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:

Ceramic Arts

Mindful Movement 

Our Heritage/History 

Age Wise Exercise

Singing 

Painting 

Spinning

Age Wise Exercise

Stretch/Tai Chi

Age Wise Exercise 

Stretch & Tai Chi

Walk/Pole Walk 

Virtual
Programs

Participants will have support and access to Zoom or alternate video conferencing platforms. For more information email info@passionforparkinsons.org
The Ceramic Arts, Heritage/History and Mindful Movement programs will be 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.

Ceramic Arts

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

Sessions complete, check back for future programs.

Our Heritage/History

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

SAIB Cultural Centre in Port Credit

Sessions complete, check back for future programs.

Mindful Movement

This series of movement classes will develop mobility, coordination, strength, stamina, and balance while adapting exercise to suit the movement needs of each individual.  Session runs for 6 weeks.

Sessions complete, check back for future programs.

Age Wise Exercise Program

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.  Each session is live and participants can join in from the comfort of their own home.

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

Isolde has worked as an Exercise Physiologist and Group fitness instructor in South Africa,  The United Kingdom, Australia and Canada for 25 years. Isolde believes in promoting and incorporating active living and exercise in order to  age well through movement.

Session 1 –  complete

Session 2- Thursdays from May 20th to June 24th 1:30 to 2:30pm

Creative Arts
For
Wellness

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. 

Location, Dates and Times to be announced after Covid restrictions are lifted.

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.

Instructor- Paula Wolfson

Location, Dates and Times to be announced after Covid restrictions are lifted.

Moving
For
Wellness

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.

Location, Dates and Times to be announced after Covid restrictions are lifted.

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, Dates and Times to be announced after Covid restrictions are lifted.

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.  Each session is live and participants can join in from the comfort of their own home.

Location, Dates and Times to be announced after Covid restrictions are lifted.

Instructor- Isolde Spies, BA HMSc (Hons) Sports Science)

H.E.D. Aging and Gerontology

Isolde has worked as an Exercise Physiologist and Group fitness instructor in South Africa,  The United Kingdom, Australia and Canada for 25 years. Isolde believes in promoting and incorporating active living and exercise through movement in order to age well.

Parkinson’s
In The
Park

Outdoor Park Programs are targeting June and July 2021 start dates, pending Covid-19 Health Canada Provincial Guidelines.

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.  Each session is live and participants can join in from the comfort of their own home.

Instructor- Isolde Spies, BA HMSc (Hons) Sports Science)

H.E.D. Aging and Gerontology

Isolde has worked as an Exercise Physiologist and Group fitness instructor in South Africa,  The United Kingdom, Australia and Canada for 25 years. Isolde believes in promoting and incorporating active living and exercise through movement in order to age well.

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. 

Instructor- Isolde Spies

Start Date- Monday June 7th – October 25th, 2021- 10:30am – 11:30am

 Park Location to be announced.

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.

Instructor- Paul Condinho

Start Date- Tuesday, July 6th – September 28th,  2021

Park Location and times  to be announced.

Stronger Together

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!