flowing movements to encourage balance and flexibility. These practices typically involve moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm meditative state of mind. 

Watch for future programs.

Age Wise Exercise

This series is  designed to improve strength, balance, co ordination, flexibility and mobility with the use of resistance bands and light-weight hand held equipment.  It also focuses on abdominal strength to improve balance, posture and functional core. This multi component exercise program (MCEP) will reconnect and challenge the mind-muscle connection.  

Instructor- Isolde Spies, BA HMSc,  H.E.D. Aging and Gerontology

Watch for future programs.

Past Programs

Ceramic Arts

Participants worked through the process of creation, learning how to turn a block of clay into artistic and functional pieces.  This series provided creative stimulation while focusing on fine motor skills, hand dexterity, and increasing confidence, coordination, and motivation.

Offered by The Creative Hub 1352, an organization committed to the development and management of creative programming and events connecting people and ideas in their community.   

Classes were conducted virtually to ensure the health and safety of participants and instructors.

Mindful Movement

This series of movement classes were designed to develop mobility, coordination, strength, stamina, and balance. Exercises were adapted to suit the movement needs of each individual.

Offered by The Creative Hub 1352, an organization committed to the development and management of creative programming and events connecting people and ideas in their community.   

Classes were conducted virtually to ensure the health and safety of participants and instructors.

Our Heritage/History

Sharing memory kits and heritage knowledge about the stories of the Small Arms Inspection Building during WW11.

Offered by The Creative Hub 1352, an organization committed to the development and management of creative programming and events connecting people and ideas in their community.   

Classes were conducted virtually to ensure the health and safety of participants and instructors.

Age Wise Exercise

This series was designed to improve strength, balance, co ordination, flexibility and mobility with the use of resistance bands and light-weight hand held equipment.  It also focused on abdominal strength to improve balance, posture and functional core. Classes were offered virtually to ensure the health and safety of participants.

Live your best life!

Through the support of our Sponsors, families, and friends we continue to support the people living with Parkinson’s in Halton/Peel.


Thank You for Your Generosity!