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Grow in understanding, during Parkinson Awareness Month

Mayor Brian Bigger welcomes in the celebration at the YMCA Parkside Centre

Earlier this month, Mayor Brian Bigger read the 2019 Proclamation for April Parkinson Awareness Month at YMCA Parkside Centre, setting into motion a month of healing and understanding. 

The announcement was made following one of the Parkinson's exercise classes sponsored by the Sudbury Chapter of Parkinson Canada, hosted twice a week by Kinnect to Wellness so as to mitigate symptoms associated with the disease.

In honour of Parkinson's Awareness Month, the Sudbury Chapter's group president Wayne Arcand will be hosting an Open House April 17 from 2-3:30 p.m. at All Nations Church, to discuss how life can be improved for an individual with Parkinson's.

All are welcome to attend this informal meeting, which will discuss timely access to care, treatments and excercise programs, as a means to improve the short and long-term effects of this life-changing disease. 

As part of Parkinson Awareness Month, members of the Sudbury Chapter will once again be selling potted tulips, the international symbol of Parkinsons, on April 16 and 17 at the Parkside Centre from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at Health Sciences North, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The potted tulips can be purchased for $12, with proceeds supporting local services and research.

Parkinson Canada have also announced the launch of their ACT on Time campaign, which will provide practical tools and information for those diagnosed, their care partners and the health professionals they work with. For both planned and unplanned treatments in a variety of health settings including hospitals and long-term care homes. 

Since 1965, Parkinson Canada has worked to provide support services and education to people living with Parkinson's disease, their families and the health care professionals they work with. The Parkinson Canada Research Program funds discovery research to improve our understanding of Parkinson's disease, find better treatments and one day, find a cure. 

Contact or call 1-800-565-3000 to find out more about ACT on Time or to request materials.